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.

Where the Water Goes. On a journey down the Colorado River, David Owen explores how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert. He traces the Colorado from its headwaters to the river's end, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. His adventure downriver visits the reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns and RV parks that draw precious water away from the ecosystem. An eye-opening account of where water comes from and where it all goes.

Novel DestinationsA delight for bibliophiles, this guidebook to over 500 literary locales in the US and Europe features unseemly gossip, little-known tales and plenty of helpful trip tips. The most inspired works by Austen, Hemingway, Twain, Joyce, Woolf, Kerouac, Kafka and more are brought to life through authors' homes and haunts as well as important museums, festivals and walking tours. An in-depth guide to literature's most meaningful, unusual and inspired sites.

Lost Among the Birds. A delight for birders and nature lovers of all kinds, Hayward's story about his big year lends a renewed sense of confidence, calm and hope in the world. After quitting a lucrative executive position in 2013, Hayward found himself catapulted into the challenge (to spot the most birds possible in 365 days). After visiting 28 states and six provinces, he logged 749 species and broke the long-standing Big Year record -- basically by accident.

National Parks of Europe. The travel experts at Lonely Planet celebrate Europe's wondrous landscapes in this beautifully illustrated coffee table introduction to 60 national parks. Alongside their color photos and drawings are travel recommendations and helpful tips for visiting.

South and West. Two essays by National Book Award-winner Joan Didion are brought together in this short, thought-provoking meditation on place. First, Didion takes a road trip through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in the early 1970s to explore everything from race relations, heritage and literary history to the weather. The second essay, entitled "California Notes," covers San Francisco, the Western landscape, gender relations and much more in the late 1970s.

Malaysia, Recipes from a Family KitchenCelebrity chef Ping Coombes, winner of television's MasterChef competition, spotlights the tastes, textures and colors of homespun Malaysian fare in over 100 accessible recipes. Her delicious dishes include: Malaysian Fish and Chips, Shrimp Fritters, Nyonya Fried Rice, Chili Pan Mee, Malaysian Chicken Curry, Wonton Soup, Crispy Squid, Coconut-filled Pancakes, Banana Spring Rolls and Iced Lemongrass Tea. "So sek fan la!" (Come and eat!).

Havana, A Subtropical DeliriumLongtime Caribbean correspondent and award-winning author Mark Kurlansky mixes history, travelogue, recipes and hand-drawn illustrations for a unique, insider's view of Havana. His portrait of the elegant, historic city celebrates its singular culture, with enthusiastic attention paid to the island's music, literature, food and philosophy on baseball.

Island Home. Obviously in love with Australia, Winton offers an evocative, rhapsodic memoir that brings Australia's diverse landscapes to life. From his childhood exploring rock pools, sea caves, scrub and swamp to time spent hiking through rocky deserts and surfing, the acclaimed writer captures the rhythms, dangers and living processes of the Australian landscape.

Dalmatia, Recipes from Croatia's Mediterranean Coast. Bringing the rich history and culture of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast closer to home, this cookbook features 80 achievable recipes and attractive local photographs. The simple, rustic dishes reflect the rugged, seaside beauty of the country itself and are organized into salads, seafood, meat, desserts and drinks.

The Sibley Birder's Life List and Diary. Written and illustrated by leading ornithologist David Sibley, this North American birder's life list includes 923 species found in the United States and Canada, plus ample space for note-taking. At the back is a checklist. A lifetime companion for the decicated birder.