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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (7 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570616507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570616501
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 19 cm
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As in the other volumes in her "Book Lust" series, the idea is very simple. Pearl, a former Seattle librarian, suggests books in various categories. She gives the impression of having read almost everything, and her recommendations are varied and exhaustive. She offers something for everyone's taste -- romantic novels, mysteries, histories, sportsbooks, travel books, comics, poetry and so forth."Mansfield News Journal "

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Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust, is America's favorite librarian. She regularly discusses and recommends books on NPR's Morning Edition and lectures widely on the topics of books and reading. She is librarian-at-large with the King County Library System

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By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback
... of to-be-read books but improving its quality.

Admittedly I had never heard of Nancy Pearl until a fellow Amazon reviewer placed this book in my hands. The blurb on the back bills her as "America's rock star librarian" due to her substantial presence in the media, for example, on NPR, recommending books. "Book Lust" is a series she has produced, in which she recommends certain books, based on varying categories and criteria, some based on charming whimsy. The "To Go" book, as the name implies, and is explicitly stated on the cover, is "recommended reading for travelers, vagabonds, and dreamers."

I read the book cover to cover. There are some 135 different categories, and they range from locales such as "Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires" through "Baltimore" and "Boston: Beans, Bird and the Red Sox" to "Guernica," "Lyme Regis" (for those John Fowles fans) and on to the inevitable Zimbabwe. Interspersed are categories covering the mode of travel, including ""Row, Row, Row Your Boat," "Making Tracks by Train" and "Climb Every Mountain." Notable also is the section on Provence and "We'll Always Have Paris." And there were the books that fit no category, hence "Where in the World Do These Books Belong?"

As a "quality control" mechanism for her recommendations, I paid particular attention to those in categories where I have a particular interest and have done a fair amount of reading on, for example, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam to the somewhat more obscure Ethiopia and Algeria. Sure enough, in Ethiopia is Wilfred Thesiger's
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Collects all the titles you wish you knew 7 Oct. 2010
By Meg Sumner - Published on
Format: Paperback
Nancy Pearl is back! In case her name doesn't ring a bell, she's probably just about the coolest librarian you can imagine. If you tell her you want something adventurous, she won't simply hand you a Jon Kraukeur book, she'll ask you to be more specific. She could probably ask you half a dozen questions and then suggest the perfect title for you. She did this for the world when she wrote Book Lust a few years ago. In it, she compiled lists of authors and book titles (often with a synopsis) that have connections to other books. So if you wanted Irish Fiction, the category would give you a large list of fiction titles, some well known and others long out of print. Similarly, she classified hundreds of books under different categories, some general(cold war spy novels) or more specific (novels written by physicians).

In her third book, Book Lust To Go, she tackles travel. To me, it's the best of the series. These aren't Lonely Planet guides: you aren't going to learn language or customs or cheap places to stay. Instead, it collects a list of titles based on the destination. You want books set in Finland? There's a section for that, and it includes fiction and nonfiction from the region, as well as history books that may be useful. She covers the world with books; even the most obscure countries and cities have titles listed. Being able to see a grouping of several genres in one geographical category makes this the ultimate resource if you are studying a particular area or doing a regional reading challenge.

Besides travel to real cities, states, and countries, she includes sections on imaginary travel destinations. Also listed are groupings of books based on sailing, walking, rowing, travel by plane, etc. The book is complete and thorough: this just released new collection is up to date. Books that were released as recently as a few months ago are listed in their appropriate region. It's hard to hide my enthusiasm for this title, it's just that good, especially for those of us who are curious about the world around us...
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A book for everybody who can read 25 Oct. 2010
By Bookreporter - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am shedding no tears of sympathy for NPR book maven Nancy Pearl. As far as I'm concerned, she has the best writing job in the world. She gets to write books about books, and in the process, research and select the best of the books, including the ones she likes, and recommend them to others. In fact, she can create the categories to suit her literary proclivities. Heavens, is there no limit to this lady's good fortune?

In this book about books, Pearl shines the luster of her book lust on books for travelers, both the inner and outer variety. BOOK LUST TO GO is subtitled "Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers." Does this not include, well, just about everybody who can read?

This is not a trip read; it's a book to read before you go, to help you choose some books to take along. If you're traveling to Sweden, grab a trendy Stieg Larsson mystery for the journey (but be advised, as Pearl points out, Larsson's books are as dark as a far northern winter). If to Botswana, throw in your pack the writings of the delightful Alexander McCall Smith and the more complex Bessie Head --- a study in contrasts, but both writers are equally true to the soil of their home. Head's MARU, a bit darker and more poetic than the offering Pearl chose, is a near-poetic depiction of tribal prejudice and personal pride.

Going to Cornwall? Corfu? There's a book for you.

Maybe you just want to travel "in the footsteps of." Try Tim Butcher's BLOOD RIVER: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart, about the great explorer H.M. Stanley, or CHASING CHE: A Motorcycle Journey in Search of the Guevara Legend, by Patrick Symmes. If you're a hiker, walk along with Dan White and his girlfriend Melissa in THE CACTUS EATERS: How I Lost My Mind - and Almost Found Myself - on the Pacific Crest Trail.

You may not wish to visit Haiti in these troubled times, but you can read about it in the classic TELL MY HORSE: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica, by Zora Neale Hurston, a Southern black writer who is finally, posthumously, getting the attention she deserves. If Burma is on your literal or literary itinerary, you can read George Orwell's remarkable BURMESE DAYS, and if that piques your interest, you can follow up with FINDING GEORGE ORWELL IN BURMA by Emma Larkin.

I agree with Pearl in hoping that people still read J. P. Donleavy and will do so if Ireland is the destination. His THE GINGER MAN is, as she attests, "probably one of the funniest, raciest, and most outrageous novels you'll ever encounter." And so Irish!

In such a collection, because it is expansive but not exhaustive, there are bound to be little sins of omission. I would have loved to have seen a few of the many books about the Pilgrim Walk in Spain, and was surprised at the exclusion of any but peripheral mention of India, home to some of the greatest literature of modern times. E. M. Forster's marvelous A PASSAGE TO INDIA is de rigeur for the sub-continental vagabond, and no one should bypass the immortal Rudyard Kipling's KIM or HEAT AND DUST by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Vikram Seth's epic A SUITABLE BOY sprang at once to my mind, along with the older but no less powerful NECTAR IN A SIEVE by Kamala Markandaya. I read the latter as a child and was infused with the goal to see India, which I was able to fulfill in my 20s.

However, it would be churlish to complain that my or your personal picks are not included, because this is not our book. It's Pearl's, and --- I will say it again --- she is one lucky lady. But luck is made by being smart and being there. BOOK LUST TO GO is a fun read, an erudite view and a helpful guide, and I will be recommending it to my traveling companions.

--- Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended for active and armchair travelers 24 Sept. 2010
By Sandra Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love Nancy Pearl's new book. What a great idea to give suggestions for books that will enhance your travel experiences. Several years ago I took a cruise down the Seine from Paris to Honfleur. I decided to take along the book Bel Ami (Vintage Classics) by French writer Guy de Maupassant, not realizing that he was an author from the very region we were passing through - Normandy. It really enhanced my experience to be reading stories about the very area we were visiting. Book Lust to Go encourages you to have this same experience no matter where you are traveling. Even if you are an armchair traveler, this book would be an invaluable aid to the study of many different places.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Oustanding resource, and entertaining too! 2 Nov. 2010
By Someone Else - Published on
Format: Paperback
Nancy Pearl aims to offer selections for all reading tastes and topics rather than saying "these are the best of the best and everyone should read them." With that in mind, I don't rate her books based on whether I liked the books she suggests. Instead, I rate them for the feeling of possibility, anticipation, and excitement she creates for me. Her love of books and their authors infuses every page. She always includes interesting personal anecdotes and a sprinkling of humor, so it's not just a dry list of books you should read.

The sections in Book Lust to Go are presented according to region, city, state, or country. If you have an interest in a particular place, you can turn to that section and find both fiction and non-fiction offerings about its history, people, recent events, or fellow travelers' experiences. There are also some sections devoted to mode of travel rather than location, including sea voyages, river rides, mountain climbing, bicycle trips, train travel, and walking treks.

Whether Cavorting through the Caribbean, Frolicking in Finland, Galloping Through the Galapagos, Sheltering in the Shetlands, or Peru(sing) Peru, there's something for everyone, if only for travel of the armchair variety.

Pearl explains in the introduction that she has tried to avoid repeating suggestions. So if you think there are titles conspicuously missing from a particular section, you'll probably find they've already been mentioned in Book Lust or More Book Lust.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Perfect companion for armchair travelers 30 July 2011
By Sibelius - Published on
Format: Paperback
Filled with hundreds of pointers on recommended reading for armchair travelers, this is a great pick up and browse a section here and there type read, that covers just about every city and destination one would expect from such an offering. This book is at its best when Nancy Pearl actually read the listed books as those entries are filled with energetic and interesting commentary (as opposed to some entries that are mere title-author lists)
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