Our writer recommends three books about Mezzogiorno, the southern region of Italy, written during the 19th and 20th centuries by travelers to the area.
Two of the best travelogues ever penned, "A Time of Gifts" and "Between the Woods and the Water," make a perfect read before, during or after a trip to Romania.
Thomas Mann's novel "Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family" is a masterpiece. It would be enjoyable for anyone, but especially those traveling to Hamburg.
Key West has long been a refuge and an inspiration for writers. Not all the books on this list constitute high literature, but each is well worth reading.
Author Beebe Bahrami offers an excellent introduction to Dordogne's Neanderthal history in her new book "Cafe Neandertal."
Jonathan Weiner enjoyed the benefit of hindsight when he came to write "The Beak of the Finch," for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995.
In this true crime story, Maximillian Potter relates the attempt to extort 1 million euro from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti by poisoning its best vineyards.
I especially enjoyed this new work by James Gardner, published in 2015, which examines the history of Buenos Aires through the lens of its architecture.
The books and DVDs I found most useful and enjoyable in preparing for our Antarctic trip, and while there.
Rather than produce a dry history of the city, in "The Birth of Sydney," editor Tim Flannery assembles a fascinating collection of firsthand descriptions.
To fully appreciate the warmth of the Cambodian people, it is valuable to recall the agonies that the country suffered from 1975 to 1979 under Pol Pot.