Four Travel Memoir Books to Stay Busy With During Quarantine

While there’s a wild pandemic spreading around the world and people are quarantining at home, book sales have gone up to 33%. It seems Netflix has some real competition these days. Travel memoir books are the perfect way for anyone to escape, draw us out of the mundane routine to an imaginative, unpredictable adventure. Reading is also a chance to keep your mind off staying put, let’s call it settling in instead.

Check out four impactful memoirs that will carry you to faraway places all while staying at home.

1. The Longest Way Home By Andrew McCarthy

In this memoir, McCarthy recounts his yearlong solo journey around the world. He visited Spain, Patagonia, the Amazon, Costa Rica, Vienna, Baltimore, Kilimanjaro, and Dublin. During his journey, he describes his migration from being a vagabond to a once-again married man. The New York Times said it best, it’s “A long, strange trip on the direction of full-throttle love.”

Four Impactful Memoirs That Will Keep You Busy During Quarantine

2. West With The Night By Beryl Markham

In Markham’s memoir, she writes about her childhood in Kenya, her greatest fears, training racehorses, and most notably one of her greatest adventures. In 1936, Markham accepted a challenge to complete the first solo east-to-west flight across the Atlantic. She started off from England, flew for more than 21 hours, and survived a crash-landing on an island near Nova Scotia. This story will definitely keep you on your toes throughout.

Four Impactful Memoirs That Will Keep You Busy During Quarantine

3. The Snow Leopard By Peter Matthiessen

This memoir from 1973, chronicles Matthiessen’s trek with zoologist Gorge Schaller into the region of the Himalayas. Schaller’s aim was to study the Himalayan blue sheep, while Matthiessen was to take a glimpse at the snow leopard which is rare to see. According to this memoir, only two westerners over the previous twenty-five years have ever seen the snow leopard in the wild. This book is perfect for those of you who are adrenaline junkies.

Four Impactful Memoirs That Will Keep You Busy During Quarantine

4. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Annie Dillard offers us an exclusive insight into her memoir. She chronicles her close-to-home explorations along the Tinker Creek in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains across a one year period. Dillard stays in place while the world shifts around her. She shares the fear, anxiousness, and anger throughout her journey. This memoir is perfect to keep your mind off the current news. Enjoy a good reading!

A Latin-American Twist That Instantly Elevates Any Fish Dish

Whether a person loves including fish in their diet or isn’t too keen on the prospect is sure to like this amazing recipe with a Latin-American twist. The secret lies in its simple yet very flavorful marinade that’s sweet, savory, and spicy. Pair this recipe with homemade fries for a delicious and satisfying meal!

the Latin-American fish dish What’s Needed for the Cured Chilean Fish Recipe

One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s quite simple to make and only requires a few ingredients that are easy to find in most stores. The marinating time requires a bit of patience, but the rewards are well worth it. This recipe calls for:

  • 8-9 ounces of fish of any meaty variety
  • Minced garlic
  • 0,7 ounces of oyster sauce
  • 0.3 ounces of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 0.4 ounces of minced ginger
  • 0.7 ounces of chili powder
  • 5-6 ounces of chopped potatoes
  • Oil for frying
  • Butter for brushing

Marinate the Fish

Wash and clean the chosen variety of fish and, if needed, slice into manageable portions. It’s necessary to pat it dry with kitchen paper towels before marinating it. In a bowl, mix the honey, oyster sauce, soy sauce, ginger, chili powder, and garlic. After stirring it into a uniform paste, spread the marinade generously over the prepared fish. Let it rest and marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

chili sauce Time to Cook

Take the marinated fish out of the fridge about an hour ahead of time to let it get back to room temperature before frying. Fry the potatoes in hot oil in the meantime. Remove the potatoes from the pan and toss them in salt, butter, and chili powder while they’re hot. Apply some butter on the fish and grill it or fry it in a buttered skillet. Make sure that it’s cooked through and serve it hot!

grilling fish