Are you an armchair traveler or heading out on an adventure – or just shopping for someone with wanderlust?
If so, one of these books – all favorites of Rare Finds – may fill the bill.
Icelanders, by Sigurgeir Sigurjonsson: Meet these hearty folks who live traditional lives on a modern island.
Kon-Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl: True story of 5 men who built raft to recreate sail from Peru to Easter Island.
Seven Years in Tibet, by Heinrich Harrer: It’s a memoir of first European to enter Tibet in 1940’s.
A Man Named Ove, by Fredrik Backman: A novel about the unswerving world view of an endearing curmudgeon.
Tales of a Female Nomad, by Rita Golden Gelman: A role model for the female wanderers out there, Rita left life at age 48 to become a
Dreaming in Cuba, by Cristina Garcia: This novel is a colorful painting of heroines’ passions for new life and birth country.
Cafe Europa, by Slavonia Drakulic: It’s a moving study of life after communism.
The Way of the World, by Nicolas Bouvier: This true story take 2 20-somethings from their home in Geneva to the Khyber Pass.
Skeletons on the Zahara, by Dean King: Perhaps my favorite Morocco book, this true story follows the 1815 struggle and survival of the shipwrecked sailors.
The Girl in the Picture, by Denise Chong: Meet Kim Phuc, the 12-year-old Vietnamese girl whose photo, taken by journalists as she burnt by napalm, changed the war.
My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante: The first in a series tells a good tale of growing up in Naples.
Passage to Juneau, by Jonathan Raban: Sailors, buy this one! Jonathan tells about this his 1000 miles sail on his 35′ boat through the NW Passage.
The Voyage of the Sandlerling, by Roger Stone: More sailing! Explore the ecology of the Atlantic coast from Miane to Rio in this nautical adventure.
Waiting for Snow in Havana, by Carlos Eire: Read the confessions of a Cuban boy – you’ll love it!
Fearless, by Joe Glickman: Meet one woman (Freya) who paddled one kayak, around one continent (Australia).
On the Water, by Nathaniel Stone: Vicariously explore the Mississippi on board Stone’s rowboat as he makes the Big Circle.
Down the Nile, by Rosemary Mahoney: More rowing! Float along with this Rosemary in her 7′ rowboat through crocodiles and currents.
Harry’s Bar, by Arigo Cipriani: Hear about the legendary Venice Bar from the proprietor himself.
In Maremma, by David Leavitt: Watch 2 men rebuild an antique farmhouse in Maremma and fall in love with the locals.
The Moon by Whale Light, by Diane Ackerman: This scientific journalist goes to extremes to observe nature, firsthand.
North to the Orient, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Here’s the true tale of the 1931 flight of the Lindberghs to the Orient.
Temple of a Thousand Faces, by John Shors: Enjoy this fictional story of the fight for the Cambodian gem, Angkor Wat.
A Ride through Prohibition, by Don Fielding: From Al Capone to the Valentine’s Day Massacre, it’s the Untouchables of Chicago.
The Hour of Land, by Terry Williams: Williams talks with reverence and respect about the closest thing we have to sacred lands.
Time Before The Boat, by Alta Ashley: This charming collection of letters will take you back to simpler times on Maine’s Monhegan Island.
Lunch at Toad River, by Sally Lesh: Here’s my favorite Alaska story – a large family from Boston heads out in a retrofitted bus and a tepee, for Alaska.
My holiday wish for you is that one of these wonderful books will whisk you away to a curious and enticing place.
And when you get ready to actually go there, we would love to help!
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