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The Hour of Land, A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

USA592
Terry Tempest Williams
Macmillan
2016
368
0374280096
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
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0
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Equal parts memoir, natural history and ecological manifesto, this illustrated narrative by an award-winning author honors 12 national parks and explores why they matter to the soul of America.
$27.00

Elephant Complex, Travels in Sri Lanka

SRL43
John Gimlette
Random House
2017
432
0345806999
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
0
0
This exuberant travelogue by an award-winning writer takes stock of Sri Lanka, from the capital city of Colombo through the remotest interior. Gimlette mixes his narrative with colonial history and plenty of lucid observations.
$17.00

The Travel Book, A Journey Through Every Country in the World

WLD193
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
448
178657120X
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Bigger and better than ever (the third edition of the best-selling original), we can't keep our hands off this celebration of the world. Each country, no matter how big or small, gets a colorful double-page spread in this glossy A-to-Z of travel from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
$50.00

Sixty Degrees North

SCT251
Malachy Tallack
W. W. Norton & Company
2016
352
1681771462
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
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0
0
0
Beginning in his hometown in Shetland, Malachy Tallack walks along the 60th parallel through Scandinavia, Greenland, Alaska, Russia and Canada, considering larger themes of isolation, wildness and exile and the ways people interact with the land.
$26.95

Why the Dutch are Different

NTH177
Ben Coates
Nicholas Brealey
2016
304
185788633X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
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0
0
0
Mingling history with travelogue, Coates speaks to why the Netherlands is such a fascinating country. He explains their world-famous culture of tolerance, the significance of milk, beer and the color orange in the lives of the Dutch and much more.
$19.95

In Other Words

ITA587
Jhumpa Lahiri
Random House
2017
256
1101911468
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this complex memoir, award-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri moves to Rome and immerses herself in Italian. Her dual-language book chronicles her courtship with the language, the Italian culture and the difficulties of linguistic exile.
$16.00

Samarkand

CAS248
Caroline Eden, Eleanor Ford
National Book Network
2016
256
1909487422
HARD COVER
Food
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0
0
0
An excellent introduction to Samarkand (by turns inhabited by Uzbeks, Tajiks, Russians, Turks, Koryo-Sarams, Jews and Afghans), this compendium brings the region to life with essays, photos and plenty of recipes little-known to the West.
$34.95

Great City Maps

MAP59
Dorling Kindersley
DK Publishing
2016
256
146545358X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Published in association with the Smithsonian Institution, this well-illustrated collection uses unique historical maps as gateways to 30 of the world's greatest cities.
$30.00

The Arctic

ARC356
Elizabeth Warner, Sven-Olof Lindblad (Foreword)
Welcome Books
2016
224
0847849732
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Presenting the best works from a range of Arctic photographers, this unparalleled collection celebrates the region's beautiful landscapes, biodiversity, native peoples and rapidly changing environment.
$50.00

Yellowstone, A Journey Through America's Wild Heart

USW820
David Quammen
National Geographic Globes
2016
224
1426217544
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
With David Quammen's trademark blend of history, science and field research, this ode to Yellowstone is filled with informative text and plenty of vivid photographs. Quammen brings readers deep into the heart of the park: its misty mountain peaks, gray wolves, sweeping valleys and geologic wonders.
$28.00

Penguins and Other Seabirds

BRD147
Matt Sewell
Ten Speed Press
2016
128
0399578676
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Ornithologist and illustrator Matt Sewell produced this art book featuring 50 of the world's penguins and sea birds. With beautiful pop-art watercolors and whimsical descriptions.
$12.99

The Gilded Chalet, Off-Piste in Literary Switzerland

SWZ87
Padraig Rooney
Nicholas Brealey
2016
320
1857886364
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
In this amusing guide, a grand tour of literary Switzerland, Rooney profiles 200 years of outstanding works and their strong Swiss influences. He argues that the land of luxury hotels, fresh air and fresh milk deserves wide renown as a literary hub.
$29.95

The Greeks, An Illustrated History

GRE619
Diane Harris Cline
National Geographic
2016
224
142621670X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This accessible photographic history of ancient Greece pays special attention to Greek innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the Olympics, Socrates and much more. Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek empire with archaeological discoveries.
$30.00

The Silk Roads, A New History of the World

CAS246
Peter Frankopan
Random House
2017
672
1101912375
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Tightly researched and filled with swashbuckling stories, this history by Peter Frankopan looks eastward, showing how the West grew out of a restless desire to access Asian trade.
$20.00