All Time Faves: Travel Memoirs

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The City of Falling Angels The City of Falling Angels
By Berendt, John
2006-09 - Penguin Books
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The author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" returns after a decade to offer, in his inimitable style, an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants. (Foreign Travel) …More

Bill Bryson's African Diary Bill Bryson's African Diary
By Bryson, Bill
2002-12 - Broadway Books
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Bryson visits Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to eradicating poverty. Kenya is a land of contrasts, with famous game reserves and a vibrant culture. It also provides plenty to worry a traveller like Bill Bryson, fixated as he is on the dangers posed by snakes, insects and large predators. It is also a country with many serious problems: refugees, AIDS, drought, and grinding poverty. …More

Power Lines: Two Years on South Africa's Borders Power Lines: Two Years on South Africa's Borders
By Carter, Jason
2003-06 - National Geographic Society
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At once clear-eyed and compassionate, this incisive account of life in contemporary South Africa by Peace Corps volunteer and first-time author Jason Carter opens a rare window on a world racked with turmoil yet full of hope. 8-page color photo insert. …More

My Life in France My Life in France
By Child, Julia
2007-10 - Anchor Books
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Exuberant, affectionate, and boundlessly charming ("The New York Times"), this is the delightful and highly acclaimed memoir from the woman who revolutionized American cooking in the 20th century. …More

Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
By Dalrymple, William
2011-06 - Vintage Departures
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From the author of "The Last Mughal," an enlightening book that explores with remarkable compassion and expansive insight nine varieties of religious devotion in India today. In portraits of people we might otherwise never know William Dalrymple distills his twenty-five years of travel in India to explore the challenges faced by practitioners of traditional forms of faith in contemporary India. …More

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
By Feiler, Bruce
2005-08 - Harper Perennial
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One part adventure story, one part archaeological detective work, one part spiritual exploration, "Walking the Bible" vividly recounts an inspiring personal odyssey--by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel--through the greatest stories ever told. Maps. …More

Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana
By Griest, Stephanie Elizondo
2004-03 - Villard Books
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Desperate to escape South Texas, Stephanie Elizondo Griest dreamed of becoming a foreign correspondent. So she headed to Russia looking for some excitement--commencing what would become a four-year, twelve-nation Communist bloc tour that shattered her preconceived notions of the "Evil Empire."…More

Black Virgin Mountain: A Return to Vietnam Black Virgin Mountain: A Return to Vietnam
By Heinemann, Larry
2006-06 - Vintage Books USA
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In 1967 Larry Heinemann was sent to Vietnam as an ordinary soldier. It was the most horrific year of his life, truly altering him--and his family--forever. In his powerful memoir, Heinemann returns to Vietnam, riding the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city and confronting the memories of his war year. "Black Virgin Mountain" confirms Heinemann's legendary plain-spoken reputation as one of the essential chroniclers of our war in Vietnam …More

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
By Hessler, Peter
2006-05 - Harper Perennial
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In the tradition of "Iron & Silk" comes a powerful memoir about a young American teacher in the Peace Corps living in the small Chinese city of Fuling as it navigates increasing waves of cultural and social upheaval. Maps. …More


Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France
By Kidd, Sue Monk
2010-09 - Penguin Books
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A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds, spiritual growth, and renewal, "Traveling with Pomegranates" is a revealing self-portrait by the beloved author of "The Secret Life of Bees" and her daughter, a writer in the making. …More

French Milk French Milk
By Knisley, Lucy
2008-10 - Touchstone Books
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This comic journal details a mother and daughter's month-long stay in a small apartment in Paris. Lucy is grappling with the onslaught of adulthood. Her mother faces turning 50. They are both dealing with their shifting relationship as they navigate Paris with halting French and dog-eared guidebooks. …More

The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family
By Leonard, Mike
2006-04 - Random House Large Print Publishing
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Mike Leonard is a lucky man. It's not everyone who gets parents like Jack and Marge. At eighty-seven, Jack is a pathological optimist with an inexhaustible gift of gab. Marge, Jack's bride of sixty years, though cut from the same rough bolt of Irish immigrant cloth, is his polar opposite-pessimistic and proud of it. What was their son, Mike, thinking when he took a sabbatical from his job with NBC News so he could pile these two world-class originals along with three of his grown kids and a daughter-in-law into a pair of rented RVs and hit the road for a month? . …More

Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
By MacDonald, Sarah
2004-04 - Broadway Books
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In her twenties, journalist Sarah Macdonald backpacked around India and came away with a lasting impression of heat, pollution and poverty. So when an airport beggar read her palm and told her she would return to India--and for love--she screamed, "Never!" and gave the country, and him, the finger.  …More

Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on My Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on My Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth
By Napoli, Lisa
2012-04 - Broadway Books
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In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place--and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is. …More

Wuhu Diary: On Taking My Adopted Daughter Back to Her Hometown in China Wuhu Diary: On Taking My Adopted Daughter Back to Her Hometown in China
By Prager, Emily
2002-10 - Anchor Books
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In 1994 an American writer named Emily Prager met her new daughter LuLu. All she knew about her was that the baby had been born in Wuhu, a city in southern China, and left near a police station in her first three days of life. Her birth mother had left a note with Lulu's western and lunar birth dates. In 1999 Emily and her daughter-now a happy, fearless four-year-old--returned to China to find out more. That journey and its discoveries unfold in this lovely, touching and sensitively observed book. . …More

Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
By Rodriguez, Deborah
2007-12 - Random House Trade
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Rodriguez went to Afghanistan in 2002, just after the fall of the Taliban, volunteering as a nurse's aide, but soon found that her skills as a trained hairdresser were far more in demand. "Kabul Beauty School" is her witty and insightful memoir of friendship and perseverance. …More

Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain
By Stewart, Chris
2001-05 - Vintage Books
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Driving Over Lemons is the contagiously entertaining account of one couple's beginning a new life as they turn a rundown peasant farm in southern Spain into a home. …More

Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman
By Steinbach, Alice
2002-03 - Random House Trade
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"In many ways, I was an independent woman," writes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alice Steinbach. "For years I'd made my own choices, paid my own bills, shoveled my own snow." But somehow she had become dependent in quite another way. "I had fallen into the habit . . . of defining myself in terms of who I was to other people and what they expected of me." But who was she away from the people and things that defined her? In this exquisite book, Steinbach searches for the answer to this question in some of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world. …More

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar
By Theroux, Paul
2009-08 - Mariner Books
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Half a lifetime ago, Paul Theroux virtually invented the modern travel narrative by recounting his grand tour by train through Asia. In the three decades since, the world he recorded in that book has undergone phenomenal change.The Soviet Union has collapsed and China has risen; India booms while Burma smothers under dictatorship; Vietnam flourishes in the aftermath of the havoc America was unleashing on it the last time he passed through. …More

Lost on Planet China: One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation Lost on Planet China: One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation
By Troost, J. Maarten
2009-05 - Broadway Books
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The bestselling author of "The Sex Lives of Cannibals" returns with a sharply observed, hilarious account of his adventures in China--a complex, fascinating country with enough dangers and delicacies to keep him, and readers, endlessly entertained. …More

An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude
By Vanderhoof, Ann
2005-02 - Broadway Books
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Under the Tuscan Sun meets the wide-open sea . . . An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a delicious chronicle of leaving the type-A lifestyle behind -- and discovering the seductive secrets of life in the Caribbean. Who hasn't fantasized about chucking the job, saying goodbye to the rat race, and escaping to some exotic destination in search of sun, sand, and a different way of life? …More

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
By Weiner, Eric
2009-01 - Twelve
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Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, "The Geography of Bliss" takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." …More