Great book to read while traveling

Old Jul 30th, 2008, 07:03 AM
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I can't concentrate well when I'm traveling... reading by bits & pieces and in public places. I prefer to just read magazines, local tabloids, maybe a short story collection at most.
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Old Jul 30th, 2008, 07:04 AM
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If you take (or know someone who does) The New Yorker magazine, tear out and save up the short stories. They have excellent writers represented & then you can toss the pages after you've read them.

You can make a tidy packet with a ton of reading that fits into one ziplock sandwich-sized bag.
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Old Jul 30th, 2008, 07:09 AM
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Another book for those traveling to Germany.
German Boy: A Child in War
by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel

It is the true story of a young boy in Germany and how he lived through the war and became a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

It gives you a view of the German people and what they lived through during World War II.
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Old Jul 30th, 2008, 08:08 AM
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I also like to travel with a few books on an MP3 player - that way I can be listening to a book while walking to the plane, waiting in line etc - i.e. places where I woud not read a book.

My library allows you to "check out" electronc books - so the price is right as well.
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Old Jul 30th, 2008, 09:42 AM
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I love reading but try to do the heavier reading before the trip. I don't want to so engrossed in a long book, expecially a mystery, that I'll stay up late and be tired the next day so I take lighter reading along on trips.

I did take Barack Obama's first book on a six week trip to Europe and it took me the six weeks to finish.

Pillars of the Earth is good reading but very long so it depends on what kind of reader you are.

My favorites for travel are collections of travel essays, so I can complete one essay in a short time. I took one of Paul Theroux's books, I think it was The Kingdom by the Sea, about his travels around Great Britain and North Ireland on a trip and enjoyed it. The Pillars of Hercules is good too, about his trip along the Mediterranean.

I recently bought "Chile, A Traveler's Literary Companion" a collection of essays by excellent Latin American writers. I believe there are other books in the literary companion series. I like the size--5x7, 228 pages, and the structure, about 20 essays.

For Venice I recommend The City of Falling Angels by John Behrendt (sp?), the author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Someone suggested tearing short stories out of magazines, which is a good idea. I used to subscribe to a couple of literary publications and bring them along and read the stories and leave them for someone else.

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Old Aug 2nd, 2008, 06:54 AM
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What a great list. Keep 'em coming!
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I am currently reading the Collins/Lapierre book "Is Paris Burning?", about the Allied liberation of Paris in 1944, and the threatened destruction of most of its famous landmarks. I think it's an amazing read for anyone who has been, or plans to go, to Paris.
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Old Aug 4th, 2008, 07:24 AM
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"Is Paris Burning" is one of my favorite books of all time! The movie is pretty good, too. It has an amazing international ensemble cast. Interesting note - in the movie the actors all spoke in their native tongues, and then they were dubbed over.
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Old Aug 4th, 2008, 10:07 AM
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If you liked "Is Paris Burning" then you will probably also like "Freedom at Midnight" by the same crew - the story of the independence of India. It is wonderful when you find non-fiction that is written so well it reads like fiction.
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Old Aug 4th, 2008, 11:16 AM
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gruezi--I am also reading Away now, about half way through. I had a little trouble getting into it but a good friend had given it to me with a strong recommendation so I kept going.
Coincidentally I had just picked up Love Invents Us at a library sale so I have another book by Amy Bloom to try

Before Away I read Run by Ann Patchett which I would also recommend
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Old Aug 4th, 2008, 11:28 AM
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The Enchantress of Florence, the new Salman Rushdie novel. It is a wonderful tale and is set against a backdrop of Renaissance Italy, India, Turkey, etc. Very interesting, and apropos for many destinations.
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"Love in Time of Cholera" by Garcia Marquez. Just finished it and LOVED it!!!
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Nothing to do with travel-but I just finished "Sundays at Tiffany's" and I just started reading "chasing harry winston". Both are good reads.
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After reading most of the recommendations, I just ordered The Pillars of the Earth from Amazon used. Sounds good. But if it's too heavy it won't go in THIS girl's backpack and I'll just read it at home.
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Old Aug 4th, 2008, 02:26 PM
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Lizcakes, it is indeed a large book and may take up lots of space in your backpack. I suggest reading it at home. A GREAT read.

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