Weekly Book List: Week 19 (Books about Travel)

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes / Elizabeth Bard

Documents how the author fell in love and discovered the excellence of French cuisine during a life-changing lunch in Paris, recounting her decision to leave her fast-paced New York life to build a life abroad. (944.361 BAR)


A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail / Bill Bryson

Bryson shares his breath-taking adventures and the fascinating history of the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, as he travels slowly on foot. (917.4 BRY)


Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia / Elizabeth Gilbert

Traces the author’s decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce, a journey that took her to three places in her quest to explore her own nature and learn the art of spiritual balance. (910.4 GIL)

Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy / Frances Mayes

The poet and travel writer describes her experiences in Tuscany during the restoration of her countryside villa. (914.55 MAY)


A Year in Provence / Peter Mayle

The author describes his experiences when he and his wife moved to a two-hundred-year-old French farmhouse, and shares his observations on the people and culture of Provence. (944.9208 MAY)


Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth / Albert Podell

Even the most jaded armchair traveler will enjoy these breezy anecdotal vignettes from Podell’s 50 years of journeying. His goal: to visit every country on Earth. He accomplished this with good cheer and buckets full of stamina during hundreds of trips by car, jeep, minivan, camel, elephant—you name it. (910.4092 POD)

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel / Rolf Potts

here’s nothing like vagabonding: taking time off from your normal life—from six weeks to four months to two years—to discover and experience the world on your own terms. In this one-of-a-kind handbook, veteran travel writer Rolf Potts explains how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. (910 POT)

Travels with Charley: In Search of America / John Steinbeck

Author John Steinbeck was 58 when he set out to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years. With his elderly French poodle, Charley, he embarked on a quest across America, from the northermost tip of Maine to California’s Monterey Peninsula. Traveling the interstates and the country roads, they stopped to smell America: trucker and strangers, old friends and new acquaintances. (917.3 STE)

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail / Cheryl Strayed

A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe–and built her back up again. (813.6 STR)


The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World / Eric Weiner

Draws on the author’s experiences as a foreign correspondent and reporter to evaluate more than three dozen countries for their happiness potential, in a lighthearted survey that includes profiles of such locales as the American shores, glacial Iceland, and the Bhutan jungles. (910.4 WEI)

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