Amster-Burton, Matthew     
Pretty good number one : an American family eats Tokyo
"Everyone knows how to live the good life in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany. Now, Matthew Amster-Burton makes you fall in love with Tokyo. Experience this exciting and misunderstood city through the eyes of three Americans living in a tiny Tokyo apartment. Follow 8-year-old Iris on a solo errand to the world's greatest supermarket, picnic on the bullet train, and eat a staggering array of great, inexpensive foods, from eel to udon. A humorous travel memoir in the tradition of Peter Mayle and Bill B

Bryson, Bill     
The road to Little Dribbling : adventures of an American in Britain
"Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed--and what hasn't. Following a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today."--From book jacket.

Caputo, Philip     
The longest road : overland in search of America from Key West to the Arctic Ocean
One of America's most respected writers takes an epic journey across America, Airstream in tow, and asks everyday Americans what unites and divides a country as endlessly diverse as it is large.

Chaudhuri, Amit     
Calcutta : two years in the city
An account of the author's two years in Calcutta depicts the city's vibrant architecture, diverse classes, and evolving politics while exploring its self-renewing culture and resilience against globalization.

Ferlinghetti, Lawrence     
Writing across the landscape : travel journals 1960-2010
Over the course of an adventured-filled life, now in its tenth decade, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been many things: a poet, painter, pacifist, publisher, courageous defender of free speech, and owner of San Francisco's legendary City Lights bookstore. Now the man whose A Coney Island of the Mind became a generational classic reveals yet another facet of his manifold talents, presenting here his travel journals, spanning over sixty years. Selected from a vast trove of mostly unpublished, handwritten notebooks, and edited by Giada Diano and Matthew Gleeson, Writing Across the Landscape becomes a transformative work of social, cultural, and literary history.

Gilbert, Christine     
Mother tongue : my family's globe-trotting quest to dream in Mandarin, laugh in Arabic, and sing in Spanish
"One woman's quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride"--|cProvided by publisher.

Gross, Matt     
The Turk who loved apples : and other tales of losing my way around the world
While writing his celebrated Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times , Matt Gross began to feel hemmed in by its focus on what he thought of as "traveling on the cheap at all costs." When his editor offered him the opportunity to do something less structured, the Getting Lost series was born, and Gross began a more immersive form of travel that allowed him to "lose his way all over the globe"--from developing-world megalopolises to venerable European capitals, from American sprawl to Asian archipelagos. And that's what the never-before-published material in The Turk Who Loved Apples is all about: breaking free of the constraints of modern travel and letting the place itself guide you. It's a variety of travel you'll love to experience vicariously through Matt Gross--and maybe even be inspired to try for yourself.

Henion, Leigh Ann     
Phenomenal : a hesitant adventurer's search for wonder in the natural world
A journalist and conflicted young mother describes her travels around the world in search of the most extraordinary natural phenomena, during which she discovers unforgettable truths about motherhood, spirituality, and the beauty of nature.

Hessler, Peter     
Strange stones : dispatches from East and West
"Strange Stones" is an engaging, thought-provoking collection of Hessler's best pieces, showcasing his range as a storyteller and his gift for writing as both native and knowledgeable outsider. From a taste test between two rat restaurants in South China to a profile of Yao Ming to the moving story of a small-town druggist, these pieces are bound by subtle but meaningful ideas.

Hoagland, Edward     
Alaskan travels : far-flung tales of love and adventure
Thirty years ago, celebrated American writer Edward Hoagland, in his early fifties and already with a dozen acclaimed books under his belt, decided to have a midlife adventure. Pencil and notebook at the ready, Hoagland lit out to explore and write about one of the last truly wild territories remaining on the face of the earth: Alaska.

Huang, Eddie     
Double cup love : on the trail of family, food, and broken hearts in China
"Fresh Off the Boat was Huang's story of growing up in his wild family as a first-generation Chinese-American in the comically hostile world of suburban America; a rejection of the typical narrative of assimilation, it was a rallying cry for cultural integrity. But as he entered adulthood (of sorts) he began to wonder just how authentic his Chinese identity really was, a dilemma that grew more acute as he contemplated proposing marriage to his all-American (well, all-Italian-American) girlfriend. So he enlisted his brothers Emery and Evan and returned to the land his ancestors had abandoned. His immediate goal was to sample the best food in China, from four-star restaurants in Shanghai to sidewalk vendors in Chengdu, and open his own stand to see if his food stood up to Chinese tastes--but his deeper goal was to reconnect with his homeland, repair his frayed family relationships, decide whether to marry to his American girlfriend, and figure out just where to find meaning in his life. Parallelling Eddie'sjourney to China, this starts off as a book about food, but widens into a powerful story about love and family and what really make us who we are"--|cProvided by publisher.

Jamie, Kathleen     
Sightlines : a conversation with the natural world
With her poet's eye and naturalist's affinity for wild places, Kathleen Jamie reports from the field in this enthralling collection of fourteen essays whose power derives from the stubborn attention she pays to everything around her. Jamie roams her native Scottish "byways and hills" and sails north to encounter whalebones and icebergs. Interweaving personal history with her scrutiny of landscape, Jamie dissects whatever her gaze falls upon--from vistas of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to orcas rounding a headland, to the aurora borealis lighting up the frozen sea. Written with precision, subtlety, and wry humor, Sightlines urges us to "Keep looking. Keep looking, even when there's nothing much to see."

Macfarlane, Robert     
The old ways : a journey on foot
In this exquisitely written book, Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge, England, home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove roads, and sea paths that crisscross both the British landscape and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, and of pilgrimage and ritual. Told in Macfarlane's distinctive voice, 'The Old Ways' folds together natural histor

McKittrick, Erin     
Small feet, big land : adventure, home, and family on the edge of Alaska
This book follows the challenging expeditions and intimate daily life of adventure trekker Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, as they set out to explore the vast and remote corners of Alaska with their two young children in tow.

Murdock, Ryan     
Vagabond dreams : road wisdom from Central America
"How much of your life is true, and how much do you accept only because it's easy? What if you could leave that old life behind? Just burn it down, drop off the map and live among strangers who know nothing about the person you're supposed to be? Do you have any idea what you'd discover? Vagabond Dreams is a true story of awakening amongst a cast of fascinating characters at the farthest margins of the map. At its heart is the uncompromising vision of rising beyond one's self imposed limitations

Parks, Tim     
Italian ways : on and off the rails from Milan to Palermo
Tim Parks's books on Italy have been hailed as "so vivid, so packed with delectable details, [they] serve as a more than decent substitute for the real thing" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Now, in his first Italian travelogue in a decade, he delivers a charming and funny portrait of Italian ways by riding its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and right down to the heel of Italy.

Porter, Bill     
The Silk Road : taking the bus to Pakistan
"To travel upon the Silk Road is to travel through history. Millennia older than California's Camino Real, and perhaps even a few years senior to the roads of the Roman Empire, the Silk Road is a network of routes stretching from delta towns of China all the way to the Mediterranean Sea -- a cultural highway considered to be essential to the development of some of the world's oldest civilizations. It was upon this road that that Chinese silk traveled and was exchanged for incense, precious stones, and gold from India, the Middle East and as far the Mediterranean, contributing to the great tradition of commercial and idea exchange along the way. In the fall of 1992, celebrated translator, writer, and scholar Bill Porter left his home in Hong Kong and decided to travel from China to Pakistan by way of this famous and often treacherous Silk Road. Equipped with a plastic bottle of whiskey, needle-nose pliers, and the companionship of an old friend, Porter embarks upon the journey on the anniversary of Hong Kong's liberation from the Japanese after World War II and concludes in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, at the end of the monsoon season. Weaving witty travel anecdotes with the history and fantastical mythology of China and the surrounding regions, Porter exposes a world of card-sharks, unheard-of ethnic minorities, terracotta soldiers, nuclear experiments in the desert, emperors falling in love with bathing maidens, monks with miracle tongues, and a giant Buddha relaxing to music played by an invisible band"--|cProvided by publisher.

Raban, Jonathan     
Driving home : an american journey.
For more than thirty years, Jonathan Raban has written with infectious fascination about people and places in transition or on the margins, about journeys undertaken and destinations never quite reached, and, as an expat, about what it means to feel rooted in America. Spanning two decades, Driving Home charts a course through the Pacific Northwest, American history, and current events as witnessed by "a super-sensitive, all-seeing eye. Proving that an outsider is the keenest observer of the scene that natives take for granted, this collection of Jonathan Raban's essays affirms his place as the most literate, perceptive, and humorous commentator on the places, characters, and obsessions that constitute the American scene. Raban spots things we might otherwise miss; he calls up the apt metaphors that transform things into phenomena. "He is one of our most gifted observers." (Newsday).

Riley, Bronwen     
The edge of the Empire : a journey to Britannia : from the heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall
"AD 130. Rome is the dazzling heart of a vast empire and Hadrian its most complex and compelling ruler. Far-away Britannia is one of the Romans' most troublesome provinces: here the sun is seldom seen and "the atmosphere in the country is always gloomy." What awaits the traveller to Britannia? How will you get there? What do you need to pack? What language will you speak? How does London compare to Rome? Are there any tourist attractions? And what dangers lurk behind Hadrian's new Wall? Combining an extensive range of Greek and Latin sources with a sound understanding of archaeology, Bronwen Riley describes a dramatic journey from Rome to Hadrian;s Wall at the empire's northwestern frontier. In this strikingly original history of Roman Britain, she evokes the smells, sounds, colors, and sensations of life in the second century."--Jacket flap.

Saro-Wiwa, Noo     
Looking for Transwonderland : travels in Nigeria
Saro-Wiwa travels from the exuberant chaos of Lagos to the calm beauty of the eastern mountains; from the eccentricity of a Nigerian dog show to the decrepit kitsch of the Transwonderland Amusement Park. She explores Nigerian Christianity, delves into the country's history of slavery, examines the corrupting effect of oil, and ponders the huge success of Nollywood.

Simmons, Wendy E     
My holiday in North Korea : the funniestworst place on Earth
"Through poignant, laugh-out-loud essays and 92 never-before-published color photographs of North Korea, [the author] chronicles one of the strangest vacations ever. Along the way, she bares all while undergoing an inner journey as convoluted as the country itself."--|

Sinclair, Iain     
Ghost milk : recent adventures among the future ruins of London on the eve of the Olympics
From "an astonishingly original and entertaining writer" (Michael Dirda, "The Washington Post") and "our greatest guide to London" ("The Spectator"), an extraordinary book about a disappearing city

Sovich, Nina     
To the moon and Timbuktu : a trek through the heart of Africa
Documents the author's journeys through Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, discussing the inspiration for her travels, the women who adopted her into their ranks, and her discoveries about the region's forgotten areas and future promise.

Stewart, Christopher S     
Jungleland : a mysterious lost city, a WWII spy, and a true story of deadly adventure
Relates the author's adventure deep inside "the little Amazon," the jungles of Honduras's Mosquito Coast, to expose the secrets of the fabled city of Ciudad Blanca, the White City, a place that has lured explorers for centuries.

Storey, Gail Donohue     
I promise not to suffer : a fool for love hikes the Pacific Crest Trail
A hilariously harrowing and heartfelt memoir - Gail D. Storey is the Nora Ephron of wilderness adventures! With comfortable urban lives in Houston, Texas, and career and life goals mostly accomplished, Gail D. Storey and her husband were in their fifties when they decided it was time to test themselves on a new path - a 2,663-mile path known as the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada.I Promise Not to Suffer is Gail's light-hearted yet heart-felt memoir about her and her husband's adventures and misadventures, deepening marriage, and reflections on being irrevocably changed by life on the trail.

Theroux, Paul     
Last train to Zona Verde : my ultimate African safari
The world's most acclaimed travel writer journeys through western Africa from Cape Town to the Congo.

Troost, J Maarten     
Headhunters on my doorstep : a true treasure island ghost story
This book chronicles the author's return to the South Pacific after his struggle with alcoholism and time in rehab left him numb to life. He is now married to his sweetheart and father of two young boys. Deciding to retrace the path once traveled by the author of Treasure Island, he follows Robert Louis Stevenson to the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, Tahiti, the Gilberts, and Samoa, tumbling from one comic misadventure to another as he confronts his newfound sobriety. Somewhere en route from the shark

Walker, Gabrielle     
Antarctica : an intimate portrait of a mysterious continent
Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the earth where humans could never survive unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, most of which focus on only one aspect of its unique strangeness. None has managed to capture the whole story--until now.

  Olympia Library Staff - August 2016