This is a list of recent travel narratives. It is meant to compliment other booklists in the Travel category. If you need help finding these or any SCPL materials, remember to Ask Readers Services!
The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago,
Robert C. Sibley 263.0424611 SIB
The Way of St. James, traversing northern Spain, has been the destination of religious pilgrims for centuries. Sibley has made the journey twice.
Tibet Wild: A Naturalist’s Journeys on the Roof of the World,
George B. Schaller 508.515 SCH
Zoologist Schaller writes about the wildlife he has found on the Tibetan Plateau during expeditions begun in 1984.
Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker through the Wild Sierra Madre,
Tim Gallagher 598.72 GAL
Ornithologist Gallagher traveled the rugged and dangerous Sierra Madre Occidental in search of this rare bird. He did not find it, but tells of his many adventures and provides details of this northern Mexico region.
Happy Herbivore Abroad: A Travelogue & Over 135 Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes from Around the World,
Lindsay S. Nixon 641.5636 NIX
Traveling vegan Nixon combines stories of her travels with recipes inspired by the places she has visited.
Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail,
Suzanne Roberts 796.5109794 ROB
Yes, it is about a hike, and female bonding. It is also a witty and wise coming-of-age story.
Far Distant Echo: A Journey by Canoe from Lake Superior to Hudson Bay,
Fred Marks & Jay Timmerman 797.122 MAR
Marks and Timmerman were the only two of a six-man team to complete this 1400-mile trip by canoe.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,
Cheryl Strayed 813.6 STR
Strayed recount her experiences while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995, at a time her life seemed to be coming apart.
Holidays in Heck: A Former War Correspondent Experiences Frightening Vacation Fun,
P.J. O’Rourke 818.54 ORO
Political humorist O’Rourke brought his charm and wit with him in search of “fun” family vacation spots.
Walking Home: A Poet’s Journey,
Simon Armitage 821.914 ARM
Armitage traveled along the Pennine Way by foot, in the wrong direction, giving poetry readings at every stop.
Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road,
William Least Heat-Moon 910 HEA
A vivid depiction of people and places across the globe are included in this compilation by accomplished travel writer Least Heat-Moon.
Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana: Funny Travel Stories and Strange Packing Tips,
Marcy Gordon, editor 910 LEA
Here is another fine entry in the Travelers’ Tales humor series, edited by an experienced and witty traveler.
Better than Fiction: True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers,
Don George, editor 910.4 BET
The travel essays included here were written by noted fiction authors, including Isabel Allende and Joyce Carol Oates.
Hidden Cities: Travels to the Secret Corners of the World’s Greatest Metropolises: A Memoir of Urban Exploration,
Moses Gates 910.91732 GAT
Urban planner Gates explores urban landscapes in a manner distinctly his own. Not everyone will appreciate his taste or antics, but he has written an unusual travel memoir.
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot,
Robert Macfarlane 914.2 MAC
The old ways are the ancient footpaths and sea routes. Macfarlane’s journey was inspired to experience landscape through by walking it.
Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm,
Monte Reel 916.721 REE
Reel examines the work of and controversy surrounding explorer Paul du Chaillu, who in 1856 traveled West Africa, and brought home to England the first specimen of African gorilla.
The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari,
Paul Theroux 916.8 THE
What would a list of travel narratives be without Theroux? Sadly, this safari included a disheartening trip through Angola.
Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria,
Noo Saro-Wiwa 966.9 SAR
Saro-Wiwa revisits her homeland, touring various regions of Nigeria, in this travelogue and memoir.
Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Encounters,
Christopher S. Stewart 972.832 STE
In 2008 Stewart traveled to Honduras in search of the White City, first discovered by American adventurer and spy Theodore Morde.
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