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There Is No Frigate Like a Book to Take Us Lands Away

We have a well-traveled staff here at Island Books. Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Japan, Morocco, India, Costa Rica. As a group we’ve been on six continents. There are no bookstores in Antarctica to our knowledge, so that makes it hard to write off as a business trip. But we’re working on it. Bernadette did it, so I’m feeling inspired.

Even without a trip coming up in the immediate future (nine months in Boston for school was more than enough exploring of exotic locales for one year), sometimes a travel guide is the best way to dream. Maybe if I get a quiet moment I’ll pick up the Lonely Planet guide to Spain or Morocco and start planning for next summer. Some finely crafted fiction can also take care of the travel itch. While I’m happily staying put in Seattle, I’ll be reading about Tampa (the new novel by Alissa Nutting) and Nigeria (Americanah by Chimawanda Ngozi Adichie), and hopefully Japan (A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki) and Argentina (Open Door by Iosi Havilio) before I’m through....Read More