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 “Indicative of Indonesia,”
in which Nancy Pearl urges travelers to read V.S. Naipaul’s
Among the Believers and Christopher J. Koch’s The Year of
Living Dangerously. Wanderlust-y reading for prospective
travelers to Ireland begins with the cheeky: “Let’s not
start with James Joyce and just say we did, okay?” then goes
on to recommend such gems as Nuala O’Faollin’s Are you
Somebody? and J. P. Dunleavy’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 can’t
resist recommending reading for “Travel to Imaginary Places”
(including Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Wizard of Earthsea and
Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union) and stories
of chucking it all and moving to Spain or Greece under the
heading “So We/I Bought (or Built) a House In . . . ” Book
Lust To Go brings Pearl’s amazing ability to summon the
perfect book to connect with a particular interest with the
art of having an adventure — whether it requires a passport
or just an armchair.
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