Travel Book Suggestions?
Today I’m calling on the hive mind and looking for travel books to read! I go back and forth in my relationship with travel books: so many that I try seem to either completely objectify the place visited or to be tainted by neocolonialism, sexism, racism, or all three at once. But when the planets align and I find a travelogue that’s clear of that, written by an insightful, observant author, I find myself inspired, thrilled, and in a blissful reading state.
I’ve found some of my favourites combine travel with other topics (off the top of my head, examples include Victoria Finlay’s Color and Sy Montgomery’s Journey of the Pink Dolphin), so feel free to be broad in your suggestions! As always, extra points for suggesting authors of colour or just authors who aren’t from the US or UK, simply because those are always trickier to find. Because I’m gearing up for my first long solo trip, I’m especially curious about books by solo female travellers, and for similar reasons I’ll get extra excited about books highlighting South America. Although, let’s be honest, really I find reading about every part of the world thrilling. ;)
And in case you’re also looking for some suggestions, here are a few more of my favourites (completely random, non-exhaustive list!): Eating India by Chitrita Banerji, Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin, Oliver Sacks’ Oaxaca Journal, After the Dance by Edwidge Danticat, Empires of the Indus by Alice Albinia, Samba by Alma Guillermoprieto, The Palace of the Snow Queen by Barbara Sjoholm, Kinky Gazpacho by Lori Tharps, Hope, Human and Wild by Bill McKibben and A Good Horse Has No Color by Nancy Marie Brown (which I read a couple months ago & thus haven’t blogged about yet). Oh, and the books I’ve read of the National Geographic Directions series.
P.S.: Yes, I know about Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust to Go. In fact, I just downloaded the ebook from my library to look at again. But I suspect Pearl and I don’t always have similar tastes, and anymore the more the merrier when it comes to books to add to the TBR! Thanks in advance for any suggestions you have: feel free to just list titles if you don’t feel like writing more. :)