A book that brings a place to life can make us want to plan a trip the moment we turn the first page. As we welcome fall in New York City, we’re on the hunt for some great travel books to tide us through the cooler weather and inspire us to get out and explore. Longitude Books is our go-to resource for travel book inspiration. Discover their top six fall picks curated for us below, the first of our new series called Well Read–a monthly edit of travel book suggestions. The selected titles are as thoughtful and personalized as each of our journeys.
Fall is the season for armchair travelers. As the weather cools, our favorite cozy chair beckons. Next to it sits that stack of books we meant to read over the summer, ready to take us to new destinations. Literature engages the imagination, allowing us to encounter places we’ve never seen, and, hopefully, motivating us to one day travel there. The best travel stories are those that inspire us to get up, leave the comforts of hearth and home, and to live the adventure ourselves.
Here are some exciting new travel books published this fall to inspire you to explore new destinations.
The Hour of Land
by Terry Tempest Williams
Award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams travels to 12 carefully chosen national parks including Yellowstone, Acadia and Big Bend in this insightful journey. Equal parts memoir, natural history and ecology manifesto, Williams’ book honors the centennial of the National Park Service by exploring why the protected, wild lands matter to the soul of America. Includes black-and-white images by Lee Friedlander, Sally Mann, Sebastiao Salgado and more.
The Gilded Chalet
by Padraig Rooney
Full of history and scandal, this amusing guide profiles 200 years of outstanding literary works and the places in Switzerland where they were written. From the mischief of Romantic poets to the extended holidays of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Nabokov to the invention of “Swiss Noir,” Rooney shows that Switzerland (land of luxury hotels, nude sunbathing, fresh milk and fresh air) has had a strong influence on great literature.
Super Sushi Ramen Express
by Michael Booth
Following up on his bitingly humorous cultural portrait of Scandinavia (The Almost Nearly Perfect People), British journalist Michael Booth and his wife and two small children take a culinary road trip through Japan, spending nearly three months tasting the cuisines in Tokyo, Hokkaido, Okinawa, Kyoto, Osaka and more. Entertaining and informative, Booth describes both the food and the culture using his keen insight and characteristic wit.
The Elephant Complex
by John Gimlette
This exuberant travelogue by an award-winning writer takes stock of Sri Lanka, from the capital city of Colombo through the remotest interior. In his eye-opening journey, John Gimlette visits elephants, forts, tea plantations, devil-dancers, tribesmen, expats, an ex-president and much more. He mixes his narrative with colonial history (Portuguese, British, Dutch and Danish) and plenty of lucid observations.
Great City Maps
by Dorling Kindersley
Published in association with the Smithsonian Institution, this well-illustrated collection uses unique historical maps as gateways to 30 of the world’s greatest cities. The editors at DK pair captivating cartography with historical analysis, sharing the stories behind each map and shining a light on the civilizations that created Rome, Jerusalem, New York, Tokyo and other urban masterpieces. Perfect for map lovers and history buffs alike.
by Caroline Eden
An excellent introduction to Samarkand (by turns inhabited by Uzbeks, Tajiks, Russians, Turks, Koryo-Sarams, Jews and Afghans) this compendium brings the region to life. Includes essays and photos alongside recipes little-known to the West like Lamb Kebabs with Cinnamon, Cloves and Hot Hummus, Pumpkin Stuffed with Spiced Chickpeas, Pomegranate and Vodka Sorbet as well as the region’s all-important breads.
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