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Penguins and Other Seabirds

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Matt Sewell
Ten Speed Press
2016
128
0399578676
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Guidebook
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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.
$12.99

Havana, A Subtropical Delirium

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Mark Kurlansky
Bloomsbury USA
2017
272
163286391X
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
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Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky provides an electrifying portrait of the Cuban capital. His insider's view mixes history, travelogue, music, baseball, literature, cuisine and features Kurlansky's own hand-drawn illustrations.
$26.00

The Streets of Paris

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Marion Ranoux (Illustrator), Susan Cahill
Macmillan
2017
240
1250074320
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Travel Narrative
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Drawing from the biographies of 22 well-known figures, Cahill makes it easy for travelers to revisit the seductive streets old Paris. She takes memorable figures from Paris past and leads travelers to their favorite haunts and, if possible, right to their front doors.
$19.99

The Not-Quite States of America, Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA

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Doug Mack
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
336
0393247600
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
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In this informative travelogue, Doug Mack puts a magnifying glass over the United States' overseas territories and commonwealths. He finds plenty of American flags, U.S. Post Offices and Little Leagues, plus four million people debating whether their islands should fight for statehood.
$26.95

Scandinavians, In Search of the Soul of the North

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Robert Ferguson
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
448
1468314823
HARD COVER
History
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Wielding a mastery of Scandinavian history, broadcaster Robert Ferguson shows readers its slow sea-change from the Vendel and Viking Eras to the temperate, modern societies of today. He dissects two millennia with aplomb.
$35.00

My Last Continent

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Midge Raymond
Scribner
2017
336
1501124714
PAPER
Literature
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In her debut novel, Raymond transports readers to the ethereal Antarctic landscape and into the lives of expedition tour guides, Deb and Keller, who bond over their shared love for the continent and the penguins they study. Vivid and evocative of journeys to the end of the earth and the lives found there.
$16.00

Ancient Rome

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Virginia L. Campbell
Thames & Hudson
2017
288
0500293481
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History
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Part of Thames and Hudson’s excellent Pocket Museum series, this handy reference profiles over 200 significant works from ancient Rome with magnificent illustrations and brief, authoritative descriptions.
$17.95

October, The Story of the Russian Revolution

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China Mieville
Verso
2017
384
1784782777
HARD COVER
History
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Popular fantasy and science fiction writer China Mieville distills a mountain of scholarship on the 1917 Russian Revolution into a distinctive, page-turning story. He explores the grand sweep of the nation’s transformation, with plenty of fascinating, all-but-forgotten details.
$26.95

The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars

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Daniel Beer
Alfred Knopf
2017
496
0307958906
HARD COVER
History
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Beer explores how Siberia, the "vast prison without a roof," became a breeding ground for radical thinkers who later instigated the Russian Revolution and ruled the country. A brutal history that covers the years between 1801 and 1917.
$35.00

The Sagrada Familia: The Astonishing Story of Gaudi's Unfinished Masterpiece

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Gijs van Hensbergen
Bloomsbury USA
2017
224
1632867818
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
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One of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia is also one of the world’s most infamous buildings, having been in a state of near-completion since 1882. Gaudi scholar Van Hensbergen unveils the cathedral’s fascinating history while meditating on its significance in this loving tribute.
$27.00

Elephant Complex, Travels in Sri Lanka

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John Gimlette
Random House
2017
432
0345806999
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Travel Narrative
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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.
$17.00

The Woman in Cabin 10

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Ruth Ware
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2017
352
1501132954
PAPER
Mystery
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Drawing strong parallels to Agatha Christie, Ware’s psychological thriller follows travel journalist Lo Blacklock as she embarks on a luxury cruise through the North Sea in search of Norway’s Northern Lights. Naturally, there is a murder and a motley crew of suspects. A fun read -- especially on a Scandinavian cruise!
$16.00