Amazon’s Around the World in 80 Books

around“Hand-picked Reads for Every Traveler” is the way Amazon pitches its new e-book discovery tool. Their book editors have selected 80 of the world’s most famous novels, memoirs, or travel books in an attempt to give readers a sense of “being there.”

Simply put, it’s like travel but it’s not.

Some of the titles that can take you places include:

  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (North America)
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (South America)
  • The Constant Gardener by John le  Carré (Africa)
  •  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Europe)
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (Asia)
  • The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (Australia and Beyond)

Whether or not you plan on travelling this summer, this list might prove to be a far less expensive way to travel with your mind’s eye.

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