Monday, February 7, 2011

Book Lust to Go

Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers
by Nancy Pearl
011.6 PEA
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If you enjoy reading books set in far off countries and are wondering what to check out next, Book Lust to Go is a great guide. Nancy Pearl, Library Journal's Librarian of the Year, has compiled a detailed list of books dealing with travel from A to Z -- from "A is for Adventure" to "Zipping Through Zimbabwe." The types of books she includes are diverse as well. In addition to fiction and mysteries Pearl recommends armchair travel books, biographies, and history books. And if you're not necessarily looking to read about a specific place, you may find titles that are appealing in the chapters "See the Sea," "Making Tracks by Train," "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," or "Comics with a Sense of Place," just to name a few are Pearl's fun travel-themed categories. At the front of Book Lust to Go, in addition to the Contents page, is a Geographical Index. Pick your spot on the map and you'll see a line pointing to the page number for that chapter! This is a wonderful resource and I found the suggestions very helpful. After paging through chapters covering settings such as Malaysia, Japan, and Scotland, I found so many intriguing titles that I did not know which one to start reading first!