Travel Book Recommendations

Travel stories, both fiction and non-fiction, can be inspiring and insightful. I love to read a good story to learn about different takes on anything from history to culture to current events… I have a few recent and not-so-recent reads that I recommend below (in no particular order). Anyone who wants to post more book suggestions for the list is welcome to post a comment on this blog entry…

1. Heroes – Jon Pilger (Various Locations)
2. What is the What – Dave Eggers (Sudan/U.S.A)
3. Ciao, America! – Beppe Severgnini (Italy/U.S.A.)
4. World’s Most Dangerous Places – Robert Young Pelton (Various Locations)
5. Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette – Sena Jeter Naslund (France)
6. Day of the Bees – Thomas Sanchez (France)
7. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri (India/ U.S.A.)
8. Round Ireland with a Fridge – Tony Hawks (Ireland)
9. The Beach – Alex Garland (near Thailand)
10. The Road to McCarthy – Pete McCarthy (Ireland)
11. The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai (Himalayas)
12. Holidays in Hell – P.J. O’Rourke (Various Locations)

P.S. I came across the website www.goodreads.com recently. It is a good place to get recommendations from people with similar tastes in books. Another good site is http://www.salon.com/books/literary_guide/. Here you can find book recommendations and reviews for specific regions or countries around the world.

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