10 books that will take you on real-life adventures

By The Read Queen Bookstore & Cafe

By The Read Queen Bookstore & Cafe

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Bryson

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“A little voice in my head said: Sounds neat! Let’s do it!” writes Bryson of his more humorous than heroic slog from Maine to Georgia along the Appalachian Trail. Bryson’s tale may be the funniest call for conservation ever written.

Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

Michael Paterniti


In this stranger-than-fiction drive from New Jersey to California, Einstein’s brain is delivered in a Tupperware bowl to his granddaughter. The delivery man? Eighty-four-year-old pathologist Thomas Harvey, who performed the autopsy on Einstein in 1955 and had kept the brain at his home ever since.

Seven Years in Tibet

Heinrich Harrer

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During WWII, an unlikely friendship develops between the Dalai Lama and an Austrian mountaineer who has escaped a British prisoner-of-war camp in India.

In Patagonia

Bruce Chatwin

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When he was a kid, Chatwin found a thick, leathery piece of skin in his grandmother’s cabinet. He was told it was from a brontosaurus in Patagonia. This inspired him, years later, to travel to the southern tip of South America, where his peregrinations led to tales of banditry, Butch Cassidy, and Welsh immigrants.

In Trouble Again: A Journey Between Orinoco and the Amazon

Redmond O'Hanlon


This nail-biter of a jungle trek begins with a review of the afflictions O’Hanlon might encounter in the depths of the Venezuelan Amazon: Chagas’ disease (from a bug bite that kills you up to 20 years later), river blindness, and the candiru (a tiny catfish that can attach itself, with grave consequence, within the urethra).

Brazilian Adventure

Peter Fleming


His brother invented James Bond, but 26-year-old journalist Peter Fleming? He signed on to a treacherous 3,000-mile Brazilian jungle hunt to uncover the fate of a lost English explorer.

Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge

John Gimlette


“To some this is hell. To others it’s an ecological paradise, a sort of X-rated Garden of Eden,” writes Gimlette, who embarked on a swashbuckling three-month expedition into the dense forests of “South America’s untamed edge”—Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Cheryl Strayed

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Strayed finds her best self while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. With her candor and willingness to be vulnerable, she inspired us to believe we could hike it too.

In Ethiopia with a Mule

Dervla Murphy


Getting lost in a swamp, sharing meals with bewildered highlanders, fighting off bandits—the acclaimed travel writer experienced these and more on an epic 1,000-mile solo trek across Ethiopia, with just a 30-pound rucksack and a long-suffering mule she named Jock.