Favorite Books for Wanderlust

We love how books take us on adventures, either to a place we know well or one we haven’t visited. Some of these books are bonafide travel books, some are written by native authors, still others are novels with a very strong setting — but they all take us somewhere.

Here is a running list of some staff favorites:

Notes from a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson

The Balkans
Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West

The Fifth Business, by Robertson Davies
The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence
Anne of Green Gables
, by L M Montgomery

Daughter of Fortune, by Isabelle Allende
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, by Pablo Neruda
Travels in a Thin Country, by Sara Wheeler

The Shanghai Free Taxi, by Frank Langfitt

Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude
, by Gabriel García Márquez

Czech Republic
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera

My Life in France, by Julia Child
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik
A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Goodbye to Berlin, 
by Christopher Isherwood
In the Garden of Beasts
, by Erik Larson

The Odyssey, translated by Emily Wilson

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo
Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
An Area of Darkness: A Discovery of India, by VS Naipaul
Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

The Dubliners, by James Joyce

Four Seasons in Rome, by Anthony Doerr
Room with a View, by EM Forester

Cristo en Cuernavaca (Christ in Cuernavaca), by Howard Fast
The Power and the Glory
, by Graham Greene
The Children of Sanchez, by Oscar Lewis
El ABC de Las y Los Mexicanos, by Guadalupe Loaeza
Distant Neighbors, by Alan Riding

Sheltering Sky, by Paul Bowles
The Harem Within: Tales of a Moroccan Girlhood, by Fatima Mernissi

The Netherlands
The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

New Zealand
The Luminaries, by Eleanor Cattan

Turn Right at Machu Picchu, by Mark Adams
Peruvian Traditions, by Ricardo Palma

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

South Africa
The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay
Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela
Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton

Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Istanbul, by Orhan Pamuk

United Kingdom
Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson
Once and Future King
, by TH White
Code of the Woosters, by PG Wodehouse

General Travel
A Cook’s Tour, by Anthony Bourdain
Art of Travel, by Alain De Botton
The Geography of Bliss, by Eric Weiner