Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
In Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table.
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
One of the few winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Jhumpa Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations.
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
A classic from The New York Times Bestselling Author, Bill Bryson reports on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet.
The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
The 23-year-old Ernesto halts his studies to travel around Latin America and upwards to North America. The young Che Guevara's lively and highly entertaining travel diary, now a popular movie and a New York Times bestseller.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
On a luxurious train, an American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, Agatha Christie takes the reader through this traveling mystery.
American Traveler: The Life and Adventures of John Ledyard, the Man Who Dreamed of Walking the World by James Zug
Before the Revolution, Americans by and large didn't travel great distances, rarely venturing west of the Appalachians. Ledyard, with his boundless enthusiasm and wide-ranging intellect, changed all that. In lively prose, journalist James Zug tells the riveting story of this immensely influential character—a Ben Franklin with wanderlust—a uniquely American pioneer.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert's celebrated irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
The heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes and how two friends dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted from the appalling decision to cut the rope. This book is not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.
When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney
This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra—women who ruled with real power—and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today.
Shogun by James Clavell
(Also by Clavell: Tai Pan and Noble House)
A bold English adventurer, an invincible Japanese warlord, and a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life are all brought together in an extraordinary saga aflame with passion, conflict, ambition, and the struggle for power. A spellbinding depiction of a nation seething with violence and intrigue as it moves from the medieval world to the modern.