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Year's Best Reads
USA592It's the perfect time to reflect on the past year. When we look back over 2016, we see a path littered with memorable reads, many of which we’ve selected as our  top ten travel books of the year. We hope each featured title serves to inspire further adventures in the New Year. The Hour of Land. Award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams travels to 12 carefully chosen national parks including Yellowstone, Acadia and Big Bend in this insightful journey. Equal parts memoir, natural history and ecology manifesto, Williams' book honors the centennial of the National Park Service by exploring why the protected, wild lands matter to the soul of America.
Sixty Degrees North
Shetland IslandsThe Shetland Islands are a Scottish archipelago located to the northwest of Great Britain. Visitors to Shetland are told that the island lies upon the 60th parallel, as though this means something. And to many locals, it does. For them, the 60th parallel signifies that the archipelago is more than just isolated islands—it is connected to the larger world in a meaningful way. When Shetland native Malachy Tallack was 16, his father died. “It was the kind of quiet, ordinary day on which nothing extraordinary ought to happen. But it did,” he writes. Shortly after the funeral, he found himself staring out the window of his house in Lerwick, Shetland, imagining the 60th parallel unfolding before him into the distance.
Fair Isle
Kindly contributed by writer Malachy Tallack, book coverwhose new travel narrative Sixty Degrees North recounts his journey across the 60th parallel, through Shetland, Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Russia and Scandinavia, as he grapples with his father’s death and the idea of home.
  Sometimes, the way we respond to a particular place can be surprising. Just as new people can make us relaxed or cheerful or uneasy, so too can new locations; and those feelings are not always predictable or explicable. I am still not entirely sure why, on my first visit to Fair Isle, more than ten years ago, I was so utterly bewitched.