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Literary non-fiction has become the hottest selling genre in the retail bookselling marketplace. And travel has always been high on the list of favorite books to read. But “travel books” are not just the useful guide books that give us the necessary information we want and need to make a trip successful. Travel literature is a genre unto itself.

Among the writers who have published in this special field are people as diverse as Petrach, Lawrence Durrell, Jan Morris, Samuel Johnson, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Hilaire Belloc, Rebecca West, D.H. Lawrence, Evelyn Waugh, and of course Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck. And popular contemporary writers like John Berendt (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The City of Falling Angels) continue to demonstrate the public's thirst for in-depth and highly literate books about travel.

Talking Travel Literature is a feature that explores the wonderful and literate world of travel. To listen to the commentaries on these books, click on the audio icons below.


The Art of Travel,
by Jean de Botton

Mediterranean Winter,
by Robert D. Kaplan

The City of Falling Angels, by John Berendt


Photographs by Bob Fisher