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FOR THE PERSON WHO CANNOT STILL THEIR FEET

1. The Women I Think About at Night: Traveling the Paths of My Heroes by Mia Kankimäki

In The Women I Think About at Night, Mia Kankimäki blends travelogue, memoir, and biography as she recounts her enchanting travels in Japan, Kenya, and Italy while retracing the steps of ten remarkable female pioneers from history.

2. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention.

3. Travelers by Helon Habila

A startlingly imaginative exploration of the African diaspora in Europe, by one of our most acclaimed international writers. A lean, expansive, heart-rending exploration of loss and of connection, Travelers inscribes unforgettable signposts—both unsettling and luminous—marking the universal journey in pursuit of love and home.

4. Sudden Traveler by Sarah Hall

Featuring her signature themes of identity, eroticism, and existential quest, the stories in Sarah Hall’s third collection travel far afield in location and ambition—from Turkish forest and coastline to the rain-drenched villages of Cumbria.

5. The Adventurer’s Son by Roman Dial

The true story of a man’s two-year quest to unravel the mystery of his son’s disappearance in the Costa Rican jungle.

6. Roadside American by Jack Reid

In Roadside Americans, Jack Reid traces the rise and fall of hitchhiking, offering vivid accounts of life on the road and how the act of soliciting rides from strangers, and the attitude toward hitchhikers in American society, evolved over time in synch with broader economic, political, and cultural shifts.

7. Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson

A blend of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Simon Winchester’s Pacific, a thrilling intellectual detective story that looks deep into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got there, and how we know.

8. The Last Great Road Bum by Héctor Tobar

In The Last Great Road Bum, Héctor Tobar turns the peripatetic true story of a naive son of Urbana, Illinois, who died fighting with guerrillas in El Salvador into the great American novel for our times.

HOLIDAY 2020 GIFT GUIDE: THE TRAVELER
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