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This is a really, really cool resource. One I wish I knew about many moons ago prior to summer break. Working in a public library, I’ve had so many parents come in asking for books about travel, or about specific locations that they will be visiting. This online resource would have been my go-to website for those occasions.
The Global Bookshelf is a website/search engine for books on travel stories. You can browse The Global Bookshelf by region, genre, and book format (Kindle, PDF, physical book). This is a useful site for adults and children. I like the variety of formats. With so many people reading books on their tablets and e-readers, this is a good place to start downloading those titles prior to take-off.
The creator of the website is also very eager for review submissions from travelers. I like that sense of community and peer reviewed travel stories. If you don’t want to write a book review, then you have the option of writing about how books inspired you to travel. New & veteran authors can also submit their work to be cataloged into the system.
French Milk by Lucy Kinsley Age: Adult Genre: Graphic Novel + Travel Memoir Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2007 ISBN: 9781416575344 194 pages
Part memoir and part drawings and scribbles, Lucy Knisley’s work takes us through the 6 weeks she spent with her mother in an apartment in Paris shortly after Christmas.
I’m not quite sure if the age difference (I’m 28, and Lucy is 22 in the book) or the fact that I’ve read a million Parisian travel memoirs this year, but this book is neither here nor there for me. Its funny, Lucy has a quirky sense of humor. But I found the book on a whole to be pointless. She either misses her boyfriend or constantly checks her e-mail. I found the book to be somewhat shallow with cutesy illustrations to soften the blow. I did appreciate Lucy’s visual inventory of all the food she and her mom ate during their stay. Its something I wish I paid more attention during my stay.This book would serve as a good resource for restaurant hunters in Paris.
Lucy spent more time whining about being homesick than enjoying the city. Its not the best way to start a travel memoir than with the perspective that the author would rather not be traveling. There was no introspective views into the culture differences, or even interactions with anyone other than her mother. I expected more from this book, especially when Lucy mentioned that this was her second time in the city of lights.
Its a light read, 193 pages and mostly illustrations. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone older than 25.Find this book at your local library Book 37 of 2011