Get away from it all at your Summit County library |

Get away from it all at your Summit County library

Hidden in the shelves of the Summit County library’s three branches are 1,001 ways to armchair travel or to plan your next adventure. These weighty volumes present 1,001 places to go or things to do “before you die.” Let’s explore a few of them.

The first two books cover topics that you can explore from your home. “1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” chronicles the history of filmmaking for more than a century, from the silent-era sensations such as D.W.Griffith’s controversial “The Birth of a Nation” and the immortal Little Tramp movies of Charlie Chaplin to blockbusters of the past such as “Gone with the Wind,” “Doctor Zhivago” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” It also covers Hollywood’s most memorable musicals, dramas, screwball comedies, Westerns, action and adventure films, as well as documentaries. The second of the two, “1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die,” is a trove of reviews covering a century of memorable writing. A team of international critics and literary luminaries has handpicked the featured works. An authoritative yet opinionated critical essay accompanies each review and describes the importance and influence of the work in question.

The next book can be either an at-home experience or a travel companion. “1,001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die” features luscious photographs and descriptions of must-eat foods from sweet to savory. Any foodie will delight in the fact-filled descriptions and sidebars bursting with culinary history and trivia. This is sure to be a source of gourmet inspiration and certain to expand even an experienced epicure’s mental grocery list.

Are you an art lover? Then “1,001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die” embraces all cultures and every style of painting from 4,000 B.C. to the present. It provides a comprehensive, worldwide gazetteer of paintings organized chronologically by date of completion. Each entry includes the history of the painting, information about the artist or artistic movement and the current location of the painting (all are on view to the public).

“1,001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die” is a visitor’s guide to palaces, cathedrals, temples, battlefields, homes of great artists and statesmen and other places and monuments that bear witness to thousands of years of human history. Packed with vivid color photos and detailed entries, this book carries you off to places that include the Lascaux Cave Paintings, Waterloo, Gettysburg, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Wailing Wall and the Pyramids, plus homes of the famous and infamous. It’s an idea-packed source for vacation planning, a handy reference volume for students of history and a sheer pleasure for the general reader.

Tourists, nature lovers and even armchair travelers will discover hours of reading in the compendium of world-famous sites titled “1,001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die.” It’s a guide to the most spectacular natural sites around the world, from the magnificent Angel Falls in the Venezuelan rain forest to the fiery volcanic Mediterranean island of Stromboli off the coast of Sicily. Here are breathtaking locations on every continent and sites so spectacular that once seen, they are never forgotten.

Every experience described in “1,001 Escapes to Experience Before You Die” represents a genuine escape from the merely ordinary, whether it’s traveling on the Nile aboard a 19th century cabin cruiser, enjoying a stay in a Newfoundland lighthouse or taking that most classic of train journeys on the Trans-Siberian railway. It offers inspiration for adventurous travelers and glorious dreams for all others who pick up the book for simple reading enjoyment.

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