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The Railway Anthology

The Railway Anthology

by Deborah Manley

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES
  • COMING IN FEBRUARY

An anthology of evocative writing from the rails. Manley includes works from 50 of the world's preeminent literary figures including Agatha Christie, William Dalrymple, Peter Fleming, Rudyard Kipling, Eric Newby, Paul Theroux and Colin Thubron, brilliantly celebrating this most "civilized" mode of travel. (RLR6, $14.95)

Gondola

Gondola

by Donna Leon

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 80 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

In this profile of the trademark Venetian gondola, Leon provides background on the gondola's history, explains how the boats are constructed and even includes an accompanying CD of "baracoles," or Italian boat songs. (ITA439, $27.50)

While Wandering, A Walking Companion

While Wandering, A Walking Companion

by Duncan Minshull

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

A multifarious and comprehensive collection of poems, novels, plays and journal entries inspired by that most fundamental of acts: walking. The anthology features more than 200 authors who have tied up their shoelaces and enjoyed a good stroll -- including Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Baudelaire, Xenophon, Werner Herzog, Bruce Chatwin and Mark Twain. (WLK15, $19.95)

Full Steam Ahead, A Golden Age of Cruises

Full Steam Ahead, A Golden Age of Cruises

by Boris Danzer-kantof

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

With photographs, archival reprints and firsthand accounts, this coffee table history of cruising focuses on the freedom and romance of cruise vessels in their golden age. (TVL589, $44.95)

Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World

Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World

by Tom Zoellner

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

An informative and entertaining history of railway travel around the world -- from the frigid Trans-Siberian Railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to futuristic Mag-Lev trains. Zoellner examines mechanics and innovations in rails and engines, trains' impact on societies and even America's ambivalence toward mass transit. (WLD253, $16.00)

America's Great Hiking Trails

America's Great Hiking Trails

by Karen Berger

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

This gorgeous presentation of America's greatest hiking trails spans 49 states, 8 national parks and more than 50,000 miles of terrain. Each of the 40 featured trails is accompanied by descriptions, suggestions for hiking trips, a map and photo gallery. The lavish photographs are to the credit of Bart Smith, the only person to have hiked all 11 National Scenic Trails from end to end. (USA563, $50.00)

 
A Philosophy of Walking

A Philosophy of Walking


by Frederic Gros

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

A philosophical treatment of walking and its many usages, including pilgrimage, protest march, journey and ramble. Gros explains how walking affects our understanding of ourselves and the world, drawing on famous and popular texts. (WLK14, $24.95)

Visitants

Visitants


by Dave Eggers

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

Condensing over 20 years of travel into this collection, fiction writer Dave Eggers delivers adventure tales (always told in his trademark empathetic and hilarious style) that take him through New Zealand, Cuba, Thailand and... Idaho? (TVL597, $26.00)

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