Book Genre: Travel

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John Hopkins
Laurie.
3

The summer before his senior year at Princeton, Hopkins and a friend head to South America to explore a business deal. The experience proved life-changing and upon graduation, commit themselves to seeing the world. At the time, Peru was Hopkins' first love but in 1962 he sets up residence in...

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Gwen Roland
Porscha
3

Atchafalaya houseboat is the story of a young woman's life path that brought her to live in the Atchafalaya Bayou in the early 1970's. The book is composed of some of her notebook writings while living in the bayou, including the process of building the houseboat with reclaimed...

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Leslie Jamison
Lily
5

Jamison’s series of essays examines empathy and emotion through a variety of topics including artificial sweetener, Morgellons condition, and tour buses led through South Central by ex-gang members. The writing is cognizant and meditative and explores empathy from a variety of thoughtful and...

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Steve McCurry
ShellyB
5

This is a book of the stories behind the pictures that tell the stories.  Steve McCurry's photos are stunning - his use in many of his photographs of two or three extremely vibrant colors that just jump out of the page at you is absolutely amazing and allows those photos to have such an...

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Lucy Knisley
Becker
4

A coming-of-age graphic travelogue, Age of License both follows the author's month-long trip through Europe and her inner journey trying to figure out where she wants to be going with her life. Invited as a guest at a comics convention in Norway, Knisley extends the trip to include visiting...

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Nick Hand
Laurie.
4

For some, bike to work day, is just once a year. For others, biking is an everyday joy and the only way to connect with community and the land. Hand's book is born out of respect and love for people who create and restore communities with their...

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Charmaine Ortega Getz
Porscha
4

I was happy to stumble on this book in our collection. It covers a lot of insider’s information of interesting and eccentric locations and history in Colorado. It also explains a few things I always wondered about and even a few I hadn’t heard of yet. Two interesting sites I hadn’t heard about...

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Sara Wheeler
Charles
1

Travels in a Thin Country by Sara Wheeler chronicles the author's journey in the country of Chile from north to south.  While the author gives great detail of what she sees, it is not with much excitement and creates quite a boring read.  She does explain pretty much...

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David Sedaris
Brett
3

A just-okay collection of autobiographical essays from the author of When You are Engulfed in Flames. The first entry is hilarious: Sedaris relates the story of how his quest to find the perfect stuffed owl resulted in a macabre visit to a London taxidermist. Other essays are...

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Matthew Goodman
Hope H
3

In November of 1889, two women left New York in opposite directions, each hoping to beat Phileas Fogg's fictional record for the fastest trip around the world. Nellie Bly was a moderately famous undercover "girl reporter", one of the first women to break into the actual news aspects of newspaper...

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Steve Winter
Stefanie
5

This book, like others that deal with environmental destruction and conservation efforts, takes the reader through emotional ups-and-downs, from deep sadness at the loss of tigers to joy at learning about the dedication and progress being made trying to save them. While it's tempting to just...

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Ken Ilgunas
Liz S
4

Ken Ilgunas's memoir, Walden on Wheels, presents the all too common experience of the debt-ridden liberal studies college graduate with few prospects for gainful or meaningful employment. At the age of 18, the author unwittingly takes out about $35,000 in loans for his undergraduate...

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J. Maarten Troost
Charles
4

Travel author, Maarten Troost, has taken us to Kiribati, Vanuatu, Fiji, and now he heads to another Asian nation: China.  His no-nonsense relating of actual living conditions gives the average person a view of China that no guide book has gotten past the Chinese state censors.  Through...

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Amanda Lindhout
Liz S
5

This is one of the best books I've read in 2013. A House in the Sky is a memoir by Canadian Amanda Lindhout, who, along with her  ex-boyfriend/fellow freelance photojournalist was kidnapped in Somalia while documenting the war there. Lindhout spends the first part of the book...

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Ann Mah
Becker
5

The author was excited when her husband got a prime diplomatic post--Paris. They could explore together, eat, travel, find new favorite places. Then he received word that he was to go to Baghdad for a year--a place spouses aren't allowed to follow. Suddenly, Mah was faced with a year in Paris...

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Jen Lin-Liu
Becker
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and history are more...

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J. Maarten Troost
Becker
4

Not as laugh out loud funny as Troost's previous books (The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Getting Stoned with Savages,...

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Guy Delisle
KristenA
4

In this graphic novel, Guy Delisle chronicles the year he spent in Burma when his wife worked there for Doctors Without Borders. He gives us diverse glimpses of day-to-day life in Southeast Asia under an incredibly repressive regime. His experiences range from the mundane -- taking care of his...

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Kinky Friedman
Zac
4

Dear Kinky, I have now read all of your books. More, please. I really need the laughs!
- Bill Clinton

Travelers can usually be divided into two distinct groups: those who want a "Learning Experience", and those who would rather kick back and do what the locals do (like...

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Gail Donohue Storey
Becker
5

When Gail Storey's husband, Porter, was faced with a job transition/crisis, he took it as an opportunity to take 6 months to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). While Gail and Porter had completed several long distance bike trips together, their only other attempt at long distance...

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MaryJane Butters
Emily
3

This was a cute book on "glamor camping" as they are calling it these days, cute reconditioned trailers, not your average camping meals (though she does have hobo dinner!)... I have fantasies about buying an old trailer and fixing it up but then images of...

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Joanna Cole
Mary P
3

Like all Ms. Frizzle stories, she and her students go on an amazing adventure--this time, to Imperial China!  They learn all about the customs there, the significance of certain events, colors, and objects, and the inventions that continue to influence us today.  The story is simple,...

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Deborah E. Harkness
Mary P
4

This is the second installment in Deborah Harkness' Discovery of Witches series.  Some series books fall flat on the second, but I felt that her use of time travel in this book kept it interesting and fresh.

The story follows Matthew and Diana through time and space as they...

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Slinkachu
Bobby
4

This is a whole new level of street art with intricacies and creativity that will leave you shaking your head well after you put the book down.

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A. C. (Allan C.) Weisbecker
Zac
4

Remember that feeling of ditching school in the late spring, just before summer, when the weather was primo and your youthful responsibilities faded away like a bad tattoo under the sun? This is a memoir of a dude that may have skipped a few too many days, his responsibilities no longer youthful...