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Travel & Travel Writing

A Beginner’s Guide to Japan Observations and Provocations by Pico Iyer

Like a timeless literary novel, the depth and complexity of Japanese culture only becomes apparent when one immerses themselves in it. In A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, the companion to Autumn Light, the celebrated journalist Pico Iyer shares his thoughts and observations about the land of the rising sun and its people in short, contemplative vignettes that touch on a multitude of seemingly disparate aspects of Japanese culture, from vending machines to sex to grammar. 

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781101973479
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2020

Scenic Science of the National Parks An Explorer’s Guide to Wildlife, Geology, and Botany by Emily Hoff & Maygen Keller

With this charming book in hand, you will never experience the National Parks the same way again, even if you don’t leave your house. Hoff and Keller approach the 60 national parks they selected for their guidebook in such a delightful, inquisitive, and responsible way that one can’t help but be fascinated and appreciative all at once. There is so much off-beat information packed into this fully illustrated book that a person can explore the parks to their utter content. There are also passport stamps to be collected for each park, so let the adventuring begin!

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ISBN: 9781984856302
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 31st, 2020

On Lighthouses by Jazmina Barrera

Both in life and in literature, lighthouses have always functioned as so much more than bringers of light. In this lovely little tome, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney, Barrera illuminates different lighthouses around the world, her experiences with them, and explores the ways we engage with these bastions at the edge of the darkness. Part travelogue and microhistory, memoir and literary criticism, this is creative nonfiction at its best, at once intimate and all-encompassing.

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ISBN: 9781949641011
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Published: Two Lines Press - May 12th, 2020

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)
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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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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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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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$22.00
ISBN: 9781788683029
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Published: Lonely Planet - March 19th, 2019

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