Take a Trip with the Armchair Travelers Book Club

"Spying on the South" by Tony Horowitz.

Since it will be a while before any of us can do much traveling, The Montauk Library is hosting a virtual “Armchair Travel Book Club.” The club meets the third Tuesday of the month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom and is moderated by Carolyn Balducci, adult programs coordinator.

On Tuesday, January 19, the book club discusses it’s second title in the series, “Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide.” This 2019 book by Tony Horwitz follows the route of Frederick Law Olmsted, architect and future designer of New York City’s Central Park, through Appalachia, down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, into bayou Louisiana, and across Texas to the contested Mexican borderland. Horwitz uncovers bracing vestiges of the Cotton Kingdom and mutations that have sprung from its roots. The book is also a study of Olmsted, whose destiny was forged by his Southern odyssey.

Other titles to be discussed in the book club include:

February 16: “My Life in France” by Julia Child.

March 16: “The Bells of Old Tokyo by Anna Sherman.

April 20: “Travels with Charley: In Search of America” by John Steinbeck.

May 18: “The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution” by Peter Kessler.

June 15: “Barbarian Days: a Surfing Life” by William Finnegan.

To sign up for the book club, please email Balducci at cbalducci@montauklibrary.org with “Armchair Travel Book Club” in the subject line. Zoom invitations will be sent to members of the group a day or two ahead of time.