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Don't Make Me Pull Over by Richard Ratay

One of my favorite memories is driving 1276 miles by myself to Canada to meet someone I met online and hang out with them for three weeks. (It’s cool, we promised each other we weren’t serial killers.) Ratay’s book recaptured that joy I found throughout the back roads and highways, and it introduced me to a whole mess of histories associated with road travel. The facts are surrounded by stories of the author’s own road trips, back when seat belts were optional and CB radios lived next to the 8-track player. From the introduction of the radar gun to what brought about the actual building of the transcontinental highway system, this book covers all facets of the best and worst of vehicle travel. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781501188756
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Published: Scribner - May 14th, 2019

Curiosities and Splendour by Lonely Planet

From Muir to Shackleton to Twain to Wollstonecraft, this collection sparks the imagination with vivid landscapes, hilarious incidents, bizarre characters, poetic musings, suspenseful thrills, and more. As editor Mark Mackenzie writes, these travel writing classics are not only time capsules of the authors’ experiences of ‘long-gone worlds but also inspirations for generations of travelers, artists, conservationists, and explorers. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781788683029
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Published: Lonely Planet - March 19th, 2019

She Explores by Gale Straub

She Explores is an empowering collection of first-person stories, photographs, and artwork from women who are inspired by the adventure found in the outdoors. Forty diverse women share their unforgettable journeys in nature—from hiking the wild and biking through the countryside to embarking on an unknown road trip. The book shares their accomplishments and fears, and highlights mental health, motherhood, conservation, diversity, equity and inclusion, on-the-road travel, and more. She Explores is pure inspiration to live a life of adventure.

She Explores: Stories of Life-Changing Adventures on the Road and in the Wild (Solo Travel Guides, Travel Essays, Women Hiking Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452167664
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 26th, 2019

Autumn Light by Pico Iyer

Autumn Light is not so much a long-time expatriate reflecting on his chosen home, as a rumination on life. Iyer tells a story not finished but set: the joys of spouse and children poignantly framed against memories of the dead, and the ache of loving those leaving us. Japan’s relationship with aging and death—as well as love, marriage, and parenthood—is different from what we see in the West, but Iyer writes an affecting picture of the universalities of being an aging human. -Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780451493934
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Published: Knopf - April 16th, 2019

See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes

In her latest book, Frances Mayes encourages her reader to travel with an open mind. The best parts of Italy, she urges, are found when you least expect them. Arranged geographically with authentic recipes sprinkled throughout, this is a book to to open at random and explore leisurely. A great way to get ready for your own Italian adventure--whether it's in a few weeks or many years away. - Emma

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ISBN: 9780451497697
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Published: Crown - March 12th, 2019

The Sun is a Compass by Caroline Van Hemert

When ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert decided she needed to get out of the lab and back into the wild, she and her husband embarked on the journey of a lifetime, spending six months traveling four thousand human-powered miles from Bellingham, Washington to the Alaskan Arctic. What follows is this incredible book, part outdoor adventure, part travel memoir, part nature writing, all grit and heart, as they canoe, hike, ski and raft their own way into the wilderness. I am by turns inspired and stunned by the knowledge and willpower needed on the trail, and by the beauty and wisdom left on the page. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780316414425
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - March 19th, 2019

The White Darkness by David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon author David Grann’s latest book chronicles the journey of modern polar explorer Henry Worsley, who attempted a solo traverse of Antarctica in 2015. Grann’s account of Worsley’s arduous expedition—and the expeditions of the explorers who came before him—offers chilling insights into the ruthless reality of polar exploration. I was both fascinated by the extreme lengths that people will go to realize their dream and reminded of the remarkable endurance that humans are capable of. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780385544573
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Published: Doubleday - October 30th, 2018

The Bucket List: Wild by Kath Stathers

This is a gorgeous book, perfect for armchair travelers or those wanting to fling themselves into something great and wild. Organized by location, The Bucket List: Wild shares tips and enticing photographs to whet your wanderlust. Stathers includes a huge range of encounters, from observing plant hoppers (insects) in the United States to watching the world’s largest migration in the Serengeti. - Rachel

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The Bucket List: Wild: 1,000 Adventures Big and Small: Animals, Birds, Fish, Nature Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780789334459
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Published: Universe - October 30th, 2018

Epic Hikes of the World by Lonely Planet

Whether you’re planning a trip or are just on an armchair adventure, this book will keep you dreaming for hours. The description of each hike is accompanied by a stylized map, inspiring photos (as one would expect from Lonely Planet), a short essay on why the hike is amazing or special or tricky or relaxing, and a detailed list that includes the trip distance, suggested supplies, when to go, route planning to get to the location, and a list of three similar trips. - Megan

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781787014176
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Published: Lonely Planet - August 21st, 2018

Basketball: A Love Story by Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, & Dan Klores

Inspired by the new ESPN series, this oral history of basketball is a terrific book. “What MacMullan and Bartholomew have done here is nothing short of crafting the definitive history of the sport—told through the people who lived it. There has never been a deeper and more star-studded cast of interviewees about basketball, and the authors pull unique insights out of them. A wonderful read.” —Zach Lowe

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781524761783
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Published: Crown Archetype - September 18th, 2018

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