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Going Places: Travel Fiction

For many, setting is what makes a great work of fiction. Try one of these great novels set in exotic or imaginary locales; aboard planes, trains and automobiles; or inside the uncharted destinations of the mind.

Alan, Theresa
The Girls' Global Guide to Guys: Around the World in Eighty Dates
From London to Paris to Greece to Hungary and back to Boulder, two friends hurtle along on an utterly unpredictable odyssey. In Theresa Alan's deliciously madcap third novel, Jadie and Tate are about to discover that when it come to love, romance, and men, nothing ever goes according to plan.
 
Kerouac, Jack
On the Road
On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.
 
Parks, Suzan-Lori
Getting Mother's Body
From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama comes an enormously accomplished and original debut novel about a down-on-their-luck black family in 1960s Texas in search of the storied jewels buried with one of their relatives.
 
Rosenberg, Robert
This is Not Civilization
This is Not Civilization tells the story of two young men who discover hope, then friendship, then love, unaware that they will soon face one of the most disastrous earthquakes of the century. Yet it is only in traveling so far, and surviving so much, that each person realizes the strength to endure.
 
Smiley, Jane
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, is a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart living her life on the eve of the War Between the States. After marrying a young abolitionist, Lidie's compassion and vigor lead her into increasingly dangerous situations as she travels into the South as an abolitionist spy.
 
Tyler, Anne
The Accidental Tourist
Macon's life has been scarred by tragedy. His young son was murdered and his marriage could not survive the trauma. Now this travel writer who hates to travel must take himself out of his comfort zone as he struggles to fit into "another country" of noise and color with the mysterious woman he's hired to train his out of control corgi.
 
Vanderbes, Jennifer
Easter Island
Separated by sixty years, Easter Island introduces us to Elsa Pendleton, a resident of Easter Island prior to World War I and Dr. Greer Farraday, a 1970s American botanist. A series of revelations brings to life the parallel quests of these two intrepid young women as they delve into the centuries-old mysteries of Easter Island.
 
Yourgrau, Barry
Haunted Traveller: An Imaginary Memoir
Haunted Traveller chronicles one man's moonstruck roaming, from deathbed whispers in tropical hotel rooms, heartbreaking sea voyages with cross-dressing crews, mountain graveyards where a ghost shops for a wife, stolen kisses in snowbound palaces, to lands that exist somewhere between yearning dream, poetic whimsy, and troubled confession. Mixing the grand gestures of travel writing with Gothic horror, amorous fables, adventure yarns, and his trademark surreal wit, Yourgrau has created a lushly atmospheric and deeply personal masterpiece of a book that distills the special sublime genius of his earlier work and reaches a new, richly poignant level.
 

Updated:03/28/2011