Sunday, April 12, 2020

Stay-at-home shelfie #15

Here's a little collection of books for traveling from the comfort of your reading chair (velvet jacket not included). There's another volume from Robert Macfarlane, who a book in the previous shelfie. A Forest by Night by Fred J. Speakman was the subject of a fairly recent Papergreat post. The Big Roads and On the Map were both Christmas presents from Joan.

Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon is a classic and it's the one I always recommend to folks who are seeking suggestions for offbeat travel writing; I'm still surprised by how many had never heard of it. In 2015, Ashar and I read Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, by Jeopardy! champion and Omnibus podcast co-host Ken Jennings and thoroughly enjoyed it.

And it's been over a decade since I first read Alan Weisman's The World Without Us. I recommend it ... but maybe not right now. (I did, however, write this in a November 2011 footnote: "I had never heard of the Białowieża Forest until I read Alan Weisman's fantastic book The World Without Us, part of which takes a look at the environment in parts of the planet that are mostly untouched by humans.")

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