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Armchair Travel

Travel with a Book During the Pandemic

Travel and vacations are unlikely at the moment. But luckily, with a book you can travel across the globe without a mask or a million sanitizing wipes. Below are books that are guaranteed to provide an engrossing armchair trip without any of the worries of travel right now. Just sit back and let the words journey for you. 

Book cover This Road I Ride

Bicycle Journeys

Epic adventures on two wheels

Are you a metro-area bicycle commuter who dreams of strapping a set of panniers onto your bike and heading far from the madding crowd? One needn’t be a cyclist to enjoy a tale of long-distance cycling – experience perhaps doesn’t even help the enjoyment. The books below are a combination of first-person narratives of explorations of undiscovered territories, both external and internal, and well-researched histories of epic journeys across continents.

How to Walk by Tich Nhat Hanh

Take a Hike

Books on traveling by foot

As the days of the health emergency have continued, many of us have found comfort and happiness in taking in time outdoors. Whether traveling along city streets or taking a break in a wooded park, walking can be immensely beneficial to us humans in a myriad of ways. These six titles celebrate taking the road by foot, from its effects on our mental health to what we can learn spiritually from the practice to how our bodies reap the benefits of simply putting one foot in front of the other again and again and again.

Danube cover

Along the Danube

The lower Danube River is a route rich in history and nature. In 2014, I had my first view of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. Instead of a group tour of eastern Europe, I decided a river cruise would be a relaxing way to see more of this magnificent river and the countries along the way. Below are a selection of related titles I've read and enjoyed. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system.

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

Strong Appeal

Books I Put on Recent Recommendation Lists for Both my Mom and Sister

I like to think there are many perks to having a librarian in the family. My arts and crafts skills are impeccable, I can organize like nobody’s business, and, provided I know you well, I can produce book recommendations at the drop of a hat. That is why, for the last few years, I have gotten into the habit of creating recommended reading lists for my immediate family members for birthdays and other holidays. With Mother’s Day having recently passed, and my sister’s birthday coming up soon, I thought I’d share some of the books I recently recommended to both of them.

Midnight in Siberia

Mother Russia

Adventures in the Land of Putin and Beyond

Russia has been in the news a lot over the last four years and usually not in a good light. There is that thing called the 2016 election and Russia’s interference. The United States and Russia/The Soviet Union have not always had the best rapport but, love it or hate it, Russia is addictive. Its people are beautiful and strong. And, while cold and allusive at first, they are some of the warmest and most welcoming people in the world.

Bad-Ass Librarians Timbuktu

Books About Books in Troubled Times

While finding time to read can feel like a luxury, books have often been vital and necessary for surviving and sustaining through difficult times. Many people have also found many books and collections important enough to risk their own lives in order to protect them. The following books dive into the role books, manuscripts and libraries have played in times of war, crisis and change.  

Theroux's Deep Sout

United States of Complexity

Red, White, and Who?

We certainly live in times of great divisiveness: politically, economically and racially. We live in a very complex country varying from region to region in its political persuasions, cultural backgrounds, and systems of belief. The following books take aim by their respective authors of truly seeking to understand a group of “other” Americans and why they believe what they do and why they pursue the things they do.

Ninety Percent of Everything

Seafaring Journeys with Cargo

Nonfiction Explorations of Maritime Shipping

Last year I traveled as a passenger for almost four weeks on two transatlantic cargo ships. Since I've returned, I have been reading books to gain further insight into the world of maritime shipping. Many products we use every day, including the device you're reading these words on and many library books, have journeyed across oceans on cargo ships. Yet, the shipping world is invisible to most of us. Without leaving land you too can journey into this fascinating world by reading the books below.

Algeria is Beautiful Like American

Bad Lands

Travels to Challenging Places

There are places that we are advised or warned not to travel to. There are places that are unstable. There are places that are downright dangerous and that should be avoided at all cost. Syria and Mali come to mind. Our Department of State keeps citizens abreast with its list of “Travel Advisories.” It’s usually a good idea to take a look at this service before embarking upon a trip outside the United States. I’ve selected a few graphic novels and one other book to highlight traveling to countries such as these.

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