Blog posts of '2015' 'June'

Vizcachas Basin, Patagonia
Kindly contributed by writer and photographer Macduff Everton from his book Patagonia, La Ultima Esperanza, in which his spectacular photographs are paired with the meditative prose of book artist Mary Heebner to present a portrait of a lesser-known, but sublimely beautiful region of Patagonia: Chile's Last Hope Province. Everton has also written extensively on contemporary Maya culture in his book The Modern Maya.
  Most Travelers to Torres del Paine stop in the village of Cerro Castillo, 40 miles north of Puerto Natales.
Interview with Carol Devine & Wendy Trusler
Of interest to armchair travelers, environmentalists, adventurers and foodies alike, The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning is an absorbing chronicle of a 55-person environmental cleanup expedition in Bellingshausen, Antarctica. The two authors, Carol Devine, who organized the trip, and expedition chef Wendy Trusler, share the rich experiences and creative thought that went into their captivating travelogue.
Longitude. What first inspired you to take a group of volunteers to clean up a portion of the Antarctic? Did you find the prospect intimidating at the time?
Victus: The Fall of Barcelona
The delicate art of historical fiction breathes life into history and shows its relevance to the present. In his newest novel Victus: The Fall of Barcelona, Catalan author Albert Sanchez Pinol keeps the fires of the past burning by narrating the end of the nation of Catalonia. His engrossing story is a unique backdrop for the present-day independence movement in Catalonia and its crux: the War of Spanish Secession. Pinol’s novel is posited as the autobiography of a 98-year-old Catalan military engineer, Marti Zuviria. “Zuvi” is a picaresque character (much like Voltaire’s
In Memoriam: James Salter
“Travel writing is something you do for the money, not a lot of money, but the working conditions can be pleasant,” reads the verbose subtitle of James Salter’s There and Then, a collection of sketches and essays that cover 20 years of the novelist's peripatetic life, particularly his extended time hiking and skiing in the Alps of Switzerland, Austria and France. Whatever his motivations, Salter’s travel writing, which stretched across genres, reveals a man with a passion for place and an acute sensitivity to the details that transport a reader there.
In his bestselling book Jungle, a true story of survival and self-discovery that reads like a thrilling novel, Yossi Ghinsberg relates his adventures as a young Israeli backpacker in the Bolivian Amazon.  After four weeks of trekking deep into the rainforest, Yossi and his companions realize that their once-in-a-lifetime adventure has become a dangerous nightmare. Yossi’s bravado will especially appeal to the independent backpacker, but any traveler can empathize with his unflagging spirit of adventure and desire to experience something unique. “What I’m doing here in South America is looking for the extraordinary,” Yossi writes to his brother Moshe before setting out.
Summer Reads
We spent the last week in May at Book Expo America in New York City, scouring publisher booths for the best travel titles coming out this fall. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, with a summer of beach reading spreading before us. To tide you over, stock up on some of the popular paperbacks we've hand-selected for your summer reading pleasure. Midnight in Europe. On the eve of World War II, Cristian Ferrar, a Spanish expat, decides to help supply weapons to the beleaguered army fighting Franco in Spain.
My Passage to Cuba
Kindly contributed by Cynthia Carris Alonso whose new photography book Passage to Cuba takes readers through the crumbling, baroque splendor of Havana, from well-known spectacles like the National Capital Building and Havana Cathedral as well as the colorful exteriors and unexpected gems of ordinary neighborhoods.
Restless Empire
All countries are in some way shaped by their geography, and certainly this applies to Russia, “a nation whose sheer size and diversity have challenged rulers and shaped its identity,” according to the editors of Restless Empire: A Historical Atlas of Russia. This ambitious atlas proves an invaluable resource for both Russian scholars and less-informed readers looking for an illustrated overview of how the country’s size and shape has morphed throughout its tumultuous history. Even those who know nothing about Russian history can point to the mammoth nation on the wall map, but this helpful atlas transforms the complex, enormous nation into digestible pieces through colorful maps and illuminating text.