Have Book, Will Travel | Wyatt's World

Readers love to travel, whether in the pages of a book or on the road itself, as these five books prove

Readers love to travel, whether in the pages of a book or on the road itself. Thus getting out of town is never off the table, as these five books prove. 

Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border by Porter Fox (Norton). While less often in the news, the U.S. border with Canada is its own micro- and macrospace—ranging from Washington State to Maine and rich in both history and relevancy. Journalist Fox travels this cross-country line and reports his findings.

Feast: Food of the Islamic World by Anissa Helou (Ecco: HarperCollins). Not all travel takes place on foot, some happens via taste buds. Here, Helou introduces a wealth of flavors that comprise the Islamic world, from fruity and fragrant rice dishes to the smoky, slightly charred treasure of Saj bread.

My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now by Peter Mayle (Knopf).One of the early authors of the DIY travel/lifestyle genre, the late Mayle became famous when he moved into a ramshackle house in Provence, France, and began writing about his experience (A Year in Provence). His final gift is this engaging collection of essays and anecdotes of life in his adopted home.

Don't Make Me Pull Over! An Informal History of the Family Road Trip by Richard Ratay (Scribner). Decades ago, families piled into cars without cell phones acting as maps and digital entertainment to distract from the view—and the quirky roadside attractions. Ratay brings those days into focus in this travelog and historical look into how Americans have experienced road travel over time.

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, tr. from Polish by Jennifer Croft (Riverhead, Aug.). Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, this new novel from Polish author Tokarczuk experiments with an assemblage of voices to show how fiction about travel can be every bit as illuminating as nonfiction. Barbara Hoffert says it's "Not for the plot-obsessed."

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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marya kurwa


Posted : Oct 03, 2018 07:06

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