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Wish You Were Here: Travel Memoirs

If your summer plans don't involve a fabulous journey to Tuscany or a month walking the Appalachian Trail, you can always live vicariously through the travels of others!

Bryson, Bill
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
F106.B92 1998
Stretching from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian Trail offers some of America's most breathtaking scenery. After living for many years in England, Bill Bryson moved back to the United States and decided to reacquaint himself with his country by taking to this uninterrupted "hiker's highway." A Walk in the Woods showcases Bryson at the height of his comic powers, but Bryson also uses his acute powers of observation to conjure a poignant backdrop of silent forests and sparkling lakes, thereby making a gentle but unforgettable plea for the ecological treasures we are in danger of losing.
Gilbert, Elizabeth
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
G154.5.G55 A3 2006
After enduring a horrible divorse and a crushing depression, Gilbert abandoned her job, her belongings and her loved ones to travel around the world. By visiting Italy, India and Indonesia, each a place she felt she could examine her own nature, Gilbert discovered what she needed to make her life complete.
Idle, Eric
The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America
E169.04.I34 2005
A witty exploration of the American landscape - not to mention a brilliant comic's mind - this diary is chock-full of everything you ever wanted to know about Eric Idle, Monty Python, America, and sleeping on a bus.
Levy, Bernard-Henri
American Vertigo: Traveling American in the Footsteps of Tocqueville
E169.Z83 L48 2005
Levy's "vertiginous" journey of America is chronicled in a volume that creates an intimate portrait of our country. Levy, a French anti-anti-Americanist, is an eternal optimist about a country rich in culture and vision, despite the fissures he sees in its socioeconomic make-up.
Mayes, Frances
A Year in the World
G154.5.M39 A3 2006
Most people recognize the name Frances Mayes because of her relationship with and writings about beautiful Tuscany. Read about another side of Mayes in A Year in the World, chronicling the results of Mayes' wanderlust as she and her husband explore Spain, Greece, Crete, Turkey and more.
Mayes, Frances
In Tuscany
DG734.23.M379 2000
A lavishly illustrated ode to the joys of Tuscany's people, food, landscapes, and art. In Tuscany celebrates the abundant pleasures of life in Italy as it is lived at home, at festivals, feasts, restaurants and markets, in the kitchen and on the piazza, in the vineyards, fields, and olive groves.
Steinbeck, John
Travels with Charley: In Search of America
E169.02.S83 1986
A classic tale of a man, his dog, and their adventures as they travel all around the U.S. Steinbeck creates a story that is part humor, part social commentary, part geography lesson, part travelogue, yet always entertaining and educational
Troost, J. Maarten
The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
GN671.K57 T76 2004
Just in case you want to exercise your inner Gauguin, Troost here presents about a hundred reasons why you should stay in the 'burbs. He spent two years on a tropical isle, only to discover that it was a lot like hell, minus the toilets. While contending with putrifying heat, seas so polluted even those of limited divinity could walk on them, diseases never encountered in the relatively calm environs of an ER, and (shudder) no coffee or beer, Troost also found the only music to be had for miles was "La Macarena."
Wilson, Philip
Driver: Six Weeks in an Eighteen-Wheeler
HD8039.M7952 U575 2005
A laid-off Texas Gulf coast resident presents a thoughtful account of learning to drive a big rig as a new career option. Wilson shares reflections on his relationship with his trainer, Americana and scenery from coast-to-coast, and the challenges and rewards of life on the road in a 40-ton "mule."

Updated: 1/12/2010