Topping the list will definitely be the simply must-haves (a) In the Rainforest. Catherine Caufield takes you everywhere – deep jungles, deserts, to the seas… I mean, this is journalism at its best. There is so much to learn from Caufield’s experiences and then some!
And of course, (b) the “wild” woman, Jay Griffiths. Talk about a free spirit, a constant yearn for silence in nature’s abode, soul exploration, spiritual rummage, drugs – the healing kind – in Wild, an Elemental Journey, Griffiths does what she knows best – plays with words eloquently and tears it down to its raw, beautiful naked form. Absolutely passionate and brave – I love this book!
I have tip-toed the unforgiving mountain rocks with Peter Matthiessen, felt the beautiful soul of locals through Heinrich Harrer and feel revived every time a manic heart sets out for the Shangri-La… Can’t get enough of it! However, I picked Sky Train not because it was only about Tibet, but here is a third generation Chinese American, Canyon Sam, making us understand the magic that was Tibet to the bedlam it is today – all through the lives and experiences of four women – and it took her 19, that’s right, 19 years to complete this beautiful narrative.
I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face till I experienced, travelled and relived the Congo Journey with the funny man, Redmond O’Hanlon. Simply wonderful! This is how travel writers should be, such a joy!
Adding to this list:
Todd Balf – The last river
Richard Dawden – Africa
Christopher McDougall – Born to run
Tim O’Brien – The things they carried
John Briley – Cry Freedom
Laurens Van Der Post – Yet being someone other