Literary Traveling Companions

by Rachel Baker on June 29, 2014

This is a good essay by James Crossley on Book Riot about books to take with you on a vacation. He’s not talking about the typical vacation read that would barely be classified as literature, he’s talking about a heavyweight from the travel genre.

When my tickets are in hand and I can look at the rest of the world without envy, the time arrives to forget about formula and diapers and take up a tale or two by a solo sojourner. Even then I’m not looking for traditional vacation fare. I don’t want anything too breezy or yoga-centric, I want something weighty that will provide ballast on my trip. I want to learn something about a place that I wouldn’t find out on my own, to pick up details that the natives might not know, and understand how the author’s mind processes it all. Which shouldn’t preclude a healthy dose of fun, mind you. A tall order, I realize.

Here’s the Article:
Literary Traveling Companions

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