Here’s an easy way to live large in 2007: Along with the three “year of” books in our story, the nine below will help you pack 12 years’ worth of adventures, explorations, and odd obsessions into your next year.

-My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student
(Penguin, $14) by Rebekah Nathan

The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine (Miramax Books, $24) by Steven Rinella

The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq (Harcourt, $25) by Rory Stewart

Adventures of a Continental Drifter: An Around-the-World Excursion into Weirdness, Danger, Lust, and the Perils of Street Food (St. Martin’s Griffin, $13) by Elliott Hester

Horsemen of the Esophagus: Competitive Eating and the Big Fat American Dream (Crown, $24) by Jason Fagone

Not Buying It: My Year without Shopping (Free Press, $25) by Judith Levine

Truck: A Love Story (HarperCollins, $25) by Michael Perry

A Year in the Merde (Bloomsbury USA, $14) by Stephen Clarke

A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller (Broadway, $26) by Frances Mayes