Program 249a: Home, High Tea, and Book Lust To Go

Release Date: 01-19-2013


Bill Bryson points out what the rooms and items in your house can teach you about the world. Tour guide, Britt Lonsdale, explains your options for enjoying an elegant afternoon tea in London. Also, public radio's favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl, inspires us to read about the far away places of the world.


  • Travel writer Bill Bryson, author of At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Random House)
  • Britt Lonsdale, Blue Badge guide from London
  • Nancy Pearl,  librarian at large for the public library system in King County, Washington, and author of "Book Lust To Go"  (Sasquatch Books)

Additional Info

Books mentioned today by Nancy Pearl include:

  • Donna Leon's "Guido Brunetti" series of mysteries set in Venice
  • "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" by Barbara Demick
  • "Tiger Tail" by Gus Lee
  • "The Saddest Pleasure" by Moritz Thomsen
  • "The Colony of Unrequited Dreams" by Wayne Johnston
  • "Easter Island: A Novel" by Jennifer Vanderbes
  • "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax" by Dorothy Gilman
  • "Between Terror and Tourism: An Overland Trip Across North Africa" by Michael Mewshaw
  • "Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile" by Sara Wheeler
  • "Finding George Orwell in Burma" by Emma Larkin
  • "The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia" by Paul Theroux
  • "Dark Star Safari" by Paul Theroux
  • "Travels with a Tangerine: From Morocco to Turkey in the Footsteps of Islam's Greatest Traveler" by Tim Mackintosh-Smith