Travel, Adventure, Sports & Games from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Summer Newsletter.


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.

Reviewed by: 
Julia
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Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525953708
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Dutton Books - March 10th, 2015

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.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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See San Francisco: Through the Lens of Sfgirlbybay Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781452138206
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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.

Reviewed by: 
Sara
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The History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9781617691461
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
$17.00
ISBN: 9780147515346
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374535452
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 12th, 2015

This beautiful guide to classic and popular card games (blackjack, gin rummy) plus lesser-known ones (dou dizhu, suicide) would be an excellent addition to your vacation cabin or board-game nights this summer. Each of the 50 games is presented with rules and variations, with the objective and course of play clearly laid out. You’ll want to read it cover to cover before deciding which game to try first.    

Reviewed by: 
Andrea
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Shuffle and Deal: 50 Classic Card Games for Any Number of Players Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062385833
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Design - June 16th, 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! 

Reviewed by: 
S.B.
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Local Color: Seeing Place Through Watercolor Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781616892975
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - April 21st, 2015

 

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