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Favorite Travel Reading (Recommendations from many MRI)

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Updated List Summarizing Reading Suggestions by Destination thanx to anadyr, chrisf,garywhalen,GemPrincess, gm1, lone6star, nuhusker, pluto77, profchiara, razorbackfan, relaxatrvlr), ssindc).

 

Please feel free to contribute new suggestions, or feedback on suggestions already recommended below.

 

EUROPE

 

Denmark - Hornet Flight by Ken Follet (recommended by pluto77, profchiara, GemPrincess)

 

France

  • Paris
    • Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (recommended by pluto77)
    • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough (recommended by gm1)
    • Mission to Paris by Alan Furst (recommended by ssindc)

  General 

    • The Virgin Warrior by Larissa Juliet Taylor (recommended by profchiara, GemPrincess)
    • Balzac novels.  He wrote a gazillion..(recommended bygarywhalen)
    • Virgin Blue, The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier (recommended by profchiara)

 

 

Germany

  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson (recommended by ssindc)
  • The Sleep Walkers, Children of Wrath by Paul Grossman - Willi Kraus Detective Series (recommended by ssindc)
  • Finger of Guilt: A Bonus Story by Paul Grossman - Hans Fraksa Detective Series (recommended by ssindc)
  • Skeltons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (recommended by ssindc)

 

 

Greece

  • Creation  by Gore Vidal (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis - - takes place on Crete (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Target Tinos, Murder in Mykonos, Assination in Athends etc by Jeffrey Siger's Inspector Kaldis series (recommended by profchiara, GemPrincess)

 

 

Iceland

  • Edge of Nowhere, Meltwater, North: Fire and Ice,Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath (Recommended by chrisf)

 

Ireland

  • The Dead by James Joyce (recommended by garywhalen)
  • The Sea by John Banville (recommended by ssindc)

 

 

Italy

  • Tuscany - Matilde, Countess of Tuscany by Mary Huddy - about an Italian Noblewoman, her life in Tuscany from 1045 ad to 1115 ad, and alliance with Pope Gregory VII (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Florence - The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian (recommended by ssindc)

 

 

  • Venice -
    • A Mapmakers' Dream, The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice by James Cowan, about a monk who makes maps without leaving his monastary on a island in the Venetian Lagoon occupied by the Armenian Church after being expelled from their monastery in Morea by the Turks(recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Inspector Brunetti mysteries by Donna Leon literally has about two dozen Inspector Brunetti mysteries that take place in Venice or its lagoon. (recommended by profchiara)

 

 

  • Pompeii - Pompeii: A Novel by Robert Harris (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Rome & Capri
    • Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran is a wonderful story of Octavian returning to Rome with the daughter and son of Cleopatra, and their life in Octavians's household.(recommended by GemPrincess)
    • The Blood of Gods: A Novel of Rome,  Emperor:The Gates of Rome, Emperior: The Field of Swords by Conn Iggulden (Recommended by chrisf)
    • The First Man in Rome, The Glass Crown,  Fortune's Favorites, Caesar's Women, Casesar, by Colleen McCullough, The October Horse, Anthony and Cleopatra (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Italy General
    • The Betrothed by Manzoni.  Maybe Italy's defining novel.(recommended by garywhalen)
    • The Travel's of Marco Polo by  Rustichello's (recommended by pluto77, GemPrincess)

 

 

Malta

  • The Sword and the Scimitar by David Ball (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • The Kappillan of Malta by Nicholas Monsarrat (recommended by GemPrincess)

 

 

Mediterrean

  • The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux (recommended by GemPrincess)

 

Netherlands - The Girls with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (recommended by profchiara)

 

Norway - The Bat, The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo - Harry Hole Detective Series (recommended by ssindc)

 

Russia

  • Moscow
    • - Russka: The Novel of Russia by Edward Rutherford, same format focusing on Russia (recommended by GemPrincess)

 

 

  Spain

  • Iberia, Miracle in Seville by James Michener  (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Don Quixote (by Cervantes)   It's one of the greatest novels ever written (and my personal favorite (recommended by garywhalen)
  • Alhambra - Tales of the Alhambra by Washintgon Irving series of stories by Irving on his trip to Alhambra, and living in Alhambra.(recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Tatoo by Manuel Vazquez Montalban Pepe Carvalho detective series set in Barcelona (recommended by ssindc)

 

 

SwedenThe Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson (Recommended by chrisf)

 

UK

  • General
    • Shakespeare is a given.  I'd suggest "Henry IV Part I and Part II" since they're historical and what character is more delightful than Falstaff? (recommended by garywhalen)
    • Facedown XXXX by Kathy Lynn Emerson - e.g. Face Down under the Wych Elm - set in the Elizabethan period and feature a character called Lady Appleton who is a herbalist and Elizabethan detective ... again, not sure re historical accuracy, but they are a very entertaining read. (Recommended by chrisf)
    • Morgan's Run by Collen McCullough follows a British families life in the UK, and then the hero who is shipped to Australia as a convict (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier (recommended by profchiara)
    • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (recommended by pluto77, GemPrincess
    • The Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux (recommended by GemPrincess)

 

 

  • Salisbury - Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherford went from the ice ages to present day, of Salisbury, England, in cathederal, following several families that represent parts of society(recommended by GemPrincess)
  • London
    • London: The Novel by Edward Rutherford, same format focusing on London (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Free to Trade by Michael Ridpath (Recommended by chrisf)

  Americas 

  • Washington, D.C -.The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown learned some new things about Washington DC even after living there for many years. (recommended by pluto77, GemPrincess)
  • Massachusettes - Stepping Stones by Roger Porter Denk (Recommended by anadyr, GemPrincess)
  • Alaska
    • Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness by Anne Purdy is a story about Anne Hobbes who went to Alaska in the 1920s to teach in a one room school house, traveling to and living in Alaska,  and the problems she had due to her kindness to the Native Americans living there.(recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Alaska, The Journey by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet by Rockwell Kent's (recommended by ssindc)
  • Texas
    • The Eagle and the Raven, Texas by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • USA
    • Adventures of Huckelberry Finn (Twain) (recommended by garywhalen)
    • Fall of the Giants by Follet (recommended by pluto77
    • The Johnstown Flood, John Adams, Truman, 1776 by David McCullough (recommended by gm1, GemPrincess)
    • Chesapeake, Centennial, Hawaii, Legacy, Texas by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • No Easy Day by (Recommended by nuhusker)
  • Caribbean by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Mexico  - Mexico, My Lost Mexico by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Panama - Path Between the Seas by David McCullough tells about the initial French effort to build the Panama Canal based on their history of building the Suez Canal, and how the Americans assumed this effort and completed, and some of the challenges faced and conquered like discovering what caused malaria and how to prevent if possible, and treat if necesary. (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Honduras - The Fish That Ate the Whale by Rich Cohen about United Fruit (recommended by lone6star, pluto77)
  • Cuba - Anadyr: The End of the Cuban Revolution - by Roger Porter Denk (Recommended by anadyr, GemPrincess)

 

 

ASIA

  • Burma - The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly a really tough book to read about the political situation in Burma, and an even tougher trip to take for the traveler that thrives on challenge. (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Indiia - Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala or any of the other intereting books by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Japan
    • The Tale of Gengi (I read it but I can't remember the author's name.) (recommended by garywhalen
    • Sayonnar by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • China/Hong Kong
    • The Travel's of Marco Polo by  Rustichello's (recommended by pluto77)
    • The Painted Veil by Sommerset Maughn (recommended by ssindc)
  • Korean - The Bridges of Toko-Ri by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Israel
  • Iran - Creation  by Gore Vidal (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Middle East
    • The Arabist:The Romance of an American Elite by Robert Kaplan (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Travels with a Tangerine, Lankfalls: On the Edge of Islam with Ibn Battutah, The Travels of Ibn Battutah, Hall of a Thousand Columns: Hindustan with Ibn Battutah  (Recommended by chrisf)
    • Sand Castle Girls: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian (recommended by ssindc)
  • Yemen - Yemen: The Unknown Arabia (Recommended by chrisf)
  • Afghanistan - Caravans by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Mongolia - Wolf of the Plains, Conquerer: A  Novel of Kublai Khan by Conn Iggulden (Recommended by chrisf)
  • Turkey
    • Theodora, Justinian, both by Stella Duffy's (Recommended by profchiara)
    • Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Istanbul Crossing by Joseph Kanon (recommended by ssindc)

 

AUSTRALIA 

  • Morgan's Run by Collen McCullough follows a British families life in the UK, and then the hero who is shipped to Australia as a convict. (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (recommended by ssindc)
  • The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman (recommended by ssindc)

 

 

AFRICA

  • The Covenant by James Michener  (recommended by GemPrincess)

 

WORLD Trips

  • The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • Travels by Michael Chrichton (recommended by GemPrincess)
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (recommended by relaxatrvlr)

 

 

Travel Guide Books

 

 

Travel Magazines

 

 

Newspapers

 

Holocaust

  • "All Rivers Run to the Sea by Eli Wiesel (Recommended byGemPrincess )
  • Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (recommended by pluto77)

 

 

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  • Re: Favorite Travel Reading (Recommendations from many MRI)
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    GP,

     

    That is outstanding work!

     

    So many people should "Thank-you" for this invaluable information!

     

    Hope you get a lot of contributions and suggestions.  This is most helpful!

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    profchiara Alumni Steward Silver 3 Reviews
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    Hi GemPrincess,

    Thanks so much for listing my book on Joan!

     

    I've recently seen a new series of mysteries based in Périgord and the Dordogne in France by Robert Walker (Detective Bruno mysteries).  I haven't read them yet, but there are a lot of high 5 Amazon reviews for many, many books.

     

    I've ordered all the remaining Inspector Brunetti mysteries for Venice that I hadn't read, and I feel like his family is my own.  Plus I've learned so much about Venice.  Donna Leon apparently lives there, but made a deal with her publisher that none of her Brunetti mysteries would ever be translated into Italian.  I will have to check on that next time I am in Italy.

     

    Jeffrey Siger's new Midnight in Mykonos is due out in less than a month.

    Cheers and thanks,

    ProfChiara

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      Thanx ProfC for the recommendation!

       

      I bought the, "The Dark Vineyard" to start with. Could resist the description, "cuisinier extraordinaire"

       

      or that Detective Bruno likes Pommerol.

       

      Also love the job description, "Policing in Chief Bruno Courrèges's sun-dappled patch of Périgord involves protecting local fromages from E.U. hygiene inspectors"

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    Here's a new one I just learned about (though haven't yet read): Lawrence IN Arabia.  Non-fiction, about the making of the modern Middle-East.  It sounds good and I'm planning on reading it.

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      Thanx Pluto, also downloaded this one too.

       

      If you like this type of book, you might want to check out, " The Arabists: The Romance of an American Elite"  by Robert Kaplan who is a journalist.

       

      After discovering that Follet's background is journalism, I am quickly coming to the conclusion that they are some of the best authors.

       

      I guess being a journalist gets you into the habit of researching, interviewing and writing on a regular basis!

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    Updatable List Below as the first post is a message that can not be updated.

     

    EUROPE

     

    Denmark

     

    France

    • Paris
      • Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (recommended by pluto77)
      • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough (recommended by gm1)
      • Mission to Paris by Alan Furst (recommended by ssindc)

      General

      • The Virgin Warrior by Larissa Juliet Taylor (recommended by profchiara, GemPrincessprofchiara) Note: Written by a Marriott Insider
      • Balzac novels.  He wrote a gazillion..(recommended by garywhalen)
      • Virgin Blue, The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier (recommended profchiara)
      • Bruno, Chief of Police, The Dark Vineyard, The Devil's Cave, The Crowded Grave, Bruno and the CarolSingers (Detective Bruno Mysteries) by Robert Walker (recommended by profchiara)

     

    Germany

    • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson (recommended by ssindc)
    • The Sleep Walkers, Children of Wrath by Paul Grossman - Willi Kraus Detective Series (recommended by ssindc)
    • Finger of Guilt: A Bonus Story by Paul Grossman - Hans Fraksa Detective Series (recommended by ssindc)
    • Skeltons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (recommended by ssindc)
    • The Book Thierf by Marcus Zusak (recommended by ssindc)

     

    Greece

    • Creation  by Gore Vidal (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis - takes place on Crete (recommended by GemPrincess
    • Target Tinos, Murder in Mykonos, Assination in Athends, Midnight in Mykonos etc by Jeffrey Siger's Inspector Kaldis series (recommended by profchiara, GemPrincess)

     

    Hungary

    • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Part-Time Detectives and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein (recommended by ssindc)
    • The Dukays, Century in Scarlet, Two Prisoners by Lajos Zilahy (recommended by GemPrincess)

     

    Iceland

    • Edge of Nowhere, Meltwater, North: Fire and Ice,Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath (Recommended by chrisf)

    Ireland

    • The Dead by James Joyce (recommended by garywhalen)
    • The Sea by John Banville (recommended by ssindc)

     

    Italy

    • Tuscany - Matilde, Countess of Tuscany by Mary Huddy - about an Italian Noblewoman, her life in Tuscany from 1045 ad to 1115 ad, and alliance with Pope Gregory VII (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Florence

     

    • Venice -
      • A Mapmakers' Dream, The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice by James Cowan, about a monk who makes maps without leaving his monastary on a island in the Venetian Lagoon occupied by the Armenian Church after being expelled from their monastery in Morea by the Turks(recommended by GemPrincess)
      • Inspector Brunetti mysteries by Donna Leon literally has about two dozen Inspector Brunetti mysteries that take place in Venice or its lagoon. (recommended by profchiara)

     

    • Pompeii - Pompeii: A Novel by Robert Harris (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Rome & Capri
      • Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran is a wonderful story of Octavian returning to Rome with the daughter and son of Cleopatra, and their life in Octavians's household.(recommended by GemPrincess)
      • The Blood of Gods: A Novel of Rome,  Emperor:The Gates of Rome, Emperior: The Field of Swords by Conn Iggulden (Recommended by chrisf)
      • The First Man in Rome, The Glass Crown,  Fortune's Favorites, Caesar's Women, Casesar, The October Horse,  Anthony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough, (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome, Roman Blood, Arms of Nemesis, Murder on the Appian Way, Catilina's Riddle,  The Triumph of Caesar,  The Judgement of Caesar, The House of the Vestals, The Venus Throw, Roma Sub Rosa, Rubicon, Roman Blood, Empire, A Mist of Prophecies, Last Seen in Massilia, The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • The Lion and the Rose, The Serpent and the Pearl, Mistress of Rome, Empress of the Seven Hills, Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn (recommended by profchiara)
    • Italy General
      • The Betrothed by Manzoni.  Maybe Italy's defining novel.(recommended by garywhalen)
      • The Travel's of Marco Polo by  Rustichello's (recommended by pluto77, GemPrincess)

     

    Malta

    • The Sword and the Scimitar by David Ball (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • The Kappillan of Malta by Nicholas Monsarrat (recommended by GemPrincess)

     

    Mediterrean

    • The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux (recommended by GemPrincess)

     

    Netherlands

    • The Girls with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (recommended by profchiara)
    • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom  (recommended by ssindc)  (Haarem, Holland)

     

    Norway - The Bat, The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo - Harry Hole Detective Series (recommended by ssindc)

     

    Russia

    • Moscow
      • jRusska: The Novel of Russia by Edward Rutherford, same format focusing on Russia (recommended by GemPrincess)

    Spain

    • Iberia, Miracle in Seville by James Michener  (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Don Quixote (by Cervantes)   It's one of the greatest novels ever written (and my personal favorite (recommended by garywhalen)
    • Alhambra - Tales of the Alhambra by Washintgon Irving series of stories by Irving on his trip to Alhambra, and living in Alhambra.(recommended by GemPrincess
    • Tatoo by Manuel Vazquez MontalbanPepe Carvalho detective series set in Barcelona (recommended by ssindc)

     

    SwedenThe Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson (Recommended by chrisf)

     

    UK

    • General
      • Shakespeare is a given.  I'd suggest "Henry IV Part I and Part II" since they're historical and what character is more delightful than Falstaff? (recommended by garywhalen)
      • Facedown XXXX by Kathy Lynn Emerson - e.g. Face Down under the Wych Elm - set in the Elizabethan period and feature a character called Lady Appleton who is a herbalist and Elizabethan detective ... again, not sure re historical accuracy, but they are a very entertaining read. (Recommended by chrisf)
      • Morgan's Run by Collen McCullough follows a British families life in the UK, and then the hero who is shipped to Australia as a convict (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier (recommended by profchiara)
      • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (recommended by pluto77, GemPrincess)
      • The Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux (recommended by GemPrincess
    • Salisbury - Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherford went from the ice ages to present day, of Salisbury, England, in cathederal, following several families that represent parts of society(recommended by GemPrincess
    • London
      • London: The Novel by Edward Rutherford, same format focusing on London (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • Free to Trade by Michael Ridpath (Recommended by chrisf)

      Americas

    • Alaska
      • Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness by Anne Purdy is a story about Anne Hobbes who went to Alaska in the 1920s to teach in a one room school house, traveling to and living in Alaska,  and the problems she had due to her kindness to the Native Americans living there.(recommended by GemPrincess)
      • Alaska, The Journey by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet by Rockwell Kent's (recommended by ssindc)
    • Baltimore - The Third Twin by Ken Follet (recommended by GemPrincess, lone6star, pluto77, profchiara)
    • Massachusettes
      • Stepping Stones by Roger Porter Denk (Recommended by anadyr, GemPrincess) Note: Written by a Marriott Insider
      • The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro (recommended by ssindc) (it's a very Boston book)
    • New Orleans
      • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt (recommended by ssindc)
      • A Confederacy of Dunces, The Neon Bible by John Kennedy Toole (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • A Street Car named Desire by Tennessee Williams (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Texas
      • The Eagle and the Raven, Texas by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Washington, D.C
      • The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown learned some new things about Washington DC even after living there for many years. (recommended by pluto77, GemPrincess)
    • USA
      • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain) (recommended by garywhalen)
      • Fall of the Giants by Follet (recommended by lone6star, pluto77)
      • The Johnstown Flood, John Adams, Truman, 1776 by David McCullough (recommended by gm1, GemPrincess)
      • Chesapeake, Centennial, Hawaii, Legacy, Texas by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • No Easy Day by (Recommended by nuhusker)
    • Caribbean by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Mexico  - Mexico, My Lost Mexico by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Panama - Path Between the Seas by David McCullough tells about the initial French effort to build the Panama Canal based on their history of building the Suez Canal, and how the Americans assumed this effort and completed, and some of the challenges faced and conquered like discovering what caused malaria and how to prevent if possible, and treat if necesary. (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Honduras - The Fish That Ate the Whale by Rich Cohen about United Fruit (recommended by lone6star, pluto77)
    • Cuba - Anadyr: The End of the Cuban Revolution - by Roger Porter Denk (Recommended by anadyr, GemPrincessNote: Written by a Marriott Insider
    • Andes, Peru  Touching the Void by Joe Simpson  (recommended by ssindc

     

    ASIA

    • Burma - The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly a really tough book to read about the political situation in Burma, and an even tougher trip to take for the traveler that thrives on challenge. (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Indiia - Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala or any of the other intereting books by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (recommended byGemPrincess)
    • Japan
      • The Tale of Gengi (I read it but I can't remember the author's name.) (recommended by garywhalen)
      • Sayonnar by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (reommended by ssindc
    • China/Hong Kong
      • The Travel's of Marco Polo by  Rustichello's (recommended by pluto77)
      • The Painted Veil by Sommerset Maughn (recommended by ssindc)
    • Korea
      • The Bridges of Toko-Ri by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (reommended by ssindc
    • Israel
    • Iran - Creation  by Gore Vidal (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Middle East
      • The Arabist:The Romance of an American Elite by Robert Kaplan (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • Lawrence In Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson (recommended by pluto77)
      • Travels with a Tangerine, Lankfalls: On the Edge of Islam with Ibn Battutah, The Travels of Ibn Battutah, Hall of a Thousand Columns: Hindustan with Ibn Battutah  (Recommended by chrisf)
      • Sand Castle Girls: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian (recommended by ssindc)
    • Yemen - Yemen: The Unknown Arabia (Recommended by chrisf)
    • Afghanistan
      • Caravans by James Michener (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • Lay Down With Lions by Ken Follet (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And the Mountains Echoed  by Khaled Houseni (recommended by GemPrincess, lone6star, lakersfan)
      • The Outpost, Into the Fire by Jake Tapper (recommended by lone6star)

     

    • Mongolia - Wolf of the Plains, Conquerer: A  Novel of Kublai Khan by Conn Iggulden (Recommended by chrisf)
    • Turkey
      • Theodora, Justinian, both by Stella Duffy's (Recommended by profchiara)
      • Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough (recommended by GemPrincess)
      • Istanbul Crossing by Joseph Kanon (recommended by ssindc)

     

    AUSTRALIA

    • Morgan's Run by Collen McCullough follows a British families life in the UK, and then the hero who is shipped to Australia as a convict. (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (recommended by ssindc)
    • The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman (recommended by ssindc)

     

    AFRICA

    • The Covenant by James Michener  (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Constant Gardner by John le  Carré (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, There was a Country by Chinua Achebe (recommended by GemPrincessNote: Written by a College Friend of mine
    • The Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories by Chinua Achebe, C.L. Innes (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong (recommended by ssindc) (Kenya, Sudan, etc.)

     

    WORLD Trips

    • The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • Travels by Michael Chrichton (recommended by GemPrincess)
    • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (recommended by relaxatrvlr)

     

    Travel Guide Books

     

    Travel Magazines

     

    Newspapers

     

    Holocaust

    • All Rivers Run to the Sea, Night by Eli Wiesel (Recommended by GemPrincess, ssindc)
    • Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (recommended by pluto77)
    • Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank (recommended by ssindc)
    • A Lucky Child by Tom Burgenthal (recommended by ssindc)
    • The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak (recommended by ssindc)
    • Number the Stars by Lowis Lowry (recommended by ssindc)

     

    Social Media

     

    Internet Reading

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  • Re: Favorite Travel Reading (Recommendations from many MRI)
    lakersfan Platinum 20 Reviews
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    W O W ! !

     

    You have an amazing reading list.  Thanks, GemPrincess, for posting!!!

    And the Mountains Echoed  by Khaled Houseni, as you recommend, was the best of my summer reading

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    • Re: Favorite Travel Reading (Recommendations from many MRI)
      GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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      Agree iti s an impressive reading list, but primarily because it is the collective experience of many well-travel MRIs.

       

      I am merely the scribe.

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    • Re: Favorite Travel Reading (Recommendations from many MRI)
      GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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      p.s.  I have added your name to those recommending Khaled Houseni's books.

       

      For everyone else, please feel free to make recommendations, or endorse the recommendations already listed.

       

      Equally interesting is who and how many people are recommending a book.

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  • Re: Favorite Travel Reading (Recommendations from many MRI)
    GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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    Updated the Travel Reading list for books on Rome that I am in process of reading.

     

    profchiara has recommended several books by Kate Quinn, and I have found some interesting books by Steven Saylor.

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