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We asked our editors what they’re reading (and re-reading) to get out of their head and into a different world. While you’re social distancing, order one of these novels, memoirs, or travelogues from your favorite local bookstore.
“Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet made me desperate to go to Naples and see the streets and scenes that she had already made come alive in my imagination.” —Ellen Carpenter, editor in chief
“Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was everything to 20-year-old Justin.” —Justin Goldman, deputy editor
“John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley: In Search of America made me want to become a travel writer. I’d love to retrace his camper-van road trip around the country—from Long Island to Maine, across to the Pacific Northwest, south through California, and then eastward through Texas to the Deep South—but I don’t know if I’d choose the same travel companion: a French poodle.” —Nick DeRenzo, executive editor
“Den galopperande svensken (The Galloping Swede) by Sture Dahlström. It’s a story of a traveling salesman composing national anthems for newly founded countries.” —Rickard Westin, design director
“South of the Border, West of the Sun by Murakami. Really, I’m just dying to go to Japan.” —Jessie Adler, photo director
“The way John Boyne writes about Dublin in The Heart’s Invisible Furies turns the city into a character itself, one that, by the end of the book, you’d love to meet.” —Sydney Otto, assistant digital & social editor