Four memoirs tell of lives informed by travel.

Ghost Milk by Iain Sinclair (Faber & Faber): The author, the foremost chronicler of contemporary London, interweaves personal reminiscences with history as he laments how corporate forces are transforming the city.

The Last Bohemia by Robert Anasi (Farrar, Straus & Giroux): This autobiographical account begins with Anasi’s arrival in the industrial wasteland that was Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 1994 and charts the area’s chaotic evolution into a hipster haven.

Diaries by George Orwell (Liveright): The first-ever U.S. edition illuminates how Orwell’s travels to North Africa and elsewhere nurtured his political conscience. Meditations on food, people, and beasts hint at the beginnings of Animal Farm.

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson (Random House): The African-born chef behind the Harlem restaurant Red Rooster recalls cooking with his adoptive grandmother in Sweden and returning to Ethiopia to meet his birth father.