The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium (England)

It’s hard to imagine a more British family than the Durrells. Mother Durrell, born in India. Gerald, the naturalist, raised in Corfu before the Second World War. Larry, the novelist, sarcastic and scathing but unfailingly polite to foreigners and strangers. Leslie, the gun-crazy older brother, slightly deaf and slightly near-sighted but who refuses to get glasses. […]

Sun, Sand, Murder (British Virgin Islands or BVI)

by John Keyse-Walker I had a little problem with the island of Anagada, the “Drowned Land” where this delightful cozy mystery takes place. I got it through a special order from Auntie’s Bookstore, because Professor Google told me it was set in the British Virgin Islands, also known as BVI. But the phrase “Land of […]

The Caliph’s House (Morocco)

by Tahir Shah A foreigner moves from London to Morocco to get away from the digitized world. He hates packaged chicken curry sandwiches. He longs to live by the ocean (so do I) in the sunlight and warmth. (Ditto.) I have loved the Provence of Peter Mayle…the Tuscany of Frances Mayes…the Corfu of the Durrell […]

Brunei Rainforest Adventure (Brunei)

by Peter Brown One of the great pleasures of reading previously-owned books is getting to know the random stranger who likes to read the books you like, and who read the book before you. When this hardback arrived in the mail, it was stamped “Merrywood School for Girls, Bristol”.  Although no highlighting, dog-earing, or jammy […]

A Flag Worth Dying For (All Countries)

by Tim Marshall courtesy of Auntie’s Bookstore, proudly Indie since 1978 Disclaimer: My views are NOT those of my employer. My employer has nothing to do with my blog. Even though this book isn’t about one specific country, it’s a great one to have on the blog. I learned more about the history of some […]

The Royal House of Monaco (Monaco)

by John Glatt One summer when I was 12 years old, my mother, her mother, and I grabbed big glasses of iced Coke with lemon wedges and headed on into the living room to watch what was being billed as the Wedding of the Century–Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles. Little did I know that […]

A Glimpse of Eternal Snows (Nepal)

by (Dr.) Jane Wilson-Howarth Courtesy of a special order via Coming to you as the former property of the Cumbria Council Library in England Non-fiction. An easy read that took me right back to my days in northern India, although it is about an English family’s adventures in southern Nepal. I loved this book […]

A Fish Caught in Time (Comoros Islands)

by Samantha Weinberg Courtesy of Banana Books in Long Beach, Washington After reading about the horrors of the Holocaust in The Search for Major Plagge, I had to switch to something cheerful. Enter the charming wackiness of ichthyologists in hot pursuit of their passions in A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth. Ironically, this book […]

Dirty Feet (Guinea) or (Togo)

courtesy of a special order from Auntie’s Bookstore From a man with a cheesy name (ha ha)…Edem Awumey I’m not sure where to place this book in the world. Rather like the main character. But we’ll get to him in a moment. The author, Edem Awumey, is from Togo. The MC is from Guinea. But, […]