Saturday, June 14, 2014

Five top travel books about places you may never go

Alina Simone is the author of the novel Note to Self.

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Simone tagged five great travel books about places you may never go, including:
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler.

Before he became a staff writer for The New Yorker and won a MacArthur award, Hessler spent two years teaching English at a local college in the small town of Fuling, China. This elegiac memoir tells us as much about the changing fortunes of life along the Yangtze as it does about the rewards and challenges of living life in translation.
Read about another book on the list.

River Town also appears among Oliver August's five best guides to China and its history.

--Marshal Zeringue