May 1book140: The Travel-Writing Shortlist

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For May's edition of 1book140, we decided to read a travel book. With spring fever in full force, now seems like the ideal time to take a literary vacation. Here's the shortlist— you can vote for your preferred title until the polls close on Friday at 5 p.m. Happy reading!

Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscinski
A Polish reporter goes to to China, Iran, India, and Congo with his one companion: a copy of Histories by the ancient Greek thinker Herodotus.

Cruise of the Rolling Junk by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This recently republished collection of essays documents Fitzgerald's road trip from Connecticut to Alabama with his wife, Zelda.

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson
One of the author's earliest published works, Travels describes Stevenson's 1878 12-day, 120-mile hike through the Cévennes mountains of France.

Country Driving by Peter Hessler
The longtime New Yorker Beijing correspondent spends seven years driving around the country to document how the automobile has transformed the country.

30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account by Peter Carey
After living abroad for several years, the award-winning novelist returns home to Sydney and tries to capture the ways it's changed and remained the same since he's been gone.

Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
This travel-lit classic is about Twain's 1867 trip to Europe and the Holy Land with a group of fellow Americans.

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