Travel Through Pages

Travel through the magic of books this winter break! Enjoy these specially picked books about fun adventures around the world. Use your imagination to travel with the characters and experience what the world has to offer from the comfort and safety of your own home. Please be responsible during break and follow the necessary guidelines to protect yourself and others!

Crazy Rich Asians

Author: Kevin Kwan
Description: When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
Where to find: Available for Curbside Pickup!

The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho
Description: The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, he asks a Gypsy fortune teller in the nearby town about its meaning. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the Egyptian pyramids.
Where to Find: Available for Curbside Pickup!

On the Road

Author: Jack Kerouac
Description: On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac’s years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassidy, “a side burned hero of the snowy West.” As “Sal Paradise” and “Dean Moriarty,” the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac’s love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance. Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than forty years ago.
Where To Find: Available for Curbside Pickup! Or Online with Hathi Trust

Eat, Pray, Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Description: Like many others, around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. Although she had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want, including a husband, a home, and a successful career as a magazine writer, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. This is an account of her yearlong worldwide pursuit of pleasure, spiritual devotion, guidance, and what she really wanted out of life.
Where to FInd: Available for Curbside Pickup!

The Great Railway Bazaar 

Author: Paul Theroux
Description: The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia is a travelogue by American novelist Paul Theroux, first published in 1975. It recounts Theroux’s four-month journey by train in 1973 from London through Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and his return via the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Where to FInd: Available for Curbside Pickup!

Midnight In Sicily

Author: Peter Robb
Description: In late 1995 Giulio Andreotti, seven-time prime minister of Italy and once called “the finest political mind in Europe,” went on trial both for murder and for his association with the Sicilian Mafia. With hundreds of witnesses still to be called, there is no end in sight to this corruption scandal, the largest ever in Italian history.” “Midnight in Sicily chronicles the development of these events, exposing how from the end of World War II to the present Italy’s politicians became the accomplices of an organization involved in extortion, drugs, kidnapping, torture, murder, and terrorism. And there are links to international secret services, America, corrupt financiers, and the Vatican.” “Robb interviewed dozens of anti-Mafia politicians and prosecutors, as well as many private citizens enmeshed in an all-pervasive web. This story of the Mafia and its political friends is also the story of Sicily, its opulent coasts, its stark interior, its extraordinary art and rich food, and its layers of culture from east and west.”
Where to Find: Available for Curbside Pickup!

Geography of Bliss

Author: Eric Weiner 
Description: Draws on the author’s experiences as a foreign correspondent to evaluate more than three dozen countries for their happiness potential, in a survey that includes profiles of such locales as the American shores, glacial Iceland, and the Bhutan jungles.
Where to Find: Available for Curbside Pickup!

Dark Star Safari

Author: Paul Theroux 
Description: The author recounts his odyssey down the length of Africa, from Cairo to South Africa, describing the bad food, many delays, discomforts, and dangers of his trip, along with the people and places of the real Africa.
Where to Find: Available for Curbside Pickup!

A Year In Provence

Author: Peter Mayle
Description: In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January’s frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.
Where to Find:  Available for Curbside Pickup!

Under the Tuscan Sun

Author: Frances Mayes
Description: An enchanting and lyrical look at the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany, in the spirit of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant markets and delightful people. In Under the Tuscan Sun, she brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table. 
Where to Find:  Available for Curbside Pickup!

Into the Wild

Author: Jon Krakauer 
Description: In April 1992 a twenty-four-year-old from the Washington, D.C., suburbs named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaska wilderness below Mt. McKinley with a small-caliber rifle and a ten-pound bag of rice. Four months later, his emaciated corpse was found at his campsite by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.” “Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless’s short life. Admitting an interest that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the drives and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.
Where To Find: Available for Curbside Pickup!

13 little blue envelopes

Author: Maureen Johnson 
Description: When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.
Where to Find:  Available for Curbside Pickup!

Blue Highways

Author: William Trogdon
Description: After being laid off from his college teaching position, the author traversed the United States on lesser roads, shown in blue on old road maps.
Where to Find: Available for Curbside Pickup!

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