There’s nothing better than losing yourself in a good book. Whether you prefer a memoir or fiction, our five picks for books to cozy up with over the next few weeks will transport you to different corners of the world.

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

As his 50th birthday swiftly approaches, failed novelist Arthur Less decides to quite literally run from his problems: the foremost of which is a wedding invitation from his ex, engaged to someone new. Follow Less’ comic misadventures around the world as he partakes in a whirlwind literary tour of Mexico, Germany, France, Morocco, and India, attempting to make sense of his life along the way.

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

This bestselling 1989 memoir tells the tale of an Englishman’s move to an idyllic, 200-year-old farmhouse in a secluded slice of France’s Provence region. Live vicariously through him and settle in for a rich and humorous look at a life where normalcy runs the gamut from goat racing to truffle smuggling (with some incredible cuisine in between).

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

An epic that transcends space and time, this novel that inspired the 2012 Tom Hanks film makes for a spellbinding mental escape. Follow the paths of six stories throughout history nestled within each other, from the remote Chatham Isles to Belgium, California, South Korea, and beyond. (We promise they come together eventually.)

Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris

Seeking the urge to really get away? This memoir of the author’s year spent cycling the ancient Silk Road in its entirety through central Asia should do the trick. It’s a moving meditation on places that are truly remote—and what it’s like to dissolve the borders we set for ourselves in our own minds.

The Adventurer’s Son by Roman Dial

This page-turning true account of one man’s desperate journey to unravel a tragic mystery takes us to the remote rainforests of Costa Rica. There, a National Geographic Explorer follows the trail of his 27-year-old son, who never returned from a solo hiking expedition. It’s at once an exploration of the adventurous spirit, the brutal reality of Earth’s most remote places, and the difficult role a parent plays in shaping his child’s life.

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