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Wanderlust: Your Favorite Travel Books

Monday, July 22, 2019

Here’s a summertime postcard to all of you - wish you were here - or perhaps you wish you were there. We’re peeking over your shoulder to see what you’re reading on these sultry summer days. Maybe you’re skimming right now through a dog-eared Baedeker that belonged to your great-uncle Oscar. Or E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View, just possibly the first book that made you want to go abroad. Maybe your favorite is Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline because you read it when you were eight and wished you too could live in Paris, or Michael Bond's Paddington that now you’re reading to your grandson. Perhaps it’s Maurice Sendak’s magical Where the Wild Things Are or Jack Kerouac’s post-beat counter-culture elegy On the Road.  Or perhaps you want to share a still-vibrant classic - Vita Sackville-West’s Twelve Days in Persia or Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad

It doesn’t matter if you’re reading by the pool or wandering through the Coliseum - our one request is that you tell us why you love your very favorite travel book, with a few sentences on why you love it and why it should be better known. Member and staff suggestions will be on display in the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery September 18-December 31, 2019.

Send your contribution to by August 5 to be included. The book must be in our collections. Members’ names will appear with their submissions. Watch our newsletter and website for more on upcoming exhibitions.

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