Travel & Travel Writing

Cannibalism is either a terrifying social taboo or an accepted way of life—depending, of course, on who you ask. Michael Rockefeller learned about it the hard way, working his way through the New Guinea jungle in search of primitive art created by tribes with beliefs he’d never encountered before. His ultimate disappearance was officially ruled a drowning, even though headhunting and cannibalism thrived in the area. Hoffman’s book is a thrilling adventure that crosses cultural and political boundaries, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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Rachel
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062116161
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 10th, 2015

San Francisco is my favorite city in the world, and this book gives so many reasons to fall in love all over again – and is also an intriguing and lovely introduction for any stranger to the foggy shore. Starting from a physical exploration, Gary Kamiya takes you on a temporal, environmental, and ideological tour of this small, wonderful place.   

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Jocelyn
$16.00
ISBN: 9781620401262
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 14th, 2014

Somewhere deep in the Amazon jungle, the story went, there was a city made of gold. The only problem was that no one knew where it was, and the surrounding region was filled with fierce tribes that killed outsiders on sight. This is the story of the people, some lucky, some tragically not so, who tried to find it.  

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Rico
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400078455
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 26th, 2010

With no prior rowing experience, Adam Rackley decided to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a 7-meter-long wooden boat with one other person. It took them 76 days. If that’s not enough to make you want to read their story, this book combines Rackley’s first-person narrative with the intense history of trans-Atlantic rowers, beginning with two Norwegian fisherman in 1896—and many more, some of whom didn’t make it. Adventure, obsession, and survival at its best.
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Julia
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143126669
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Published: Penguin Books - September 30th, 2014

I’ve always loved maps, but previously knew very little about the history of cartography, so I found this fascinating. While clearly delineating the technical advances of the great cartographers (Ptolemy, Mercator, Cassini, Google Earth, and others) Brotton discusses the political, economic, and/or religious objectives that, to greater or lesser degrees, distort all maps. This is a perfect book for map lovers, history buffs and fans of well-researched general nonfiction.
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Rico
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143126027
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Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

This lushly illustrated coffee-table book celebrates the best and most iconic trails in the United States, from the famous (the Pacific Crest and the Appalachian) to the lesser known (the Potomac Heritage and Natchez Trace). The author, who has herself logged more than 17,000 trail miles (!), covers hikes in 49 states and eight national parks, providing maps and descriptions for each. The photographs are awesome, underscoring the raw beauty and ecological diversity of North America.
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Rico
By Karen Berger, Bart Smith (Photographer), Bill McKibben (Foreword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780789327413
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - September 23rd, 2014

Ever dream of getting out of town? Island in the middle of nowhere out of town? If so, you need this book. The new pocket edition of the Atlas of Remote Islands charts remote islands that have captured atlas-loving Schalansky’s heart. Though she’s never been to any of them, her essays on each island paint a vivid, soulful image of what are otherwise isolated dots on a map, making this a lovely little book.
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Flannery
By Judith Schalansky, Christine Lo (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143126676
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Published: Penguin Books - November 12th, 2014

San Francisco is my favorite city in the world, and this book gives so many reasons to fall in love all over again—and is also an intriguing and lovely introduction for any stranger to the foggy shore. Starting from a physical exploration, Gary Kamiya takes you on a temporal, environmental, and ideological tour of this small, wonderful place. As individual pieces or as a complex mosaic, no regrets for any time spent within these pages.
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Jocelyn
$16.00
ISBN: 9781620401262
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 14th, 2014

The second installment in Thomas Campbell’s Slide series captures surf and life in Morocco, where the Bonny Doon–based filmmaker and artist would retreat to paint and surf. Retaining the DIY aesthetic for which he is known, Campbell shoots surf spots off the beaten path and surfers doing creative things outside the mainstream. Sometimes lo-fi, often sublime, and full of emotion, Campbell captures surfers doing what they love to do, and it is intoxicating and inspiring.
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Centa
By Thomas Campbell (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Thomas Campbell (Photographer), Scott Hulet (Foreword by)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780985361136
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Published: Um Yeah Press - March 24th, 2015

This selection of writings from local author Dan Haifley’s Sentinel column “Our Ocean Backyard” charts the history of the Santa Cruz harbor from its roots in Woods Lagoon through the Army Corps construction, the tsumani devastation, and beyond—highlighting the people who have shaped it and the problems it has faced. Haifley’s passion for this sheltered port is contagious as he champions its crucial role in our community.

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Nici
$16.95
ISBN: 9780615961910
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Published: Dan Haifley - March 11th, 2014

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