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  Cover Art: Turn Right at Machu Picchu : Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time Adams, Mark, 1967-
Turn Right at Machu Picchu : Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Traces the author's recreation of Hiram Bingham III's discovery of the ancient citadel, Machu Picchu, in the Andes Mountains of Peru, describing his struggles with rudimentary survival tools and his experiences at the sides of local guides.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Whatever You Do Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide Allison, Peter
Whatever You Do Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
A hilarious collection of true tales from top safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals-herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions! [Book Jacket]
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: The World is a Carpet : Four Seasons in an Afghan Village Badkhen, Anna, 1976-
The World is a Carpet : Four Seasons in an Afghan Village
"The trials and tribulations desperately poor Oqa, a hamlet in northern Afghanistan so remote that regional officials don't even know it exists, comes to life through the story of Thawra, a carpet weaver, and her family. Badkhen, a Russian-born war correspondent, charts the woman's work over a year of weddings, childbirth, Ramadan, and winter snowstorms." --Publisher's Weekly
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Honey Olives Octopus : Adventures at the Greek Table Bakken, Christopher, 1967-
Honey Olives Octopus : Adventures at the Greek Table
Combining the best of memoir, travel literature, and food writing, Christopher Bakken delves into one of the most underappreciated cuisines in Europe in this rollicking celebration of the Greek table. He explores the traditions and history behind eight elements of Greek cuisine--olives, bread, fish, cheese, beans, wine, meat, and honey--and journeys through the country searching for the best examples of each.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran Bird, Christiane
Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran
Bird lived in Iran for several years as a child. As an adult, she traveled extensively throughout the country, trying to learn more about its people and history. She provides a fascinating glimpse of a complex culture, complete with descriptions of Persian feasts shared with her hosts.
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Visit Sunny Chernobyl : and other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places Blackwell, Andrew, 1972-
Visit Sunny Chernobyl : and other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places
For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth--Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in "Visit Sunny Chernobyl," Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: So Many Enemies so Little Time: An American Woman in All the Wrong Places Burkett, Elinor
So Many Enemies so Little Time: An American Woman in All the Wrong Places
A political travelogue chronicling the journalist author's experiences in the Middle East follows her acceptance of a Fulbright Professorship in Kyrgyzstan, a decision that led to numerous adventures with local people in such areas as Kabul, Baghdad, and Iran.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Hold the Enlightenment Cahill, Tim
Hold the Enlightenment
In his latest collection of death-defying exploits and far-flung travels, Outside Magazine editor Tim Cahill visits the side of an active volcano in Ecuador, the Saharan salt mines and the largest toxic waste dump in the Western Hemisphere. He also ventures to find a Caspian tiger in Turkey and giant centipedes in the Congo. When not on the move, he debunks hoary notions of the kindness of dolphins and ruminates on religion, death, and the perplexing phenomenon of yoga.
2002
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Grand Tour : Around the World with the Queen of Mystery Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976
The Grand Tour : Around the World with the Queen of Mystery
In 1922 Agatha Christie set sail with her husband on a ten-month voyage around the world. Placing her two-year-old daughter in the care of her sister, Christie set sail at the end of January and did not return home until December. Throughout her journey, she kept up a detailed weekly correspondence with her mother, describing the exotic places and the remarkable people she encountered as the mission traveled through South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Canada. Reproduced here for the first time, the letters are full of tales of seasickness and sunburn, motor trips and surfboarding, glamor and misery.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Mexican Days: Journeys into the Heart of Mexico Cohan, Tony
Mexican Days: Journeys into the Heart of Mexico
"Cohan updates and expands his portrait of life in Mexico from his previous books. He travels from Guanajuato to Mexico City, to Oaxaca, and to the Yucatan, the sights and the people he encounters reflect intractable problems left over from repeated disastrous collisions with first Spanish and then U.S. forces. --Booklist
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Desert Places Davidson, Robyn
Desert Places
The ancient lifestyle of the Rabari nomads of India may soon disappear. The author migrated with the Rabari for several months as they herded sheep, partaking of their life of harsh poverty. She compellingly describes the rough, beautiful landscape and its people.
1996
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World Doerr, Anthony
Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
Documents the award-winning writer's experiences of living, working, and raising twin sons in Rome during the year following his receipt of a prestigious Rome Prize stipend, a period during which he attended the vigil of the dying John Paul II, brought his children on a snowy visit to the Pantheon, and befriended numerous locals.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The 8:55 to Baghdad Eames, Andrew
The 8:55 to Baghdad
A dual literary biography and travelogue inspired by Agatha Christie's 1928 ride on the Orient Express follows the author's recreation of Christie's train ride to the Middle East, a journey during which he encountered modern dangers and a host of colorful fellow travelers.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country Erdrich, Louise
Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country
Erdrich describes her evocative odyssey back to the islands of her ancestors in southern Ontario, offering a compelling portrait of Ojibwe language, culture, spirits, traditions, and art as she visits centuries-old rock paintings and recalls her own family and contemporary life.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: All Over the Map Fraser, Laura.
All Over the Map
Celebrating her fortieth birthday, Laura Fraser confronts the trajectory of her life. Divorced and childless in her thirties, she found solace in the wanderlust that had always directed her heart, but now she wonders if her passion for travel (and for short-lived romantic rendezvous) has deprived her of what she secretly wants most: a husband, a family, a home. How to reconcile what seem to be two opposite desires: for adventure, great food, and new experiences, but also a place to call home -- and a loving pair of arms to greet her there? So, she globe hops. What else is a travel writer to do?
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Travels in Siberia Frazier, Ian
Travels in Siberia
Here, travel writer Ian Frazier trains his eye for detail on Siberia, that vast expanse of Asiatic Russia. He explores many aspects of this storied, often grim region, which takes up one-seventh of the land on earth. He writes about the geography, the resources, the native peoples, the history, the forty-below midwinter afternoons, the bugs.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy India and Indonesia Gilbert, Elizabeth
Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy India and Indonesia
The memoir of a magazine writer's yearlong travels across the world in search of pleasure, guidance, experience and wholeness.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Lost City of Z : a Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon Grann, David
The Lost City of Z : a Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century: what happened to British explorer Percy Fawcett. In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization. For centuries Europeans believed the world's largest jungle concealed the glittering El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions, he embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization -- which he dubbed Z--existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Crazy River : Exploration and Folly in East Africa Grant, Richard, 1963-
Crazy River : Exploration and Folly in East Africa
Known to local tribes as "the river of bad spirits," the Malagarasi River is a daunting adversary even with a heavily armed Tanzanian crew as travel companions. Dodging bullets, hippos, and crocodiles, the author finally emerges in war-torn Burundi, where he befriends some ethnic street gangsters and trails a notorious man-eating crocodile known as Gustave. He concludes his journey by interviewing the dictatorial president of Rwanda and visiting the true source of the Nile.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Turk Who Loved Apples : and other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World 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.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
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