Travel & Travel Writing

Like many born in San Francisco, I have a very possessive relationship to it: Other people may come and go, but it is my city. Amidst all the landmarks and history, the single image that best symbolizes the city is one of its gateways: the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin Starr has as much veneration for the bridge as I do, and pours it into this chronicle of its history, from inception to construction and beyond.
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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9781608193998
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 24th, 2012

A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris, so when an opportunity presented itself to work there, he couldn’t turn it down. (Despite the fact that he was not qualified for the job and barely spoke French.) He arrived loving Paris all out of proportion, but found life there to be completely unlike what he expected. “A charming, hilarious account of la vie Parisienne as experienced by an observant young American. Great fun and surprisingly touching.” —Kirkus Reviews
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ISBN: 9780374146689
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 24th, 2012

I have a new favorite word: wonk. Not to be confused with wonky (although this book is also a little bit of that). Wonk—defined as a studious person—is the self-adopted moniker for “mapheads”—those who are interested in everything map, and Ken Jennings is leader of the map pack. In a charming and witty tone, Jennings blends memoir, humor, anecdote, and serious research to talk about his devotion to the world of maps. From map making to map collecting, to Google maps, to the ways pop icons plan their tour stops (there is in fact an order to the chaos), Jennings wrote this book with one aim in mind: to “rescue geography from irreverence.” Delightful, funny, and perfect for Bill Bryson fans.
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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9781439167182
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 17th, 2012

Written by two former UCSC students with a passion for fun, this book is a fabulous guide for the theme park fanatic. With fabulous photos and some background information on the parks, this book explores twenty different parks throughout California. Check out the section on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on page 92!

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Tracy
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ISBN: 9780764334788
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Published: Schiffer Publishing - June 23rd, 2010

 Almost too unbelievable to be true, this action adventure story is a
great page turner. Zuckoff balances thorough reporting with dramatic
retelling as he present the story of plane-crash survivors and the
isolated indigenous tribe members they encounter. While it must have
been a harrowing experience for those involved, the happy-ending of
their trials and the immense readability of the writing make this an
easy and entertaining read.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780061988349
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Published: Harper - May 1st, 2011

If you think of the Arctic as a barren, lifeless place, this is the book that will prove you wrong. Mind-blowing landscapes and amazing animals are part of the showcase of a rapidly changing world that few will ever see in person. Taken over the span of a year, with the addition of heartfelt stories, this stunning collection contains proof that the Arctic needs, and deserves, our protection.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781594854873
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Published: Mountaineers Books - November 1st, 2011

The latest addition to the terrific Fifty Places series showcases 50 more ultimate destinations—from Bolivia to India to Wales—for fly fishers. Each location looks and sounds so alluring that even those of us who don’t do so already will be tempted to pack a bag and pick up a pole ourselves, and not just give this gorgeous book to our fly-fishing friends.

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S.B.
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - October 1st, 2011

Beautifully written and rich with detail, Into the Silence is a classic account of exploration and endurance, and a timeless portrait of an extraordinary generation of adventurers, soldiers, and mountaineers. “Wade Davis has penned an exceptional book on an extraordinary generation. They do not make them like that any more. And there would always only ever be one Mallory. From the pathos of the trenches to the inevitable tragedies high on Everest this is a book deserving of awards. Monumental in its scope and conception it nevertheless remains hypnotically fascinating throughout. A wonderful story tinged with sadness.” —Joe Simpson, author of Touching the Void

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ISBN: 9780375408892
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 18th, 2011

This new anthology is a great gift for globetrotters. “If you have the slightest curiosity about the world beyond your living room then this is a collection to die for. What could be a better way to raise funds for Oxfam than to collect these nuggets of worldly wisdom from a galaxy of the very best travel writers? It’s impossible to read their contributions without wanting to go and get the rucksack out.” —Michael Palin

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ISBN: 9781846684968
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Published: Profile Books(GB) - September 20th, 2011

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Our Bodies, Ourselves is one of the most essential books for any woman to own. Even today, so much of women’s health and sexuality is glossed over, not addressed, or made taboo that the comprehensive material and nonjudgmental presentation of OBO can feel like a lifesaver. This ninth edition includes new material, ranging from changes in the health-care system to transgender issues to organizing techniques for social activism.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9781439190661
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 4th, 2011

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