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Blog posts tagged with 'memoir'

The Lonely City
Independent travelers understand that exploring the world alone can be an enriching experience, leading to unique encounters and new perspectives. Alone, the traveler is free to reflect on what they see and more likely to engage with the strangers around them. But while solitary travel can be enriching, it can often be lonely, wrought with feelings of discomfort and isolation. For anyone who has experienced the alienation of being alone in a new place, Olivia Laing’s new book The Lonely City will be a welcome companion.
An Interview with Georgina Howell
In the new Penguin Classic A Woman in Arabia, The Writings of the Queen of the Desert, editor Georgina Howell presents Gertrude Bell's most interesting letters, military dispatches, diary entries and travel writings to uncover her struggles, triumphs and lasting contributions to history. Howell, who defined the character of this remarkable woman in her biography Gertrude Bell, Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations, discusses Bell’s influence today, which falls on travelers, politicians and readers alike.
  Longitude.
Okavango Delta
Kindly contributed by Geoffrey Kent, co-owner of the luxury travel giant Abercrombie & Kent. In his new book, Safari, A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer, Kent recounts his journey from his first safari in Nairobi with nothing but a Kenya pound and an old Land Rover to his professional role in shaping today's travel industry. Relating exhilarating stories of growing up barefoot in the African bush and riding his motorcycle across the continent, Kent takes the reader on an inspiring tour around the globe.
  Travel has been my life for the last 50 years, so I’m often asked where my favorite place in the world is.
Circling the Sun
On the heels of her internationally acclaimed The Paris Wife, Paula McLain has written a second historical novel based on the life of another overlooked woman from the early 1900s. While her previous book was about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, Circling the Sun follows Beryl Markham, a woman Hemingway deeply admired and, as rumor has it, propositioned unsuccessfully on safari. In fact, Hemingway so esteemed Markham’s memoir West with the Night that he was “completely ashamed of [himself] as a writer.
Skyfaring
In the tradition of the great literary pilots like Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Beryl Markham, Mark Vanhoenacker's new book Skyfaring provides a meditation on modern-day flight. A commercial airline pilot, Vanhoenacker speaks from the cockpit to the questions of the everyday traveler. What was his first flight experience like? How does he manage the jet lag? Has he ever seen anything “up there” he can’t explain? Vanhoenacker explains a lot, from the working life of a commercial flight crew to the physics of flight.
Kaleidoscope City
“Perhaps for all of us,” Piers Moore Ede begins his new book Kaleidoscope City, “there is a single country, and within that a single place, in which some essential element of the world is illuminated for the first time.” For Ede that place is Varanasi, a city in Northeast India he first visited at 25 and later returned to for a year with the sole purpose of writing about it. India can be intimidating to travelers unused to its chaos and crowds. To Ede, Varanasi captures the essence of the larger country, melding the nation’s colors and contradictions into the microcosm of one city.
Savage Grace
“My feeling for wilderness or wildness was both a revolt from something and an impulse towards. Towards unfetteredness, towards the sheer and vivid world.” With these words, intrepid nature-lover Jay Griffiths introduces Savage Grace, her lucid cri de coeur about untamed landscapes and indigenous culture. Her writing touches on five peoples represented by natural elements: The Aguaruna of the Amazon (Earth), the Inuit of Nunavut (Ice), the Bajo of Indonesia (Water), the Aborigines of the Australian desert (Fire) and the Dani of West Papua (Air).
The Albayzin, Granada
Kindly contributed by Steven Nightingale, a Nevada native who moved to Granada and who takes readers back to the city's medieval zenith in his new book Granada, A Pomengranate in the Hand of God.
 
©Robert Blesse
In the spring of 2002 my wife and I traveled with our 11-month old daughter through southern Spain, in search of a city to live. After visiting Cordoba and Sevilla, we wandered into Granada. Across a narrow gorge from the Alhambra—the finest Moorish palace in the world—we found the Albayzín, a medieval neighborhood designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Within an hour of our arrival, we had decided to move in.