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Favorite Travel Reading (Recommendations from many MRI)

Discussion created by gemprincess on Jul 20, 2013
Latest reply on Sep 29, 2013 by gemprincess

Updated List Summarizing Reading Suggestions by Destination thanx to anadyr, chrisf,garywhalen,gemprincess, gm1, lone6star, nuhusker, pluto77, profchiara, razorbackfan, relaxatrvlr), ssindc).

 

Please feel free to contribute new suggestions, or feedback on suggestions already recommended below.

 

EUROPE

 

Denmark - Hornet Flight by Ken Follet (recommended by pluto77, profchiara, gemprincess)

 

France

  • Paris
    • Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (recommended by pluto77)
    • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough (recommended by gm1)
    • Mission to Paris by Alan Furst (recommended by ssindc)

  General 

    • The Virgin Warrior by Larissa Juliet Taylor (recommended by profchiara, gemprincess)
    • Balzac novels.  He wrote a gazillion..(recommended bygarywhalen)
    • Virgin Blue, The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier (recommended by profchiara)

 

 

Germany

  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson (recommended by ssindc)
  • The Sleep Walkers, Children of Wrath by Paul Grossman - Willi Kraus Detective Series (recommended by ssindc)
  • Finger of Guilt: A Bonus Story by Paul Grossman - Hans Fraksa Detective Series (recommended by ssindc)
  • Skeltons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (recommended by ssindc)

 

 

Greece

  • Creation  by Gore Vidal (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis - - takes place on Crete (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Target Tinos, Murder in Mykonos, Assination in Athends etc by Jeffrey Siger's Inspector Kaldis series (recommended by profchiara, gemprincess)

 

 

Iceland

  • Edge of Nowhere, Meltwater, North: Fire and Ice,Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath (Recommended by chrisf)

 

Ireland

  • The Dead by James Joyce (recommended by garywhalen)
  • The Sea by John Banville (recommended by ssindc)

 

 

Italy

  • Tuscany - Matilde, Countess of Tuscany by Mary Huddy - about an Italian Noblewoman, her life in Tuscany from 1045 ad to 1115 ad, and alliance with Pope Gregory VII (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Florence - The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian (recommended by ssindc)

 

 

  • Venice -
    • A Mapmakers' Dream, The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice by James Cowan, about a monk who makes maps without leaving his monastary on a island in the Venetian Lagoon occupied by the Armenian Church after being expelled from their monastery in Morea by the Turks(recommended by gemprincess)
    • Inspector Brunetti mysteries by Donna Leon literally has about two dozen Inspector Brunetti mysteries that take place in Venice or its lagoon. (recommended by profchiara)

 

 

  • Pompeii - Pompeii: A Novel by Robert Harris (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Rome & Capri
    • Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran is a wonderful story of Octavian returning to Rome with the daughter and son of Cleopatra, and their life in Octavians's household.(recommended by gemprincess)
    • The Blood of Gods: A Novel of Rome,  Emperor:The Gates of Rome, Emperior: The Field of Swords by Conn Iggulden (Recommended by chrisf)
    • The First Man in Rome, The Glass Crown,  Fortune's Favorites, Caesar's Women, Casesar, by Colleen McCullough, The October Horse, Anthony and Cleopatra (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Italy General
    • The Betrothed by Manzoni.  Maybe Italy's defining novel.(recommended by garywhalen)
    • The Travel's of Marco Polo by  Rustichello's (recommended by pluto77, gemprincess)

 

 

Malta

  • The Sword and the Scimitar by David Ball (recommended by gemprincess)
  • The Kappillan of Malta by Nicholas Monsarrat (recommended by gemprincess)

 

 

Mediterrean

  • The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux (recommended by gemprincess)

 

Netherlands - The Girls with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (recommended by profchiara)

 

Norway - The Bat, The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo - Harry Hole Detective Series (recommended by ssindc)

 

Russia

  • Moscow
    • - Russka: The Novel of Russia by Edward Rutherford, same format focusing on Russia (recommended by gemprincess)

 

 

  Spain

  • Iberia, Miracle in Seville by James Michener  (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Don Quixote (by Cervantes)   It's one of the greatest novels ever written (and my personal favorite (recommended by garywhalen)
  • Alhambra - Tales of the Alhambra by Washintgon Irving series of stories by Irving on his trip to Alhambra, and living in Alhambra.(recommended by gemprincess)
  • Tatoo by Manuel Vazquez Montalban Pepe Carvalho detective series set in Barcelona (recommended by ssindc)

 

 

SwedenThe Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson (Recommended by chrisf)

 

UK

  • General
    • Shakespeare is a given.  I'd suggest "Henry IV Part I and Part II" since they're historical and what character is more delightful than Falstaff? (recommended by garywhalen)
    • Facedown XXXX by Kathy Lynn Emerson - e.g. Face Down under the Wych Elm - set in the Elizabethan period and feature a character called Lady Appleton who is a herbalist and Elizabethan detective ... again, not sure re historical accuracy, but they are a very entertaining read. (Recommended by chrisf)
    • Morgan's Run by Collen McCullough follows a British families life in the UK, and then the hero who is shipped to Australia as a convict (recommended by gemprincess)
    • Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier (recommended by profchiara)
    • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (recommended by pluto77, gemprincess
    • The Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux (recommended by gemprincess)

 

 

  • Salisbury - Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherford went from the ice ages to present day, of Salisbury, England, in cathederal, following several families that represent parts of society(recommended by gemprincess)
  • London
    • London: The Novel by Edward Rutherford, same format focusing on London (recommended by gemprincess)
    • Free to Trade by Michael Ridpath (Recommended by chrisf)

  Americas 

  • Washington, D.C -.The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown learned some new things about Washington DC even after living there for many years. (recommended by pluto77, gemprincess)
  • Massachusettes - Stepping Stones by Roger Porter Denk (Recommended by anadyr, gemprincess)
  • Alaska
    • Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness by Anne Purdy is a story about Anne Hobbes who went to Alaska in the 1920s to teach in a one room school house, traveling to and living in Alaska,  and the problems she had due to her kindness to the Native Americans living there.(recommended by gemprincess)
    • Alaska, The Journey by James Michener (recommended by gemprincess)
    • Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet by Rockwell Kent's (recommended by ssindc)
  • Texas
    • The Eagle and the Raven, Texas by James Michener (recommended by gemprincess)
  • USA
    • Adventures of Huckelberry Finn (Twain) (recommended by garywhalen)
    • Fall of the Giants by Follet (recommended by pluto77
    • The Johnstown Flood, John Adams, Truman, 1776 by David McCullough (recommended by gm1, gemprincess)
    • Chesapeake, Centennial, Hawaii, Legacy, Texas by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • No Easy Day by (Recommended by nuhusker)
  • Caribbean by James Michener (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Mexico  - Mexico, My Lost Mexico by James Michener (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Panama - Path Between the Seas by David McCullough tells about the initial French effort to build the Panama Canal based on their history of building the Suez Canal, and how the Americans assumed this effort and completed, and some of the challenges faced and conquered like discovering what caused malaria and how to prevent if possible, and treat if necesary. (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Honduras - The Fish That Ate the Whale by Rich Cohen about United Fruit (recommended by lone6star, pluto77)
  • Cuba - Anadyr: The End of the Cuban Revolution - by Roger Porter Denk (Recommended by anadyr, gemprincess)

 

 

ASIA

  • Burma - The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly a really tough book to read about the political situation in Burma, and an even tougher trip to take for the traveler that thrives on challenge. (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Indiia - Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala or any of the other intereting books by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Japan
    • The Tale of Gengi (I read it but I can't remember the author's name.) (recommended by garywhalen
    • Sayonnar by James Michener (recommended by gemprincess)
  • China/Hong Kong
    • The Travel's of Marco Polo by  Rustichello's (recommended by pluto77)
    • The Painted Veil by Sommerset Maughn (recommended by ssindc)
  • Korean - The Bridges of Toko-Ri by James Michener (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Israel
  • Iran - Creation  by Gore Vidal (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Middle East
    • The Arabist:The Romance of an American Elite by Robert Kaplan (recommended by gemprincess)
    • Travels with a Tangerine, Lankfalls: On the Edge of Islam with Ibn Battutah, The Travels of Ibn Battutah, Hall of a Thousand Columns: Hindustan with Ibn Battutah  (Recommended by chrisf)
    • Sand Castle Girls: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian (recommended by ssindc)
  • Yemen - Yemen: The Unknown Arabia (Recommended by chrisf)
  • Afghanistan - Caravans by James Michener (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Mongolia - Wolf of the Plains, Conquerer: A  Novel of Kublai Khan by Conn Iggulden (Recommended by chrisf)
  • Turkey
    • Theodora, Justinian, both by Stella Duffy's (Recommended by profchiara)
    • Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough (recommended by gemprincess)
    • Istanbul Crossing by Joseph Kanon (recommended by ssindc)

 

AUSTRALIA 

  • Morgan's Run by Collen McCullough follows a British families life in the UK, and then the hero who is shipped to Australia as a convict. (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough (recommended by gemprincess)
  • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (recommended by ssindc)
  • The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman (recommended by ssindc)

 

 

AFRICA

  • The Covenant by James Michener  (recommended by gemprincess)

 

WORLD Trips

  • The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux (recommended by gemprincess)
  • Travels by Michael Chrichton (recommended by gemprincess)
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (recommended by relaxatrvlr)

 

 

Travel Guide Books

 

 

Travel Magazines

 

 

Newspapers

 

Holocaust

  • "All Rivers Run to the Sea by Eli Wiesel (Recommended bygemprincess )
  • Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (recommended by pluto77)

 

 

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