5 Resources for Armchair Traveling

As the weather turns colder, staying indoors becomes more appealing, but you can still travel without leaving your home by getting lost in a book! Check out these items that take place in different parts of the U.S. and/or international locations.

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Best. State. Ever: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
by Dave Barry

Author Dave Barry takes readers to various sights in the state of Florida, where he has lived for years, and gives us his first-hand impressions and views of the state as written in his humorous style.

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The Devotion of Suspect X
by Keigo Higashino (translated by Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander)

The first in a series of mystery novels set in Japan, physics professor Manubu Yukawa (nicknamed Detective Galileo) is introduced as the crime-solving sleuth. The next books featuring Yukawa are Salvation for a Saint followed by A Midsummer's Equiation.

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
by Katerina Bivald (translated from the Swedish by Alice Menzies)

A woman named Sara travels from Sweden to Broken Wheel, Iowa, hoping to meet her pen pal Amy, only to discover that Amy's funeral has just been held in town. Having shared a mutual love of books with Amy, Sara becomes determined to open a bookstore in the small town and get the town's residents involved in reading.

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The 39 Clues series
by various authors

Embark on a globe-trotting adventure with Dan and Amy Cahill, a brother and sister who begin uncovering secrets about their family and their ties to history after their grandmother's death. Some of the locales explored in the books are France, Italy, Egypt, Russia, and China. The first book is called The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan.

Tip: Listen to the entertaining e-audiobooks performed by David Pittu to hear exclusive bonus content related to the characters.

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Where the Red Fern Grows: The Story of Two Dogs and a Boy
by Wilson Rawls

Try going to a different time and place with this title by Wilson Rawls. Where the Red Fern Grows is a classic about a man named Billy who recalls his childhood growing up in the Ozark Mountains and the love he has for his two little red hounds named Old Dan and Little Ann.


Feel like doing some traveling in real life? Get free or discounted passes to participating attractions and museums in the Bay Area by using Discover and Go with your SJPL library account! Watch a video about how it works.

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