Travels in a Thin Country by Sara Wheeler chronicles the author's journey in the country of Chile from north to south. While the author gives great detail of what she sees, it is not with much excitement and creates quite a boring read. She does explain pretty much...
Book Genre: Travel
A just-okay collection of autobiographical essays from the author of When You are Engulfed in Flames. The first entry is hilarious: Sedaris relates the story of how his quest to find the perfect stuffed owl resulted in a macabre visit to a London taxidermist. Other essays are...
In November of 1889, two women left New York in opposite directions, each hoping to beat Phileas Fogg's fictional record for the fastest trip around the world. Nellie Bly was a moderately famous undercover "girl reporter", one of the first women to break into the actual news aspects of newspaper...
This book, like others that deal with environmental destruction and conservation efforts, takes the reader through emotional ups-and-downs, from deep sadness at the loss of tigers to joy at learning about the dedication and progress being made trying to save them. While it's tempting to just...
Ken Ilgunas's memoir, Walden on Wheels, presents the all too common experience of the debt-ridden liberal studies college graduate with few prospects for gainful or meaningful employment. At the age of 18, the author unwittingly takes out about $35,000 in loans for his undergraduate...
Travel author, Maarten Troost, has taken us to Kiribati, Vanuatu, Fiji, and now he heads to another Asian nation: China. His no-nonsense relating of actual living conditions gives the average person a view of China that no guide book has gotten past the Chinese state censors. Through...
This is one of the best books I've read in 2013. A House in the Sky is a memoir by Canadian Amanda Lindhout, who, along with her ex-boyfriend/fellow freelance photojournalist was kidnapped in Somalia while documenting the war there. Lindhout spends the first part of the book...
The author was excited when her husband got a prime diplomatic post--Paris. They could explore together, eat, travel, find new favorite places. Then he received word that he was to go to Baghdad for a year--a place spouses aren't allowed to follow. Suddenly, Mah was faced with a year in Paris...
An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and history are more...
In this graphic novel, Guy Delisle chronicles the year he spent in Burma when his wife worked there for Doctors Without Borders. He gives us diverse glimpses of day-to-day life in Southeast Asia under an incredibly repressive regime. His experiences range from the mundane -- taking care of his...
Dear Kinky, I have now read all of your books. More, please. I really need the laughs!
- Bill Clinton
Travelers can usually be divided into two distinct groups: those who want a "Learning Experience", and those who would rather kick back and do what the locals do (like...
When Gail Storey's husband, Porter, was faced with a job transition/crisis, he took it as an opportunity to take 6 months to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). While Gail and Porter had completed several long distance bike trips together, their only other attempt at long distance...
This was a cute book on "glamor camping" as they are calling it these days, cute reconditioned trailers, not your average camping meals (though she does have hobo dinner!)... I have fantasies about buying an old trailer and fixing it up but then images of...
Like all Ms. Frizzle stories, she and her students go on an amazing adventure--this time, to Imperial China! They learn all about the customs there, the significance of certain events, colors, and objects, and the inventions that continue to influence us today. The story is simple,...
This is the second installment in Deborah Harkness' Discovery of Witches series. Some series books fall flat on the second, but I felt that her use of time travel in this book kept it interesting and fresh.
The story follows Matthew and Diana through time and space as they...
This is a whole new level of street art with intricacies and creativity that will leave you shaking your head well after you put the book down.
Remember that feeling of ditching school in the late spring, just before summer, when the weather was primo and your youthful responsibilities faded away like a bad tattoo under the sun? This is a memoir of a dude that may have skipped a few too many days, his responsibilities no longer youthful...
This beautifully illustrated mystery follows Helen Martin on a very strange journey. An expert in antique anatomical illustrations she goes on a trip to track down her missing husband, all the while feeling not quite herself. She goes through several strange transformations a little like poor...
The writer describes her true adventure reuniting the baby whale (Grayson) with his mother in the Pacific ocean. A whale of a story that makes you feel good!
Gideon Lewis-Kraus is funny, insightful and honest about himself and his journeys in this great memoir. It's a fantastic read!
Like a night out with the guys, except it involves climbing 14,000 foot mountains instead of poker and beer. An often humorous midlife crisis document of an overweight, stay-at-home dad who's goal was to summit all of Colorado's 14ers in one year. Some climbs involved man-dates with complete...
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