Sunday, August 11, 2013

Six top travel books

Philip Caputo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including the acclaimed A Rumor of War. His novels include Acts of Faith, The Voyage, Horn of Africa, and Crossers.

His latest book is The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean.

One of Caputo's six favorite travel books, as told to The Week magazine:
Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck.

Steinbeck's chronicle of an epic 1960 road trip with his poodle is a traveler's tale, a self-portrait, and a portrait of America at the advent of a tumultuous decade. The chapter portraying "the Cheerleaders" — a band of racist white women protesting a New Orleans school's integration — is devastating in its understatement.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue