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The Best American Travel Writing of 2000

The Best American Travel Writing of 2000, edited by Bill Bryson, is the first book in the series. The other annual compilations that I’ve read impressed me so that I wanted to go back to the start and check out the stories Bryson selected. After all, he is one of my favorite travel authors. But what I […]

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Travel Books to Read if You’re Not Traveling

Are you staying local this summer? I am. I’m still traveling, but just not as far. This is intentional, because I have some other plans in the works for later this year. So how to get by? By reading about travel, of course! Here are my top suggestions – one for each continent – to […]

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36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe

The New York Times’ 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe was a Christmas gift to me this year from my sister and her family. Since receiving it, I’ve thumbed through the book a great many times in search of ideas for a trip back across the pond. What? Go for only a weekend? No way. […]

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Travels in Siberia

Ian Frazier writes in Travels in Siberia, which was published in 2010, that Midwesterners have an unexplained fascination with Siberia. I am one of those people. While growing up in Minnesota, for whatever reason I took a Russian history course offered in high school. That inspired me to sign up for several more Russian history […]

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The Best American Travel Writing of 2013

A lot of the travel stories I read online are a tad, well, shallow. I see plenty of Hey, look at me and what I did! stories, or various lists of top five this or that, as opposed to anything with depth or substance. I’m guilty of that, too. Without a doubt. It ain’t easy […]

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was at the top of my booklist since reading her Dear Sugar column, Write Like a Motherfucker. It gave me some encouragement I desperately needed. So I read it again. And then I read more of her columns. And still more after that. […]

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Reading Kon-Tiki in Hawaii

I needed a good book to read during my last trip to Hawaii. Fiction, literature, nothing really felt right. When I’m traveling I want a travelogue, a travel memoir, something with a little adventure, not a fictional story. And the one that stood out, the only one which seemed appropriate, was one of the bestselling […]

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

By an odd chance I came across an excerpt from Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, the 1975 Pulitzer Prize winner in non-fiction. The selection I read, an opening section from the book, was nothing special in my opinion; to be quite frank, I didn’t like it compared to many other wonderful things I was […]

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