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Savvy Traveler Staff Recommendations:
Gates (Assistant Producer, The Savvy Traveler)
Jeffs humorous and poignant best of compilation has officially kicked off my summer reading. Needless to say Im well past the first few chapters."
The stories follow an Englishwoman as she accidentally discovers a time-travel hole in the traditional 'medieval' circle of stones, where she's taken back to the Scottish Highlands of the 1700's... Very interesting historical information not only about Scotland, but also the 'tween years of the American Colonies before the major wars of the late eighteenth century...
For my "All Time Greatest Travel/Reading" experience... It was on a flight from Dublin to LA, in those nine hours I read, cover to cover, Michael Crichton's Airframe. Very very interesting insight into an NTSB/Major Airline investigation into an air disaster, and the scientific physicality of a 747 and how they go about piecing together cause of an accident... Very good reading, although not advisable for 'en-route' air travel."
Hoult (Producer, The Savvy Traveler)
All-time travel reading experiences: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown on a trip across the country and, for some odd reason, The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvior on an extended stay in Taiwan.
Other great summer reads: The Great Game, by Peter Hopkirk, The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker, The Verificationist by Donald Antrim.
Right now, I'm reading Embracing Defeat, by John Dower, which is great, but way too big to take traveling. I'm also reading Raymond Chandler's Farewell My Lovely and The Aenied. I imagine I'll be traveling with one of those two."
Nyad (Host of The Savvy Traveler)
A quirky read, full of unpredictable turns--comparable to A Confederacy of Dunces--is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers. Like "Confederacy...", this book reminds you that some of the finest minds in the land are not the Harvard PhD's.
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand won loads of literary prizes this past year, for good reason. This is a human and equine drama which takes you into the upper-echelon blueblood society of thoroughbred racing and sweeps you back into an era when ladies wore white gloves to the track. You are captured from the first to the last page."
Adair (Reporter/Producer, The Savvy Traveler)
Markham (Assistant Producer, The Savvy Traveler)
Nevertheless, Ulysses is one of those books you feel obligated to plow through at least once. The modernist masterpiece cache seems to demand it. Ive started and abandoned the book at least a dozen times myself. Id always get to about page 74, find myself facing down another 715 pages, and then fling the book aside in defeat, seeking safety in the simplicity of some trashy mass-market best seller.
But then, a few years back, I found a battered copy of Ulysses at Heathrow, and started reading it yet again. Get this: It was effortless. Theres something about Joycean stream-of-consciousness that lends itself perfectly to travel. You can allow yourself to be carried away by the current of language like youre boarding a 747 for a transcontinental flight. It doesnt have to make sense -- in the same way that a giant metal object hurtling through space at 30,000 feet carrying 200 people doesnt really make sense either. You just go with the flow and have faith that youll get there -- that eventually youll reach JFK or page 789, whichever comes first."
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