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Our favorite books for travel

The travel companions that never let us down.

My Other Life

Prolific and popular writer Paul Theroux turns himself on his ear in My Other Life, the "story of a life I could have lived had things been different," as told by another Paul Theroux. The book, arranged in sections that resemble stories more than chapters, traces a life that at times looks quite a bit like Theroux's real one; at other times not at all.

Greene: Collected Short Stories: 21 Stories (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

Greene: Collected Short Stories: 21 Stories (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) [Graham Greene] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers.

The Sheltering Sky (P.S.)

American novelist and short-story writer, poet, translator, classical music composer, and filmscorer Paul Bowles has lived as an expatriate for more than 40 years in the North African nation of Morocco, a country that reaches into the vast and inhospitable Sahara Desert.

A MOVEABLE FEAST.

A MOVEABLE FEAST. [Ernest Hemingway] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Sketches of the author's early life in Paris. He takes the reader along the Paris streets.

East of Eden

A fantasia of history and myth The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Brideshead Revisited

A departure from Evelyn Waugh's normally comic theater, Brideshead Revisited concerns the tale of Charles Ryder, a captain in the British Army in post-World War I England. Unlike Waugh's previous narrators, Ryder is an intelligent man, looking back on much of his life from his current post in Oxford.

Don't Stop the Carnival: A Novel

Haven't we all had the dream at one time or another?

In Patagonia (Penguin Classics)

Fascinated by Patagonia since an early childhood lust for Grandma's scrap of hairy Giant Sloth skin, Chatwin's also intrigued by odd miners and the log cabin built by Butch Cassidy in Cholila. In 1977 the London Observer called it "a brilliant travel book," and while Chatwin's no longer alive (he died in 1989), his book still glows.

The Snow Leopard (Penguin Classics)

In the autumn of 1973, the writer Peter Matthiessen set out in the company of zoologist George Schaller on a hike that would take them 250 miles into the heart of the Himalayan region of Dolpo, "the last enclave of pure Tibetan culture on earth."

The Quiet American (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

This edition of Greene's novel "of sexual intrigue, savage warfare, and some mystery" (LJ 3/1/56) is the newest member of the Viking "Critical Library" series. Along with the full text of the novel, the volume includes criticism of the work plus biographical information and essays on Greene.