May 1book140 Nominations: Travel Writing

1book140_icon.JPGAs many #1book140 readers know, I was out of commission for a few weeks. I logged in ready to start building a consensus around what kind of book to read next month, only to discover one had already formed. And lo, the bookies had spoken: Travel books.

I'm a little concerned as this genre is, at best, porous. One man's Lonely Planet is another man's Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, which is to say, our tastes in where to travel are as varied as what we like to read along the way. All that said, 1book140 always manages to pick books of great merit, and I'm sure this month will be no different.

You know the drill, bookies, and if you don't, read this. Place your nominations, as many and as frequently as you like, in the comments below. We'll run nominations through the end of the week, and start voting on Monday.

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Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard. More

Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covered the media and entertainment industries. In June 2006 he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in Wired. In September 2008 he published a book on the subject for Random House. The book has been translated into 11 languages. Before coming to Wired in 2001 he was a senior editor at Inside.com and a writer at the Village Voice. In his 20 years as a journalist he has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

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