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Bay Bridge by Donald MacDonald & Ira Nadel

I have always loved the Bay Bridge—which is so overshadowed by its golden sister—and this is its year, with a new eastern section and the opening of an art installation. Bay Bridge commemorates the history of the San Francisco–Oakland bridge, and celebrates the design and construction of the new section. This is a beautiful book for a beautiful bridge!

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ISBN: 9781452113265
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Published: Chronicle Books - June 12th, 2013

Italian Ways by Tim Parks

The best-selling author of Italian Neighbors returns with a charming and revealing portrait of Italian life. Parks explored Italy this time by riding its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and right down to the heel of the boot. As he writes, “To see the country by train is to consider the crux of the essential Italian dilemma: Is Italy part of the modern world, or not?” “This is the best book I’ve ever read about Italy. Never have I encountered a more insightful and hilarious insider/outsider portrait of the country at the center of Western civilization.” —Sean Wilsey

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ISBN: 9780393239324
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 10th, 2013

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

In this gripping new book, Zuckoff deftly weaves the tale of three downed planes in Greenland in World War II, the tireless efforts to rescue the surviving crew while battling the Arctic winter, and the present-day search for one of the lost planes. Zuckoff’s gift for bringing history to life and his wit and dry sense of humor during the obstacle-ridden search make this a compulsively readable book.

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ISBN: 9780062133434
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Published: Harper - April 23rd, 2013

Antarctica by Gabrielle Walker

Antarctica is a mysterious continent that very few of us will ever see. For those of us who wonder about it, this is a thorough, engaging look at the continent and the extensive scientific research the area is so perfect for. Walker explores the land, the people, and the mind blowing science, providing an eye-opening and utterly fascinating look at one of the most incredible places on Earth.

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ISBN: 9780151015207
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 15th, 2013

A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena De Blasi

Passion and enchantment are masked as mere words in this true tale of a woman, whom after meeting her true love late in life, moves with him from Venice to Tuscany, Italy. The author, along with her blueberry-eyed stranger experience more than just romantic love in their tiny adopted village—they fall in love with place, time and their daily meals. A beautiful, heart-warming and delicious read.
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ISBN: 9780345481092
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 27th, 2005

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Edward Abbey is a grumpy, offensive desert rat. It is this boldness and direct attitude that makes this book so good. His short, punchy prose is packed with both interesting facts about the Utah desert and his own brand of radical environmentalism, but it’s his vivid descriptions of the desert that make you want what any good nature book should make you want: to get outside!

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ISBN: 9780345326492
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 12th, 1985

Better Than Fiction edited by Don George

This is a collection of original travel stories told by some of the world’s best contemporary novelists—including Isabel Allende, Peter Matthiessen, Alexander McCall Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, and Tea Obreht. What surprised me about the collection was its never-ending breadth, not just in destination (we visit the span of the world from San Quentin prison, to Rome, Antarctica, India, or the Sudan) but also the keenly observant voice and narrative that is immediate with each author. Some of these authors tell of journeys so quirky and hysterical, that it’s hard to believe that the stories are true, and not an imposition of their novelistic ways, but other essays our deeply affecting and observing, speaking to the seemingly polar emotions of kinship and also solitary inconsequentiality that can come with travel. This is guaranteed to please many on your gift-list and worth asking for on your wish list as well.

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ISBN: 9781742205946
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Published: Lonely Planet - November 1st, 2012

Glamping with MaryJane by MaryJane Butters

This nifty how-to will help you add savvy and glamour to your camping experience--whether that means hitting the road in your Airstream or creating a refuge in your own backyard. Maryjane, a 30 year camping veteran, has DIY advice on absolutely everything: buying and restoring a trailer, delicious open-flame cooking, toilets, mechanics, décor, and much more.

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ISBN: 9781423630814
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Published: Gibbs Smith - September 1st, 2012

Great Adventures by Lonely Planet

Ancient trails. Underwater chasms. Ice-clad peaks. This showcase of the world’s most thrilling adventures takes you by boot, pedal or paddle to awe-inspiring natural spectacles and on adrenalin-charged feats of endeavor. From swimming with whale sharks to paragliding Mont Blanc, this new book will inspire travelers—and delight readers—in search of the most spectacular adventures.
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ISBN: 9781742209647
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Published: Lonely Planet - October 1st, 2012

Serengeti Spy by Anup Shah

I’ve wanted to visit the Serengeti since I was a little girl. As of now, I have not had the opportunity, but this stunning book makes me feel like I’m there. Using hidden cameras, Shah captured the passage of a year on the plains, automatically taking pictures of whatever came along, offering a rare glimpse of an untamed land and some very curious animals—including lions, elephants, cheetahs, and monkeys. This is a beautiful, incredibly unique book.
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ISBN: 9781419702785
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 1st, 2012


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