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What's Buzzworthy: Great Travel Writing

What's Buzzworthy: Great Travel Writing

In my last Buzzworthy challenge, I asked you to bookmark some of the best travel writing that could transport readers to cities and countries they might only dream of visiting. You responded with some great picks for places from Paris to Portland. Here are a few that I'm putting on my reading list:

Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahniuk
Tagged by StefaPie, who said: "He's one of my absolute favorite authors, and this memoir/guidebook makes you want to go live in the world he's describing to the masses.
A memoir of his time in Portland that includes places to go, things to see, ways to get laid, and recipes from his favorite restaurants."

Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light by David Downie
Demily tagged this book, calling it: "A really fresh, literary perspective of Paris from an American who lives there. Not at all the typical touristy-cliche travel writing that stereotypes Paris. It's great for anyone thinking of living there or visiting and wanting to see a different (local) perspective. Also, Downie is much more intellectual and sensual than most travel writers I have read. There is a good dose of history and many literary references. Over all, a really unique and sophisticated view of the city so many writers have generically romaniticized."

Three more great reads, plus a cool widget with all the picks, so

The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Bookmarked by Advah, who wrote: "I stopped counting how many friends of mine thought of buying a motorcycle after reading that book. A classic."

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Lindsb had this to say about this book, which is also a favorite of mine: "This is such a great read. Very motivating. I wanted to travel to Bali as soon as I was done reading. It's definitely on my 'recommend' list."

The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian by Phil Doran
Chosen by Linda McP, who said: "For anyone traveling to Italy, especially to Tuscany, Doran's book is a must read. Moving from L.A. to a small Tuscan village challenges him to learn new customs and accept his new culture. In retelling his (mis)adventures, he provides an insider's view of Italy that can't be found in Fodor's."

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cretinhop cretinhop 9 years
The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost is also a wonderful travel book. It's about a guy who follows his girlfriend to a tiny island on the equator. He has a wonderful sense of humor. The things that happen to him are both ridiculous and endearing. I would definitely recommend it.
xo_verity xo_verity 9 years
I have read 'Eat, Pray, Love' and I loved it! A brilliant read.
vintagesugar vintagesugar 9 years
Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnick is transcendent. He decided to live in Paris and find a woman who would share his life.
KerryG KerryG 9 years
Ooh, great picks!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks for the mention, Buzz! Great picks all around. Thanks for listing all of the picks. Travel writing is one of my favorite genres, so I'm always looking for more great reads.
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