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Great Travel Reads

Whether you're basking in the tropical sun or backpacking cross-country, there's one thing that could make the experience better (besides unlimited funds): a good book. Relaxing vacations and high-energy trips call for good reading material. Staying at home? Books can take you to places you've always wanted to go.

The following sites offer recommendations for the road:

Fiction Picks

  • "The Beach" by Alex Garland, is about a young American's pursuit of a hidden beach paradise in Thailand. It was released as a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio.


  • Danish Baroness Karen Blixen published "Out of Africa" in 1937 under the pen name Isak Dinesen. This name later became famous for inspiring the seven Oscar award-winning motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. This novel will take you to her plantation in British East Africa before World War II.





  • "Daughter of Fortune" begins with descriptions of Chile then moves to the Californian coast. Isabel Allende combines fantasy, adventure and romance in this Oprah Book Club® Selection.

  • "The Sun Also Rises" is the story of Lost Generation expatriates on hiatus in Pamplona and Paris. This was Hemingway's first bestseller.

  • Set in the African bush, Parisian cafes, Spanish bullfights and at sea, Hemingway's critically acclaimed short stories are compiled in "The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway."

Nonfiction Picks

Offbeat

  • "The Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road" by Cameron Tuttle is full of sarcastic and sassy tips on how to take a highly adventuresome, Thelma-and-Louise-like road trip.

  • "Lonely Planet Unpacked" compiles hilarious travel disasters.

  • "Testosterone Planet: True Stories from a Man's World" is a compilation of daring stories by male adventure-seekers, including Tim Cahill, Jon Krakauer, Frank McCourt and Sebastian Junger.

  • Tony Hawks takes on the challenge of hitchhiking around Ireland with a refrigerator in "Round Ireland With a Fridge." Both he and the fridge acquire many fans along the way.





  •    --- L. Judge

 
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