Tales for Travelers: Enhance Your Vacation Memories with a Great Read

We believe that books can set the tone and enhance the memories of your travels. Taking along a book that immerses you in the culture and history of your destination will enrich your experience and help you understand and appreciate each destination from a new perspective. We also believe that airplanes and beaches are best enjoyed with a “can’t put down” book.

Here are some of our favorite destination books that we believe will enhance your travels and also are just great reads!

SEATTLE

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Where’d You Go Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND BRITISH COLUMBIA

The Golden Spruce: A Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Valliant

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

THE AMERICAN WEST

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

These is My Words by Nancy Turner

CHICAGO

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

NEW YORK

New York by Edward Rutherford

Bright Lights Big City by Jay McInerney

This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann

CALIFORNIA

Pasadena by David Ebershoff

The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty by Julie Flynn Siler

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir About Growing up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas

Shop Girl by Steve Martin

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle

HAWAII

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

  1. LOUIS

Bitter Brew: The Rise andFall of Anheuser Busch and America’s King of Beers by William Knoedelseder

NEWFOUNDLAND

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

ENGLAND

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall by Winston Graham

Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel

FRANCE

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

An Officer and A Spy by Robert Harris

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morris

The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine by Rudolph Chelminski

ITALY

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters

THE CZECH REPUBLIC

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

SCANDINAVIA

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

RUSSIA

City of Thieves by David Benioff

AFRICA

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

What is the What by Dave Eggers

When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

CENTRAL AMERICA

Hummingbird House by Patricia Henley

SOUTH AMERICA

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

CHINA

Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

NEW ZEALAND

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

THE MIDDLE EAST

The Dovekeepers: A Novel by Alice Hoffman

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