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— Lisa Guidarini, Algonquin
"The Odyssey" by Homer. Our friend Ulysses knew how to travel, though it was an era with fewer crowds and more free time.
— Cynthia Gallaher, Chicago
"McCarthy's Bar," by Pete McCarthy. It's one of the funniest titles I have ever read. The author's motto is, "Never pass a bar with your name on it." Enough said.
— Amy Reeter, Downers Grove
I loved the children's book, "Bronte & Frank go to Moscow." It included great suggestions for families who are traveling here for the first time. It's written in a way that both parents and small children can learn from and enjoy!
— Julie Schoerke, Kenilworth
"Iberia" by James Michener. It's a personal journey told using beautiful prose, and it includes vast amounts of information and history. It reads like an epic novel.
— David Young, Vancouver, British Columbia
"The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass," written by Douglass is a harrowing account of what he experienced as a slave. Every time I read this book (I read it least once a year since I teach this novel to my American Literature High School class) I am in awe of the amount of suffering and pain that was caused all because of "white society" and their narrow minded view of the world. I believe everyone should read this book as a reminder of the evilness and hatred that can occur when we as a society let it.
— Kristen Paul, Lake Villa
My favorite travel book is called "Rose's Betrayal and Survival", obviously not a typical travel book. Yet, it takes me to the wild, untamed Oklahoma Territory where the means of travel was horseback, horse and buggy and coal-driven trains. Pioneers faced the slowest of travel times which makes me appreciate what's available to me today.
— Melonie Collmann
The best answer is anything written by Paul Theroux. However, since you asked, my favorite: "The Happy Isles of Oceania," 1992, Putnam. His travels focus on people he meets, warts and all. The islands he paddles his kayak too are incidental to a travelogue featuring complex social/political relationships, some involving himself. I have all his travel books in my personal library and would never give them up, including loaning them out!
— Ret. Capt. Kenneth Sample
"Lost on Planet China" by J. Maarten Troost is filled with vivid description, fascinating facts, and wonderful human interest stories — all told with Troost's delightful sense of humor. My son gave me this amazing book to read — a far cry from my lifetime of literary classics — and I got hooked and proceeded to also immensely enjoy the author's other travel books: "The Sex Lives of Cannibals" and "Getting Stoned with the Savages."
— Sharon Skaggs, Joliet
"The Great Railway Bazaar: By Rail Through Asia" stands as a timeless tribute to the exhilaration of new adventures offered through international train journeys. Paul Theroux, the author, displays the optimal traveler attribute--an eagerness to embrace and relish the moment. With frames as varied as negotiating space in a railroad car to chance encounters on station platforms, or meandering around exotic cities or rustic areas, Theroux's storytelling capacities captivate the reader.
— Virginia H. Jones, Chicago
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