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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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By Gary Kamiya, Paul Madonna (Illustrator)
$28.00
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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$30.00
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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A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations (Vintage Departures) By Pico Iyer Cover Image
$17.00
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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Scenic Science of the National Parks: An Explorer's Guide to Wildlife, Geology, and Botany By Emily Hoff, Maygen Keller Cover Image
$24.99
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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On Lighthouses By Jazmina Barrera, Christina Macsweeney (Translator) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781949641011
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Published: Two Lines Press - May 12th, 2020

Atlas Obscura 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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Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders By Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, Dylan Thuras, Atlas Obscura Cover Image
$40.00
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)
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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: Mariner Books - October 8th, 2019

Dark Skies by Valerie Stimac

Lonely Planet’s Dark Skies, the first world’s guide to astrotourism, features 35 of the best places around the globe for stargazing and experiencing the night sky. As our planet’s population booms and cities expand, travelers are seeking out the last remaining dark skies to get away from light pollution and see the stars, planets, and other astronomical sights. Each chapter in this book, from Meteor Showers to Eclipses, Auroras to Astronomy in Action, will help trekkers plan their dark-sky tour. A great gift for stargazers and travelers looking for new adventures.

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ISBN: 9781788686198
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Published: Lonely Planet - September 17th, 2019

Alta California by Nick Neely

In 1769, Gaspar de Portolá led a band of 64 Spanish explorers overland from San Diego north to what we now call the San Francisco Bay. Two hundred and fifty years later, Neely—who grew up in Portola (without the accent) Valley—set out to retrace the route, also on foot, in search of a deeper understanding of the Golden State’s history. Using passages from diaries kept during the original journey for comparison and contrast, he explores the biggest issues facing California today—water, agriculture, oil, gas, immigration, and development—while walking through a panorama that’s both beautiful and conflicted. - Rico

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Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, A Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State By Nick Neely Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640091658
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Published: Counterpoint - November 5th, 2019

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