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Travel & Travel Writing

Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton

I kind of freak out every time I look through Atlas Obscura, a travel guide, atlas, and chronicle of the fascinatingly beautiful and ridiculously odd wonders of our world. In this revised and updated edition you will find city guides, gorgeously shot photos, and a pull-out world map with a dream itinerary. A perfect gift for the curious and the travel-minded. I hope to see you somewhere between the synchronized fireflies and the Sourdough Saloon. - Jax

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$37.50
ISBN: 9781523506484
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 15th, 2019

The Nature of Yosemite by Robb Hirsch

A visual feast, Robb Hirsch’s photography explores every facet of Yosemite, from the intimate to the epic, in every mood and season. Hirsch, a scientist as well as a photographer, is an apt tour guide through one of our state’s greatest treasures, and his beautiful images are accompanied by essays on rivers, geology, bird diversity, wildflowers, and more. - Katherine

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By Robb Hirsch (Photographer), John Muir Laws (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781930238916
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Published: Yosemite Conservancy - September 10th, 2019

On the Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux

The highly acclaimed novelist and master of travel writing Paul Theroux goes south in his latest chronicle to observe the rippling tensions around the U.S.–Mexico border. Beginning in the town of Nogales—separated by a 40-foot steel fence—and traveling further into Mexico, Theroux explores the people and culture and the atrocities that occur on both sides of the border. On the Plain of Snakes is a testament to Theroux’s skill as a travel writer. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780544866478
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 8th, 2019

Dark Skies by Valerie Stimac

Lonely Planet’s Dark Skies, the first world’s guide to astrotourism, features 35 of the best places around the globe for stargazing and experiencing the night sky. As our planet’s population booms and cities expand, travelers are seeking out the last remaining dark skies to get away from light pollution and see the stars, planets, and other astronomical sights. Each chapter in this book, from Meteor Showers to Eclipses, Auroras to Astronomy in Action, will help trekkers plan their dark-sky tour. A great gift for stargazers and travelers looking for new adventures.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781788686198
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Published: Lonely Planet - September 17th, 2019

Alta California by Nick Neely

In 1769, Gaspar de Portolá led a band of 64 Spanish explorers overland from San Diego north to what we now call the San Francisco Bay. Two hundred and fifty years later, Neely—who grew up in Portola (without the accent) Valley—set out to retrace the route, also on foot, in search of a deeper understanding of the Golden State’s history. Using passages from diaries kept during the original journey for comparison and contrast, he explores the biggest issues facing California today—water, agriculture, oil, gas, immigration, and development—while walking through a panorama that’s both beautiful and conflicted. - Rico

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Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, a Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781640091658
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 5th, 2019

Don't Make Me Pull Over by Richard Ratay

One of my favorite memories is driving 1276 miles by myself to Canada to meet someone I met online and hang out with them for three weeks. (It’s cool, we promised each other we weren’t serial killers.) Ratay’s book recaptured that joy I found throughout the back roads and highways, and it introduced me to a whole mess of histories associated with road travel. The facts are surrounded by stories of the author’s own road trips, back when seat belts were optional and CB radios lived next to the 8-track player. From the introduction of the radar gun to what brought about the actual building of the transcontinental highway system, this book covers all facets of the best and worst of vehicle travel. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781501188756
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Published: Scribner - May 14th, 2019

Curiosities and Splendour by Lonely Planet

From Muir to Shackleton to Twain to Wollstonecraft, this collection sparks the imagination with vivid landscapes, hilarious incidents, bizarre characters, poetic musings, suspenseful thrills, and more. As editor Mark Mackenzie writes, these travel writing classics are not only time capsules of the authors’ experiences of ‘long-gone worlds but also inspirations for generations of travelers, artists, conservationists, and explorers. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781788683029
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Published: Lonely Planet - March 19th, 2019

She Explores by Gale Straub

She Explores is an empowering collection of first-person stories, photographs, and artwork from women who are inspired by the adventure found in the outdoors. Forty diverse women share their unforgettable journeys in nature—from hiking the wild and biking through the countryside to embarking on an unknown road trip. The book shares their accomplishments and fears, and highlights mental health, motherhood, conservation, diversity, equity and inclusion, on-the-road travel, and more. She Explores is pure inspiration to live a life of adventure.

Autumn Light by Pico Iyer

Autumn Light is not so much a long-time expatriate reflecting on his chosen home, as a rumination on life. Iyer tells a story not finished but set: the joys of spouse and children poignantly framed against memories of the dead, and the ache of loving those leaving us. Japan’s relationship with aging and death—as well as love, marriage, and parenthood—is different from what we see in the West, but Iyer writes an affecting picture of the universalities of being an aging human. -Jocelyn

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780451493934
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Published: Knopf - April 16th, 2019

See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes

In her latest book, Frances Mayes encourages her reader to travel with an open mind. The best parts of Italy, she urges, are found when you least expect them. Arranged geographically with authentic recipes sprinkled throughout, this is a book to to open at random and explore leisurely. A great way to get ready for your own Italian adventure--whether it's in a few weeks or many years away. - Emma

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ISBN: 9780451497697
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Published: Crown - March 12th, 2019

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