Monday’s Travel Book Recommendation

Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It’s churches that are compelling enough to enter. It’s McDonald’s being a luxury.

It’s the realization that you may have been born in the wrong country. Travel is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English. It’s the epiphany that pretty girls smile the same way all over the world. Travel is tipping 10% and being embraced for it. Travel is the same white T-shirt again tomorrow. Travel is accented sex after good wine and too many unfiltered cigarettes. Travel is flowing in the back of a bus with giggly strangers. It’s a street full of bearded backpackers looking down at maps.

Travel is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was. It’s the rediscovery of walking somewhere. It’s sharing a bottle of liquor on an overnight train with a new friend. Travel is “Maybe I don’t have to do it that way when I get back home.” It’s nostalgia for studying abroad that one semester. Travel is realizing that “age thirty” should be shed of its goddamn stigma.”

– Nick Miller, author of Isn’t It Pretty To Think So?

Isn’t It Pretty To Think is Nick Miller’s debut novel, a coming-of-age contemporary novel set in America. It follows the protagonist Jake Reed as he quits his Social Media Manager job and stays at little hostels and visits small restaurants, before finding himself in West Hollywood. He becomes involved with drugs and sex and eventually spirals out of control.

I chose this particular novel because the way he writes is very relatable, as demonstrated by this quote I’ve chosen.

You can find it here on Amazon.

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