Yesterday the New York Times put together an excellent list of books for their “Sunday Book Review” with recommendations for the holidays. The lists were broken down into categories, such as cookbooks, gardening, etc. The one that caught my eye, as you can imagine, was their list of travel books, which has several excellent titles that would deserve to be on your bookshelf or would make gifts for the holidays.
Making the list is Jon Bowermaster’s Descending the Dragon, which I reviewed here. This one follows Jon as he explores the coast of Vietnam by Kayak as part of his Ocean’s 8 project, and chronicles his journey and the people he met along the way, all the while battling red tape from the Vietnamese government. The book is excellent, and the accompanying photos are amazing. I highly recommended it in my review, and I would do so again now, and the New York Times agrees with me. 🙂
Another book on the list, which I haven’t read yet but has instantly been upgraded to “must buy” for me, is Blood River: A Journey To Africa’s Broken Heart by Tim Butcher, who embarked on an epic journey to retrace the footsteps of Henry Morton Stanley’s 19th Century expedition across the heart of Africa. Butcher crosses through the Congo, and encounters a country that is wracked by conflict, with poverty and war causing the country to actually regress in it’s development. Not exactly the feel good story of the year, but an important one none the less.
There are several other very interesting books listed as well and with these suggestions, you’ll have plenty of reading to do in the weeks ahead.
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