Sometimes the best plane ticket we have is a good book. It’s certainly the most reliable time machine (so far). I love reading about far off places, especially ones I want to see for real, someday. Here are some of my favorite books that live in another place.
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Set in Egypt during the height of the 1920s archaeology craze, it highlights the excitement and extreme boredom (and heat) of the desert adventures. My review.
This nonfiction marks the history of modern Turkey through the fortunes and failings of Istanbul’s most iconic hotel. My review.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence
I can’t move on from the middle east without mentioning Lawrence of Arabia. His own recounting of his time is desert is gripping.
Pulley creates a magical world that feels so real, deep in the Andes of South America. My review.
Harris draws a novelized version of the true story of slaves in Martinique who attempt a dramatic theft. My review and interview with the author.
I am obsessed with all of Akunin’s novels featuring the enigmatic Erast Fandorin, set in the last days of imperial Russia. My review.
With a completely different, and much less action-packed view, of Russia, I adored this novel, even more than the author’s first. My review.
I am about two-thirds finished with this vivid, imaginative story of the Greek goddess on the island of Aiaia. Review forthcoming.
So much of what I read takes place in England (I can’t help myself), but Perry’s novel is one of my favorites. My review.
The author explores a century of German – Soviet history all from the point-of-view of a family’s summer cabin. My review.