One for the Road Looks Ahead: Ten Travel Books on Tap for 2008

As the year draws to a close, instead of compiling a list of favorite books from 2007, I’ve decided to focus this last post on what’s to come. Looking forward, there are some interesting travel titles set for release during 2008. Maybe you’ll find something among these to add to your “must-read” list for the new year:

For Louisiana lovers:
Poor Man’s Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana by Rheta Grimsley Johnson (John F. Blair Publishers, January)

For intrepid explorers:
Near Death on the High Seas: True Stories of Disaster and Survival, edited by Cecil Kuhne (Vintage, March)

For jet-set shoppers:
Suzy Gershman’s Where to Buy the Best of Everything: The Outspoken Guide for World Travelers and Online Shoppers (Wiley, April)

For travelers who like to stay close to home:
Isolarion: A Different Oxford Journey by James Atlee (University of Chicago, Spring)

For gamers:
The Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities (University of Michigan, May)

For a really good laugh:
Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid by J. Maarten Troost (Random House, June)

For fans of fiction:
Mr. Fooster Traveling on a Whim by Tom Corwin (Flying Dolphin, June)

For travel-with-a-purpose types:
The Great American Attraction: Two Brits Discover the Rolliking World of American Festivals (Three Rivers Press, August)

For lit-minded travelers:
From a wonderful travel lit press in the U.K., three new titles in their Poetry of Place series: Rome, Dublin and England (Eland Books, November)

For inspiration:
Traversa: A Solo Walk Across Africa from the Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean by Fran Sandham (Overlook Press, Winter)

This is merely a quick preview of what’s sure to be another year chock full of travel book choices. There’s plenty more on the publishing horizon, including innovative “beyond the book” projects like the recently launched “networked novel” Flight Paths. The sky’s the limit when it comes to reading journeys! Regardless of what you read in new year, I hope the experience takes you to great places.