Novel Destinations, Second Edition: A Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks From Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West (Hardcover)

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Novel Destinations, Second Edition: A Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks From Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West (Hardcover)


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Have you ever wished a book had never ended because you didn't get a chance to experience the novel's locale enough? Novel destinations takes you to literary adventures in the areas made famous by your favorite classic authors. Experience New England with Robert Frost of go to F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthplace! Travel with Jane Austen or Bram Stoker! Not only will you read of author's personal houses and museums, but of the wondrous literary settings they can take you to. You can plan to visit restaurants, pubs, and inns. You can imagine the sights, sounds, and smells as if you were there. Let this book take you away, even if it's just in your mind!

— laurie

Follow in the footsteps of much-loved authors, including Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Jane Austen, and many more. For vacationers who crave meaningful trips and unusual locales, cue National Geographic's Novel Destinations—a guide for bibliophiles to more than 500 literary sites across the United States and Europe. Check into Hemingway's favorite hotel in Sun Valley, or stroll about Bath's Royal Crescent while entertaining fantasies of Lizzie Bennett and her Mr. Darcy. The fully revised second edition includes all of the previous sites—with updated locations—plus color images and an expanded section on all things Brontë. The book begins with thematic chapters covering author houses and museums, literary festivals and walking tours. Then, in-depth explorations of authors and places take readers roaming Franz Kafka's Prague, James Joyce's Dublin, Louisa May Alcott's New England, and other locales. Peppered with great reading suggestions and little-known tales of literary gossip, Novel Destinations is a unique travel guide, an attractive gift book, and the ultimate bibliophile's delight.
SHANNON MCKENNA SCHMIDT and JONI RENDON are also the authors of Writers Between the Covers: The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads.  For literary travel news and tales from the road, visit
Product Details ISBN: 9781426217807
ISBN-10: 1426217803
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 392
Language: English
Novel Destinations by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon is a journey in itself and a compendium of literary spots for the book lover in all of us. Indulge by reading about one favorite author and all the places or dip in and out to learn something new about your authors or nearby literary spots.”—Savy Verse & Wit Blog

“…This second edition of Novel Destinations helps people like me...people who ache to return to the haunting Gothic South that they've never physically been to, the cathedrals of Paris that only exist in their mind's eye, and the rowdy Burns Night Supper that lingers on their tongue...revisit and relive these experiences even when the cover is closed. Divided into two parts, Novel Destinations offers more than a guidebook could ever dream to.” —All Roads Lead to the Kitchen Blog
Novel Destinations is very diverse in its subject matter, depending on your interest.  It not only lists literary walks and tours but also hotels where famous literary authors stayed (and you can, too!).   There’s something for everyone, including various thrills for mystery readers.  I definitely plan on using Novel Destinations as a travel guide the next time I’m looking for inspiration.” —The Cactus Chronicles Blog
“If you love to read and to travel (and to read while you travel!) you will feel as though the authors of Novel Destinations wrote their informative and delightful book just for you. Subtitled ‘A Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks From Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West,’ this comprehensive handbook, including 500 literary sites, is a dream come true for traveling bibliophiles” —Books on the Table Blog
“As soon as I got this beautiful book (Look at that cover, its adorable) I started to peruse the places inside and the authors that make you want to go there.   There are so many... Austen.. the Brontes.... sigh...Dickens. This is a wonderful coffee table book or nightstand book, where you can plan your next literary jaunt or if you are like me, dream of one you'd love to take.” —A Chick Who Reads Blog
“…This is more than just a mere listing of fantastic literary vacation destinations. Each location named also has a paragraph or more dedicated to describing what is offered and why it is an important book-ish destination. I could easily plan the rest of my life's vacations just using this book as a resource because it is full of fantastic literary destinations.” —Tina Says… Blog
“This truly is a mandatory volume for every bibliophile’s library, and it makes a great gift too, sure to bring a smile to book addicts everywhere. With so much great information, Novel Destinations is the perfect travel guide for anyone who has ever picked up a book. The only thing missing from this volume is a passport and luggage.” –Jathan & Heather Blog
“I was glad to see that it had the name of the place, the address, a website and vital information and the blurbs were just the right length - they provided the right amount of information if you were unsure of who the author was you got a little background about the author and why this location was special to them.” –Kritters Ramblings Blog
“From Dickens’ London to Joyce’s Dublin to Lee’s Alabama, I’ve traveled the world through the eyes of different characters. But Schmidt’s book delves even deeper into the worlds the authors immortalized. And since it comes from National Geographic, you know it’s going to be really good.” –Sara the Introvert Blog
“I totally loved this. It's such a fun, nerdy book to page through with lots of fun facts, lots of things I didn't know, it gave me lots of ideas for future trips...and it's just an enjoyable read. Who doesn't love a good non-fiction book every now and then?!” – Stranded in Chaos Blog
Novel Destinations is for travelers who like me love to find any bookish related sites anywhere they travel. Is there a author related museum nearby? Is there a bookstore nearby? If there is, I will find it. This book makes it easier. This is the perfect book to generate new travel ideas... So if you are like me and love to daydream about your next trip, this is perfect.” – A Bookish Affair Blog
“This book is amazing. I mean it. It's a travel guide for bookworms! How perfect is that? As a book lover who loves to travel and will be moving to Scotland to attend college next year, I love everything about Novel Destinations…The back of the book includes an index by locale, for finding cool sites near a specific travel destination, as well as a general index for hunting down certain sites. Honestly, what more could a bookworm want from a guide book?” – Read Till Dawn Blog
“I love to travel and when I do I am always on the lookout for anything bookish to check out. Whether it’s bookstores, museums or local hangouts of authors, I scour the net before leaving…Novel Destinations is also great to sit back and browse, not just to get ideas and plan your next great adventure but for curiosity’s sake as well.” –Just One More Chapter Blog
"A wonderful volume for the bookish traveler. While one could conceivably discover everything here on their own through internet sleuthing, it's fab to have this book in hand to give one a start. Personally, I'm excited for the literary lodgings chapter -- I'm a sucker for a book or author themed boutique hotel or B&B!" - Unabridged Chick Blog