More Travel Narratives

Cross country : fifteen years and ninety thousand miles on the roads and interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, a lot of bad motels, a moving van, Emily Post, Jack Kerouac, my wife, my mother-in law, two kids, and enough coffee to kill an elephant

Robert Sullivan.

Biography, Nonfiction, Travel, Humor

Robert Sullivan, who has driven cross-country more than two dozen times, recounts one of his family's many journeys from Oregon to New York. His story of moving his family back and forth from the East Coast to the West Coast (along with various other migrations), is replete with all the minor disasters, humor, and wonderful coincidences that characterize life on the road, not to mention life. As he drives, Sullivan ponders his Lewis and Clark and...


Storybook travels

Colleen Dunn Bates and Susan LaTempa.

Travel, Nonfiction, Biography, History

In their imaginations, children travel the world when they read such books as Madeline , A Bear Called Paddington , The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , and Little House on the Prairie . Make these imaginary journeys a reality for your children with visits to the actual settings of these and dozens more of the best-loved tales in children's literature. Storybook Travels is the ultimate guide for book-loving parents in search of vacations the whole fami...


Dogtown : death and enchantment in a New England ghost town

Elyssa East.

History, Travel, Mystery, Biography, Nonfiction

In rich first-person narrative, Dogtown tells the strange, dark story of a wilderness ghost town that has enthralled artists, writers, and eccentrics--and of a brutal murder committed there. Documenting its history and lore, E ast explores the possibility that certain landscapes wield their own unique power. The area known as Dogtown--an isolated colonial ruin and the surrounding 3,600-acre woodland in historic seaside Gloucester, Massachusetts--...


Foreign correspondence

Geraldine Brooks.

Biography, Travel, Nonfiction

As a young girl in a working-class neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks longed to discover the places where history happens and culture comes from, so she enlisted pen pals who offered her a window on adolescence in the Middle East, Europe, and America. Twenty years later Brooks, an award-winning foreign correspondent, embarked on a human treasure hunt to find her pen friends. She found men and women whose lives had been shaped by ...


Summer of ordinary ways : a memoir.

Biography, Humor, Nonfiction, Travel

Practicing baseball with Dad, then watching him go after a cow with a pitchfork in a fit of rage. Playing chicken on the county road with semi trucks full of hogs. Flirting with the milkman. Chasing with your sisters after Wreck and Bump, mangy mutts who prowl farmsteads killing chickens and drinking fuel oil. Dandelion wine. The ghost of a girl buried alive over a century ago. These unforgettable, sometimes hilarious images spill from a fierce a...


Ciao, America : an Italian discovers the U.S.

Beppe Servergnini ; translated by Giles Watson.

Travel, Nonfiction, Biography, Humor

In the wry but affectionate tradition of Bill Bryson,Ciao, America!is a delightful look at America through the eyes of a fiercely funny guest -- one of Italy's favorite authors who spent a year in Washington, D.C. When Beppe Severgnini and his wife rented a creaky house in Georgetown they were determined to see if they could adapt to a full four seasons in a country obsessed with ice cubes, air-conditioning, recliner chairs, and, of all things, a...


Honeymoon with my brother : a memoir

Franz Wisner.

Humor, Travel, Biography, Nonfiction

This is the true story of Franz Wisner, a man who thought he had it all- a high profile career and the fianc&Ée of his dreams- when suddenly, his life turned upside down. Just days before they were to be married, his fianc&Ée called off the wedding. Luckily, his large support network of family and friends wouldn't let him succumb to his misery. They decided Franz should have a wedding and a honeymoon anyway- there just would...


McCarthy's Bar : a journey of discovery in Ireland

Pete McCarthy.

Travel, Nonfiction, Biography, Humor

Despite the many exotic places Pete McCarthy has visited, he finds that nowhere else can match the particular magic of Ireland, his mother's homeland. In McCarthy's Bar , his journey begins in Cork and continues along the west coast to Donegal in the north. Traveling through spectacular landscapes, but at all times obeying the rule, "never pass a bar that has your name on it," he encounters McCarthy's bars up and down the land, meeting fascinatin...


Charm City : a walk through Baltimore

Madison Smartt Bell.

Nonfiction, Biography, Travel

With a writer's keen eye, a longtime resident's familiarity, and his own sly wit, acclaimed novelist Madison Smartt Bell leads us on a walk through his adopted hometown of Baltimore, a city where crab cakes, Edgar Allan Poe, hair extensions, and John Waters movies somehow coexist. From its founding before the Revolutionary War to its place in popular culture--thanks to seminal films like Barry Levinson's Diner, the television show Homicide, and b...


Blue Highways: A Journey into America

William Least Heat-Moon ; photographs by the author ; with a new afterword by the author.

Nonfiction, Biography, Travel

First published in 1982, William Least Heat-Moon's account of his journey along the back roads of the United States (marked with the color blue on old highway maps) has become something of a classic. When he loses his job and his wife on the same cold February day, he is struck by inspiration: "A man who couldn't make things go right could at least go. He could quit trying to get out of the way of life. Chuck routine. Live the real jeopardy of ci...



My life in France

Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme.

Amazingly energetic, creative, and ultimately inimitable (despite many attempts), Julia Child (d.2004) brought French cooking to American kitchens. For this book she worked with her husband's grandnephew Alex Prud'homme to record her experiences between 1948 and 1954 in Paris and Marseille (and a few later adventures), which she terms the best years of her life. Like her life, her book is full of fun and zest. Fans will savor, or devour, this acc...