Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers
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Nancy Pearl sells books: hers and those of the authors she
recommends. Book Lust To Go is 120 places to read about
before you go. Consider the entry â€śIndicative of Indonesia,â€ť
in which Nancy Pearl urges travelers to read V.S. Naipaulâ€™s
Among the Believers and Christopher J. Kochâ€™s The Year of
Living Dangerously. Wanderlust-y reading for prospective
travelers to Ireland begins with the cheeky: â€śLetâ€™s not
start with James Joyce and just say we did, okay?â€ť then goes
on to recommend such gems as Nuala Oâ€™Faollinâ€™s Are you
Somebody? and J. P. Dunleavyâ€™s Ireland In All Her Sins and
Some of Her Graces. This enthusiastic literary globetrotting
includes stops in Korea, Sweden, Afghanistan, Albania,
Parma, Patagonia, Texas, and Timbuktu. But Nancy Pearl is a
reader and a librarian, not a travel agent, so she canâ€™t
resist recommending reading for â€śTravel to Imaginary Placesâ€ť
(including Ursula K. LeGuinâ€™s The Wizard of Earthsea and
Michael Chabonâ€™s The Yiddish Policemanâ€™s Union) and stories
of chucking it all and moving to Spain or Greece under the
heading â€śSo We/I Bought (or Built) a House In . . . â€ť Book
Lust To Go brings Pearlâ€™s amazing ability to summon the
perfect book to connect with a particular interest with the
art of having an adventure â€” whether it requires a passport
or just an armchair.
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