Travel & Travel Writing

There are so many things that make New York unique, vibrant, and exciting, but perhaps nothing does so more than its people. In 2010, Brandon Stanton set out to construct a photographic census of New York City, but he soon broke down the wall between street photographer and subject, and began collecting quotes and short stories from the people he met. The result is the completely addictive blog (and now book) Humans of New York, which provides glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City. Both are absolutely compelling portraits of the residents of a city—and of humanity.

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S.B.
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ISBN: 9781250038821
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 15th, 2013

Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt’s glorious portraits. “Most urban histories focus on bricks and mortar; not this one. Russell Shorto writes engagingly about how a city can engender ideas—order, tolerance, comfort, egalitarianism, entrepreneurship—and in turn be shaped by them. Amsterdam argues convincingly that Western liberalism has been greatly influenced by this small, modest, crazy-yet-conventional place.” —Witold Rybczynski

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ISBN: 9780385534574
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 22nd, 2013

Like the best-selling Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, this book is a reinvention of the traditional atlas, one that provides a vivid, complex look at the multifaceted nature of New Orleans, a city replete with contradictions. Unfathomable City includes 22 full-color maps and a score of essays “exploring America’s deepest city through floods, sounds, memories, lemon ice, civil rights, and more.” Solnit is an incredible and acclaimed writer and intellectual. What a gift that she has focused her talents on the two cities where my heart--and so many others’--resides.

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ISBN: 9780520274044
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Published: University of California Press - November 18th, 2013

A great read for someone who loves history but hated history class, Gary Kamiya's Cool Gray City of Love is an artfully spun and celebratory non-fiction tale of early and modern San Francisco, a place dear to the heart of many a person who has spent time there. This book will give tourists and life-long residents alike a new way of looking at the geography, neighborhoods and lives that make San Francisco one of California's greatest offerings to the world.
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Mikaela
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ISBN: 9781608199600
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - August 6th, 2013

“A travel memoir by Theroux is always an event but one set in Africa, the continent where his taste for what would become his career began, when he served in the Peace Corps in 1963, is a major happening. Theroux’s prose is as vividly descriptive and atmospheric as ever and, though a bit curmudgeonly, he’s still wide open to raw, painful interactions between his psyche and his surroundings.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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ISBN: 9780618839339
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - May 7th, 2013

I have always loved the Bay Bridge—which is so overshadowed by its golden sister—and this is its year, with a new eastern section and the opening of an art installation. Bay Bridge commemorates the history of the San Francisco–Oakland bridge, and celebrates the design and construction of the new section. This is a beautiful book for a beautiful bridge!

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781452113265
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - June 12th, 2013

The best-selling author of Italian Neighbors returns with a charming and revealing portrait of Italian life. Parks explored Italy this time by riding its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and right down to the heel of the boot. As he writes, “To see the country by train is to consider the crux of the essential Italian dilemma: Is Italy part of the modern world, or not?” “This is the best book I’ve ever read about Italy. Never have I encountered a more insightful and hilarious insider/outsider portrait of the country at the center of Western civilization.” —Sean Wilsey

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ISBN: 9780393239324
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 10th, 2013

In this gripping new book, Zuckoff deftly weaves the tale of three downed planes in Greenland in World War II, the tireless efforts to rescue the surviving crew while battling the Arctic winter, and the present-day search for one of the lost planes. Zuckoff’s gift for bringing history to life and his wit and dry sense of humor during the obstacle-ridden search make this a compulsively readable book.

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Flannery
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Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062133434
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Published: Harper - April 23rd, 2013

Antarctica is a mysterious continent that very few of us will ever see. For those of us who wonder about it, this is a thorough, engaging look at the continent and the extensive scientific research the area is so perfect for. Walker explores the land, the people, and the mind blowing science, providing an eye-opening and utterly fascinating look at one of the most incredible places on Earth.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780151015207
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - January 15th, 2013

Passion and enchantment are masked as mere words in this true tale of a woman, whom after meeting her true love late in life, moves with him from Venice to Tuscany, Italy. The author, along with her blueberry-eyed stranger experience more than just romantic love in their tiny adopted village—they fall in love with place, time and their daily meals. A beautiful, heart-warming and delicious read.
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Lou
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ISBN: 9780345481092
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 27th, 2005

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