The Top Travel Books Of 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


The New York Times has published their list of the best travel books of 2009 — a perfect way to close out the . . . umm, oh-ohs? — just in time for those thinking about stocking stuffers for their travel-loving family and friends. (Hello? Family/friends, hope you’re reading this.)

The Best American Travel Writing” 2009 edition made the list (I still don’t understand why they limit it to just American publications), as does Douglas Rogers’ return to his parent’s Zimbabwean hostel, “The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe.”

Lawrence Osborne’s romp through the Thai capital, “Bangkok Days,” Ivan Vladislavic’s “Portrait With Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked,” and Sue Monk Kidd’s (of “The Secret Lives of Bees” fame) “Traveling With Pomegranates,” round out the list.

I wonder if anyone’s read any of these? Do you agree? What’s missing?

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