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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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"Does anyone know more about books than Seattle's beloved librarian, Nancy Pearl?"
--"Seattle Magazine"
"Sprightly and concise...with this guidebook in hand, readers can benefit from her experience as they travel their own ways."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"Looking for a good book? Naturally, Nancy Pearl has a few recommendations."
--"Sunset Magazine"
..".recommended for voracious armchair travelers and librarians looking for a quick readers' advisory tool for patrons who value setting and frame."
--"Library Journal"
..".she's a literary lantern who lights our way through the dark canyons created by the overwhelmingly prolific publishing industry."
--"Minneapolis Star Tribune"
..".wildly popular librarian Nancy Pearl takes us way, way beyond "Eat, Pray, Love" toward a much more diverse adventurescape."
"Book Lust to Go pulses with [Nancy's] passionate recommendations about which authors are the best at taking you ins

"She's the talk of librarian circles." -The New York Times "[Nancy Pearl] has become pretty much the librarian version of a rock star." -Bust "I'm grateful that Pearl took time out from her promiscuous reading to write Book Lust. It's chock full o

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.
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About the Author

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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... 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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I'm new to Nancy Pearls offerings, but the jacket said 'Read your way around the world' so I was hooked.Its exactly what I was looking for, concise, well laid out and not overwhelming. Perfect for the armchair traveler who, like me, have run out of books on our favorite places.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource if you are interested in "travel books", broadly construed 20 May 2014
By R. M. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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I used to like going through books that listed and recommended books for reading by different categories. The last such book that I canvassed, about ten years ago, was Nancy Pearl's "Book Lust". I found it better than most other books of its ilk. But I ignored her sequel, as by then I had more than enough books on my shelves to see me through the rest of my days even if I should live as long as Methuselah. But the subtitle of the latest Pearl reading guide -- "Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers" -- snagged my fancy and I bought it and read it. For my money BOOK LUST TO GO is better than the original "Book Lust" and I now have another fifty books to track down and purchase and, knock on wood, live long enough to read.

The entries in BOOK LUST TO GO do NOT include travel guides. Otherwise, they include almost every sort of book about travel and travel destinations -- travel narratives, biographies of explorers, memoirs, novels set in those destinations, even history. Here's a representative sampling of the categories or chapter titles: Arabia Deserta; Baltimore; Cavorting through the Caribbean; Iran; Making Tracks by Train; Nebraska: The Big Empty; Provence and the South of France; To the Ends of the Earth: North and South; and Vietnam.

For the most part, the recommendations do not duplicate or overlap with Pearl's earlier volumes. That means that there are some omissions (although one could always refer back to "Book Lust" and "More Book Lust" to remedy that). Still, there is a cornucopia of books about travel and the cities and countries many folks are interested in reading about and/or visiting in person. Pearl's writing is sufficiently varied and engaging that she avoids the pitfall of a "book of lists". Best of all, Pearl is very well read and she is discriminating in her judgments and recommendations. As it turns out, I have already read about one hundred of the books she lists in BOOK LUST TO GO. And with the exception of only two or three that I found to be duds, I endorse Pearl's recommendations. She even lists relatively obscure gems, such as James McClure's Kramer and Zondi mysteries set in South Africa, Richard Shelton's "Going Back to Bisbee" (Arizona), J. B. Mackinnon's "Dead Man in Paradise" (Dominican Republic), Barbara Pym's novel "Jane and Prudence" (Oxford), and Gavin Young's two classics of traveling the world in a miscellany of ships, "Slow Boats to China" and "Slow Boats Home" -- all of which I have reviewed separately on Amazon.

If you are interested in the category of "travel books" broadly construed and you are looking for reading suggestions, BOOK LUST TO GO is the place to go.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy. Recommends books related to a particular country or region. 1 Oct. 2012
By Steve in Memphis - Published on Amazon.com
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This book lists travel biographies, novels, and related books by country or location. It gives recommendations for travel-related books for the country or region that you are interested in. It does leave out a lot of good titles, but there are so many good books, it would be difficult to include all of the best ones about a particular region. The author has read many (maybe all) of them. Still, this book gives you a place to start, if you want to read appropriate books for someplace that you are going, or are just an armchair traveler. It is a pretty good reference to go by your reading spot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Lust to Go 18 Oct. 2012
By Maggie - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are an enthusiastic reader and are continually searching for the next great book to read, this is it. Not only is it a resource book filled with reviews of books for the virtual and actual traveler it is a fun and engaging read in itself and written by Seattle's "rock star" librarian, Nancy Pearl, who has a weekly NPR show with the latest reviews of good reads. For those making travel plans (or not) who want to immerse themselves in the culture of their next destination (virtual or real) this is the ultimate resource for travel literature. I intend to purchase all of Ms. Pearl's "Book Lust......" books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is entirely a list of books. It's ... 30 Sept. 2015
By artsyfartsy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is entirely a list of books. It's not full of travel stories. It's full of "if you want to read about x, read ___ book". This was not clear to me. Disappointing. It's really a reference book, not a book to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book lovers this book is a keeper. 10 Sept. 2016
By AZmom875 - Published on Amazon.com
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I actually ordered this book for a friend, because I could not give up my copy. This is not a book you read once and pass on. This is a book you return to again and again to find more book ideas. So it is a keeper. There are a few more books in this series with more reading ideas. I only needed one book to keep me busy reading suggested books. Eventually I will want the next book in this series. Book lovers need this book
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