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Year's Best Reads

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Here are 2016's Year's Best Reads for the traveler, including biography, memoir, photography and, of course, travelogues.

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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)

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)

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)

Sixty Degrees North

Sixty Degrees North

by Malachy Tallack

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

Beginning in his hometown in Shetland, Malachy Tallack walks along the 60th parallel through Scandinavia, Greenland, Alaska, Russia and Canada, considering larger themes of isolation, wildness and exile and the ways people interact with the land. (SCT251, $26.95)

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)

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)

Samarkand

Samarkand

by Caroline Eden | Eleanor Ford

  • FOOD
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

An excellent introduction to Samarkand (by turns inhabited by Uzbeks, Tajiks, Russians, Turks, Koryo-Sarams, Jews and Afghans), this compendium brings the region to life with essays, photos and plenty of recipes little-known to the West. (CAS248, $34.95)

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)

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)

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)

 
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 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)

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 Silk Roads, A New History of the World

The Silk Roads, A New History of the World


by Peter Frankopan

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 656 PAGES

Tightly researched and filled with swashbuckling stories, this history by Peter Frankopan looks eastward, showing how the West grew out of a restless desire to access Asian trade. (CAS246, $30.00)

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