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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Literary Travel Books
Ardent travelers are not about to give up traveling or reading about other travelers’ experiences. There is much to appreciate in each of the following exciting travelogues, all reviewed in Booklist over the past year. —Brad Hooper
Andes. By Michael Jacobs. Counterpoint, paper, $24.95 (9781582437378).
Jacobs, author of several travel books, inherited his interest in the Andes from his grandfather; this absorbing and charming travelogue will be of particular interest to those who have already visited or plan to visit South America.
Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War. By Annia Ciezadlo. Free Press, $26 (9781416583936).
“I cook to comprehend the place I’ve landed in,” muses the author in her first book, a vividly written memoir of her adventures in travel and taste in the Middle East.
India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking. By Anand Giridharadas. Times, $25 (9780805091779).
The author, a New York Times and International Herald Tribune columnist stationed in India, relates his perambulations around the subcontinent, which revealed to him significant aspects of how India is changing to meet modern ways, and this is an anecdote-rich account of what he saw and did.
Molotov’s Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History. By Rachel Polonsky. Farrar, $17 (9780374211974).
Polonsky is so steeped in Russian history and literature that everywhere she goes, her inner magic lantern projects the past onto the present, the imagined onto the real, and, as a result, what we see is an illuminated land of immense brutality and beauty, suffering and spirit.
Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran. By Roger Housden. Broadway, $24 (9780307587732).
From his visit to the locale where writing was invented to his conversations with Iranian artists and philosophers today, Housden, a poet, shines a light on an Iran few Westerners will ever glimpse.
The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road. By Paul Theroux. Houghton, $25 (9780547336916).
Esteemed travel writer Theroux’s admirers will welcome this anthology of those travel accounts that he himself has found admirable or influential or enlightening for his own literary achievements.
Through the Eyes of the Vikings: An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands. By Robert B. Haas. National Geographic, $50 (9781426206382).
Aerial photographer Haas continues his magnificent Through the Eyes series by inviting us to contemplate the Arctic’s forbidding, endangered glory.
To a Mountain in Tibet. By Colin Thubron. Harper, $24.99 (9780061768262).
Kailas is a sacred, snow-capped mountain of the Himalayas, and award-winning British travel writer and novelist Thubron traveled along the Karnali River (a tributary of the Ganges) by foot on a long and often treacherous trek to visit this mystical peak.
To the Diamond Mountains: A Hundred-Year Journey through China and Korea. By Tessa Morris-Suzuki. Rowman & Littlefield, $34.95 (9781442205031).
This author is a keen observer and a fine writer, and she has combined the disciplines of history and travel writing in an absorbing analysis of the past, present, and future of a volatile region.
The Year We Seized the Day: A True Story of Friendship and Renewal on the Camino. By Elizabeth Best and Colin Bowles. IPG, paper, $18.95 (9781742372952).
On the 500-mile walk on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the pilgrimage on the Spanish coast to the tomb of St. James, the authors experienced a profound journey of self-examination.
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