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Disappointment River by Brian Castner

Disappointment River is a both an historical narrative and travel memoir. In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1,200 miles by canoe—on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name—in a failed search for the fabled Northwest Passage. Join author Brian Castner as he tells the story of Mackenzie’s voyage while he personally retraces an epic journey of discovery some 227 years later. Travel by canoe has never seemed so exhausting, so dangerous, and so doable. - Felicia

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Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage By Brian Castner Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541626
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Published: Doubleday - March 13th, 2018

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

At nearly 20 years of age, this book’s use as a travel guide may be a bit outdated, but it still makes for a great read. Gopnik and his young family relocate from New York to Paris so that he can write about French culture. Covering everything from maternity leave to how French people behave at the gym, Gopnik’s observations and interactions are ridiculous, relatable, and full of faux pas. - Jade

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780375758232
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 11th, 2001

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

This author’s quest for happiness takes him across the globe. Everywhere he goes, Weiner poses the same questions to the natives: “are you happy?” Despite being a self-declared grump, Weiner’s narrative is witty and fun and he delves into some fascinating cultural analyses. A great read for anyone in need of a good laugh. - Jade

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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World By Eric Weiner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446698894
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Published: Twelve - January 5th, 2009

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

When Bryson and his bumbling friend set out to hike the Appalachian Trail, they are plagued by misfortune from the very start. Ill prepared and out of shape, the two hikers drag themselves along the trail, with many humorous encounters along the way. Interesting history about the trail is interspersed with amusing misadventures, making for a thoroughly enjoyable read. - Jade

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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail By Bill Bryson Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780767902526
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Published: Crown - May 4th, 1999

Van Life by Foster Huntington

All right, Santa Cruzans: Whether you have your own Sprinter or vintage VW or you’re just looking for inspiration, a breath of fresh air, and a little open road, here’s the book for you and your favorite nomad. Huntington has put together a glorious collection of van life, divided into sections by vehicle type and full of stunning photographs and essays by those living the dream. Love Tiny Homes or Cabin Porn? Here’s your next move. - Melinda

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Van Life: Your Home on the Road By Foster Huntington (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Foster Huntington (By (artist))
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316556446
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 10th, 2017

Coastal California by Jake Rajs

If you love the California coast and are dying for a nice coffee-table book celebrating its rugged beauty but can’t decide between photography or paintings, I’m here to make your decision harder. These two books capture our gorgeous coastline—one in beautiful photographs, the other in luminous paintings that span 100 years of the California Art Club. Like me, you may be hard-pressed to choose between the two! - Flannery

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Coastal California: The Pacific Coast Highway and Beyond By Jake Rajs, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780847861095
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Published: Rizzoli - October 24th, 2017

Painting California by Jean Stearn & Molly Siple

If you love the California coast and are dying for a nice coffee-table book celebrating its rugged beauty but can’t decide between photography or paintings, I’m here to make your decision harder. These two books capture our gorgeous coastline—one in beautiful photographs, the other in luminous paintings that span 100 years of the California Art Club. Like me, you may be hard-pressed to choose between the two! - Flannery

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Painting California: Seascapes and Beach Towns By Jean Stern, Molly Siple, Elaine Adams (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jean Stern, Molly Siple, Elaine Adams (Foreword by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780847860593
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Published: Rizzoli Electa - October 3rd, 2017

Lonely Planet's Atlas of Adventure

Lonely Planet is a trusted source whose guidebooks many have used on travels abroad. Their new book is a little different this time around. Instead of focusing on a specific area, Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure has tips and tricks for maximizing your adventure, whether it be biking, climbing, or canoeing, in numerous locations around the globe. It is a great book for the armchair traveler and outdoor enthusiast alike. - Ian

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Lonely Planet's Atlas of Adventure 1 By Lonely Planet Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781786577597
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Published: Lonely Planet - September 19th, 2017

Into Africa by Frans Lanting

Frans Lanting, one of the most widely known and well-respected nature photographers in the world, has taken some of the iconic photographs of the past several decades. Here he collects his best images from Africa, capturing the light and vibrancy of the continent. The images are so astounding they literally calm the spirit. A great gift for photographers, travelers, nature lovers, and those looking to take an African safari of the mind. - Rico

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Into Africa By Frans Lanting, Chris Eckstrom (Editor), Frans Lanting (By (photographer)), Wade Davis (Foreword by), Carter Roberts (Preface by) Cover Image
By Frans Lanting, Chris Eckstrom (Editor), Frans Lanting (By (photographer)), Wade Davis (Foreword by), Carter Roberts (Preface by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781608878895
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Published: Earth Aware Editions - October 10th, 2017

L'Appart by David Leibovitz

The newest chapter of expatriate and acclaimed cook David Lebovitz’s life in Paris, complete with recipes! “David captures the torturous travails of apartment renovation in the City of Light with humor and acumen. ‘Pas de problème,’ he’s told time and again as the renovation derails. He is as alert to details of parquet and working with a notaire as he is with recipes for tarte tatin and quiche, both included here. This memoir brings fans of David even closer to the happy life he’s built for himself in Paris.” —Jacques Pepin

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L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home By David Lebovitz Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780804188388
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Published: Crown - November 7th, 2017

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