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Book Lust To Go Paperback – 7 Oct 2012
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"Does anyone know more about books than Seattle's beloved librarian, Nancy Pearl?"
"Sprightly and concise...with this guidebook in hand, readers can benefit from her experience as they travel their own ways."
"Looking for a good book? Naturally, Nancy Pearl has a few recommendations."
..".recommended for voracious armchair travelers and librarians looking for a quick readers' advisory tool for patrons who value setting and frame."
..".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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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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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 ...Read more ›
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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.