08/06/2014 11:14 am ET Updated Aug 06, 2014

Books That Are A Better Travel Companion Than A Person

Random House

Originally posted on Kirkus.

People can whine and moan. Books can’t. The books on this week’s list do such complete and memorable jobs of evoking the places they’re about—Siberia, Spain, Hawaii, among others—that you might as well just cancel your next vacation and pick up these stories instead.

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Books That Are Better Travel Companions Than People