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Find more Top 10 Literary Travel Books
Booklist has always been a strong advocate of armchair travel—not that we pooh-pooh actually traveling with plane tickets and hotel reservations in hand—and to that end, we present here the best of travel literature reviewed in Booklist from September 15, 2013, to September 1, 2014.
The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos. By Patrick Leigh Fermor. 2014. New York Review, $30 (9781590177549).
The third and posthumous volume completes this classic travel writer’s trilogy about his walk across Europe in the 1930s.
Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence, and Emperor Penguins. By Gavin Francis. 2013. Counterpoint, $28 (9781619021846).
Francis is an evocative writer: we feel the cold and the dark, revel in the silence, and find kinship with the penguins.
Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City. By Bradley L. Garrett. 2013. Verso, $29.95 (9781781681299).
Garrett and his fellow urban explorers celebrate forgotten places and protest limits on access. In his memoir, he explicates his group’s dangerous and illegal explorations.
The Explorers: A History of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, and Impossible
Success. By Martin Dugard. 2014. Simon & Schuster, $26 (9781451677577).
The author delves into the explorer as a personality type, arriving at seven traits that illustrate the character of explorers.
Headhunters on My Doorstep: A True Treasure Island Ghost Story. By J. Maarten Troost. 2013. Gotham, $26 (9781592407897).
This humorous memoir charts the author’s South Pacific voyage, somewhat replicating Robert Louis Stevenson’s In the South Seas.
Hidden Tuscany: Discovering Art, Culture, and Memories in a Well-Known Region’s Unknown Places. By John Keahey. 2014. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne, $25.99 (9781250024312).
In isolated villages in Tuscany’s northwest quadrant, the author discovers unique pastas and seafood unknown in the rest of Italy.
Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation. By Elizabeth Pisani. 2014. Norton, $26.95 (9780393088588).
An intimate, fascinating look at the world’s fourth most populous nation, one working to define itself in a modernizing world.
A Month by the Sea: Encounters in Gaza. By Dana Murphy. 2013. Dufouor/Eland, $39.95 (9781906011475).
The author exposes harsh truths that are often stranger than fiction as she uncovers the intricate social and political realities of the Gazan people.
Naked and Marooned. By Ed Stafford. 2014. Plume, paper, $16 (9780142180969).
Supported by the Discovery Channel, Stafford arranged to be dropped naked and provisionless on a South Pacific island for 60 days; obviously, he gained confidence and skills.
The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World. By Lincoln Paine. 2013. Knopf, $45 (9781400044092).
Sensing the seagoing world is not as prominent in popular consciousness as it used to be, Paine presents an ambitiously capacious maritime history of the globe.
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