Going Places

A Reader's Guide to Travel Narrative

by Robert Burgin


It's a well-known fact that books introduce readers to new worlds, and this is especially true of travel narratives, which have recently become a surprisingly popular and varied category of books: has well over a quarter million titles in its travel category. Armchair travelers seek out new experiences through their reading; and patrons planning trips often seek out background on their destinations. Once readers find a book they enjoy, they look for others like it.

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January 2013

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 572
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools

Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.

Just as savvy travelers make use of guidebooks to help navigate the hundreds of countries around the globe, smart librarians need a guidebook that makes sense of the world of travel narratives. Going Places: A Reader's Guide to Travel Narratives meets that demand, helping librarians assist patrons in finding the nonfiction books that most interest them. It will also serve to help users better understand the genre and their own reading interests.

The book examines the subgenres of the travel narrative genre in its seven chapters, categorizing and describing approximately 600 titles according to genres and broad reading interests, and identifying hundreds of other fiction and nonfiction titles as read-alikes and related reads by shared key topics. The author has also identified award-winning titles and spotlighted further resources on travel lit, making this work an ideal guide for readers' advisors as well a book general readers will enjoy browsing.


  • Lists, describes, and tags more than 500 popular travel narratives
  • Maps titles according to genre and appeal, grouping titles according to areas of reading interest
  • Detailed indexes provide access by destination or setting, as well as by author, title, and subject
Author Info

Robert Burgin, PhD, is a consultant to libraries and a former professor at North Carolina Central University's School of Library and Information Sciences. He edited Libraries Unlimited's Nonfiction Readers' Advisory and coedited The Readers' Advisor's Companion. He also served as the first editor of Libraries Unlimited's Real Stories series. Burgin earned his a doctorate in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



"Another must-have for readers' advisors. . . . The excellent definitions and annotations will help librarians and readers understand and find books on this popular subject."

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