Time for Departure! Adult nonfiction travel books

Enjoy this list of adult nonfiction that follows the theme for our SweetBean Reading Challenge in July!

Updated June 14, 2024
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Africa Is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent
Faloyin, Dipo
Paper Book
So often, Africa has been depicted simplistically as a uniform land of famines and safaris, poverty and strife, stripped of all nuance. In this bold and insightful book, Dipo Faloyin offers a much-needed corrective, weaving a vibrant tapestry of stories that bring to life Africa's rich diversity,...
Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon
Sevigny, Melissa L.
Paper Book
In the summer of 1938, botanists Elzada Clover and Lois Jotter set off to run the Colorado River, accompanied by an ambitious and entrepreneurial expedition leader, a zoologist, and two amateur boatmen. With its churning waters and treacherous boulders, the Colorado was famed as the most...
The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World
Nabongo, Jessica
Paper Book
It was a daunting task, but Jessica Nabongo, the beloved voice behind the popular website The Catch Me if You Can, made it happen, completing her journey to all 195 UN-recognized countries in the world in October 2019. Now, in this one-of-a-kind memoir, she reveals her top 100 destinations...
Book Club 2 Go. one woman's search for everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia / Eat, pray, love
Gilbert, Elizabeth
Paper Book
One of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time from the bestselling author of City of Girls and Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert. Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions...
From scratch : a memoir of love, Sicily, and finding home
Locke, Tembi
Paper Book
Now a limited Netflix series starring Zoe Saldana! **A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK ** NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where...
A house in the sky : a memoir
Lindhout, Amanda.
Paper Book
BREAKING NEWS: Amanda Lindhout's lead kidnapper, Ali Omar Ader, has been caught. Amanda Lindhout wrote about her fifteen month abduction in Somalia in A House in the Sky. It is the New York Times bestselling memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world's most...
In the Shadow of the Mountain: A Memoir of Courage
Vasquez-Lavado, Silvia
Paper Book
"In climbing the Seven Summits, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado did nothing less than take back her own life--one brave step at a time. She will inspire untold numbers of souls with this story, for her victory is a win on behalf of all of us."--Elizabeth Gilbert Endless ice. Thin air....
The Last Ride of the Pony Express: My 2,000-Mile Horseback Journey Into the Old West
Grant, Will
Paper Book
USA Today Bestseller! Selected by the Smithsonian as Best Travel Books of the Year "Spellbinding" (Douglas Preston) and "completely fascinating" (Elizabeth Letts), cowboy and journalist Will Grant takes us on an epic and authentic horseback journey...
Mother, Nature: A 5,000-Mile Journey to Discover If a Mother and Son Can Survive Their Differences
Jenkins, Jedidiah
Paper Book
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * From the author of To Shake the Sleeping Self . . . "Exquisitely written and completely compelling . . . As Jedidiah Jenkins traces a 5,000-mile route with his wildly entertaining mother, Barb, he begins to untangle the live wires of a parent-child...
Somebody Feed Phil the Book: Untold Stories, Behind-The-Scenes Photos and Favorite Recipes: A Cookbook
Rosenthal, Phil
Paper Book
"Wherever I travel, be it a different state, country, or continent, I always call Phil when I need to know where and what to eat. He's the food guru of the world." --Ray Romano The ultimate collection of must-have recipes, stories, and behind-the-scenes photos from the...
Taste: My Life Through Food
Tucci, Stanley
Paper Book
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Named a Notable Book of 2021 by NPR and The Washington Post From award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci comes an intimate and charming memoir of life in and out of the kitchen....
World travel : an irreverent guide
Bourdain, Anthony
Paper Book
A guide to some of the world's most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York...

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