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Magdalena: River of Dreams by Wade Davis

Magdalena: River of Dreams is the story of the Rio Magdalena, the great river at the center of Colombia’s history. Davis uses the river path as the basis for his narrative arc, exploring the natural, cultural, and political history of a complicated country. Amplifying the voices of the people he meets, and with great respect for Colombia and Colombians, Davis is fierce in his desire to tell the full spectrum of the country’s history, far beyond the violence that has beset it.  — Tori

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ISBN: 9780375410994
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Published: Knopf - September 15th, 2020

Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Family’s Past Among Taiwan’s Mountains and Coasts by Jessica Lee

As Jessica Lee seeks her own identity through looking at the past, she reflects on the distance created by language barriers, on Taiwan’s precarious history, and on her grandfather’s struggle with immigration and sense of place. She wanders the evocative landscape of Taiwan’s mountains and coast in a quest to forge an intimate connection with her family’s mysterious history, and constructs an alluring portrait of the island’s unique and enchanting existence along the way. — Tori

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ISBN: 9781646220007
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Published: Catapult - August 4th, 2020

Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages Through the Unknown City Written by Gary Kamiya, Illustrated by Paul Madonna

San Francisco is one of the US cities most alive in the collective public imagination, and Gary Kamiya (Cool Gray City of Love) and Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee) know it well. Now they have come together to illustrate (figuratively and literally) some of the lesser-known true stories from the city’s bones. Taking cues from architecture, locations, and ruins, they guide the reader through a pantheon of characters, economics, and culture from the 18th century on. For aficionados of small bites of history and of the City itself. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781635575880
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 20th, 2020

Unforgettable Journeys: Slow Down and See the World

With scenic photographs and vivid vignettes of everything from day trips to multi-month adventures by foot, road, bike, rail, and water, Unforgettable Journeys transports you through some of the planet’s most beautiful and remote routes. Feed your wanderlust while sheltering in place…and take some mental notes about where to venture when we can finally get back out there! This book is for everyone.  — Kalina

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ISBN: 9781465497826
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Published: DK Eyewitness Travel - October 27th, 2020

A Beginner’s Guide to Japan Observations and Provocations by Pico Iyer

Like a timeless literary novel, the depth and complexity of Japanese culture only becomes apparent when one immerses themselves in it. In A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, the companion to Autumn Light, the celebrated journalist Pico Iyer shares his thoughts and observations about the land of the rising sun and its people in short, contemplative vignettes that touch on a multitude of seemingly disparate aspects of Japanese culture, from vending machines to sex to grammar. 

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ISBN: 9781101973479
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2020

Scenic Science of the National Parks An Explorer’s Guide to Wildlife, Geology, and Botany by Emily Hoff & Maygen Keller

With this charming book in hand, you will never experience the National Parks the same way again, even if you don’t leave your house. Hoff and Keller approach the 60 national parks they selected for their guidebook in such a delightful, inquisitive, and responsible way that one can’t help but be fascinated and appreciative all at once. There is so much off-beat information packed into this fully illustrated book that a person can explore the parks to their utter content. There are also passport stamps to be collected for each park, so let the adventuring begin!

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ISBN: 9781984856302
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 31st, 2020

On Lighthouses by Jazmina Barrera

Both in life and in literature, lighthouses have always functioned as so much more than bringers of light. In this lovely little tome, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney, Barrera illuminates different lighthouses around the world, her experiences with them, and explores the ways we engage with these bastions at the edge of the darkness. Part travelogue and microhistory, memoir and literary criticism, this is creative nonfiction at its best, at once intimate and all-encompassing.

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ISBN: 9781949641011
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Published: Two Lines Press - May 12th, 2020

Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton

I kind of freak out every time I look through Atlas Obscura, a travel guide, atlas, and chronicle of the fascinatingly beautiful and ridiculously odd wonders of our world. In this revised and updated edition you will find city guides, gorgeously shot photos, and a pull-out world map with a dream itinerary. A perfect gift for the curious and the travel-minded. I hope to see you somewhere between the synchronized fireflies and the Sourdough Saloon. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781523506484
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 15th, 2019

The Nature of Yosemite by Robb Hirsch

A visual feast, Robb Hirsch’s photography explores every facet of Yosemite, from the intimate to the epic, in every mood and season. Hirsch, a scientist as well as a photographer, is an apt tour guide through one of our state’s greatest treasures, and his beautiful images are accompanied by essays on rivers, geology, bird diversity, wildflowers, and more. - Katherine

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By Robb Hirsch (Photographer), John Muir Laws (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781930238916
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Published: Yosemite Conservancy - September 10th, 2019

On the Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux

The highly acclaimed novelist and master of travel writing Paul Theroux goes south in his latest chronicle to observe the rippling tensions around the U.S.–Mexico border. Beginning in the town of Nogales—separated by a 40-foot steel fence—and traveling further into Mexico, Theroux explores the people and culture and the atrocities that occur on both sides of the border. On the Plain of Snakes is a testament to Theroux’s skill as a travel writer. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780544866478
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 8th, 2019


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