Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | July 8, 2011

Summertime reads

Now that summer has finally arrived (maybe), the best place to be is on your front porch or patio, sitting in a comfy chair, reading a good book. Here are a few of my favorites for summer armchair travel.

A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle, is the author’s account of life as a British transplant in a 200-year-old farmhouse in France. Watch out: you’ll find yourself wanting some bread, cheese, and a glass of red wine as you read this mouth-watering account of life (and food) in Provence.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, by Bill Bryson. This book is the often hilarious account of the author’s trek along the Appalachian Ttrail with his long-time (and out-of-shape) friend, Katz. In addition, Bryson throws in some commentary on the social condition of America, local history, the environment.

A Life on the Road and Charles Kuralt’s America, by Charles Kuralt. Kuralt recounts his journeys across America, from Maine to California, and the people he met along the way. These are great books if you’re looking for the stories that don’t make the headlines–the good news about America. You can also checkout the 3-DVD set of Kuralts’ long-running On the Road TV series.


From my backyard patio (mentally, at least!), Janice


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