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Travel & Travel Writing

Food Lover’s Guide to the World by Lonely Planet

When we travel, it’s often love at first bite. Food Lover’s Guide to the World presents a lifetime of eating experiences that will lead you from one end of the globe to the other. This beautiful guide includes the best places to find local dishes in cities great and small, cultural tips and how-to-eat etiquette, introductions by Mark Bittman and James Oseland, and more than 50 recipes to cook back home.
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ISBN: 9781743210208
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Published: Lonely Planet - October 1st, 2012

50 Places to Bike Before You Die by Chris Santella

“Santella spans the globe on two wheels in his newest book, the ninth in his bestselling Fifty Places series, taking readers—and riders—from Italy to Iowa. Anchored by spectacular photography, Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die offers as much inspiration as it does information with tips on potential routes, when to go, and where to stay along the way. This is a beautiful book that will have you packing your sunscreen for Sardinia one minute and an extra layer for Alberta’s Icefields Parkway the next.” —Portland Monthly magazine

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ISBN: 9781584799894
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2012

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

What would it be like to give up everything and attempt to live off the land? Chris McCandless attempted this endeavor donating all his money to charity and cutting off communication to the world to make his way into the great white North – Alaska. Krakauer describes his devastating death with the clarity and foresight of a journalist yet with the passion of a fellow nature-lover.

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ISBN: 9780385486804
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Published: Anchor - January 20th, 1997

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

If you enjoy hiking, camping, trees, bears, granola bars, backpacking, lakes, or noodles you need to read this book. Bryson makes me want to call in sick for the next year, spending the time wandering the forest without having to worry about a schedule. Plus the writing is intelligent and hilarious. Anyone want to walk the John Muir Trail with me next month?

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ISBN: 9780767902526
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Published: Broadway Books - May 4th, 1999

Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

Let the armchair traveler in you get swept away by this excellent travelogue. It’s a good chance to learn a little something about Peru and the history of the Lost City, as well as a darn good adventure tale well-seasoned with humor and reflection. As the Wall Street Journal says, “Adams deftly weaves together Inca history, Bingham’s story and his own less heroic escapade…. [A] wry, revealing romp through the Andes.”
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ISBN: 9780452297982
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Published: Dutton - April 24th, 2012

Golden Gate by Kevin Starr

Like many born in San Francisco, I have a very possessive relationship to it: Other people may come and go, but it is my city. Amidst all the landmarks and history, the single image that best symbolizes the city is one of its gateways: the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin Starr has as much veneration for the bridge as I do, and pours it into this chronicle of its history, from inception to construction and beyond.
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ISBN: 9781608193998
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 24th, 2012

Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin

A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris, so when an opportunity presented itself to work there, he couldn’t turn it down. (Despite the fact that he was not qualified for the job and barely spoke French.) He arrived loving Paris all out of proportion, but found life there to be completely unlike what he expected. “A charming, hilarious account of la vie Parisienne as experienced by an observant young American. Great fun and surprisingly touching.” —Kirkus Reviews
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ISBN: 9780374146689
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 24th, 2012

Maphead by Ken Jennings

I have a new favorite word: wonk. Not to be confused with wonky (although this book is also a little bit of that). Wonk—defined as a studious person—is the self-adopted moniker for “mapheads”—those who are interested in everything map, and Ken Jennings is leader of the map pack. In a charming and witty tone, Jennings blends memoir, humor, anecdote, and serious research to talk about his devotion to the world of maps. From map making to map collecting, to Google maps, to the ways pop icons plan their tour stops (there is in fact an order to the chaos), Jennings wrote this book with one aim in mind: to “rescue geography from irreverence.” Delightful, funny, and perfect for Bill Bryson fans.
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ISBN: 9781439167182
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Published: Scribner - April 17th, 2012

California Theme Parks by Alex Miller and Bryce Walker

Written by two former UCSC students with a passion for fun, this book is a fabulous guide for the theme park fanatic. With fabulous photos and some background information on the parks, this book explores twenty different parks throughout California. Check out the section on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on page 92!

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ISBN: 9780764334788
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Published: Schiffer Publishing - June 23rd, 2010

Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

 Almost too unbelievable to be true, this action adventure story is a
great page turner. Zuckoff balances thorough reporting with dramatic
retelling as he present the story of plane-crash survivors and the
isolated indigenous tribe members they encounter. While it must have
been a harrowing experience for those involved, the happy-ending of
their trials and the immense readability of the writing make this an
easy and entertaining read.

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ISBN: 9780061988349
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Published: Harper - April 26th, 2011


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