I’m trying to decide which books to bring on the bike trip. I’ll have four panniers for four weeks of travel, and space obviously limited by things I’ll need like clothing, food, a change of shoes, a notebook, an address book, etc., and other things I find along the way. I think I’ll have room for two books, maybe, maybe three, one I’ll leave on the plane after I finish. So far the books I’m considering are these:

Hunger, by Knut Hamsun

Pan, by Knut Hamsun

The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches, by Basho

Haunted Houses, by Lynne Tillman

Ghost Dance, by Carole Masso

I’d like to find American Genius by Tillman and bring that, but, unless I find it in France, on Corsica, in Italy or in Greece, it will probably have to wait until I’m back in America and order it on the internet. I’d also like to bring No One’s Land by Paige Ackerson-Kiely, but I’m also not finding that in used book stores, so it will have to wait, I will have to wait patiently.

And, after almost ruining two library books by keeping them in my panniers on rainy trips, I will bring large plastic bags to seal my books and notebook in.