A Traveler’s Library finds and reviews travel books, films and more
A lifetime ago, I read Helen MacInnes’s The Salzburg Connection while in Salzburg and the lake region called the Salzkammergut. I re-read Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises in Spain and A Farewell to Arms after returning from Slovenia. Peter Matthiesen’s The Tree Where Man Was Born came to Tanzania with me, and Peter Hessler’s River Town and Simon Winchester’s The River at the Center of the World provided insights to life on the Yangtze in particular and China in general. And I’ve happily slogged through many a James Michener tome when traveling in places he wrote about. After returning from Easter Island, I rented “Rapa Nui.” Loved the island. Hated the movie. And so my reading and my reading, and occasionally film watching, run in parallel chairs, often intertwining like a braided river, with the experience and the book merging and diverging.
In truth, because I work with words all day, I don’t read nearly as much as I once did — except when I am traveling. So when my friend Rosemary recommended her friend Vera’s blog, A Traveler’s Library, I found a kindred spirit. I enjoyed roaming through it, and I hope you will too. And while you’re at it, check out Feast, Rosemary’s eZine, which celebrates travel and also food, films, literature and art.