BPL Review of Five Inspiring Travel Books
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town,
An astutely observant traveler and insightful writer, Rosemary Mahoney chronicles her adventures participating in six religious journeys: visiting an Anglican shrine to Saint Mary in Walsingham, England; walking the five hundred-mile Camino de Santiago in northern Spain; braving the icy bathwater at Lourdes; rowing alone across the Sea of Galilee to spend a night camped below the Golan Heights; viewing Varanasi, India’s holiest city from a rubber raft on the Ganges; and soldiering barefoot through the three-day penitential Catholic pilgrimage to Lough Derg on Ireland’s Station Island.
In this award-winning survey into contemporary and historical ethnic displacement, Emily Raboteau embarked on a somber, ten-year, global journey through time to explore the multifaceted and conflicting perspectives of Black Zionists. She does this by speaking with Rastafarians, African Hebrew Israelites, Evangelicals, and Ethiopian Jews—all in search of a land and idea that is hard to define and even harder to inhabit. The book is a blend of memoir and cultural investigation, and her writing upends our established ideas of place and patriotism, as well as citizenship and country.
This book compiles the best work of the well-known short-story writer Lucia Berlin. It has been called a perfect mix of wit and melancholy, which she imbues in her essays poignant humor and warmth. She observes and chronicles everything from the outright miracles of the everyday, to the beautiful and dark moments that are hidden, uncovering instances of grace everywhere. From Texas to Chile to Mexico and beyond, Lucia Berlin takes her readers into the moments of switchboard operators and struggling mothers, as well as hitchhikers and bad Christians.