“There is no frigate like a book”: Travel Reads!

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

-Emily Dickinson

Are you traveling this summer? Or wishing you were traveling this summer? Or knowing that summer is soon coming to a close and want to prolong its awesomeness? Maybe you want some books to accompany you on your journey or some books to take you away while you sit in your comfy chair from home. Well, there’s nothing like a good book to take you to new places! Try these out if you are looking to get away!

Walking the Amazon: 860 Days – One Step at a Time by Ed Stafford (2012)

Walking the Amazon
“From the star of Discovery Channel’s Naked and Marooned comes a a riveting, adventurous account of one man’s history-making journey along the entire length of the Amazon—and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth.” -Amazon

No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering by Clara Bensen (2016)

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“Newly recovered from a quarter-life meltdown, Clara Bensen decided to test her comeback by signing up for an online dating account. She never expected to meet Jeff, a wildly energetic university professor with a reputation for bucking convention. They barely know each other’s last names when they agree to set out on a risky travel experiment spanning eight countries and three weeks. The catch? No hotel reservations, no plans, and best of all, no baggage.” – Amazon

The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett (2010)

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“Three friends, each on the brink of a quarter-life crisis, make a pact to quit their high pressure New York City media jobs and leave behind their friends, boyfriends, and everything familiar to embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the world.” -Amazon

Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut by Salma Abdelnour (2012)

Jasmine and Fire

“As Beirut exploded with the bombs and violence of a ruthless civil war in the ’80s, a nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her family fled Lebanon to start a new life in the States. Ever since then — even as she built a thriving career as a food and travel writer in New York City — Salma has had a hunch that Beirut was still her home. She kept dreaming of moving back — and finally decided to do it. But could she resume her life in Beirut, so many years after her family moved away? Could she, or anyone for that matter, ever really go home again?” -Amazon

Honeymoon with my Brother: A Memoir by Franz Wisner (2005)

Honeymoon with my Brother

“This is the true story of Franz Wisner, a man who thought he had it all- a high profile career and the fiancée of his dreams – when suddenly, his life turned upside down. Just days before they were to be married, his fiancée called off the wedding. Luckily, his large support network of family and friends wouldn’t let him succumb to his misery. They decided Franz should have a wedding and a honeymoon anyway – there just wouldn’t be a bride at the ceremony, and Franz’ travel companion would be his brother, Kurt.” -Amazon

Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo by Tim Parks (2013)

Italian Ways

“Parks begins as any traveler might: “A train is a train is a train, isn’t it?” But soon he turns his novelist’s eye to the details, and as he journeys through majestic Milano Centrale station or on the newest high-speed rail line, he delivers a uniquely insightful portrait of Italy. Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians―conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, gypsies and immigrants―Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive: an obsession with speed but an acceptance of slower, older ways; a blind eye toward brutal architecture amid grand monuments; and an undying love of a good argument and the perfect cappuccino.” -Amazon

Visit Fountaindale.org to put your copy on hold! Looking for more? Stop by the 3rd Floor Reference Desk to ask our librarians for recommendations!

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Read great books, meet new friends, and win prizes!

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Summer Reading may be over, but you can still earn prizes while reading great books! October is Book Club Month; if you join a book club in October, you’ll earn a prize at the end of the meeting AND you can enter in a grand prize drawing for either a $15 Dunkin’ Donuts or Barnes & Noble gift card! The drawing is held at the end of the month. You may enter for the drawing more than once by attending multiple book clubs!

BOOK CLUBS

CHILLS AND THRILLS is a mystery book club that meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Contact: Christine

October 2Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron

November 6Learning to Swim by Sara Henry

December 4Last Child by John Hart

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HORROR book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Books include zombies, ghosts, and vampires! Contact: Christine

October 9The Rising by Brian Keene

November 13Dweller by Jeff Strand

December 11Zombie Illinois by Scott

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TURNING PAGES book club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Books include historical fiction and non-fiction. Contact: Rozie, Andrea, or Zach

October 10The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

NovemberThe Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

December 12Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATION meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. for coffee and great conversation in Meeting Room B. Books include mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, and literary fiction. Contact: Maureen

October 15Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes

November 19Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

December 17Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger

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X MEETS Y book club is a Gen X book club for 20- and 30- somethings and meets at Bar Louie in the Promenade, 619 E. Boughton on the third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m. Books include fiction, biographies, travel, titles based on current trends and popularity. Contact: Brian

October 19We Have Always Lived in a Castle by Shirley Jackson

November 16Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

December 21The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs

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GREAT READS book club is just what it sounds like, a club to read amazing books. The club meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Books include fiction, mystery, biography, history and everything in-between. Contact: Lynnette

October 23The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber

November 20*The Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey

*Meets on 3rd Wednesday due to holiday

December 18*Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

*Meets on 3rd Wednesday due to holiday

Call 630-685-4176, check http://www.fountaindale.org, or stop by the 3rd floor desk for more information.