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Adventure in a foreign land

The summer is almost officially upon us and there is traveling to be done! Being a stranger in a foreign land is always exciting, but needless to say, it does come with its challenges.

If you don't have travel plans anytime soon, let one of these books whisk you away. And if you are taking off soon, these books will keep you entertained on the journey.

Bon voyage!

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
When I went to Spain earlier this year, I learned that George Orwell (whose real name was Eric Blair) came to Barcelona to fight in the Spanish Civil War. This is a marvelous account his time there, and the difficulties that arise when trying to organize a bunch of anarchists to fight a war.  

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Based on real life events, this is an epic novel that follows an Australian convict through the gritty underworld of Bombay. Many of the lines are poetic and memorable, and the philosophical aspects of this book will stick with me for a while.  

Lost City of Z by David Grann
In 1925, British explorer Percy Fawcett set off into the Amazon to seek out an ancient civilization. He vanished. This is the riveting tale of how his obsession consumed him. The scenes of the painful things they encountered in the jungle gave me the heebie-jeebies and made me glad I was reading this from a safe distance.  

Neither Here, Nor There by Bill Bryson
When someone mentions backpacking through Europe, some of the things I conjure up in my mind are lush countrysides, delicious food, and grand architecture. Bill, however, reveals there is much more to it than that. Having traveled the continent in the mid 70's, he decides to retrace his steps and this comical book is the product.

One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Volume One: Africa by Aaron Barlow
I have a good friend leaving soon to start her Peace Corps mission in Africa, so this book caught my eye. It highlights the joys and pains of working abroad in some very tough environments. This collection includes over 60 stories and covers a wide degree of topics.  
~Christine, your friendly neighborhood Library Associate~