Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums
Revered writers tell us about their favorite museums and reveal the special hold that some museums have over us all. This book is a is a treasure trove of wonders, a tribute to the diversity and power of the museums, the safe-keepers of our world's most extraordinary artifacts, and an intimate look into the deeply personal reveries we fall into when before great art.
Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan by Shannon Galpin
Being inspired to act can take many forms. For some it's taking a weekend to volunteer, but for Shannon Galpin, it meant leaving her career, selling her house, launching a nonprofit and committing her life to advancing education and opportunity for women and girls. Focusing on the war-torn country of Afghanistan, Galpin and her organization, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of hundreds of men, women and children. As if launching a nonprofit wasn't enough, in 2009 Galpin became the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. Now she's using that initial bike ride to gain awareness around the country, encouraging people to use their bikes "as a vehicle for social change and justice to support a country where women don't have the right to ride a bike."
The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman
The author, a good girl, surprises no one more than herself when, on a whim, she buys a ticket to Ireland, a place she has never visited where she forms an unlikely bond with a free-spirited Australian girl, who spurs Rachel on to a yearlong odyssey.
The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equitorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost
The author’s memoir of moving to a remote south pacific island.
I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I'm a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but is also a love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.
My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by Wendy Simmons
The author chronicles one of the strangest vacations ever. Along the way, she bares all while undergoing an inner journey as convoluted as the country itself.
Blue Highways: A Journey Into America by William Least Heat-Moon
A travelogue classic about a road trip across the US.
Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kulansky
The author presents an insider's view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and his own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, Havana celebrates the city's music, literature, baseball, food, architecture and its extraordinary blend of cultures.