What to read
Three new books offer reading recommendations from people who should know.
Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers (Sasquatch Books) by Nancy Pearl is the fourth in the Book Lust series by the "rock star librarian," with fiction and nonfiction about almost any place you might go, from Texas to Timbuktu.
Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book (Da Capo), edited by Sean Manning, gathers intriguing essays from a wide range of writers about beloved books and the personal reasons they are valued.
My Reading Life (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday) by Pat Conroy is the novelist-memoirist's wonderful reminiscence about the great books that influenced him and the experiences he connects them to: "Even today, I hunt for the fabulous books that will change me utterly."
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor