Vacation Books

Valerie's Recommended Non-Fiction

Underwater to Get Out of the Rain: A Love Affair With the Sea by Trevor Norton
Avid snorkelers and divers will love this book as much as you love the ocean.

Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside  by Dr. Katrina Firlik
The Kitchen Confidential for brain surgeons

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking   Malcolm Gladwell


Foodie Reads

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford

The True History of Chocolate by Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe

My Life in France by Julia Child


Valerie's Recommended Fiction

On the Fun Side:

Blessed are the Cheesemakers   Sarah-Kate Lynch

Angles and Demons   Dan Brown

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency   Alexander McCall Smith

Secret Life of Bees   Sue Monk Kidd

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal  Eric Schlosser

Funny in Farsi Firoozeh Dumas

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons  Lorna Landvik


On the Deeper Side:

The Year of Magical Thinking  Joan Didion 
Ladder of Years  Anne Tyler 
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life  Barbara Kingsolver
Memoirs of a Geisha   Arthur Golden
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream  Paulo Coelho
Broken For You  Stephanie Kallos
Runaway   Alice Munro
For One More Day   Mitch Albom
The Known World   Edward P. Jones
The Kite Runner   Khaled Hosseini
The Amateur Marriage   Anne Tyler
Honor Lost   Norma Khouri
The Three Junes   Julia Glass
Snow Falling on Cedars   David Guterson
The House of Sand and Fog  Andre Dubus III
Forever Pete Hamill

Recommended Audio Books

Twinkie Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats by Steve Ettlinger

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky


Recommended Vacation Guides

My favorite vacation guide books and links


A vacation needs a book -
to be a total escape!