Travel & Travel Writing

Whether you have long been a fan of Annie Dillard or are coming to her for the first time, prepare to be stunned. Dillard has selected essays from a lifetime of work, ranging from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek to An American Childhood, to illuminate her observations on the natural world and our very human place in it. Thoughtful, beautiful, harsh, real, fanciful, funny, and all out revealing—both in the ordinary and in wonder. What a gift.  —Melinda

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The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062432971
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Published: Ecco Press - March 15th, 2016

Ferlinghetti’s rich life of world travel provides us the window through which to see this seminal poet, artist, and cultural icon. Peppered with sketches, poems, political commentary, and stream of consciousness observations, his journals span continents and decades, from Cuba in the 1960s to France, Italy, and Latin America at the turn of the century. Adventurous and thoughtful, damning and full of delight, this collection is essentially Ferlinghetti’s long-awaited memoir.  —Melinda

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Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2013 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631490019
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 7th, 2015

My family is from Alabama, and I have a deep love of the South, so I am thrilled that noted travel writer Paul Theroux has turned his eye to the Deep South for his first American travelogue. Exploring back roads and meeting residents from all walks of life, Theroux paints a warm, vivid portrait of the Southern states that revels in the good without shying away from the bad.  —Flannery

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Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544323520
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 29th, 2015

Most famous for his long free solos (climbing with nothing more than shoes and chalk), Alex Honnold takes us on his adventures around the world in his memoir Alone on the Wall. Giving us an inside look at a person operating in such a different plane, on a level of adrenaline that would give most of us a heart attack, Honnold leaves the reader gripping the pages of the book as he describes being alone 2,000 feet off the ground—and off course. His excitement and passion for climbing and exploring will leave you itching to get outside after reading this book.  —Centa

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Alone on the Wall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393247626
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 9th, 2015

I love transit maps. There’s something about the idea of a map within a map, a secret system of passageways that open up whole worlds for those initiated in their ways, that captures my imagination. This fascinating book compiles transit maps, both current and historical, from all over the world, allowing us to see how the systems have changed and grown. This is a unique book that illuminates the history of public transit.  —Flannery

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Transit Maps of the World: Expanded and Updated Edition of the World's First Collection of Every Urban Train Map on Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143128496
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Published: Penguin Books - November 3rd, 2015

Published in honor of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, this book is a gorgeous look at the Park Service’s history, with amazing photography and personal stories as varied as the parks themselves. Exploring parks from the Grand Canyon and Yosemite to stark battlegrounds and vibrant ocean life, The National Parks makes me want to start planning a road trip (or five) immediately! Also perfect for those who enjoy armchair travel.   —Rachel

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National Geographic: The National Parks: An Illustrated History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781426215599
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Published: National Geographic Society - October 27th, 2015

In the first book by the Economist’s veteran Asia correspondent, Dominic Ziegler, the longtime journalist weaves two tales: one, the story of the greatest leader ever born in northern Asia, Temujin (or as he was later dubbed, Ghengis Khan); the other, of Ziegler’s own arduous journey down northern Asia’s Amur River. Ziegler’s ornate words build like the strokes of a paintbrush and draw the reader into a world mostly unknown to Westerners.  —Aric

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Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594203671
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Published: Penguin Press - November 10th, 2015

As a history lover and a fan of the macabre, this book is incredibly exciting for me. It combines beautiful antique maps with the great disasters and mysteries of the human race. Places where the ground burns with fire constantly to those where bats black out the sky to the most popular suicide location in the world. This beautiful tome makes history so enticing.  —Ivy

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Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631910005
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - October 6th, 2015

Rice Noodle Fish is a visual and literary treat that will leave you hungry and planning a trip to Japan. Much more than a look at the country’s cuisine, it is also about the history and culture of Japan, and about the people the author meets on his travels—including chefs with fire in their eyes and tea masters of Kyoto. Readers will be impressed by the literary quality of his narrative and the copious amount of pictures, tips and bits of information sprinkled throughout the book.   —Ashley

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Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062394033
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Published: Harper Wave/Anthony Bourdain - October 27th, 2015

The author of Turn Right at Macchu Picchu embarks on another eccentric adventure, this time to chart a map to Atlantis. The result is a delightful mix of history and travel writing, from the texts of Plato to the mystic island of Malta. Like the quests of the many Atlantologists he encounters, Adams’s search is inspired as much by skepticism as it is by fantasy—calling to that age-old synthesis of empiricism and imagination.

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Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525953708
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Published: Dutton Books - March 10th, 2015

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