Tickets Please! Travel the World through Stories

By Skokie Staff Adult Services

Who says you need to be on a plane, train, boat, or car to travel? From Mystery to Sci-Fi to Memoir, visit places all across the world through these books.

  • Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine

    2014 by Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe

    The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia houses some of the world's unique medical oddities. Cristin O'Keefe Aptowics captures the spirit of Dr. Kent Mutter in this biography, providing a detailed account of how he pushed the boundaries of medical innovation while collecting many medical specimens.

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  • The Red Notebook

    2014 by Laurain, Antoine

    A lost bag, a man named Laurent, love...we must be talking about Paris. Fall into the city of lights with this "elegant, witty, lighthearted--and somehow very French" (Booklist) story of a man trying to return a stolen bag to its rightful owner.

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  • If I Had Your Face

    2020 by Cha, Frances

    Frances Cha powerfully captures the current cultural climate of South Korea when it comes to beauty standards for women. This thought-provoking book follows four women from different walks of life as they navigate through social hierarchies, unrealistic beauty standards, and the city of Seoul.

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  • The Art Forger

    2012 by Shapiro, Barbara A.

    This thriller is sure to have you on the edge of your seat, which, if you didn't notice, is in Boston. The twists are aplenty as you follow along talented but disgraced artist Claire Roth falling deeper into the city of Boston and the darker side of the art world.

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  • Rosewater

    2018 by Thompson, Tade

    Travel to the future and to Nigeria with this cyber/bio/Afropunk thriller. Kirkus calls this a “captivating and cerebral work of science fiction” that calls into question what it means to be human.

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  • Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road

    2018 by Harris, Kate

    Grab a bike and ride beside nature writer Kate Harris on the Silk road! Harris’ prose is beautiful as she goes through Turkey, Kazakhstan, India, Nepal, China, and many other breathtaking sights.

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  • Murder Lo Mein

    2019 by Chien, Vivien

    Lana Lee has recently been made manager at her family’s Chinese restaurant, and to push their business to the next level, she enters Cleveland’s Best Noodle Contest. Things take a turn when a food critic is found dead and Lana realizes that there is more at stake than her restaurant’s reputation. Unplug and destress with this lighthearted yet captivating mystery.

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  • Gods of Jade and Shadow

    2019 by Moreno-Garcia, Silvia

    Blending Mayan mythology and the Jazz age, Silvia Moreno-Garcia creates a destination that you do not want to miss. From Mexico City to the underworld, this book will take you on a wild journey filled with self-discovery, complicated relationships, and a quest for vengeance.

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  • The Museum of Modern Love

    2018 by Rose, Heather

    Clever and moving, this book will tug at your heartstrings and transport you to New York City's Museum of Modern Art. The story follows Arky Levin, a troubled composer in dire need of direction, as he begins to find it after stumbling upon a live exhibit at MoMa.

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  • Convenience Store Woman

    2018 by Murata, Sayaka

    Meet Keiko Furukura, a veteran employee of Smile Mart at Hiromachi Station in Toyko, Japan. Though she is viewed by many as strange for being 36, single, and working a part-time job, she believes that this is the only path that provides her a "normal" life. This funny and witty story will certainly have you debating which Keiko is while walking you through the streets of Tokyo.

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  • From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

    2019 by Locke, Tembi

    After the loss of her husband, actress Tembi Locke heads to the Sicilian countryside for three consecutive summers to find solace and a new direction in life. This heartwarming and moving memoir is about travel, food, family, Sicily, and, most of all, love.

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