Travel Inspiration: Great New Reads

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Whether they’re exploring tensions between animals and humans or tradition and modernity, these authors take readers along for an epic ride in these new travel titles.

Here are four #TripLit reads that will transport you to a faraway place:

> Confession of the Lioness, by Mia Couto

Lionesses are preying on women in a remote Mozambican village, but in this compelling novel, the hunters and victims are not quite as they seem.

Flood of Fire, by Amitav Ghosh

You may be a bit foggy on the details of the first Opium War (1839-42) in India and China. The author brings life to the conflict’s—and the countries’—many layers with his multinational cast of merchants, soldiers, prostitutes, and a grieving drug addict.

> The Oregon Trail, by Rinker Buck

A man travels 2,000 miles by mule-pulled covered wagon on the Oregon Trail from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean, dodging thunderstorms, repairing broken wheels, and scouting trails. A legendary pioneer? No, just Rinker Buck, a 21st-century New Jersey native who recounts his passion for exploring America slowly.

> The Good Shufu, by Tracy Slater

Thirty-six-year-old “confirmed Bostonian” Tracy Slater ventures to Japan to teach English and falls in love with a 31-year-old Osaka salaryman. She weds him, becomes an ambivalent shufu, or housewife, and concocts this moving cross-cultural memoir.

Read anything transporting lately? Share your #TripLit recommendations with the Intelligent Travel community in the comments section below.

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