A geeky girl living in the big city, making her way, the only way she knows how... no wait, that's The Dukes of Hazzard. Who am I again? Oh yeah, a pop culture obsessed writer, publishing person, and occasional nerd. And I'm getting married. I talk about that, too.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Giving Up Again -- a sad kind of book review

I hate leaving books unfinished. Hate it. Sometimes, however, I admit to myself that I'm having such a hard time plowing through a book, that it will delay all my other reading (for work and for pleasure), if I don't just give up on it. And so... goodbye, Cross Country. I hardly knew ya.

It's a shame, really, since I love travelogues. At least, I love FUNNY travelogues. Cross Country plodded through retellings of the journeys of Lewis & Clark, while the author's kids slept or read something different in the back seat of their own cross-country journey. I felt the same way. I love Bill Bryson and Tony Hawks, Tim Moore, and even the travel adventures of Susan Orlean, which aren't always funny, but at least are interesting.

I may just need to browse around the bookstore a bit, but in lieu of that -- at least for now -- does anyone have some recommendations of good, funny, travel essays?



Blogger Rob S. said...

Have you read Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams? It's five or six trips to see endangered species, and seemed to me very Brysonesque.

8/09/2007 1:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not exactly a travelogue... but I've just picked up the re-released On The Road by Kerouac - and I'm totally enjoying it. It's touted as great fiction but still...

8/09/2007 1:34 PM

Blogger nor said...

Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer. Not a typical travelogue, but you'll feel like you're there for every second. One of the best books I've ever read.


8/09/2007 5:22 PM


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