The WriteByNight brain trust recently took a trip to the Grand Canyon area of (crazy) Arizona, and I made sure to pack plenty of Ed Abbey for the trip. (For those unfamiliar with Abbey, champion of the American Southwest, read Desert Solitaire [nonfic] and two novels, The Fool’s Progress and The Monkey Wrench Gang.)
It got me to thinking of other times I’ve based my vacation reading on my destination: James Hynes’s Next during a visit to Austin before we lived here, Jimmy Buffett’s Where is Joe Merchant? on a trip to the Caribbean, Hawthorne’s Twice-Told Tales on a day trip to Salem.
Steve: “I really want to get to Dublin someday for Yeats and Joyce and Guinness.”
Billy: ” I’m reading Dante’s Inferno on my deathbed.”
Daniel: “For Dublin, be sure to also read Patrick Kavanagh and the short stories of Ray Bradbury. Bradbury spent some time in Ireland and yes… he did not exclusively write sci-fi. For me, I packed Exile’s Return and A Moveable Feast as 2 of the 4 tangible copies of books I brought to Korea.”
How about you guys? Can you share with us a time you packed vacation books based on destination?