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Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key Westby Shannon Mck Schmidt
Synopses & Reviews
For the new breed of vacationer who craves meaningful trips and unusual locales, the combination of reading and travel can be a heady mix--especially if you happen to be checking into Hemingway's favorite hotel in Sun Valley, or strolling about Bath's Royal Crescent while entertaining fantasies of Lizzie Bennett and her Mr. Darcy Cue National Geographic's Novel Destinations--a new offering that guides bibliophiles to more than 500 literary sites across the United States and Europe. From the moody, windswept moors that inspired the Brontes to the Old Courthouse immortalized by Harper Lee, the authors create a veritable life-list of must-see sites from literary history--and tell travelers how to visit on your own. The book begins with thematic chapters covering author houses and museums; literary festivals and walking tours; and hotels, bars, and restaurants. Then, in-depth explorations of author and place take readers roaming Franz Kafka's Prague, James Joyce's Dublin, Louisa May Alcott's New England, and other locales. Peppered with great reading suggestions and little-known tales of literary gossip, Novel Destinations will appeal as a unique travel guide, an attractive gift book, and the ultimate browser's delight.
Book News Annotation:
Including over 500 locations in the US and Europe, this guide is intended for the well-read traveler. Part one explores sites and subjects of literary travel interest, including destinations such as the author's houses and museums, tales of the writers travels at home and abroad, literary festivals and tours, and landmark places to eat, drink, and sleep. Part two visits in detail ten literarily significant locations as made famous by Austen (Bath, England), Dickens (London), Hugo (Paris), Joyce (Dublin), Kafka (Prague), Alcott (Concord, Massachusetts), Hawthorne (Salem, Massachusetts), Hemingway (Key West, Florida), Lee (Monroeville, Alabama), and Steinbeck (Monterey and Salinas, California.) Much of the book is organized by theme instead of location, though an index is helpfully provided. The information is light on details; the book may be more suitable for travel inspiration than actual travel planning. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
National Geographic leads book-loving adventurers on a whirlwind tour of 500 literary landmarks and offers practical trip-planning advice for visiting in person. Peppered with great reading suggestions and little-known tales of literary gossip, this book is the ultimate browser's delight.
About the Author
Shannon McKenna Schmidts writing has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, New Jersey Monthly, Arrive, and other publications, and she is a regular contributor to Shelf Awareness and to Bookreporter.com. She has held positions in marketing and promotions at several publishing houses, most recently Simon & Schuster. Shannon lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Joni Rendons work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Continental, Pages, BookPage, The Writer, and on Bookreporter.com. She has held various marketing and editorial positions in the book publishing industry, most recently at Hyperion Books. Currently, she resides in London.
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