Travel & Travel Writing

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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By Karen Berger, Bart Smith (Photographer), Bill McKibben (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780789327413
Availability: Backordered
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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Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will Cover Image
By Judith Schalansky, Christine Lo (Translator)
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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ISBN: 9781620401262
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - 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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Thomas Campbell: Seeing Fatima's Eyes: Surf, Life, Stuff, Morocco, North Africa Cover Image
By Thomas Campbell (Photographer), Scott Hulet (Foreword by), Thomas Campbell (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9780985361136
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Published: Um Yeah Arts - 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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50 Years of Safe Harbor: A Collection of Our Ocean Backyard Columns Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780615961910
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Published: Dan Haifley - March 11th, 2014

Slow is Fast chronicles a unique 700-mile bicycle journey down the California coast by a group of surfers and filmmakers. Along the way they document their travels, repair flat tires, surf remote breaks, visit friends and fellow journeymen and pitch in to help out artisans and organic farmers—including some in Santa Cruz—all in an effort to tell a simple story of livelihoods crafted in tune with our oceans and fields.

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ISBN: 9781938340291
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Patagonia - April 8th, 2014

“A train is a train is a train, isn’t it?” Tim Parks may have thought that when he began his journey of traveling Italy by rail, but he soon came to realize that train travel not only gave him incredible views of the cities, towns, and countryside, but of the people of Italy as well. His encounters with conductors and ticket collectors, ordinary Italians and scholars, gave him a unique insight into Italian life. “This is the best book I’ve ever read about Italy. Never have I encountered a more insightful and hilarious insider/outsider portrait of the country at the center of Western civilization.” —Sean Wilsey, author of Oh the Glory of It All

Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393348828
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 5th, 2014

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
Availability: Special Order
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - June 3rd, 2014

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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Plume Books - June 24th, 2014

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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ISBN: 9780060920081
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 15th, 2001



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