Seeing the World in 7 Days and 5 Books

Spring Break provides a much needed break from the semester’s stresses.  This much needed week off also offers the possibility of travel!

However, you might not be able to leave Williamsburg, but you can still get lost in a different part of the world with the aid of a great book.  Below are five selections guaranteed to add some travel to your Spring Break.

1.  Shark’s Fin And Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China, Fuchsia Dunlop


After fifteen years spent exploring China and its food, Fuchsia Dunlop writes about Chinese cuisine and culture from the perspective of an English foodie and food writer.  Quite simply an “autobiographical food-and-travel classic.”





2.  Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India, Madhur Jaffrey

34242Climbing the Mango Trees is both an enormously appealing account of an unusual childhood and a testament to the power of food to evoke memory. And, at the end, this treasure of a book contains a secret ingredient—more than thirty family recipes recovered from Madhur’s childhood, which she now shares with us.





3.  A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid

69711A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua.  Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.






4.  Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller

5815741This is the biography of Alexandra Fuller’s childhood in Rhodesia during the beginning of the guerrilla war time. It’s funny, scary, and a remarkable glimpse of a world turned upside down.






5.  1Q84, Haruki Murakami

10357575The long-awaited magnum opus from Haruki Murakami, in which this revered and bestselling author gives us his hypnotically addictive, mind-bending ode to George Orwell’s 1984.






For more book suggestions, please visit the Reves Center’s Pinterest board, “The World is a Book.”

Have a fantastic Spring Break!

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