Warm Travel Books for Cold Weather

Tired of the winter chill?  Let your mind wander somewhere warm with this collection of travel memoirs.

In a Sunburned Country by Bill BrysonIn a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path.

God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard GrantGod’s Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant
During his travels Grant visited a folk healer for his insomnia and was prescribed rattlesnake pills, attended bizarre religious rituals, consorted with cocaine-snorting policemen, taught English to Guarijio Indians, and dug for buried treasure.

Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India by Miranda KennedySideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India by Miranda Kennedy
In her effort to understand the hopes and dreams that motivate her new friends, Kennedy peels back India’s globalized image as a land of call centers and fast-food chains and finds an ancient place where, in many ways, women’s lives have scarcely changed for centuries.

The Caliph's House by Tahir ShahThe Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah
By turns hilarious and harrowing, here is the story of his family’s move from the gray skies of London to the sun-drenched city of Casablanca, where Islamic tradition and African folklore converge–and nothing is as easy as it seems.


My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel AllendeMy Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende

My Invented Country, whose structure mimics the workings of memory itself, ranges back and forth across that distance accrued between the author’s past and present lives.

 

From South and West by Joan DidionSouth and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion
Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles–and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.