Most of us wish that we could travel more, see exotic places, sample cultures different than ours. And we can. For the mere price of a book, we can travel the world and get a whole new perspective on life. Here are five books, some fiction, some nonfiction, that do just that.
Wife of the Gods — Kwei Quartey
Set in Ghana, this book is the first in the Soho Crime series by Kwei Qaurtey. The third book, “Murder at Cape Three Points” came out recently, so there are more outings with Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, if you enjoy the first. While Dawson’s office is in Ghana’s capital of Accra, this mystery unfolds outside a small town called Kenatu. Small town Ghana? Not something most of us will see.
The Amazon – John Waggoner
Waggoner, a news director for an international news agency in Brazil, offers a detailed and insightful guide to one of the most mysterious regions of the world. With this non-fiction pick, you can plan a vacation with the knowledge of an insider, mindful of the varying ecology and cultures of the area. Or you can simply book a trip in your armchair. Your choice.
Wardens of Punyu – D. L. Kung
Another journalist, D. L. Kung uses his two decades in China and Hong Kong to craft a mystery focusing on the Far East. Protagonist Claire Raymond tries to find out what happened to her colleague when he disappears on a trip from Hong Kong to mainland China. Luckily, you don’t have to go anywhere to join her.
Breakfast at Darcy’s – Ali McNamara
Personally, I have a thing for village life across the pond. Why? I have absolutely no idea, but I find it charming, at least from where I sit. In this book, Darcy inherits an Irish island from a beloved aunt, and not only has to live there, but has to get a village to settle there, too. Get all this quaintness and a little romance, no soggy socks required.
Iceland: A Stormy Motorcycle Adventure – Sherrie McCarthy
For some, this book may function as a travel guide. For others, it’s much more about vicarious adventure. McCarthy takes long-distance trips on her motorcycle, writing about her travels. Here, along with another rider, she visits a country with incredible landscapes, having a few mishaps along the way. Hint: one mishap required hospitalization. See? Some travel is better done from home.