Subside Bookshelf

travel tales and soul trips,
some recommended reading tips -
enjoy the journeys.

From Heaven Lake
Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth travelled through Sinkiang and Tibet to Nepal: from Heaven Lake to the Himalayas. By breaking away from the reliable routes of organized travel, he transformed his journey into an unusual and intriguing exploration of one of the world's least known areas

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Somebody's Heart is Burning
Tanya Shaffer

A lovely travel book - the biographical story of a women who went to Africa to volunteer, and to avoid her boyfriend back home -
her vivid travel memoir captures scenes of Kenya, Mali and, most notably, Ghana.

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On the Road
Jack Kerouac

A book like a highway, long and winding, high and low, inspiring and tiring, making you wish to go. Kerouac at his best, "real soul talk, for life is holy and every moment is precious."

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The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams

"I know I seem dreamy, but inside -- well, I'm boiling! Whenever I pick up a shoe, I shudder a little thinking how short life is and what I am doing! Whatever that means, I know it doesn't mean shoes -- except as something to wear on a traveler's feet!"

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For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway

For Whom the Bell Tolls is a novel loosely based on Ernest Hemingway's own experiences in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930's. "They are never my attacks," he said. "I make them. But they are not mine."

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The Snow Leopard
Peter Matthiessen

An account of Matthiessen's 250 mile journey, on foot, from Kathmandu, Nepal, to the Crystal Mountain, in Tibet, in search of the Himalayan blue sheep, the rare snow leopard, and distances of the spirit.

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A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson and the Appalachian trail: "Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town..."

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Monkey Dancing
Daniel Glick

A Father, Two Kids, and a journey to the ends of the earth, from Australia to Bali, from Zurich to Kathmandu. "...I wanted my kids to swim in mountain lakes and sleep under streaking stars..."

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Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler
Rick Steve

A short course on European history and art, designed to enhance travelers' appreciation of the sights and cultures of the Continent

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Peter Pan
J.M. Barrie

A classic read, a child's book, but only on the first look, as Peter Pan is rather a book about how to fly and how to try and how to die. "All children, except one, grow up..."

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James Joyce

Ulysses has been labelled dirty, blasphemous and unreadable. In a 1933 court decision,
it was declared an emetic book. Yet it became the greatest novel of the 20th century - the one that no one’s actually read...

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