New March Travel Writing

"He gave the impression that very many cities had rubbed him smooth."

- Graham Greene

Two travel books have popped up in our catalog that I can’t wait to get my hands on. The first is Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France by Vivian Swift. Library Journal describes it: “Part travel memoir (of Swift’s honeymoon), part tips’n’tactics for road tripping through France, part illustrated volume featuring hundreds of the author’s watercolors, this could be almost as good as being there.”

She’ll take us on a ride through Paris, Normandy, Brittany, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. We don’t yet have copies circulating, but if you’re interested, you can click here to place a hold on the book and get a copy when it becomes available.

In the meantime, you can get to know the author’s witty and engaging style on her website.

Another recent release is The Man Within My Head by Pico Iyer. A well-seasoned and much-loved travel writer, Iyer tells us about his connections to his father and to the writer, Graham Greene (even though the two had never met outside of the pages of Greene’s books). In doing so, he tells us about himself, and no story about Iyer is complete without globetrotting. The LA Times calls the book, “patchwork rather than a narrative, proceeding through a series of dreamlike connections as Iyer, alone in a hotel room, or a bar in Saigon, or on a perilous mountain road after a car smash in Bolivia, finds himself meeting characters and walking through plots and coincidences that Greene might have invented years before.”

You can get on the waiting list for this book by clicking here.

And to bide your time, why not catch up on some of Iyer’s other travel writing? Or check out one of Greene’s travel-inspired stories. (I love The Quiet American, a novel about a war correspondent forced to make difficult choices in a bygone era in Vietnam.) Look them up in our catalog and take your pick!

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