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After staying home for so long, I know many of us are itching to travel and experience new places. If that's not in the cards (or possible to stay within budget!), these books will transport you to different places and take you alongside travelers across the world. —Emma
I first encountered Peter Mayle's writing after living in France myself, and reading A Year in Provence felt like the warm, dry winds of the area—a bresh of fresh air and a hug all at once. With this final book, Mayle explores what he's learned and grown to love about his adopted homeland—a homeland that loved him back, considering he received the Légion d’Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions! —Emma
"This is how Paris was in the early days," Hemingway writes, "when we were very young and very happy." Written in his later years and published posthumously, this is a look back at his time in Paris in the '20s. Through a series of vignettes, you'll meet F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and many others. This is also an intimate portrait of a young writer with a young family in a dazzling place at a fascinating time. If you've never read Hemingway, you can start here—and if you've read all his other works, then you need to get to this one, too. —Julia S.
If you want a good time, look no further. This truly is an incredible adventure! Twenty-eight explorers bound for Antarctica in 1915 get trapped on an ice floe without a ship or any hope of rescue. Based on interviews and crew members' diaries, Lansing presents this story of survival with fully fleshed characters (like the stowaway with his cat) and details (like the raw skin they all had at the ends of their noses from icicles forming and breaking off) that feels like fiction but is amazingly real. After reading this book I wanted to immediately start over at the beginning—it's that good. —Kaitlyn