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Joël, this is a great and varied list, thank you! And so many of these are available from the digital book collections of our public libraries.

I think I need A Moveable Feast and Heidi today, but I have to finish the new Donna Leon mystery “Trace Elements” set in Venice. #coronamaison

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Thanks for the list. For those of us who are poor or cheap or ?, Project Gutenburg has a free app with 100s (1000s?) of free books. All are old but many are very interesting, a spotlight into the era they were written.
For travel I downloaded, among others, “Englishwoman in Italy”, circa 1880; “Italian Highways and Byways from a Motor Car” 1909; “Motor Flight through France” by Edith Wharton, 1908. If you haven’t looked at the site there are also books of all kinds: mysteries, comedies, cookbooks, other languages.

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Thanks for the link! I didn't go through the entire list but have found some I've already read and lots that look interesting. I'll spend more time going through the entire list. Thanks, again!

And, Barbara, I love Donna Leon's books. Have not read all yet. Just finished The Temptation of Forgiveness and will order the next one soon. We may not return to Venice but these books brings it to life!

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Some great places are described in historical fiction books by James Michener and Edward Rutherfurd among others.

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If you are going on a cruise through the Panama Canal, read The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough.

Visiting the very south of South America, read The Uttermost Part of the Earth.

For history of Great Britain, Winston Churchill's four volume, History of the English Speaking Peoples. Also, History of Britain by Simons Schama.