Browser’s Nook: Travel Books That Take You from Athens to the Amazon

Non-fiction travel books to get you going. | By Don George  
In the book, "Life and Death in the Andes", Emmy-winning filmmaker Kim MacQuarrie chronicles stories of the Andes, and the disappearance of indigenous cultures. Photo: Luis Davilla/Age Fotostock/Dinodia
Museo Nazionale del Bargello

The collection of sculptures at Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence includes works by Michelangelo. Photo: Christina Anzenberger-Fink & Toni Anzenberger/Anzenberger/Redux

The Geography of Genius

By Eric Weiner (Simon & Schuster, 2016) 

Following up on his best-selling book, The Geography of Bliss, author Eric Weiner travels to Athens, Hangzhou, Florence, Edinburgh, Kolkata, Vienna, and Silicon Valley to investigate why quantum leaps of intellect seem to occur in certain places at certain times.

Hunters in the Dark

By Lawrence Osborne (Hogarth, 2016)

In this gripping novel author Lawrence Osborne recalls 20th-century literary greats, Graham Greene and Somerset Maugham. This densely atmospheric novel is about foreigners and locals navigating fortune and fate among the mists, landscapes, and lush rice fields of Cambodia.

The Way Around: Finding My Mother and Myself Among the Yanomami

By David Good (Dey Street Books, 2015)

The son of an American anthropologist and a woman from the Yanomami tribe, Good ventures from his New Jersey home into the heart of the Amazon to reconnect with his mother. He chronicles a journey of self-discovery and what it means to find his roots.

Life and Death in the Andes

By Kim MacQuarrie (Simon & Schuster, 2015) 

The human history that has shaped South America is dramatically recreated in this rich account of iconic Andes characters, from Pablo Escobar and Hiram Bingham to Che Guevara and Butch Cassidy.

Wide-Open World

By John Marshall (Ballantine Books, 2015)

For the Marshalls, six months of sweaty voluntourism in places like Thailand, India, and Costa Rica draw them together as no family therapist ever can. Don’t miss the spider monkey encounter.

Appeared in the June 2016 issue as “A Great Reading Tour”.


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