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Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamersby Nancy Pearl
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Adventure is just a book away as best-selling author Nancy Pearl returns with recommended reading for more than 120 destinations around the globe. Book Lust To Go connects the best fiction and nonfiction to particular destinations, whether your bags are packed or your armchair is calling. With stops from Texas to Timbuktu, Nancy Pearl's reading recommendations will send you on your way.
"With the holidays just around the corner, Nancy Pearl's little gem will please many a traveler (or dreamer) who loves to read about faraway places but doesn't know where to start. With fanciful alliteration, Pearl lists titles under topics arranged from 'A is for Adventure' to 'Zipping through Zimbabwe.' Recommendations are accompanied by brief critiques and insights. In an entry for 'Las Vegas,' for example, Pearl recommends Chris Ewan's novel, The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas, for fans of Hiaassen and Westlake, capers that use various cities of the world for their settings. Pearl classifies her recommendations well enough so that readers can take or leave her advice. In 'Africa,' for instance, she includes the classic Cry the Beloved Country as well as contemporary mysteries such as Wife of the Gods. It might have been easy to stick with the country structure for a book like this, but Pearl mixed it up, to good effect, with chapters like 'So We/I Bought (or Built) A House In...' which includes books about homes in Morocco, Mexico, France, Brazil, and Ireland. Pearl has produced a winner and the perfect bedside companion.
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Book News Annotation:
Librarian and NPR contributor Pearl continues her series on book recommendations with a new volume centered around books for the would-be traveler. She invites the reader on short jaunts around the globe, chatting throughout, always with a book (or two or three) in mind to fit the destination. Recommendations befitting locales like the Sahara, Niagara Falls, Sweden, and everywhere in between are provided as well as recommendations from Pearl's author friends. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
In this collection, Pearl offers recommended reading for travelers, vagabonds, and dreamers on 120 places in the world, from Indonesia to Ireland, summoning the perfect book to connect with a particular interest of the area.
About the Author
The New York Times calls her "the talk of librarian circles." Readers can't get enough of her recommendations while bookstores and libraries offer standing room only whenever she visits. Since the release of the best-selling Book Lust in 2003 and the Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness, Nancy Pearl has become a rock star among readers and the tastemaker people turn to when deciding what to read next.
Having worked as a librarian and bookseller in Detroit, Tulsa, and Seattle, Pearl's knowledge of and love for books is unmatched. In 1998, she developed the program "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book," which spread across the country. The former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book, Pearl celebrates the written word by speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country and on her monthly television program Book Lust with Nancy Pearl on the Seattle Channel. She is a regular commentator about books on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.
In 2004, Pearl became the 50th winner of the Women's National Book Association Award for her extraordinary contribution to the world of books. In the moments when Pearl finds herself without a book, she is an avid bicyclist and happy grandmother of three. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Joe.
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