April 10 is Paul Theroux’s birthday. A somewhat controversial figure – he managed to get himself thrown out of the Peace Corps – he wrote a large body of work, both fiction and non-fiction, nearly all of them featuring travel in some way. He started writing in 1967 and published his latest book, The Lower River, last year.
We have nine of his books, including his most famous, The Mosquito Coast, which was made into a movie starring Harrison Ford and River Phoenix.
Theroux being a sort of patron saint of travel writers, here’s a look at some of our great collection of non-fiction travel. If you can’t afford a trip this year, don’t let that slow you down. You can go wherever you want, at your library.