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Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Pearl
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Adventure is just a book away as best-selling author Nancy Pearl returns with recommended reading for more than 120 destinations around the globe. Book Lust To Go connects the best fiction and nonfiction to particular destinations, whether your bags are packed or your armchair is calling. With stops from Texas to Timbuktu, Nancy Pearl's reading recommendations will send you on your way.

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From Publishers Weekly

With the holidays just around the corner, Nancy Pearl's little gem will please many a traveler (or dreamer) who loves to read about faraway places but doesn't know where to start. With fanciful alliteration, Pearl lists titles under topics arranged from "A is for Adventure" to "Zipping through Zimbabwe." Recommendations are accompanied by brief critiques and insights. In an entry for "Las Vegas," for example, Pearl recommends Chris Ewan's novel, The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas, for fans of Hiaassen and Westlake, capers that use various cities of the world for their settings. Pearl classifies her recommendations well enough so that readers can take or leave her advice. In "Africa," for instance, she includes the classic Cry the Beloved Country as well as contemporary mysteries such as Wife of the Gods. It might have been easy to stick with the country structure for a book like this, but Pearl mixed it up, to good effect, with chapters like "So We/I Bought (or Built) A House In…" which includes books about homes in Morocco, Mexico, France, Brazil, and Ireland. Pearl has produced a winner and the perfect bedside companion. (Oct.)
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As in the other volumes in her "Book Lust" series, the idea is very simple. Pearl, a former Seattle librarian, suggests books in various categories. She gives the impression of having read almost everything, and her recommendations are varied and exhaustive. She offers something for everyone’s taste — romantic novels, mysteries, histories, sportsbooks, travel books, comics, poetry and so forth.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 782 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1570616507
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00499DSBQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collects all the titles you wish you knew October 6, 2010
Nancy Pearl is back! In case her name doesn't ring a bell, she's probably just about the coolest librarian you can imagine. If you tell her you want something adventurous, she won't simply hand you a Jon Kraukeur book, she'll ask you to be more specific. She could probably ask you half a dozen questions and then suggest the perfect title for you. She did this for the world when she wrote Book Lust a few years ago. In it, she compiled lists of authors and book titles (often with a synopsis) that have connections to other books. So if you wanted Irish Fiction, the category would give you a large list of fiction titles, some well known and others long out of print. Similarly, she classified hundreds of books under different categories, some general(cold war spy novels) or more specific (novels written by physicians).

In her third book, Book Lust To Go, she tackles travel. To me, it's the best of the series. These aren't Lonely Planet guides: you aren't going to learn language or customs or cheap places to stay. Instead, it collects a list of titles based on the destination. You want books set in Finland? There's a section for that, and it includes fiction and nonfiction from the region, as well as history books that may be useful. She covers the world with books; even the most obscure countries and cities have titles listed. Being able to see a grouping of several genres in one geographical category makes this the ultimate resource if you are studying a particular area or doing a regional reading challenge.

Besides travel to real cities, states, and countries, she includes sections on imaginary travel destinations. Also listed are groupings of books based on sailing, walking, rowing, travel by plane, etc.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for everybody who can read October 25, 2010
I am shedding no tears of sympathy for NPR book maven Nancy Pearl. As far as I'm concerned, she has the best writing job in the world. She gets to write books about books, and in the process, research and select the best of the books, including the ones she likes, and recommend them to others. In fact, she can create the categories to suit her literary proclivities. Heavens, is there no limit to this lady's good fortune?

In this book about books, Pearl shines the luster of her book lust on books for travelers, both the inner and outer variety. BOOK LUST TO GO is subtitled "Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers." Does this not include, well, just about everybody who can read?

This is not a trip read; it's a book to read before you go, to help you choose some books to take along. If you're traveling to Sweden, grab a trendy Stieg Larsson mystery for the journey (but be advised, as Pearl points out, Larsson's books are as dark as a far northern winter). If to Botswana, throw in your pack the writings of the delightful Alexander McCall Smith and the more complex Bessie Head --- a study in contrasts, but both writers are equally true to the soil of their home. Head's MARU, a bit darker and more poetic than the offering Pearl chose, is a near-poetic depiction of tribal prejudice and personal pride.

Going to Cornwall? Corfu? There's a book for you.

Maybe you just want to travel "in the footsteps of." Try Tim Butcher's BLOOD RIVER: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart, about the great explorer H.M. Stanley, or CHASING CHE: A Motorcycle Journey in Search of the Guevara Legend, by Patrick Symmes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for active and armchair travelers September 24, 2010
I love Nancy Pearl's new book. What a great idea to give suggestions for books that will enhance your travel experiences. Several years ago I took a cruise down the Seine from Paris to Honfleur. I decided to take along the book Bel Ami (Vintage Classics) by French writer Guy de Maupassant, not realizing that he was an author from the very region we were passing through - Normandy. It really enhanced my experience to be reading stories about the very area we were visiting. Book Lust to Go encourages you to have this same experience no matter where you are traveling. Even if you are an armchair traveler, this book would be an invaluable aid to the study of many different places.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion for armchair travelers July 30, 2011
Filled with hundreds of pointers on recommended reading for armchair travelers, this is a great pick up and browse a section here and there type read, that covers just about every city and destination one would expect from such an offering. This book is at its best when Nancy Pearl actually read the listed books as those entries are filled with energetic and interesting commentary (as opposed to some entries that are mere title-author lists)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding resource, and entertaining too! November 2, 2010
Nancy Pearl aims to offer selections for all reading tastes and topics rather than saying "these are the best of the best and everyone should read them." With that in mind, I don't rate her books based on whether I liked the books she suggests. Instead, I rate them for the feeling of possibility, anticipation, and excitement she creates for me. Her love of books and their authors infuses every page. She always includes interesting personal anecdotes and a sprinkling of humor, so it's not just a dry list of books you should read.

The sections in Book Lust to Go are presented according to region, city, state, or country. If you have an interest in a particular place, you can turn to that section and find both fiction and non-fiction offerings about its history, people, recent events, or fellow travelers' experiences. There are also some sections devoted to mode of travel rather than location, including sea voyages, river rides, mountain climbing, bicycle trips, train travel, and walking treks.

Whether Cavorting through the Caribbean, Frolicking in Finland, Galloping Through the Galapagos, Sheltering in the Shetlands, or Peru(sing) Peru, there's something for everyone, if only for travel of the armchair variety.

Pearl explains in the introduction that she has tried to avoid repeating suggestions. So if you think there are titles conspicuously missing from a particular section, you'll probably find they've already been mentioned in Book Lust or More Book Lust.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just adding to the pile...
... of to-be-read books but improving its quality.

Admittedly I had never heard of Nancy Pearl until a fellow Amazon reviewer placed this book in my hands. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John P. Jones III
2.0 out of 5 stars A Way to Waste Time.
Not very interesting.
Published 2 months ago by Lorraine W. Besch
2.0 out of 5 stars Limited. Rather silly fiction in some cases, not much historical or...
Disappointing selection. Nebraska but no Massachusetts or Maine? There is a section on Boston, but not the books I would pick to teach a traveler about the city. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Munjoy fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Traveler, Vagabond and Dreamer
Flipping through the pages of this book, I was instantly transported back to my travels around the globe. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jacqueline
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy purchase
This book has afforded me a list of about 30 books to read. That's huge for this bibliophile! I plan to purchase the additional Book Lust titles and I hope Pearl has others in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Turtle beach
5.0 out of 5 stars she is an excellent
enough reconnebdationbs for me to read for years. she is an excellent reviewer
Published 7 months ago by lu j
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
made a nice gift
Published 10 months ago by Ruth Richards
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe you had to be there....?
Books are a very personal choice. Some of us like certain titles and others do not. I suppose that's why there are so many different genre. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ellis Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Read these before you go (or don't go)
Nancy Pearls' fourth Book Lust volume is more specialized than its predecessors, focusing on "armchair travel books and accounts of dashing and daring explorers," books... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chrijeff
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource if you are interested in "travel books",...
I used to like going through books that listed and recommended books for reading by different categories. Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. M. Peterson
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More About the Author

From Nancy: My lust for books and reading began when I was a very young child, and has continued unabated for lo, these many many years. Every time I open a new book to read, it's like embarking on a voyage to an unexplored place that just might be filled with wonder and excitement.

The books I love most tend to have three-dimensional characters and be very well-written (although that definition is fluid). I read everything - mysteries, non-fiction (especially history, memoirs, and current events), literary fiction, science fiction and fantasy, andchildren's books (lots and lots, for my upcoming book, Book Crush), and anything else that looks interesting. I love first novels.

More About Nancy: Nancy Pearl is a librarian and lifelong reader. She regularly comments on books on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Among her many awards and honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association; the 2010 Margaret E. Monroe Award from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association; and the 2004 Women's National Book Association Award, given to "a living American woman who ...has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation."


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