Rainy Northwest days prompt many of us to console ourselves with dreams of travel beyond the gray, wet landscape around us. If you enjoy losing yourself in the adventures of other intrepid souls, here are some recent book suggestions:
Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia by NPR host David Greene puts you into the snowscape of Siberia during his 6,000 mile train ride across Russia. Having already experienced Russia several years while based in Moscow, Greene took this opportunity to ponder questions about the Russian state and the lives and outlooks of its people.
In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey by Samuel Fromartz traces the author’s journey in search of a perfect baguette from Paris (of course!) to California’s artisanal bakers and to the Midwest (to learn about wheat). This is a fun and informative book about food, food history and, of course, bread.
Never Mind the Bullocks by British author Vanessa Able is a hilarious account of her trip around India in “the world’s cheapest car,” also referred to as a stripped down mini-car. Imagine a tiny car on poor unimproved roads often teeming with traffic—both human and animal. Better to read about than to actually try it!
Walking the Woods and The Water by Nick Hunt retraces the travels of the great British writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Fermor made his trek from Holland to Istanbul in 1933 and Hunt set out to retrace it in 2011. While travel lends itself to philosophical pondering of all kinds, reproducing Fermor’s classic walk also allowed Hunt to note all the social and political changes that have altered these European countries he walked through. Using Fermor’s book as his only guide, Hunt hoped to have an old-fashioned adventure which he surely did. Now we can all enjoy reading about it. By the way, the library also has Patrick Leigh Fermor’s travel books.
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