I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table
Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong: Why We Love France, But Not the French Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown
1Q84 The Bookseller of Kabul 1Q84 Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads A History of the World in 6 Glasses The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads
The Bookseller of Kabul Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown A History of the World in 6 Glasses Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong: Why We Love France, But Not the French The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China

Non-fiction Favorites About Travel & Culture (for traveling vicariously while stuck at home)

By Tilted Map: Travel, Sustainability & Food Culture

By Tilted Map: Travel, Sustainability & Food Culture
On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey

On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey

Paul Theroux

$24.99 $23.24

An epic and very real journey through Mexico – from the US border to the very South – that highlights the amazing cultural diversity and both the beauty and problems in the country.

Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table

Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table

Sara Roahen

$16.95

History and culture of New Orleans through its wonderfully layered cuisine – this will add some must-visit restaurants and cocktail haunts to your travel list.

The Bookseller of Kabul

The Bookseller of Kabul

Åsne Seierstad

$17.99 $16.73

Appropriate now more than ever, a tale of women's resistance and striving for education in Afghanistan.

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

Douglas Preston

$17.99 $16.73

I LOVE this story. It's a journalist's experience embedded with researchers who might be discovering a lost city in Central America.

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown

Paul Theroux

$17.99 $16.73

Probably the most classic travelogue I can think of, this is pure adventure with a dose of history and culture at each stop on Theroux's journey through Africa. (Also great inspiration to KEEP ON JOURNEYING even when you're not so young.)

Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars

Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars

Paul Fussell

$40.24

A literary overview of travel writing that will introduce you to a bunch of vintage classics.

The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca

The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca

Tahir Shah

$18.00 $16.74

This is the gap-year of my dreams – the author buys a crumbling Moroccan villa and moves there with his entire family. It's HILARIOUS and illuminating at the same time.

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong: Why We Love France, But Not the French

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong: Why We Love France, But Not the French

Jean Nadeau and Julie Barlow

$21.99 $20.45

The title sounds polemical, but this was a gift from a French friend of mine when I was moving to France. She told me it helped her understand her own country, and definitely did the same for me. Fascinating, very readable, and a must-read for anyone interested in France.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Tom Standage

$18.00 $16.74

This book travels in time and in space, telling the memorable stories of how beer, wine, hard alcohol, tea, coffee, and Coca-Cola have changed the world. Extremely entertaining and readable.

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

Rigoberta Menchu

$24.95 $23.20

A sometimes heart-breaking true story of indigenous Guatemalan resistance during a 30-year "civil" war, financed by the CIA. This book was required reading before my university study abroad trip to Guatemala, and it was truly enlightening.

1Q84

1Q84

Haruki Murakami

$20.00 $18.60

The sole novel on this list, this feels a bit like a Japanese travel story, and a cultural exploration.

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany

Bill Buford

$18.00 $16.74

Travel through Italy via food – what could be better?

Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China

Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China

Peter Hessler

$15.99 $14.87

I read this when I moved to China and felt much less culturally lost because of it.

Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads

Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads

Paul Theroux

$17.99 $16.73

This is on my to-read list! (I love Theroux, as you can already tell.)