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Jul. 10, 2014 at 5:17pm Armchair Travel Suggestions

Don't melt in the heat! Let's do a little traveling with these summer reading suggestions:

Blue Latitudes (2002) by Tony Horwitz. In the eighteenth century, Captain James Cook completed three epic sea voyages in a time when more than third of the globe was still unmapped. Horwitz invites the reader to take these exotic journeys again and retrace the path of the intrepid explorer. The Los Angeles Times called this “Part history, part travelogue--and mostly just great fun. . . This is history on a global scale, and Horwitz tells it surpassingly well."

The Long Way Round; Chasing Shadows Across the World (2004) by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. Who knew that actor Ewan McGregor (yes…Star Wars) was an avid motor biker? McGregor and his close friend recount a four month 20,000 mile motor cycle ride around the globe. 'From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America.” The Long Way Round is not only a fabulous ride, but an engaging summer read.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals- Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific (2004) by J. Maarten Troost. Journalist Troost moves to the remote South Pacific island of Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati after his wife accepts a government position there. They are both looking forward to two years in paradise. Guess what? “Paradise” isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. “Troost's chronicle of his sojourn in a forgotten world is a comic masterwork of travel writing and a revealing look at a culture clash.” (Publishers Weekly)

A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines (2001) by Anthony Bourdain. Famous chef and world traveler, Anthony Bourdain, author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential, travels where few foodies have thought to travel before in search of the perfect meal. What a fabulous combination for summer reading - travel and great food!

12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time: A Semi-Dysfunctional Family Circumnavigates the Globe (2004) by Mark Jacobson. Author Jacobson describes a family with 3 kids, ages 16, 12 and 9 who are “falling apart” and “in crisis”. One teen is ready to flunk out a school; all three kids are constantly bickering or endlessly glued to a TV or computer screen. Jacobson and his wife decide they need to shake things up with a larger cultural reality. This is their story, a humorous and often emotionally harrowing tale of reuniting their family through a trip that takes them to Asia, the Far East, the deserts of Jordan, Cairo, the streets of Jerusalem, and finally to Paris and London. This is more than just a travelogue!

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