On the Road Again Booklist

On the Road Again Booklist

Adult Winter Reading Program

Beginning in January, 2021, the Library will again sponsor a Winter Reading program. Our theme this year is On the Road Again. The winter reading cartridge will have 5 books on it related to travel. 

The ancient Romans were responsible for many remarkable achievements but one of their lesser-known contributions was the creation of the tourist industry. These books go beyond the world known to those ancient travelers. After a year of being confined to our homes, this is an opportunity to explore the world again.

On the Winter Reading Program Cartridge

DB 66259
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson
11 hours, 30 minutes

It’s hard to choose just one book by one of the most prolific and recognized names in travel writing. In this book, Bryson travels cross-country to revisit the “magic places” of his youth.

DBU 4764
Seven at Sea: Why a New York City Family Cast Off Convention for a Life-changing Year on a Sailboat by Erik and Emily Orton
8 hours, 43 minutes

A family’s remarkable story of how they gave up their urban life, packed up their family of seven, and braved the difficult conditions of the Atlantic Ocean as they sailed more than 2,500 miles from New York to and around the Caribbean.

DB 34131, BR 08854
The Cat Who Went to Paris by Peter Gethers
5 hours, 33 minutes

Gether’s global journeys with a cat named Norton puts a dose of adorable humor into many common travel situations.

DB 53171, BR 09468, LP 14743
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
7 hours, 42 minutes

An around the world challenge that inspired many imitators in both real life adventures and other books.

DB 30964, LP 06024
The Edge by Dick Francis
10 hours, 23 minutes

An undercover security agent for the British Jockey Club works as a waiter on the first ever Transcontinental Mystery Race Train across Canada in order to catch a criminal.

Supplemental Reading

DB072052, BR012113
The Odyssey by Homer
19 hours, 10 minutes

This might be the book that started travel writing.

DB052560, BR013640, LP011657
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
12 hours, 27 minutes

The journey from 19th century New England to 6th century Britain is surely a long one.

Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher
13 hours, 40 minutes

A fur trapper living and wandering in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Basis for the movie Jeremiah Johnson.

Route 66: The mother road by Michael Wallis
10 hours, 6 minutes

Travels along the road that stretches 2400 miles from Chicago, through 8 states and 3 time zones, to Santa Monica.

To America with Love by A. A. Gill
10 hours, 2 minutes

British columnist explores parts of America not usually seen by tourists.

Around the world in eighty days by Michael Palin
7 hours, 55 minutes

Palin was selected by the BBC to retrace Phileas Fogg’s journey.

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
7 hours, 14 minutes

A Londoner hikes into a remote corner of Afghanistan following a 4-day beginner’s course in mountain climbing as preparation.

DB087296, BR021848
The lost city of the Monkey God: a true story by Douglas J. Preston
10 hours, 31 minutes

Expeditions to explore what was believed to be the remains of Hernán Cortés’s lost city of gold in Honduras.

Are We There Yet? The Golden Age of American Family Vacations by Susan Sessions Rugh
8 hours, 57 minutes

Cultural history of family road trips in the post-World War II era.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
19 hours, 5 minutes

The author and his brother travel the Oregon Trail route by wagon.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams
10 hours, 7 minutes

Retraces the 1911 trek that discovered Machu Picchu along with an Australian survivalist guide and local mule tenders.

DB018339, BR014438
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
5 hours, 49 minutes

When Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway, the sole survivor is forced to take up a life of hitchhiking around the cosmos.