Take a Vacation in a Book

Not everyone is able to go on a summer vacation, but the next best thing is to travel in a book. Whether you want to read a novel that is set in a faraway place or prefer to read about someone else’s real-life traveling experiences, the Lititz Public Library has plenty to give you the sense of getting away from it all.

Ten Years a Nomad : A Traveler's Journey Home“Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home” by Matthew Kepnes (nonfiction)
A man who decided to spend one year traveling around the globe ended up turning it into 10 years. Learn about his most interesting experiences of exploring 90 different countries.

“The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See (fiction)
On Jeju Island in Korea, women are the breadwinners—they work as divers, starting in childhood. A friendship of two divers in particular spans over several decades, through technological breakthroughs and political turmoil.

“A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside” by Susan Branch (nonfiction)
In this entirely handwritten book, illustrated and filled with photos that give it a scrapbook feel, a cookbook author shares her experiences of spending two months in England.

Honestly, We Meant Well“Honestly, We Meant Well” by Grant Ginder (fiction)
When a professor learns her husband is unfaithful and her son isn’t anywhere near as dependable as she thought, a month-long family vacation to Greece seems like a possible cure for her woes in this comedic novel.

“Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious” by Seth Kugel (nonfiction)
A highly-acclaimed travel writer explores how technology has changed travel—both how it can be helpful, and how not to be too attached to digital assistance when abroad.

“One Summer in Paris” by Sarah Morgan (fiction)
Two different women needing solace after heartache meet in Paris where they become close friends.

“The Second-Worst Restaurant in France” by Alexander McCall Smith (fiction)
A Scottish cookbook writer escapes to the French countryside to focus on his writing, but finds himself in a place of chaos as he tries to bring order to the local restaurant and its problematic staff.

Le Road Trip : A Traveler's Journal of Love and France“Le Road Trip: A Traveler’s Journal of Love and France” by Vivian Swift (nonfiction)
Swift gives travel advice and describes her French explorations in this colorfully-illustrated travel journal.

“Tomorrow There Will Be Sun” by Dana Reinhardt (fiction)
A Mexican vacation for two families seems like a fantastic idea, but ends up being a disaster that brings out the worst in everyone—with plenty of humor.

“Seven Years in Tibet” by Heinrich Harrer (nonfiction)
An Austrian mountain climber escapes an internment camp and ends up traveling through Tibet where he befriends the Dalai Lama.

“The Moon Sister” by Lucinda Riley (fiction)
The latest in the “Seven Sisters” series focuses on a new job for a woman who works with wildlife in the Scottish Highlands and the exploits of a Spanish flamenco dancer in the early 1900s.

Four Hundred and Forty Steps to the Sea“Four Hundred and Forty Steps to the Sea” by Sara Alexander (fiction)
A housekeeper moves from London to Positano, Italy, where she grows very close to the family for whom she works.

“The Floating Feldmans” by Elyssa Friedland (fiction)
A woman wants to have her entire family together for once—and they better cooperate because it’s her seventieth birthday. A cruise seems to be a good way to keep them all together, which may or may not prove to be a disaster.

“That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story” by Marlena de Blasi (nonfiction)
When the author travels to Sicily, she meets a woman who shares her rags-to-riches tale of falling in love with a prince.

“The Last Resort” by Marissa Stapley (fiction)
A fierce storm hits a resort on the Mayan Riviera that offers therapy for couples with failing marriages, thus changing many lives on a level far deeper than expected.

“The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted” by Robert Hillman (fiction)
A Hungarian woman moves to Australia in the 1960s with a goal to open a bookshop; she also intrigues a local farmer, even though he is not a reader.

Kathryn Raynor
August 21, 2019