Travel book reviews



Zagat. $15.95.

Zagat's insider's guide to Disney World, in Orlando, Fla., covers the big four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom), water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon) as well as attractions, nightlife, dining (including character dining and dinner shows) and shopping and hotels. Also sections on Disney World Golf Courses and Disney Cruise Line.

June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune

NOVEL DESTINATIONS: Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West

By Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon. National Geographic. $25.

To a fair number of people, heaven means combining travel with reading. The authors of this book are two such people. In this rather hefty volume they describe literary pilgrimages and sites around the world, beginning with the Bard himself, from the Globe Theatre in London to Shakespeare in the Park in New York. They also include literary birthplaces, houses, museums, cemeteries, walks, tours, hotels and festivals, from Bloomsday in Dublin to the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England, to an annual production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Monroeville, Ala. They cover Bronte country (Yorkshire) and Hardy country (Dorset) but also Steinbeck country (Monterey and Salinas, Calif.) as well as literary Parisian cafes and New York bars for bibliophiles. A fun read whether for armchair travelers or actual literary pilgrims.

June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune