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Top Ten Spring Travel Titles
As the weather warms we begin to dream of travels ahead. These hand-picked selections from all the exciting new travel titles being published this spring are the perfect companions to your destination dreaming. Whether you are plotting a trip to sultry Havana, exploring the National Parks of Europe or preparing for a birder's big year, these spring travel books will help prepare you for the next adventure.

Savage Grace
“My feeling for wilderness or wildness was both a revolt from something and an impulse towards. Towards unfetteredness, towards the sheer and vivid world.” With these words, intrepid nature-lover Jay Griffiths introduces Savage Grace, her lucid cri de coeur about untamed landscapes and indigenous culture. Her writing touches on five peoples represented by natural elements: The Aguaruna of the Amazon (Earth), the Inuit of Nunavut (Ice), the Bajo of Indonesia (Water), the Aborigines of the Australian desert (Fire) and the Dani of West Papua (Air).
Inside Tracks

Read the book, watch the film! A recently released major motion picture brings to life Robyn Davidson’s classic travelogue Tracks, the story of a young woman’s epic journey by camel across the formidable Australian Outback. Davidson arrived in the Outback with a dog, a little cash, and she managed to find and train some camels (feral in Australian desert since the 19th century) to carry her on her journey. Her absorbing account of her almost 2,000 mile trek across the desert is a tale of true adventure shot through with a feel for the landscape and empathy for the Aboriginal people she meets along the way.

And the Winner is...
It's that time of year again, when the international literary community bestows honors upon its favored authors. This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature went to the French writer Patrick Modiano, "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” Suspended Sentences, Three Novellas. Although originally published separately, Patrick Modiano's three novellas (Afterimage, Suspended Sentences and Flowers of Ruin) form a single, compelling whole.
An Explorer's Notebook
Tim Flannery, the internationally acclaimed scientist credited with discovering more species than Charles Darwin, has published books on everything from climate change (The Weather Makers) to Captain Cook (The Explorers), from Australian history (The Birth of Sydney) to Pacific exploration (Among the Islands), from the possums of New Guinea (