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Books! Where would we be without them?!

Over the years books have been our faithful companions as we journeyed through the world. Here we share books about overlanding and other adventurous undertakings, guidebooks we particularly enjoyed or found useful, as well as also books that help(ed) me understand the country/region we were/are traveling in.

New on the list (Nov '17)

The Worrier's Guide to the end of the Word, by Torre de Roche (travel memoir) – funny, honest, insightful story of her hikes with a friend, one across Italy and one following Ghandi's footsteps through Gujarat (India). 

On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads, by Tim Cope (travel memoir) – A captivating narrative about Tim's encounters with local people that includes lots of detailed information on historic and social issues of these cultures.

4 Books I particularly enjoyed when traveling in Japan.

Shogun, by James Clavell (historical novel) – I was intrigued by this story as the British character did arrive in Japan, and on the first Dutch ship, De Liefde, and he did become a samurai. This is just one of the ways his life might have unfolded.

Madam Sadayakko, by Lesley Downer (non-fiction) – A fascinating and true story of the most celebrated geisha in Japan, Sadayakko. The books gives good insight in rapidly changing Japan around 1900.

The Brothers, by Lesley Downer (non-fiction) – As Lesley unfolds the true story of (one of) Japan's richest family, through three generations, you are taken right through the country's impressive development and economic boom in the 20th century.

On the Narrow Road in the Deep North, by Lesley Downer (travel memoir) – In 1689 Matsuo Basho, Japan’s greatest poet, set out on his last and longest journey, to the remote northern provinces. Three hundred years later, inspired by Basho’s writing and her passion for Japan, Lesley Downer set off in his footsteps. 

Do you have any recommendations for our book list? Let us know in the comments. Thanks!


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