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The Travel Book, A Journey Through Every Country in the World

The Travel Book, A Journey Through Every Country in the World

by Lonely Planet Publications

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 448 PAGES

Bigger and better than ever (the third edition of the best-selling original), we can't keep our hands off this celebration of the world. Each country, no matter how big or small, gets a colorful double-page spread in this glossy A-to-Z of travel from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. (WLD193, $50.00)

The Voyage of the Beagle, Darwin's Extraordinary Adventure Aboard Fitzroy's Famous Survey Ship

The Voyage of the Beagle, Darwin's Extraordinary Adventure Aboard Fitzroy's Famous Survey Ship

by James Taylor

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

The perfect supplement for lovers of Darwin's classic account (GPS02), this history mixes antique and new illustrations, letters, diary entries, official narratives and charts produced by shipboard artists. (GPS124, $30.00)

Island People, The Caribbean and the World

Island People, The Caribbean and the World

by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

Exploring the ties that bind the Caribbean islands, this wide-ranging overview of history and culture seeks out the region's common heritage. Scholar Joshua Jelly-Schapiro travels from Cuba to Jamaica, Puerto Rico to Trinidad, Haiti to Barbados and many small islands in between, discussing culture, society and politics. (CRB351, $28.95)

Penguins and Other Seabirds

Penguins and Other Seabirds

by Matt Sewell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

Ornithologist and illustrator Matt Sewell produced this art book featuring 50 of the world's penguins and sea birds. With beautiful pop-art watercolors and whimsical descriptions. (BRD147, $12.99)

The Story of England

The Story of England

by Christopher Hibbert | John Broadley

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In this newly illustrated edition, John Broadley's unique tableaux-like illustrations capture the landscape, costumes and characters of the history that Hibbert's classic text (GBR02) so vividly evokes. (GRB352, $22.95)

Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen

Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen

by Jody Eddy | Dan Goldberg

  • FOOD
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

This timely collection of stories and recipes features 75 endlessly delicious dishes from the typical Cuban kitchen, with Cuban Fried Chicken, Tostones Stuffed with Lobster, plus desserts like Mojito Cake with Rum-Infused Whipped Cream. (CBA293, $30.00)

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

by Anu Partanen

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES

An emigrant to America from Finland, Anu Partanen compares and contrasts America with Scandinavia, debunking myths about socialism as she compellingly argues that the US would benefit from the Nordic approach. (SCN101, $27.99)

South, The Illustrated Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917

South, The Illustrated Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917

by Frank Hurley | Ernest Shackleton

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

A special edition of the adventure survival classic, this work pairs Shackleton's original chronicle (ANT61) with photos by expedition photographer Frank Hurley. (ANT422, $40.00)

Passage to Israel

Passage to Israel

by Karen Lehrman Bloch

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 226 PAGES

Filled with lush photographs, this coffee table book features work from 25 groundbreaking photographers who have captured the heart and soul of Israel. The sun sets over the Dead Sea, the markets of Tel Aviv are a flurry of color and the faithful gather at the Western Wall. (ISR142, $45.00)

Ice Bear, The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon

Ice Bear, The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon

by Michael Engelhard

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This meticulous cultural narrative examines over 8,000 years of polar bear history, showing the many forms the powerful, elusive animal has taken. Whether spirit guide, enemy or symbol of ecological crisis, Engelhard argues, the ice bear has always loomed large in the human imagination. (ARC360, $29.95)

The Arctic

The Arctic

by Elizabeth Warner | Sven-Olof Lindblad

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Presenting the best works from a range of Arctic photographers, this unparalleled collection celebrates the region's beautiful landscapes, biodiversity, native peoples and rapidly changing environment. (ARC356, $50.00)

Evolution, A Visual Record

Evolution, A Visual Record

by Robert Clark

  • SCIENCE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

Award-winning photographer Robert Clark reawakens readers to humankind's ancestors and great contributions to evolutionary science, including Darwin's famous Galapagos finches and the links between dinosaurs and modern birds in this beautiful collection of 200 photographs. (GPS127, $39.95)

Yellowstone, A Journey Through America's Wild Heart

Yellowstone, A Journey Through America's Wild Heart

by David Quammen

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

With David Quammen's trademark blend of history, science and field research, this ode to Yellowstone is filled with informative text and plenty of vivid photographs. Quammen brings readers deep into the heart of the park: its misty mountain peaks, gray wolves, sweeping valleys and geologic wonders. (USW820, $28.00)

Wild, Beautiful Places

Wild, Beautiful Places

by National Geographic Society

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

The cartographic experts at National Geographic hand-picked this collection of 50 pristine locales, perfect for nature travelers. Secluded valleys, mountain ranges and rugged plains fill the beautifully illustrated book, which includes engaging photo descriptions and practical travel advice. (WLD303, $40.00)

Wild Encounters

Wild Encounters

by David Yarrow

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

In this collection of fine art photographs, legendary nature photographer David Yarrow reintroduces rare subjects that readers think they know well, including lions, elephants, tigers and polar bears. (NAT317, $75.00)

The Hour of Land, A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

The Hour of Land, A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

by Terry Tempest Williams

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES

Equal parts memoir, natural history and ecological manifesto, this illustrated narrative by an award-winning author honors 12 national parks and explores why they matter to the soul of America. (USA592, $27.00)

The National Parks, An Illustrated History

The National Parks, An Illustrated History

by Kim Heacox

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

This photographic celebration of the US National Parks' 100th anniversary takes readers from California's redwood forests to the Gettysburg battlefield and every park in between through the lens of award-winning photographer Kim Heacox. (USA584, $50.00)

Remarkable Birds

Remarkable Birds

by Mark Avery

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

This ornithological celebration delves into human fascination with the avian world through illuminating illustrations, prints and drawings. A thorough overview, beautifully produced. (BRD148, $39.95)

Shakespeare and Company, Paris, A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart

Shakespeare and Company, Paris, A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart

by Sylvia Beach | Krista Halverson

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

With essays, illustrations and poetry, this delightful miscellany celebrates the 65th anniversary of the famed bohemian bookstore essential to all the literary expats who found themselves roaming the streets of Paris. (FRA307, $34.95)

Up Here, The North at the Center of the World

Up Here, The North at the Center of the World

by Julie Decker

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 195 PAGES

Connecting the work of renowned artists and scientists, this powerful compilation of photographs and essays shares lessons learned in the polar regions. With contributions from Barry Lopez, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Simon Armitage. (ARC359, $44.95)

China, The Cookbook

China, The Cookbook

by Kei Lum Chan

  • FOOD
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 720 PAGES

This immense cookbook is the definitive work on the world's oldest cuisine, with over 650 authentic Chinese recipes from 20 different regions of China. Recipes include popular staples, regional classics and selections from star chefs. (CHN825, $49.95)

Great City Maps

Great City Maps

by Dorling Kindersley

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Published in association with the Smithsonian Institution, this well-illustrated collection uses unique historical maps as gateways to 30 of the world's greatest cities. (MAP59, $30.00)

Epic Bike Rides of the World

Epic Bike Rides of the World

by Lonely Planet Publications

  • REFERENCE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

The discerning editors at Lonely Planet organize 200 top places to pedal in this beautifully illustrated coffee table book, with recommendations in Mongolia, Argentina, France, Italy and beyond. (BCY45, $35.00)

The Cities Book

The Cities Book

by Lonely Planet Kids

  • REFERENCE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 212 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

Ideal for kickstarting the "travel bug" in readers ages 9 to 12, this colorful compendium introduces 86 of the world's great cities with photography, hand-drawn maps and plenty of fascinating facts. (WLD305, $19.99)

Jungle, A Photicular Book

Jungle, A Photicular Book

by Dan Kainen

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 24 PAGES

Utilizing the new technology of photicular images, this innovative book uses interleaved photos, sliding lenses and four-color video imagery to depict the landscape and wildlife of the jungle. (AMZ148, $25.95)

Taste of Persia, A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan

Taste of Persia, A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan

by Naomi Duguid

  • FOOD
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

Centering on a culinary tradition that is (alas) poorly understood in the West, this cookbook presents 125 recipes from the Caucasus and Middle East, framed with locals' stories and photographs. (CCS77, $35.00)

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God

by Jack Weatherford

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

With compelling evidence, top-notch historian Jack Weatherford argues that Genghis Khan used religious tolerance to offset fanaticism and hold his disparate territories together. (CAS250, $28.00)

Birds of North America

Birds of North America

by Francois Vuilleumier

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 744 PAGES

Designed to make differentiation easy, this comprehensive birdwatching guide features full-color photographs showing plumage variations and subspecies. Each profile includes a color-coded map. (BRD149, $40.00)

Earning the Rockies, How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World

Earning the Rockies, How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World

by Robert D. Kaplan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2017
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

On a cross-country journey through the American West, acclaimed author Robert Kaplan paints a portrait of the region today. He meditates on historic westward expansion, how it affected the American ethos and holds the key to America's future. (RKY138, $27.00)

 
Blue Guide Travels in Transylvania

Blue Guide Travels in Transylvania


by Lucy Abel-Smith

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 250 PAGES

With maps, plans and photographs, this accessible guide to Transylvania's "land that time forgot" focuses on its small towns, cultural heritage and wondrous landscapes. (EUR508, $14.95)

The Gilded Chalet, Off-Piste in Literary Switzerland

The Gilded Chalet, Off-Piste in Literary Switzerland


by Padraig Rooney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

In this amusing guide, a grand tour of literary Switzerland, Rooney profiles 200 years of outstanding works and their strong Swiss influences. He argues that the land of luxury hotels, fresh air and fresh milk deserves wide renown as a literary hub. (SWZ87, $29.95)

Wildlife of the World

Wildlife of the World


by DK Publishing

  • REFERENCE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 480 PAGES

This beautifully produced wildlife survey brings readers face-to-face with the world's most interesting animals from habitats as diverse as the Amazon, the Himalayas, the Sahara and the South Pole. Filled with colorful illustrations, the oversized book allots an in-depth profile to each species, from the shaggy Musk Ox to the Scottish Wildcat and the Gelda Monkey. (WLD289, $50.00)

Near & Far, Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel

Near & Far, Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel


by Heidi Swanson

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

Part recipe book, part photo album, this adventure through the world's healthy, whole food cooking was compiled by a New York Times bestselling author. Swanson's 120 natural foods recipes transport readers from California to India and many places in between. (TVL626, $29.99)

A History of the World in 500 Walks

A History of the World in 500 Walks


by Sarah Baxter

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

In this unique catalog of walks that have shaped nations -- even changed the world -- Baxter includes firsthand accounts and comments on how these inspiring walks transformed history. (WLD300, $27.99)

A Wretched and Precarious Situation

A Wretched and Precarious Situation


by David Welky

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 480 PAGES

Historian David Welky tells a truly remarkable story of adventure set in the ice fields north of Greenland. Delving into newly discovered letters, diary entries and field notes, he shows how the ill-fated Crocker Land Expedition (1913 to 1917) explored (what they thought was) a new continent and how it all went wrong. (ARC357, $28.95)

Book of Peoples of the World, A Guide to Cultures

Book of Peoples of the World, A Guide to Cultures


by Harrison, K David | Wade Davis

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

National Geographic's highly informative overview of the world's clans, tribes and ethnic groups is a fine reference that readers may be tempted to read cover-to-cover.The editors start with the Afrikaners of South Africa, the Azeris, the Samoans, the Sami and many others -- 222 in total. (WLD198, $40.00)

Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage


by Alfred Lansing

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Lansing's gripping day-by-day story of Shackleton's legendary perseverance is essential reading for any Antarctic traveler. This 100th anniversary edition is outfitted with maps, an expanded selection of Frank Hurley's photographs and an introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick. (ANT396, $16.99)

The Greeks, An Illustrated History

The Greeks, An Illustrated History


by Diane Harris Cline

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

This accessible photographic history of ancient Greece pays special attention to Greek innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the Olympics, Socrates and much more. Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek empire with archaeological discoveries. (GRE619, $30.00)

The Vikings

The Vikings


by Rene Chartrand

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

This well-illustrated military history of the Viking Age draws from contemporary scholarship to describe the Vikings' fearsome reputation as well as their contributions to civilization. (VIK53, $15.00)

Why the Dutch are Different

Why the Dutch are Different


by Ben Coates

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Mingling history with travelogue, Coates speaks to why the Netherlands is such a fascinating country. He explains their world-famous culture of tolerance, the significance of milk, beer and the color orange in the lives of the Dutch and much more. (NTH177, $19.95)

Worldly Escapes

Worldly Escapes


by Rand McNally and Company

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Stunning photos and vignettes fill this compendium of captivating destinations across the globe. The travel experts at Rand McNally feature 120 awe-inspiring sights in places like Bora Bora, Santorini, Kenya, Puerto Rico, Nashville and Copenhagen. A great resource for travel inspiration. (WLD310, $24.99)

Greatest Landscapes

Greatest Landscapes


by National Geographic Society

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

With images chosen from the immense National Geographic catalog, this coffee table book immortalizes the world's most evocative and extraordinary landscapes ever captured on film. The many iconic shots are paired with insight from the photographers themselves. (WLD302, $40.00)

Light and Dust, Images and Stories from the Wild of East Africa

Light and Dust, Images and Stories from the Wild of East Africa


by Federico Veronesi

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

This gorgeously photographed tribute to the animals of Eastern Africa captures the region's wild creatures at their most sociable and dramatic. Veronesi's lens tracks the African animals into tumultuous weather -- through mists, dust storms and heavy rains. (EAF446, $60.00)

Coming Home to Tibet, A Memoir of Love, Loss and Belonging

Coming Home to Tibet, A Memoir of Love, Loss and Belonging


by Tsering Wangmo Dhompa

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In this memoir of love and family, Tibetan poet Tsering Wangmo Dhompa embarks on a pilgrimage of self-discovery that takes her to a nomadic village in East Tibet. (TBT177, $19.95)

Elephant Complex, Travels in Sri Lanka

Elephant Complex, Travels in Sri Lanka


by John Gimlette

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

This exuberant travelogue by an award-winning writer takes stock of Sri Lanka, from the capital city of Colombo through the remotest interior. Gimlette mixes his narrative with colonial history and plenty of lucid observations. (SRL43, $28.95)

In Other Words

In Other Words


by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2017
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In this complex memoir, award-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri moves to Rome and immerses herself in Italian. Her dual-language book chronicles her courtship with the language, the Italian culture and the difficulties of linguistic exile. (ITA587, $16.00)

Mad Enchantment, Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

Mad Enchantment, Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies


by Ross King

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 416 PAGES

Bestselling author Ross King offers a scrupulously researched account of Monet's magnificent paintings of Giverny. The beauty of the water lily paintings, King writes, belie Monet's intense frustrations in creating them. (FRA340, $30.00)

South Toward Home, Travels in Southern Literature

South Toward Home, Travels in Southern Literature


by Margaret Eby

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

In this inspired travel narrative, Eby explores Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, finding the haunts of Deep South literary giants like William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Harper Lee and Flannery O'Connor. (STH30, $15.95)

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye


by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

When her American father passes away, Mockett seeks consolation in her mother's home country of Japan. She visits a radiation zone, a Buddhist school, temples and festivals in an effort to understand the Japanese way of grieving, to bury her dead and find healing. (JPN460, $16.95)

Literary Wonderlands, A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created

Literary Wonderlands, A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created


by John Sutherland | Lev Grossman | Laura Miller

  • LITERATURE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Penned by preeminent book critics, this thorough overview of fantasy literature examines its historical underpinnings, with artworks and cartography, notes on plot and meanings that may be extracted from the works. (GNL53, $29.99)

Plotted, A Literary Atlas

Plotted, A Literary Atlas


by Andrew Degraff

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

This collection of literature-inspired maps takes readers into the fictional worlds of great books, including the landscapes of The Odyssey, Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Flies and many more. (GNL29, $24.99)

Birds, Myth, Lore and Legend

Birds, Myth, Lore and Legend


by Rachel Warren-chadd

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

This fanciful celebration of birds in human culture retells why storks bring babies, which birds became mythical dragons, why the cockerel is featured on weather vanes and many interesting explanations. (BRD144, $40.00)

Explorers' Botanical Notebook

Explorers' Botanical Notebook


by Yannick Fourie | Florence Thinard

  • SCIENCE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

Lush with information on 80 pioneering botanists, this beautifully illustrated collection of biographies places each important scientist in historical context with maps and copious notes. (NAT318, $39.95)

The Geography of Madness

The Geography of Madness


by Frank Bures

  • SCIENCE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Travel writer Frank Bures explores the phenomenon of culture-bound syndromes across the globe, from a community of men in Nigeria to believe their penises have been stolen to China, Singapore, Borneo and beyond. (WLD299, $25.95)

The Arctic Guide, Wildlife of the Far North

The Arctic Guide, Wildlife of the Far North


by Sharon Chester

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Written for travelers and naturalists alike, this comprehensive guide to the flora and fauna of the Arctic covers 800 species. Each profile features color illustrations, range maps and full descriptions. (ARC333, $27.95)

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