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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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The perfect book for both armchair travelers and people preparing to travel (and preparation is part of the fun).Published 2 months ago by Kate Turner
... 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
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 morePublished 8 months ago by Munjoy fan
Flipping through the pages of this book, I was instantly transported back to my travels around the globe. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jacqueline
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 morePublished 9 months ago by Turtle beach
enough reconnebdationbs for me to read for years. she is an excellent reviewerPublished 11 months ago by lu j
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 morePublished 15 months ago by Ellis Guy