Kameel Nasr has created a fascinating and personal introduction to the earth’s people as he bicycles around the world, sharing diverse episodes from his 40,000 mile bicycle journey through 70 countries. Written in 1990 and republished 25 years later, Nasr’s account of his journey offers readers a vicarious view across the handlebars as he tackles the Appalachians, the Andes, the Himalayas… crosses Sinai in summer… shares the fears of unrest in Central America. Nasr’s book will certainly be taken by fellow cyclists as a challenge, but you don’t have to be a bicycle buff to proclaim this book your reading adventure of the year. It is a book about people more than places. In high festival or the despair of abject poverty, here are the world’s people—very close up yet presented with breathtaking perspective.