Wanderlust Tours’ Favorite Books

Here are some of our staff’s favorite travel books. They range from travel memoirs, to novels set in our favorite countries, to travel guides offering unique perspectives, or books that inspire a serious case of wanderlust.

The Woman’s Guide: France by Shawnie Kelley (Dec. 2019)
The Woman’s Guide: Great Britain by Shawnie Kelley Foy (June. 2020)
100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, by Susan Van Allen (2009)
100 Places Every Woman Should Go, by Stephanie Elizondo Griest (2007)
The Travels of Ibn Batutah, by Ibn Batutah / Ed:Tim Macintosh-Smith (2003)
A Thousand Days in Venice, by Marlena di Blasi (2013)
A Thousand Days in Tuscany, by Marlena di Blasi (2005)
Watermark, by Joseph Brodsky (1996)
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, by John Baxter (2011)
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalacian Trail, by Bill Bryson (2006)
Go Your Own Way: Women Travel the World Solo, by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, Christina Henry de Tessan
Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of travel, by Judith Fein (2012)
Stuff Parisians Like, by Oliver Magny (2011)
A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle (1991)
The Travel Book: A Journey through Every Country in the World, by Rox Hopkins (2005)
The Travels of Marco Polo (The Illustrated Edition), by Marco Polo (2012)
La Seduction: How The French Play the Game of Life, by Elaine Sciolino (2011)
Cape Cod, by Henry David Thoreau (1865- FREE on Kindle)
Gothic: Visual Art of the Middle Ages 1140-1500, by Bruno Klein, Rolf Toman and Achim Bednorz (2012)
American Art Deco: Architecture and Regionalism, by Carla Breeze (2003)
The Formation of English Gothic: Architecture and Identity, 1150-1250, by Peter Draper (2007)
The Age of Cathedrals,  by Georges Duby (1981)
Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis, by Robert M. Edsel (2013)
A World History of Architecture, by Michael Fazio, Marian Moffett and Lawrence Wodehouse (2008)
Julius Shulman: Chicago Mid-Century Modernism, by Gary Gand and Julius Shulman (2010)
Fallingwater: A Frank Lloyd Wright Country House,  by Edgar Kauffman, Jr. (1986)
Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture, by Ross King (2001)
Charles & Ray Eames: 1907-1978, 1912-1988 Pioneers of Mid-Century Modernism, by Gloria Koenig and Peter Gossel
Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger, by Therese Poletti and Tom Paiva (2008)
Usonia, New York: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright, by Roland Reisley, John Timpane and Martin Filler (Jul 1, 2001)
Julius Shulman: Palm Springs, by Michael Stern and Alan Hess (2008)
The Gothic Cathedral: The Architecture of the Great Church 1130-1530, by Christopher Wilson (2001)
The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization & Culture 950-1350, by Robert Bartlett (1994)
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle, by the Countess of Carnarvon
Knight: Noble Warrior of England 1200-1600, by Christopher Gravett (2008)
The Oxford History of Medieval Europe, by George Holmes (1988)
Seven Ages of Paris, by Alistar Horne (2002)
It Happened on Cape Cod, by Shawnie Kelley (2006)
Montaillu: The Promised Land of Error, by Emmanuel Le Roy Laduri (1979)
The History of Britain, by Simon Schama (2000)
First Templar Nation: How the Knights Templar Created Europe’s First Nation State: Portugal , by Freddy Silva (2012)
The Middle Ages, by R.W. Southern (1970)- Classic history
Henry VIII: KIng and Court, by Alison Weir (2001)
The Six Wives of Henry VIII, by Alison Weir (1991)
The Life of Elizabeth I, by Alison Weir (1999)
Henry VIII: KIng and Court, by Alison Weir
Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen/Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World, by Alison Weir (2013)
Mary Boleyn: ‘The Great and Infamous Whore’, by Alison Weir (2011)
My Life in France, by Julia Child (2007)
Cuisine Nicoise: Sun-kissed Cooking from the French Riviera, by Hillary Davis (2013)
Best Food Writing 2012, edited by Holly Hughes (2012) – Proud to know several contributors of included articles
Istanbul Eats, by the fellows from its namesake walking tours
The Tuscan Sun: Recipes From Our Italian Kitchen, by Frances & Edward Mayes
Farmacology, by Daphne Miller (2013)
Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food & Drink, by editor David Remnick (2008)
The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America, by Michael Ruhlman (2009)
The Soul of a Chef: Pursuit of Perfection, by Michael Ruhlman (2001)
The Paris Wife, by Deckle Edge (2012)
Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo (2010 English Language Edition)
The Languedoc Trilogy (Book 1: The Labyrinth), by Kate Mosse (2007)
Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine (Book 1: When Christ and His Saints Slept), by Kay Penman (2008)
Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay (2008)
Paris: The Novel, by Edward Rutherford (2013)
Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine, by Alison Weir (2010)
A Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, by Geraldine Brooks (2002)
King Arthur series (Book 1: The Winter King), by Bernard Cornwell (1995)
The Saxon Stories (Book 1: The Last Kingdom), by Bernard Cornwell (2004)
Stonehenge, by Bernard Cornwell (1999)
Grail Quest series (Book 1: Harlequin), by Bernard Cornwell (2000)
Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet (1989)
World Without End, by Ken Follet (2007)
Outlander series (Book 1: Outlander), by Diana Gabaldon (1992)
The Other Bolelyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory
 The White Queen, by Philippa Gregory
 The Red Queen, by Philippa Gregory
 The Kingmaker’s Daughters, by Philippa Gregory
Brother Cadfael Mystery Chronicles, by Ellis Peters (1977-94) 
Sarum, by Edward Rutherford
A Dangerous Inheritance, by Alison Weir (2012)
Falco Series (Book 1: Silver Pigs), by Lindsey Davis
Medicus Series (Book 1: Medicus), by Ruthie Downie
The Birth of Venus, by Sarah Dunant (2004)
Blood & Beauty: The Borgias, A Novel, by Sarah Dunant (2013)
In the Company of the Courtesan, by Sarah Dunant (2007)
Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant (2010)
Poison Series (Book 1: Poison), by Sarah Poole  (2010)
Mistress of Rome, by Kate Quinn (2012)
Daughters of Rome, by Kate Quinn (2011)
Empress of the Seven Hills, by Kate Quinn (2012)
Roma:  the Novel of Ancient Rome, by Steven Saylor (2008)
Roma Sub Rosa series (Book 1: The Triumph of Caesar), by Steven Saylor
Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown (2000)
DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown (2003)
Inferno, by Dan Brown (2013)
Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown (2009)
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand (2010)
Loving Frank, by Nancy Horum (2008)
Commissario Guido Brunetti series (Book 1: Death in a Strange Country), by Donna Leon (2008)
Shantarum, by Gregory David Roberts (2005)
The Outermost House,  by Henry Beston (1928)
The Dark Side of Camelot,  by Seymour Hersh (1997)