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Hotel Kitsch by Margaret Bienert & Corey Bienert

Margaret and Corey Bienert of the TikTok-famous travel series A Pretty Cool Hotel Tour have gathered all of their favorite themed locations into one place! Come for the colorful photography of heart-shaped tubs and seashell beds and stay for the fascinating history of honeymoon hotels in post-war America. The book is dripping with meticulous detail and even includes a map of every hotel discussed, so you can plan your own kitschy road trip! 

—Mo

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Hotel Kitsch: A Pretty Cool Tour of America’s Fantasy Getaways By Margaret Bienert, Corey Bienert Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781648292040
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Published: Artisan - October 10th, 2023

Move Like Water by Hannah Stowe

Since her time growing up on the Welsh coast, Hannah Stowe (daughter of author-artist Jackie Morris!) has felt the pull of the ocean—its vastness, animals, and promise of adventure. Move Like Water is the story of her journey to, and on, the seas. Her memoir celebrates life as an artist, marine ecologist, and sailor with evocative imagery, interconnected nature writing, and a thirst for unfurled sails and open water, always through a lens of conservation and environmental responsibility. It is wonderful.

—Melinda

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Move Like Water: My Story of the Sea By Hannah Stowe Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781959030102
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Published: Tin House Books - September 19th, 2023

Mother, Nature by Jedidiah Jenkins

Mother, Nature is both a joyous travel adventure and an intimate journey of the heart. Jedidiah Jenkins takes a lively road trip with his mom on the same path she famously trekked from New Orleans to the Oregon Coast in the ‘70s, to more fully understand her and enjoy the time they have left. But it is also the honest journey of a family relationship challenged by her beliefs and his sexuality. With humor and care, Jenkins takes us across the States and through a lifetime, looking for answers in the messy middle, and we are all the better for it. 

—Melinda

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Mother, Nature: A 5,000-Mile Journey to Discover if a Mother and Son Can Survive Their Differences By Jedidiah Jenkins Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593137260
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Published: Convergent Books - November 7th, 2023

All Hands on Deck: A Modern-Day High Seas Adventure to the Far Side of the World by Will Sofrin

Shiver me timbers! Here’s a travel book that’s about present-day sailors, the intricacies of making movies, and finding oneself on the high seas. Will Sofrin brings the complexities of classical sailing to the page with genuine love coupled with the tension of trying to get a prop—the ship itself—halfway across the world in time for filming. Oh, and the whole crew could die in the process. Perfect for nautical enthusiasts or anyone looking to spend a little more time at sea. 

—Jax

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All Hands on Deck: A Modern-Day High Seas Adventure to the Far Side of the World By Will Sofrin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781419767067
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 18th, 2023

Moby Dyke: An Obsessive Quest to Track Down the Last Remaining Lesbian Bars in America by Krista Burton

This is the travel writing book that queer dreams are made of. Krista Burton embarks on a journey across the country to go to the only remaining lesbian bars in America and document the stories of those who patronize them. This book is a sparkling showcase of the joys of the queer community, and it reads like catching up with an old friend. Hilarious, real, and radiant.  —MO

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Moby Dyke: An Obsessive Quest To Track Down The Last Remaining Lesbian Bars In America By Krista Burton Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668000533
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 6th, 2023

America the Beautiful? One Woman in a Borrowed Prius on the Road Most Traveled by Blythe Robertson

From the author of How to Date Men When You Hate Men comes another comedic memoir. Blythe Roberson is a millennial and her humor and writing style are very much geared toward others of her generation. After quitting her job and borrowing her stepdad’s Prius, she hits the road in search of a greater sense of freedom and purpose. A combination of her internal musings, national park factoids, and social commentary make for an interesting read that had me chuckling.  —JADE

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America the Beautiful?: One Woman in a Borrowed Prius on the Road Most Traveled By Blythe Roberson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063115514
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 18th, 2023

Africa is Not a Country by Dipo Faloyin

I don’t normally read nonfiction, but I devoured this insightful book on the diverse countries that make up the continent of Africa, along the way looking at why most Americans don’t know that Africa is not a country, let alone tell the countries apart from one other, how we got to this moment, and what the future might hold. Faloyin is warm, wry, and masterfully engaging. If you or someone you know might possibly be interested in the history and context of this amazing continent, pick this up!

—Jax

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Africa Is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent By Dipo Faloyin Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393881530
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2022

Why We Travel: 100 Reasons to See the World by Patricia Schultz

Let Patricia Schultz rekindle your wanderlust and remind you that this big, beautiful world is just waiting for exploration. Filled with amazing photographs, inspiring anecdotes, and travel tips, Why We Travel may provide just the push you need to get out of your pandemic funk, whether you jump on a plane or just let your imagination run wild. Easily digestible in one sitting, this quick read is a great way to expand your horizons.

—Glenn

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Why We Travel: 100 Reasons to See the World By Patricia Schultz Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781523510979
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 13th, 2022

The Catch Me If You Can One Woman’s Journey to Every Country in the World by Jessica Nabongo

In her beautiful and inspiring book, traveler and photographer Jessica Nabongo shares her adventures as the first Black woman on record to visit all 195 countries in the world. Popular destinations are featured, but so are hidden gems and places that “are not the darlings of the travel industry.” Her stories of culture, connection, and experiences—from dog sledding in Norway to swimming with whales in Tonga—showcase the beauty and joy that exist in every corner of the world.  —S.B.

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The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World By Jessica Nabongo Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781426222269
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Published: National Geographic - June 14th, 2022

Two Wheels Good The History and Mystery of the Bicycle by Jody Rosen

Have astronauts biked in space? What do bikes have to do with feminist rebels breaching barricades? Whose curiosity sparked traveling on two-wheeled machines? An uncommon blend of memoir, history, spiritual practice, and trivia, Two Wheels Good is a must-read for avid cyclists and readers of quirky nonfiction.  —Charlotte

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Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle By Jody Rosen Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780804141499
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Published: Crown - May 24th, 2022

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