Book Lust Goes on the Road



“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charmand adventure. There is no end to theadventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” --Jawaharlal Nehru

Calling all travelers! The next time you’re researching a trip, grab a copy of Nancy Pearl’s BookLust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers to find some suggested titles that will help get you on your way. The book includes both nonfiction travel narratives to teach you about the area and the people you will be visiting and fiction that will keep you dreaming until your departure. Both will give you a sense of the spirit of place.
Whereas Pearl’s first book in the series, Book Lust, is broken down into a variety of themes (“Action Heroines,” “A Dickens of a Tale” and “Rivers of Words” are a few), the sections of To Go are meant specifically for travelers to sink their teeth into. If you’re taking a trip across the pond, have a look at the section, “Entering England.” If you’re going to Jamaica, you can check out “Cavorting Through the Caribbean.” Or if you’re just looking for something exciting to read, see “A Is for Adventure.”

Each section gives a good selection of books to choose from. I looked at “A Mention of the Middle East” and found these, among others:


  • Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre’s O Jerusalem!: Day by Day and Minute by Minute: The Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel
  • David Ignatius’s Agents of Innocence
  • Jim Krane’s City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism
  • Maliha Masood’s Zaatar Days, Henna Nights: Adventures, Dreams, and Destinations Across the Middle East
  • Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness
  • Hugh Pope’s Dining with Al-Qaeda
  • Matt Rees’s The Collaborator of Bethlehem, The Samaritan’s Secret, and The Fourth Assassin [His mystery series also includes an unmentioned title, A Grave in Gaza.]
  • Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza and Palestine
  • Jennifer Steil’s The Woman Who Fell From the Sky: An American Journalist in Yemen


All of these titles are available in our catalog.
Happy reading and happy landing!

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