My book club is looking for a pick about a trip or journey (not just physical journeys, but also emotional or spiritual ones). What are your suggestions?

My book club is looking for a pick about a trip or journey. I’d like to include some choices that aren’t just about physical journeys, but also emotional or spiritual ones. What are your suggestions?

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  • The Widows’ Adventures by Charles Dickinson! Two elderly widowed sisters set off on a cross-country trip; only one of them can drive and she’s blind. Her sister navigates as they drive the backroads at night. My book club read it years ago and loved it.

  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is a spiritual walk based on Buddha.

  • “The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow” by A.J.Mackinnon, one of my favourites of all time.

  • While not written for adults,, I’ve yet to meet an adult who didn’t LOVE the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

  • The salt path, book of the unnamed midwife, the memory of running

  • A Widow’s Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Pages
    As someone who has gone through this, it was cathartic to read someone else’s journey through grief.

  • Borrowed Time by Jenni Daiches. It’s a poignant and lovely novel. “A year after the sudden death of her husband, Sonia Billings impulsively leaves her Yorkshire home of nearly four decades for a rundown railway carriage in the Scottish Highlands, much to the dismay of her three grown children, who would prefer that she remain in England.” It’s about her becoming her own woman in her 70s and shows life doesn’t have to end even if it does change.

  • The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison.

  • Wild, by Cheryl Strayed.
    A Year By The Sea by Joan Anderson;
    Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer;
    Blood, Bones and Butter
    by Gabrielle Hamilton;
    Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

    • The Lost Continent, Neither Here nor There, In a Sunburned Country – all about travels & all funny!

    • He is a seriously funny Travel Author. My advice would be to start with his first book – Notes From a Small Island – however, don’t read any of them in public!

      Quite unexpectedly you will burst out laughing!! You won’t see it coming, and you may feel embarrassed by doing so! 😄😄 But once you start with him, you won’t stop…😃

  • To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey is about a physical journey for one character and an emotional journey for his wife. It’s a lovely story of discovery told in letters and journal entries.

  • Aren’t almost all books worth reading about emotional journeys?

  • The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. Forgot this one on my other list!

    • Janna Katz gave that to me and it is one of my go-to favorite books!

    • The Mountain Between Us, is that the name of the film? Based on the book?

      If so, I recently saw the movie on a plane – it was fabulous, so I’m guessing that the book would be better?

    • Yes there’s a book as well and I haven’t read it yet but a friend of mine thought it was great

  • Traveling with Pomegranates a Mother Daughter Story By: Sue Monk Kidd..
    My daughter gave this book to me for my birthday this year. 😍

  • The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared

    • Oh yes! What a bizarre and novel book!!! Funny, that didn’t come to mind as a travel book! Good call 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾.

  • Becoming Justice Blackmum: Harry Blackmum’s Supreme Court Journey by Linda Greenhouse

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