Travel & Travel Writing

Meet Victoria Smith’s San Francisco. It might not be the San Francisco you’re used to. Or it might be more familiar than the city portrayed in so many other, less personal books. Smith fell in love with the city as soon as she moved there, alone, in 1994, and that love is reflected in every word, every neighborhood depiction, and every gorgeous, colorful photo. If you’re tired of tourist guides, this is the San Francisco book for you.

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Jocelyn
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See San Francisco: Through the Lens of Sfgirlbybay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452138206
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 28th, 2015

Whitelaw tackles the intriguing tales behind 50 classic flies all anglers recognize today. Including color illustrations and recipes for the original flies, the author guides you through their history and adds fascinating tidbits about fly-fishing itself. This book is great for fans of both fly-fishing and history. Sprinkled throughout are clever and thoughtful quotes about fly-fishing, inspiring enough to make you want to take that boat out on the water and make some casts yourself.

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Sara
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The History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781617691461
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - April 7th, 2015

I love a good disaster book (who doesn’t?), and now I can add Last Man Off to that list. Matt Lewis was a scientific observer on a small fishing boat that went down in the freezing Antarctic waters, and his tale is one of survival and the heroism of the ordinary person. It’s a fast read but a good one—once the ship goes down, you won’t want to stop reading. 

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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Last Man Off: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Antarctic Seas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147515346
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Published: Plume Books - May 12th, 2015

Hitch a ride on the open road with America’s most beloved weirdo, John Waters. Carsick chronicles Waters’ coast-to-coast hitchhiking odyssey from Baltimore to San Francisco with all the strange and wonderful sights and sounds in between. Even the most mundane roadside truck stops are transformed into provocative tableaus when filtered through Waters’ charismatic and irreverent lens. Every bit as outrageous as a John Waters’ hitchhiking adventure should be.

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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374535452
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 12th, 2015

American Elizabeth Bard’s previous book, the delightful Lunch in Paris, chronicled her love story with her French husband. Picnic in Provence tells their next chapter, which includes an unexpected move to a tiny village in Provence, a baby, and a business (artisanal ice cream!). Through it all, readers get a poignant, not-overly-romanticized look at life in rural France. It is a delicious read—not only because Bard includes recipes in each chapter, but also because she captures the vibrancy and simplicity of Provençal food and life.

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S.B.
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Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316246163
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 7th, 2015

Designer Mimi Robinson explores how a place reveals itself through its unique colors in her beautiful new book, Local Color. From the ocean blues, grassy golds, and forest greens of Point Reyes, to the vibrant indigos, hot pinks, and electric greens of Guatemala, Robinson’s palettes capture her global travels, and demonstrate how you can do the same. Artists (or anyone interested in seeing the world in a new way), be sure to pack a copy of Local Color in your suitcase! 

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S.B.
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Local Color: Seeing Place Through Watercolor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616892975
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - April 21st, 2015

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
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Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest Cover Image
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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
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Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620401262
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - 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
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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400078455
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Published: Vintage - 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
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Salt, Sweat, Tears: The Men Who Rowed the Oceans Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143126669
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Published: Penguin Books - September 30th, 2014

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