Two Literary Journeys

Now that it finally feels like spring, it’s time to start thinking about a literary getaway. In A Single Swallow, Horatio Clare follows the migratory patterns of swallows over 6,000 miles. “He writes beautifully about the countries he crosses,” writes the Telegraph. “It’s a shame that there isn’t more travel writing like this.” And then there’s Against the Flow by Ian Walker, a mesmerizing account of travel along the Mekong River which details the regional culinary delights of Laos, Cambodia, China, and Vietnam. According to the Telegraph, Walker “tastes the world’s best pepper in Cambodia and the best fish sauce in Vietnam, and there are nice passages on hunting with the Miao tribes.” You know, in case the Jersey shore falls through.