Subject: Travel Books
I recommend Songs to an African Sunset : A Zimbabwean Story by Sekai Nzenza, part of the Lonely Planet Journeys series. This is a fascinating look at contemporary village life in Zimbabwe from the eyes of a local who has returned home to her mother's village after years of living abroad in England and Australia. You get the female perspective on social and family issues facing Zimbabweans today all intertwined with the historical traditions of village life.

Another in the Lonely Planet Journeys series I found fun and funny was SHOPPING FOR BHUDDAS by Jeff Greenwald. A view of Katmandu and a quest for the perfect Bhudda statuette.

I am currently reading UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN by Frances Mayes. An American woman and her husband after years of summer vacations in Tusacany decide to buy a villa and renovate. Sound familiar? I must admit to enjoying Peter Mayle's account of the such in Provence more - A YEAR IN PROVENCE. Ms Mayes waxes a bit too poetic for my tastes on nature and the countryside. Cynthia Kilian in Woodstock, Illinois USA