Well, it has been a full week since my first "Travel Through Books" blog post! Although not much has changed as far as COVID-19 isolation, we have had 3 BEAUTIFUL days of weather and Tuesday night and last night we had a pink super moon (the largest full moon of 2020). How cool! I highly suggest taking your books outside during this weather.. relax on your front porch, back patio, or take your book on a walk (if you are listening to an audio book). Trust me, reading your travel book outdoors will instantly take you to your dream destination.
Here are the 3 books we chose to get you through this week's isolation. Enjoy!
1. Out of Africa
Once again Africa is being highlighted in this week's book recommendations. Out of Africa, is a memoir written by the Danish author, Karen Blixen, who settled in Kenya from 1914 to 1931. The book is beautifully written and written by a woman who truly loved the Kenyan land and it's people.
Out of Africa by Karen Blixen takes place in Kenya on a coffee plantation. I had the privilege of visiting Blixen's farm and many other sights mentioned in the book. I could imagine Robert Redford landing his plane on the same runway I was on. Africa is magical and this book takes you there in a way you would never believe.
Author, James Mitchener, made the list for the second week in a row! I highly recommend looking at Mitchener's list of over 40 books. He writes beautiful stories about specific geographic locations while incorporating history. We will most likely be highlighting a book of his each week - stay tuned...
Hawaii lovers.. this book is for you! If you would like to travel back in time and learn how Hawaii came to be.... Pick up this book, a pina colada, and enjoy!
I remember reading James Mitchener’s book, Hawaii, many years ago and being fascinated by it. As I recall, it first takes you through the creation of the Hawaiian islands. The islands were created by volcanoes in the middle of the ocean. Incredible! It then tells the story of the people who first settled in Hawaii, the monarchy and missionaries, and relative current day. It is a big book – takes a while to read – but it is a great story.
3. The Connemara Bus
Ireland is one of the most incredible countries in the world full of rich history, kind people... and beer! The Connemara Bus by Ann Milholland Webb will take you on an incredible journey full of diaries and interviews. Grab and Guinness and soak in this beautiful Irish story.
The Connemara Bus by Ann Milholland Webb is one of my favorite books as it tells the story of a newly widowed woman who decides to go to Ireland to research her ancestry as a diversion from her current life. The book relives the history of the Bus which originally transported the women of western Ireland to Galway City (the NEW WORLD to them) to sell their goods, while comparing it to Ms. Webb’s current life. I could vision both of the lives and how the bus transitioned all of them! If you have been to Ireland, especially Connemara, you will see and smell the land again…..if not, you will have a wonderful introduction to Irish Life! As a side….we arranged to have Hugh Ferguson drive my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding party on The Connemara Bus on their wedding day in 2003. What a wonderful experience!"
We would love to hear your comments about these three books if you've read them, or suggestions about what books to feature next. Please let us know by leaving a comment at the top of this blog.
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