How Many Of The Best Travel Books Of 2008 Have You Read?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

To answer the above question, I have to admit, zero, but I did just finish re-reading Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, a book that achieves the rare feet of making one actually want to head to England in the dead of winter. (Come on, there are like flying ghosts, magical feasts of reappearing food, and good-old-fashioned good v. evil showdowns. When has even one of those ever happened when you were home during Christmas?)

I also just read Killing Pablo, a book I’m glad that I read after I visited Colombia, because there’s nothing in that book that makes you want to spend any time there. (An impression I was hoping to dispel with my recent trip.) Did you know they’re making a movie of the book? And that that guy from Entourage (who I saw last winter at a show in the Lower East Side) is not going to be in it.

Anyways, The Guardian rounded up a few of their favorite travel writers (or at least the ones that were around) to help compile a list of the best travel books of the year, a task that seems to beg the question: why didn’t the editors just come up with their own list? The answer, of course, is why do something when you can have someone else do it? That said, I invite all readers to start their own lively section in the comment section below and maybe I’ll cut and paste it into a future post. You know, because I can.

Here’s the list:

  • Empires of the Indus by Alice Albini
  • The Man in Seat 61 by Mark Smith
  • The Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle
  • Wizard Of The Nile by Matthew Green
  • The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari
  • The Bridge by Geert Mak
  • The World is What it Is by Patrick French

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