Take a trip in a book

  • Sunday, May 4, 2014

As the weather warms up, many of us start to look forward to summer travels. Whether you’re planning an upcoming trip or not, there’s always the opportunity to travel by way of books from the library.

If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d probably choose to go to France. But since I don’t have unlimited funds to go to Europe whenever I like, I have a cache of favorite travel books to turn to when I need that jolt of French atmosphere. Perhaps my favorite pick in this category is the bestselling Provence series by Peter Mayle, starting with “A Year in Provence,” which chronicles the author’s misadventures in the south of France. Another favorite is the memoir “Paris My Sweet,” by Amy Thomas, a foodie who moves from New York City to Paris and proceeds to explore her new home, dessert by delicious dessert.

For those who yearn for a trip to Italy, I’d recommend “Under the Tuscan Sun” and the subsequent books in the Tuscany series by Frances Mayes.

If it’s Greece that you dream of, try “The Summer of My Greek Taverna,” Tom Stone’s account of moving to Greece and running a restaurant.

Would you like to go to Antarctica? I would not, but I absolutely loved “Ice Bound,” Jerri Nielsen’s story of working as a doctor at the South Pole. A movie was later made about her time there, which included her having to operate on herself (as she was the only doctor there) when she needed a biopsy to see if she had breast cancer. Lastly, one of my very favorite travel books is “The Sex Lives of Cannibals” by J. Maarten Troost. Despite the title, this book is not actually about sex or cannibals. It is, instead, the story of young Troost and his girlfriend, Silvia. When Silvia is offered a job on a tiny South Pacific island, they pack up and move there with visions of hammocks, cocktails and ocean breezes in their heads. The reality of life on the island is very different from their expectations, though, and they must adapt to the culture shock and misadventures that ensue.


Great Decisions: Defense Technology (adults)

Wednesday, April 30 from 4-6 p.m.

For more information, call the Reference Desk at 843-849-6161 or mtpreference@ccpl.org.

Early Literacy Station

Throughout May, visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the South Carolina Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme for May is animals.

Do-It-Yourself Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace

Saturday, May 3 from 1:30-3 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Reel Club (adults)

Wednesday, May 7 at 2 p.m.

Participants will discuss the life of P. L. Travers and the making of “Mary Poppins.”

Movie: “Saving Mr. Banks.” Rated PG-13; 125 minutes.

Second Saturday Writing Critique Group (ages 16 and older)

Saturday, May 10 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Monday Book Discussion (adults)

Monday, May 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“The Dinner” by Herman Koch.

Great Decisions: China’s Foreign Policy (adults)

Wednesday, May 14 from 4-6 p.m.

Citadel professor Dr. Keith Knapp will lead the group.

Lua Wells is a Library Assistant at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch (1133 Mathis Ferry Road) For more information, visit www.ccpl.org.

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