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Blog posts of '2015' 'December'

Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So
Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So is exactly the right book for travelers in this moment. The immersive coffee table book drops its readers right into the heart and soul of Cuba, the next best thing to traveling there in person. Drawing on more than 50 trips to the island over the past 20 years, award-winning photographer Lorne Resnick presents over 250 passionate and heartwarming black-and-white and color photographs vividly depicting Cuba, the "Pearl of the Antilles." Interleaved with Resnick’s photos are 30 poignant micro-stories by Brian Andreas. Pico Iyer, who has written a novel about Cuba, introduces the book.
An Interview with Paul Theroux
We had the privilege of discussing travel in the Deep South with the eminent travel writer Paul Theroux. In his tenth book, Theroux immerses himself in the incomparable world of the Deep South, writing with merciless candor. Through conversations with mayors and reverends, the working poor, farming families and many others, Theroux captures not only the unparalleled cuisine, music and history of the South, but its poverty, lack of education and staunchly conservative attitudes.
The Galapagos Islands
Kindly contributed by Marylee Stephenson, whose guidebook The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador is out in a fully revised third edition that includes a new chapter on Ecuador. Subtitled "Your Essential Handbook for Exploring Darwin's Enchanted Islands," her practical guide to the archipelago features 100 color photos and coverage of popular visitor sites.
  I’ve been visiting the Galapagos since 1981—with my tenth and latest trip just over a year ago. So much has changed—much for the good, but challenges remain.
Pacific
Picture the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest body of water on Earth, containing more than 10,000 miles of uninterrupted sea and so big it could harbor all seven continents with room for more. How could one author capture the history of such a massive geographical feature in a single book? Prolific historian Simon Winchester admits that he cannot. Instead, he takes a page from Stefan Zweig whose works capture the seminal moments of his subjects in ten essays. Winchester applies this same approach to Pacific, a book whose subtitle (Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers) is as ambitious as the work itself.
Gift Books for the Traveler
Happy Holidays. Here's hoping a certain well-traveled gentleman from the North Pole brings you lots of joy this holiday season. We're here to help his cause with some beautiful illustrated gift books that will take you around the globe (and fit nicely beneath an evergreen tree). If your stocking still isn't full enough, click here to sign up for our annual catalog, full of travel books and maps for the traveler in your life. Places of a Lifetime, 225 Dream Destinations Around the World.
Life and Death in the Andes
In his new meditation on South America, Life and Death in the Andes, Kim MacQuarrie (The Last Days of the Incas) follows the spine of the world's longest mountain chain, exploring the lives of legendary characters like Charles Darwin, Pablo Escobar and Che Guevara. Picking through remnants and ruins, he muses on indigenous cultures' disappearance and searches for the true uniqueness of the South American continent. Each chapter works as an extended essay on a historical figure, such as Hiram Bingham and his strained relationship with the Peruvians after his discovery of Machu Picchu.