I've been struggling my way through Oh, Albany, by William Kennedy, and I needed a break. So I trolled the bookshelves and pulled out Bruce Chatwin's account of his travels through Patagonia. It's been years since I've read it, but it's one of those books that is worth re-reading every once in a while.
Chatwin has an amazing talent for meeting people and getting their stories and setting them down in print. Because of his writing, Patagonia is on my list of places to visit before I die. I figure I'll hit it on my way to the South Pole, which is also on my list.