Unforgettable Book(s) You Bought on Your Travels

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#1

I was living in China as an ESL teacher for a college. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t read Chinese, I fell in love with this book and have moved with it to several different countries and states. The title is A Chance of Sunshine but it’s also known as Turn Left, Turn Right and the author-illustrator is Jimmy Liao.

I’m looking for several snow globes based on this story but, alas, it seems that they don’t sell them anymore.


#2

I always try to visit used bookstores when I travel, ever on the hunt for insane pulp paperbacks, which I will also not likely read. This is one of my favorites, a weird dispatch from the Satanic Panic.


#3

I took along The Pilgrimage by Paolo Coelho with me on the Camino de Santiago. I thought he captured the eerie feel of the journey rather well. It was also weird to have it as some kind of fictional guide for me as I reached each of the tops.


#4

That is so wonderful - I want to do the Camino someday! How was it for you?


#5

I’ve bought only one book on a trip, and it was this one in New York City: Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream. I was so impressed with the MoMA’s timely program — I only wish more could’ve been done to make their work reality.


#6

If that’s something you like, have I got a puzzle for you. That you will also likely not do. :wink:


#7

I was just saying to a friend the other day that one of the biggest downfalls about having a tiny NY apartment is that there’s no room to do puzzles!


#8

Haven’t you ever heard of puzzle keepers?

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#9

haha I think you’re still underestimating the smallness of my apt…


#10

Henrik Ibsen’s Enemy of the People in Oslo, Norway
Colected works of H. C. Andersen in Odense, Denmark
Redcoats along the Hudson in Quebec, Canada


#11

I made sure to grab a copy of this when I was in Germany so I could have it in the original language. The locals I was hanging out with shunned me for reawakening the crap that scared the hell out of them when they were kids.