New York is many things, but chief among them, it's a book town. Take the subway any weekday morning and it's as quiet as a reading room; walk through Central Park on the weekends and there are folks lying around as though a library has exploded and deposited book lovers all over the grass. And for every type of reader there's an array of sites across the Big Apple that aren't to be missed.
Summer Travel Reads: A Guide To The Best Vacation Books
Whether you're beachside in Belize or backpacking through Europe, these are the must-reads for every type of vacation.
From Route 66 to the Pacific Coast Highway, roads are a quintessential American motif, bringing to mind our most cherished values as a nation: freedom, novelty and adventure. Roads and highways likewise run through some of America's great fiction, with heroes and villains hitting the pavement to flee their past, reunite with loved ones, enact revenge or simply stay alive. Just in time for the season of summer escapes, we're rounding up great fictional road trips that remind us of all the reasons to hightail it away.
Unfortunately, not every vacation goes perfectly. What you sometimes need is a soothing voice in your ear telling you everything will be OK. With that in mind, we've chosen some audiobooks you might want to turn to if your trip is going quite as planned.
Food and travel have always made for a delicious combination in a book, fueling dreams of spectacular vacations--or early retirement--in faraway locales where a surprisingly perfect (or perfectly surprising) meal is just around the corner. To inspire your summer travel, whether it's abroad or to the deck chair nearest you, we've gathered an itinerary of foodie memoirs that will take you on a worldwide tour of the senses. The best part is, they include recipes, so you can recreate the reading--and eating--experience in your own kitchen.
Not every day of every vacation can guarantee blue skies and 75 degree temperatures. So what to do, oh book lover, when it's 110 degrees in the shade or raining cats and dogs? When the line for the museum is too long, why not head to a library--our fine nation boasts a plethora of wonderful repositories, both architecturally stunning and filled with that thing you love above all else: a good book.
Whether you're about to embark on an much-needed summer vacation or you're putting together a weekend jaunt with friends, you've probably discovered that travel—exciting and relaxing though it may be—can also prove a source of stress and anxiety. To prep for the hurdles you’re liable to encounter—be it trip booking, flying or culture shock—consider brushing up on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness, the formal practice of maintaining calm awareness of one’s thoughts and actions. These books on the connection between mindfulness and travel show how to optimize your experience by eliminating negative tension and focusing on the spiritual value every journey, large or small, offers.
Wondering how to make your upcoming trip not just an escape from the daily grind, but a rewarding life experience, as well? These tales of courageous journeys reveal the ways that travel can be spiritually enhancing. While you may not be headed for the Tibetan Himalayas or the snake-riddled rainforests of Australia, the destination, as these travelogues show, seldom determines the journey. From grieving daughters and Zen students to runaways, these adventurers find self-transformation in places and ways they least expect.
Oh, the joys of traveling with the whole family. No parent wants to be the one whose child throws a temper tantrum on an airplane, or has the toddler running amok at a rest stop. As summer's recesses and long weekends come around, never fear: These books offer tips and tricks to keep the kids entertained and help you keep your sanity.
We all do it, and after a good one we usually feel invigorated, our senses alive to the world around us. Sometimes all it takes is a quick one; sometimes, a nice long one opens up places and feelings we couldn't imagine. Cheryl Strayed did it all over California; Bill Bryson up and down the Appalachian Trail. There's no equipment required; it's free; and it's a great way to keep fit.
Bestselling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver has set many of his 30 novels in New York City, including his most recent, "The Kill Room," which stars Lincoln Rhyme, Deaver's star quadriplegic detective. As Deaver says, "New York is a cornucopia of crime," with its corrupt bankers, vicious lawyers, crooked politicians, stalwart cops, mobsters, hustlers, hapless terrorists and "notable crazies." But this rich criminal milieu isn't the only thing that drives novelists to set their crime stories in the city that never sleeps: Read on for Deaver's top five reasons New York is the ideal setting for crime fiction.