BOOK BITES – TRAVEL
“Flights” by Olga Tokarczuk
Originally written in Polish, “Flights” takes readers through approximately 400 years of travel and discovery, via the eyes of a female narrator. It’s divided into 116 sections that range from a line to a couple dozen pages, in the style of a fragmentary novel. In 2018, it became the first Polish novel to win the Man Booker International Prize.
“Letters to Iris” by Elizabeth Noble
While not a travel book per se, “Letters to Iris” is the kind of page-turner that’ll make a long flight (or day at the beach) fly by. It follows the interwoven stories of several beautifully created characters, including a young woman (Tess) who accidentally becomes pregnant, her grandmother (Iris) who’s losing a battle to dementia, and Tess’s new friend (Gigi). From start to finish, Noble explores the depths, beauty, and heartache of family and human relatioships.
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“The Best American Travel Writing 2018” by Cheryl Strayed
You can’t go wrong with books in the Best American Series, a collection of books that’s published annually and showcases everything from short stories to essays. The best choice for most travelers is “The Best American Travel Writing,” which has been guest edited and curated by the likes of Bill Bryson, Pico Iyer, and even Anthony Bourdain. The editor of this year’s edition is Cheryl Strayed, best known as the author of “Wild,” her memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
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“The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small” by Kath Stathers
Even the most seasoned travelers have lists of places they want to visit and experiences they want to pursue. This book will make those lists even longer, with all sorts of ideas arranged by geolocation. While it’s designed to encourage new travel dreams, it’s equally suitable as a coffee table book for armchair thumb-throughs.
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