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Armchair Travel Books

Soul-searching travel memoirs

Itching for a vacation after that cold winter? Save some money and travel via armchair to places like Paris, India and Casablanca with only your library card.

These travelogue books feature transformational experiences the authors have had away from home.

Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India by Miranda Kennedy
Kennedy goes to India in hopes of making herself into a daring foreign correspondent. Determined to remake herself into an independent women of her own, her maid’s and neighbor’s place in Indian society makes her wonder what it actually means to be independent.

Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull
Moving to Paris after a quick whirlwind romance, Sarah has to wonder if she’s made the right decision. Her run-ins with waiters and navigating French dinner parties make her question if French society has a place for her.

The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah
Armed with his family and a dream to own a house in sunny Morocco, this author tries to navigate the traitorous and yet rewarding path of fixing a traditional mansion in the city of Casablanca.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
Does the meaning of happiness change with each country? This author presents a series of short stories about his investigation into country specific happiness and how to achieve it. Through a comparison of countries, readers will see happiness in a new light.

Little Chapel on the River: A Pub, A town and  Search for What Matters: by Gwendolyn Bounds
Forced to leave her life in Manhattan after the Sept. 11 attacks, Bounds finds herself working a small pub down the river. Through interactions with the tight knit community of customers and work as a bar tender, Bounds slowly rebuilds her life.