Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Samuels Says - "Which books have your favorite exotic or foreign setting?"

This month for our display, we wanted to match the theme of the children's Summer Reading Club. We asked the staff: "Which books have your favorite exotic or foreign setting?" Here are our picks—we'd love to hear yours too!

For added authentic ambiance try listening to one of our CDs while reading ~ Destination Mediterranean (781.62 Des). Or, for the truly adventurous, listen to Deep Roots and Future Grooves (781.63 Dee)
Three Ways to Capsize a Boat: an Optimist Afloat by Chris Stewart (910.45 Ste)
Mediterranean Summer: a Season on France’s Cote d’Azur and Italy’s Costa Bella by David Shalleck (641.5092 Sha)
Whose Panties are These? : More Misadventures from Funny Women on the Road edited by Jennifer Leo (910.4 Who)
The Athena Project by Brad Thor (F Tho)
Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne (796.6 Byr)
Chocolat by Joanne Harris (F Har)
The Tour de France Companion: a Nuts, Bolts and Spokes Guide to the Greatest Race in the World by Bob Roll (796.62 Rol)
Best European Fiction 2010, Best European Fiction 2011 edited by Aleksandar Hemon (SC Bes)
Round Ireland in Low Gear by Eric Newby (914.17 Ne)
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Place by Eric Weiner (910.4 Wei)
Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg (F Hoe)
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (F Ffo)
Murder in the Palais Royal by Cara Black (F Bla)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (F Chr)
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (F Hi)
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson (914.0455 Bry)
Shadow Divers: the True Adventure of Two Americans who Risked Everything to Solve one of the Last Mysteries of WWII by Robert Kurson (940.5451 Kur)
The Enchantment of the World series, especially Slovenia, Croatia, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, and Italy!! (All located in juvenile non-fiction.)

The Rose Café: Love and War in Corsica by John Hanson Mitchell (944.966 Mit)
Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn (F Ray)
The Pillars of Hercules: a Grand Tour of the Mediterranean by Paul Theroux (910.918 Th)
Light of the Moon by Luanne Rice (F Ric)
Crocodile on the Sandbank, the first book in the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (F Pe)
House of Daughters by Sarah-Kate Lynch (F Lyn)
Juliet by Anne Fortier (F For)
Amandine by Marlena DeBlasi (F De B)
Nights of Rain and Stars, Tara Road, and Scarlet Feather all by Maeve Binchy (F Bin)

The All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor (JF Tay)
The Queen of Water by Laura Resau (YAF Res)
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson (JF Sav)
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, the first in the Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman (F Gil)
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack (E Fla)
The Adventures of Tintin series by Herge (JF Her)
Dragon and Thief: a Dragonback Adventure, first book in the series by Timothy Zahn (F Zah)
Assassin, first book in the Lady Grace Mysteries series by Grace Cavendish (JF Cav)
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (JF Tre)
The Diamond of Drury Lane, first book in the Cat Royal Adventure series by Julia Golding (YAF Gol)
Under a War-Torn Sky by Laura Elliott (YAF Ell)
Far North by Will Hobbs (YAF Hob)
Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs (YAF Hob)

Joan 1:
A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie (and other exotic titles by her - F Chr)
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (F Umr)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (F Kin)
In the Woods by Tana French (F Fre)
The Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith (F McC)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (F Hos)
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (820.9 Naf)
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir (Bio Oufkir Malika)
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (F Mar)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by C. Alan Bradley (F Bra)

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (YAF Row)
The Los Angeles setting of Francesca Lia Block’s books (YAF Blo)
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. The Book of Three is the first one. (JF Ale)
Inu Yasha by Rumiko Takhashi Ani-manga (YAF Tak)
The Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. Daughter of the Forest is the first one. (F Mar)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (JF Car)
The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. Soulless is the first book in the series. (F Car)
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl (YAF Gar)

There’s Something About Tropez by Elizabeth Adler (F Adl)
Sailing to Capri by Elizabeth Adler (F Adl)
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells (F We, Classic Paperbacks)
As the Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer (F Arc)
The Lake House by James Patterson (F Pat)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (F Gru)
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (JF Swi)
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss (JF Wys)
Alice Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (JF Car)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (YAF Bra)

Dark Road to Darjeeling and The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn (F Ray)
In a Sunburned Country (919.404 Bry), Notes From a Small Island (914.104 Bry), and Neither Here Nor There (914.0455 Bry) all by Bill Bryson
Anything... by Michelle Moran (Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, Cleopatra's Daughter, and Madame Tussaud - F Mor)
Faithful Place and In the Woods by Tana French (F Fre)
Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz (910.92 Hor)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick (JF Sel)
Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding (F Fie)
The Tattoo Artist by Jill Ciment (F Cim)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (YAF Zus)
Morgan’s Run by Coleen McCullough (F McC)
The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (F Fol)
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (F Cri)
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø (F Nes)
The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (F Lar)
Shall I go on???

Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie (920 Mas)
The African Queen by C.S. Forester (F For)
Baghdad Without a Map, and Other Misadventures in Arabia by Tony Horwitz (915.604 Hor)
Death Comes as the End and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (F Chr)
The Case of the Missing Books: a Mobile Library Mystery by Ian Sansom (F San)
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (JF Ver)
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carré (BCD Le C)
My Life in France by Julia Child (Bio Child Julia)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (JF Ste)
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (F Buc)
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe (JF DeF)
Shakespeare...of course! (822.33)
Dune by Frank Herbert (F Her)
Strata by Terry Pratchett (F Pat)
The Blue Fairy Book and The Green Fairy Book edited by Andrew Lang (J 398 Lan)
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (JF Lof)
Neverwhere and Stardust by Neil Gaiman (F Gai)
Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy by Lindsay Moran (Bio Moran Lindsay)
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (JF O'De)
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp (782.42162 Tr)
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (JF Lin)
Heidi by Johanna Spyri (JF Sp)
...maybe ask her for the rest!

Joan 2:
Becoming Finola by Suzanne Strempek Shea (F She)
The Heroines by Eileen Favorite (F Fav)
The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (F Mor)
Chasing Rainbows by Rowena Summers (F Sum)
Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith (F Smi)
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick (F Ham)
The Explorer’s Code by Kitty Pilgrim (F Pil)