Armchair Adventure

Armchair Adventure

Even if you aren’t able to travel right now you can sit back and let one of these titles take you on a journey.


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Elizabeth G.
American Harvest: God, country, and farming in the heartland

Marie Mutsuki Mockett
307.72 Moc

Inheriting her father's 7,000 acre wheat farm in the panhandle of Nebraska, the author accompanies a group of evangelical Christian wheat harvesters through the heartland. American Harvest is a thoughtful exploration of ingrained beliefs, from evangelical skepticism of evolution to cosmopolitan assumptions about food production and farming.


An Arabian Journey: one man's quest through the heart of the middle east

Levison Wood
915.604 Woo

Following in the footsteps of famed explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, British explorer Levison Wood set forth on a 5,000-mile trek through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, seeking to challenge our perceptions of this often-misunderstood part of the world.


Around the World in 80 Trains: a 45,000 mile adventure

Monisha Rajesh
910.41 Raj

The author’s journey is one of constant movement and mayhem, meeting a variety of travelers while taking in some of the earth's most breathtaking views. Rajesh offers a wonderfully vivid account of life, history and culture in a book that will make you laugh out loud.


Dirt

Bill Buford
641.5092 Buford Buf

Journalist Bill Buford heads to Lyon to understand the allure of French cuisine. With his signature humor and sense of adventure he describes his obsession with proving himself on the line, proving that he is worthy of the gastronomic secrets he's learning, and proving that French cooking actually derives from Italian cooking.


Magdalena: river of dreams

Wade Davis
986.1 Dav

The award winning writer, photographer, filmmaker, and ethnographer recounts an enthralling journey down Colombia's Magdalena River that illuminates the country's rebirth after decades of political violence, drug cartels, and guerrilla warfare.


On the Ganges: encounters with saints and sinners on India's mythic river

George Black
915.41 Bla

Interviews and dialogue enhance the vivid scenes of the author’s travels along the Ganges. The most poignant moments come when past and present, or various cultures, meet in surprising ways—e.g., relics of the 1857 Indian Rebellion appear alongside Muslim icons and a squatter colony.


Overground Railroad: the Green Book and the roots of Black travel in America

Candacy Taylor
973.0496 Tay

The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists. Overground Railroad celebrates the stories of those who put their names in the book and stood up against segregation.


Spirit Run: a 6,000-mile marathon through North America's stolen land

Noé Álvarez
796.4292 Alvarez Alv

At nineteen Alvarez left a university scholarship to join the the Peace and Dignity Journeys, epic marathons meant to renew Native cultural connections across North America. Running through mountains, deserts, and cities, and through the Mexican territory Álvarez forges a new relationship with the land, and with the act of running, while discovering his roots and place in society.


Triangular Road: a memoir

Paule Marshall
800.92 Marshall Mar

This memoir of self-discovery details the author’s journeys to Europe, Barbados, and Africa, as she comes to comprehend the historical enormity of the African diaspora, an understanding that fortifies her sense of purpose as a writer.


Wandering in Strange Lands: a daughter of the Great Migration reclaims her roots

Morgan Jerkins
305.896 Jer

An acclaimed cultural critic considers the Great Migration and the displacement of Black people by recreating her ancestors' journeys across America, following the migratory routes they took from Georgia and South Carolina to Louisiana, Oklahoma, and California.