Travel & Travel Writing

For people who enjoyed the Atlas of Cursed Places comes this equally eerie companion. Atlas of Lost Cities illuminates the fragility of civilization and offers an artfully illustrated look into the past. Aude de Tocqueville uses old maps, original artwork, and compelling narratives to tell the stories of the rise and fall of cities around the world. Some, like Pompeii, are recognizable, while others, such as Villa Epecuén, an Argentinean town submerged under water, will be unfamiliar to most readers.  —Jade

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Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316352024
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - April 5th, 2016

I admit that I picked this book up in part because I’m afraid of flying, and I’m so glad I did. Reading Vanhoenacker’s literary memoir reminded me of the way being on a plane can feel like hovering between two worlds. Skyfaring has a lot to offer, both for aviation buffs and for those who tense up during turbulence. It might just make you rethink that upcoming business trip. —Kat

 

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Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804169714
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016

Even the laziest couch potato will be inspired to embark on a wilderness adventure after flipping through this book. Santella packs the pages with gorgeous photos and helpful camping tips that will be appreciated by novices and seasoned explorers alike. Whether you want to stay local or travel internationally, Fifty Places to Camp will motivate you to make your travel daydreams a reality.  —Jade

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Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419718267
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Published: Stewart, Tabori & Chang - May 10th, 2016

This engaging collection of essays about East Asia is written in a style that strikes a near-perfect balance between erudite and poetic, which is no surprise coming from award-winning author and poet Gary Snyder, a long-time practitioner of Zen. The Great Clod is the result of his 20-year love affair with East Asia, from the Pacific coast of Japan to the Great Steppes of Mongolia to the Yellow River of China.  —Aric

 

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The Great Clod: Notes and Memoirs on Nature and History in East Asia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619025691
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 10th, 2016

Creative Action Network has done a spectacular job in creating this compact book of art and history about our national parks. It can be so easy to forget about or dismiss these pieces of land held in trust, but See America inspires us to care more deeply for (and take greater advantage of) these priceless aspects of our national heritage. Take a look, I promise you’ll enjoy every page.  —Jax

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See America: A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452148984
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 22nd, 2016

Revisit the epic landscape of the Oregon Trail without having to worry about dysentery (digital or otherwise). Spurred on by his memories and his insatiable desire for adventure, Rinker Buck tackles the still-marked trail with his brother, a dog, and three cranky mules. First-hand experiences paired with historical facts make this book perfect to take along on your own cross-country road trip.  —Rachel

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The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451659177
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

While working at an Alaska oil field, Ken Ilgunas had an idea: what if he hiked the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline from start to finish? Starting in Canada, ending in Texas, and trespassing on private property pretty much the whole way, he did just that. Travelogue, meditation on climate change, and tribute to the people living on the Great Plains, this is a thoughtful, entertaining book.  —Flannery 

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Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399175480
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Published: Blue Rider Press - April 19th, 2016

Whether you have long been a fan of Annie Dillard or are coming to her for the first time, prepare to be stunned. Dillard has selected essays from a lifetime of work, ranging from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek to An American Childhood, to illuminate her observations on the natural world and our very human place in it. Thoughtful, beautiful, harsh, real, fanciful, funny, and all out revealing—both in the ordinary and in wonder. What a gift.  —Melinda

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The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062432971
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Published: Ecco - March 15th, 2016

Ferlinghetti’s rich life of world travel provides us the window through which to see this seminal poet, artist, and cultural icon. Peppered with sketches, poems, political commentary, and stream of consciousness observations, his journals span continents and decades, from Cuba in the 1960s to France, Italy, and Latin America at the turn of the century. Adventurous and thoughtful, damning and full of delight, this collection is essentially Ferlinghetti’s long-awaited memoir.  —Melinda

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Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2013 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631490019
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 7th, 2015

My family is from Alabama, and I have a deep love of the South, so I am thrilled that noted travel writer Paul Theroux has turned his eye to the Deep South for his first American travelogue. Exploring back roads and meeting residents from all walks of life, Theroux paints a warm, vivid portrait of the Southern states that revels in the good without shying away from the bad.  —Flannery

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Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544323520
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 29th, 2015

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