Travel & Adventure from the 2016 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2016 Summer Newsletter.

 

A long-time Santa Cruz resident and the author of The Cactus Eaters, White dazzles with this funny and very engaging history of camping in America. From 19th-century woodcraft to backpacking to family tent camping to “glamping” (glamour camping, where your every outdoor need is met—for a price), he covers it all. The chapter in which he rents an RV and tries to drive his family across the backroads of Arizona is worth the price of admission alone.  —Rico

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Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781627791953
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt & Company - June 14th, 2016

For people who enjoyed the Atlas of Cursed Places comes this equally eerie companion. Atlas of Lost Cities illuminates the fragility of civilization and offers an artfully illustrated look into the past. Aude de Tocqueville uses old maps, original artwork, and compelling narratives to tell the stories of the rise and fall of cities around the world. Some, like Pompeii, are recognizable, while others, such as Villa Epecuén, an Argentinean town submerged under water, will be unfamiliar to most readers.  —Jade

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Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780316352024
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - April 5th, 2016

I admit that I picked this book up in part because I’m afraid of flying, and I’m so glad I did. Reading Vanhoenacker’s literary memoir reminded me of the way being on a plane can feel like hovering between two worlds. Skyfaring has a lot to offer, both for aviation buffs and for those who tense up during turbulence. It might just make you rethink that upcoming business trip. —Kat

 

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Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804169714
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016

Even the laziest couch potato will be inspired to embark on a wilderness adventure after flipping through this book. Santella packs the pages with gorgeous photos and helpful camping tips that will be appreciated by novices and seasoned explorers alike. Whether you want to stay local or travel internationally, Fifty Places to Camp will motivate you to make your travel daydreams a reality.  —Jade

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Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419718267
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - May 10th, 2016

This engaging collection of essays about East Asia is written in a style that strikes a near-perfect balance between erudite and poetic, which is no surprise coming from award-winning author and poet Gary Snyder, a long-time practitioner of Zen. The Great Clod is the result of his 20-year love affair with East Asia, from the Pacific coast of Japan to the Great Steppes of Mongolia to the Yellow River of China.  —Aric

 

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The Great Clod: Notes and Memoirs on Nature and History in East Asia Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781619025691
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 10th, 2016

Creative Action Network has done a spectacular job in creating this compact book of art and history about our national parks. It can be so easy to forget about or dismiss these pieces of land held in trust, but See America inspires us to care more deeply for (and take greater advantage of) these priceless aspects of our national heritage. Take a look, I promise you’ll enjoy every page.  —Jax

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See America: A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781452148984
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - March 22nd, 2016

Revisit the epic landscape of the Oregon Trail without having to worry about dysentery (digital or otherwise). Spurred on by his memories and his insatiable desire for adventure, Rinker Buck tackles the still-marked trail with his brother, a dog, and three cranky mules. First-hand experiences paired with historical facts make this book perfect to take along on your own cross-country road trip.  —Rachel

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The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781451659177
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

While working at an Alaska oil field, Ken Ilgunas had an idea: what if he hiked the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline from start to finish? Starting in Canada, ending in Texas, and trespassing on private property pretty much the whole way, he did just that. Travelogue, meditation on climate change, and tribute to the people living on the Great Plains, this is a thoughtful, entertaining book.  —Flannery 

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Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399175480
Availability: Special Order
Published: Blue Rider Press - April 19th, 2016

 

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