Crossing Borders: When Fiction Authors Write Travel Books

In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, and every story (fact or fiction) that takes us somewhere, here are a few fiction writers whose books travel between the borders memoir and imagination.

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Longitude’s Best Travel Books of 2013: Headhunters On My Doorstep

With his usual ability to turn small details into entertaining anecdotes, Troost faces devious gold smugglers, starving sharks and the ghosts of old islanders. A bit more candid than in his previous South Pacific narratives (read: The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Getting Stone With Savages), the author returns to familiar settings in order to compare how they – and he – have changed over the decades.

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Longitude’s Best Travel Books of 2013, #1: Cuban Revelations

Fidel Castro’s mustache instantly attracted Michelle’s attention, but his oratory prowess and political passion piqued her interest soon after.

After reading about the Cuban leader, Michelle will visit his small but proud Caribbean country. And while she’ll travel with more knowledge than most, few books will help her accept those upcoming experiences better than this one.

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