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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads, “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. Before he leaves, Waters fantasizes about the best- and worst-case scenarios, but what really happens when he sticks out his thumb and hits the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle 81-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.

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ISBN: 9780374298630
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 3rd, 2014

Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America

This chronicle of a cross-country bike trip that Brian Benson undertook in a whirlwind of new love—and his subsequent search for personal direction—is the perfect summer read. “Benson’s memoir about riding from the hinterlands of Wisconsin to Portland, Oregon, on his bicycle is as poignant as it is gripping, as hilarious as it is wise. Going Somewhere is a tender, sexy, take-it-with-you-everywhere-you-go-until-you’ve-read-the-last-page beauty of a book.” —Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

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ISBN: 9780142180648
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Published: Plume - June 24th, 2014

The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson

I read this while on a road trip across New England, and drove my mom a little nuts by constantly giggling and insisting on reading passages aloud while she tried to read her own book. I couldn’t help it though, because his books are so funny, so spot on, and so informative that they just beg to be shared!
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780060920081
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 15th, 2001

Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France by Kermit Lynch

When Adventures on the Wine Route was first published, Victor Hazan said, “In Kermit Lynch’s small, true, delightful book there is more understanding about what wine really is than in everything else I have read.” A quarter century later, this remarkable journey of wine, travel, and taste remains an essential volume for wine lovers. This 25th-anniversary edition features a new afterword by the author.

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ISBN: 9780374100971
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 12th, 2013

Lonely Planet's Beautiful World

The images in this book will take you to places far and wide, the kinds of places that you might never visit but that you can perhaps put on that “if” list we all have tucked away. These places are surprising, remarkable, remote, familiar—from fiery volcanic eruptions to Antarctic wind-sculpted icebergs; from the natural wonders of Belize’s Great Blue Hole to Yellowstone in Wyoming. Dive in and marvel over this beautiful world.

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ISBN: 9781743217177
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Published: Lonely Planet - October 15th, 2013

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

There are so many things that make New York unique, vibrant, and exciting, but perhaps nothing does so more than its people. In 2010, Brandon Stanton set out to construct a photographic census of New York City, but he soon broke down the wall between street photographer and subject, and began collecting quotes and short stories from the people he met. The result is the completely addictive blog (and now book) Humans of New York, which provides glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City. Both are absolutely compelling portraits of the residents of a city—and of humanity.

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ISBN: 9781250038821
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 15th, 2013

Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto

Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt’s glorious portraits. “Most urban histories focus on bricks and mortar; not this one. Russell Shorto writes engagingly about how a city can engender ideas—order, tolerance, comfort, egalitarianism, entrepreneurship—and in turn be shaped by them. Amsterdam argues convincingly that Western liberalism has been greatly influenced by this small, modest, crazy-yet-conventional place.” —Witold Rybczynski

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Published: Doubleday Books - October 22nd, 2013

Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas by Rebecca Solnit & Rebecca Snedeker

Like the best-selling Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, this book is a reinvention of the traditional atlas, one that provides a vivid, complex look at the multifaceted nature of New Orleans, a city replete with contradictions. Unfathomable City includes 22 full-color maps and a score of essays “exploring America’s deepest city through floods, sounds, memories, lemon ice, civil rights, and more.” Solnit is an incredible and acclaimed writer and intellectual. What a gift that she has focused her talents on the two cities where my heart--and so many others’--resides.

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ISBN: 9780520274044
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Published: University of California Press - November 18th, 2013

Cool Gray City of Love by Gary Kamiya

A great read for someone who loves history but hated history class, Gary Kamiya's Cool Gray City of Love is an artfully spun and celebratory non-fiction tale of early and modern San Francisco, a place dear to the heart of many a person who has spent time there. This book will give tourists and life-long residents alike a new way of looking at the geography, neighborhoods and lives that make San Francisco one of California's greatest offerings to the world.
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Mikaela
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ISBN: 9781608199600
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 6th, 2013

The Last Train to Zona Verde

“A travel memoir by Theroux is always an event but one set in Africa, the continent where his taste for what would become his career began, when he served in the Peace Corps in 1963, is a major happening. Theroux’s prose is as vividly descriptive and atmospheric as ever and, though a bit curmudgeonly, he’s still wide open to raw, painful interactions between his psyche and his surroundings.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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ISBN: 9780618839339
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 7th, 2013

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