When traveling, Anne and I typically will read books which take place in the area we're visiting: say, Tony Hillerman when we go to the Southwest, or Steve Hamilton's, Alex McKnight series when we tour the UP. Also, we'll try to find books by local writers who may not be published nationally (Nancy Barr's Page One series from Escanaba, Michigan for example). The quality of the writing tends to vary widely (self-publishing isn't necessarily a good thing), but mostly it's fun reading and it gets you into the spirit of the place you're visiting. Also, it's a good way to meet interesting folks: people who manage to survive operating small, local bookstores are a quirky breed (a good example of this is Granpa's Barn bookstore in Copper Harbor, Michigan).
What do others read while on the road?
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