Have You Read This? Travel

From The Bookshelf

General intro: Imagine we are in a bookstore. I wander up to you, hand you one of these books, say ‘Have you read this one?’, then wander off. Whereupon you look at the cover, turn it over, look at the back cover, read the blurb, flip through the book, and decide for yourself if you are interested. It’s like that. Enjoy. Previous [Have You Read This? Graphic Novel Edition]

Specific intro: I prefer my travel narrative to be light on memoir. I don’t care a used ticket stub about the author’s inner life. I care about what author is doing as my proxy.

Road Fever
Tim Cahill
(Random House 1991)

“Tim Cahill reports on the road trip to end all road trips: a journey that took him from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in a record-breaking twenty three and a half days.” Penguin

Mentioned on the blog ” … but my vacation slides don’t rivet as do those of travel writer Tim Cahill.” [Peregrinatio in Stabilitate]

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer
(Villard 1997)

“In March 1996, Outside Magazine sent me to Nepal to participate in, and write about, a guided ascent of Mount Everest.” Books

Mentioned on the blog, “I’m never going to climb Mount Everest. Reading Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is as close as I’ll ever get.” [The End of the Road, In Which I Consider the Price Of Living Vicariously].

Crusader: By Horse to Jerusalem
Tim Severin
(Hutchinson 1989)

“In these astonishing true stories of his expeditions, Tim tells of how he recreated famous historical and legendary voyages and adventures, including sailing across the Atlantic in an accurately reconstructed sixth-century leather boat, and journeying on horseback from Belgium to Jerusalem retracing the route of 11th century crusaders.” Expeditions

Mentioned on the blog [Letter Art, AlphaBooks: S is for Severin]

The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World . . . via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes
Carl Hoffman
(Broadway 2010)

“So off he went, spending six months circumnavigating the globe on the world’s worst conveyances: the statistically most dangerous airlines, the most crowded and dangerous ferries, the slowest buses, and the most rickety trains.” Books

Mentioned on the blog, “I am more likely to read for vicarious experience of something I would never do, for example …” [Referral Saturday: Horseback Reads], [Check Out My New Page].

Scanner broken. Cahill, Krakauer, Hoffam covers off the Internet; Severin from files.

What do you have for me to read?

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

2 thoughts on “Have You Read This? Travel

  1. You didn’t mention the classic “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. I do agree with you that “Into Thin Air” was as close as I ever want to get to climbing Everest.

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