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Roughing It

by Mark Twain

Roughing It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. After a brief stint as a Confederate cavalry militiaman, he joined his brother Orion Clemens, who had been...

Three Men in a Boat

by Jerome Klapka Jerome

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. The book was initially intended to...

Old World Wandering: London to Shanghai overland

by Iain Manley & Claire van den Heever

Inspired by a world map on their bedroom wall, a young South African couple living in London decide to travel to the opposite end of Eurasia, overland. Setting off with overstuffed backpacks and sketchy plans,...

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Living in Japan: A Guide to Living, Working, and Traveling in Japan

by Joy Norton & Tazuko Shibusawa

Living in Japan is a complete travel guide for foreigners currently living in Japan or contemplating making a home there.

From the great expectations before arrival to the shock of actually being immersed in...


Wicklum's Law and other tips on how to survive in Africa

by Michael Wicklum

'Wicklum's Law and other tips on how to survive in Africa' instantly gives the potential traveler to Africa invaluable information and anecdotal commentary on the mysterious and unknowable continent that is...


A Literary Paris

by Jamie Cox Robertson

You don't have to live in Paris to experience her unique beauty, allure, and enchantment. With this dazzling literary celebration of the City of Light, you can stroll along the Seine with David Sedaris in Me...


Party Across America

by Michael Guerriero

It's one awesome time after another as travelers crisscross the country in search of the next great experience. Whether they want to rock out in Tennessee at Bonnaroo or enjoy some "Rocky Mountain oysters" at...


What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago

by Jane Christmas

To celebrate her 50th birthday and face the challenges of mid-life, Jane Christmas joins 14 women to hike the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Despite a psychic’s warning of catfights, death, and a sexy,...


Italy from a Backpack

by Mark Pearson & Martin Westerman

If you've ever wanted to backpack in Europe... If you want to relive your adventures... If you love good travel writing... Better than guidebooks, these first-person accounts paint vivid pictures of a traveler's...


Spain from a Backpack

by Mark Pearson & Martin Westerman

If you've ever wanted to backpack in Europe... If you want to relive your adventures... If you love good travel writing... Better than guidebooks, these first-person accounts paint vivid pictures of a traveler's...


Europe from a Backpack: Real Stories from Young Travelers Abroad

by Mark Pearson & Martin Westerman

If you've ever wanted to backpack in Europe... If you want to relive your adventures... If you love good travel writing... Better than guidebooks, these first-person accounts paint vivid pictures of a traveler's...


Journey to the Hebrides: A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland & The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

by Samuel Johnson

Introduced by Ian McGowan. Samuel Johnson and James Boswell spent the autumn of 1773 touring the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland. Both kept detailed notes of their impressions, and later published...


The Great Walk of China: Travels on Foot from Shanghai to Tibet

by Graham Earnshaw

What kind of people would you meet if you decided to walk across the world's most populous country? The Great Walk of China is a journey into China's heartland, away from its surging coastal cities. Through...


New Orleans City Guide

by Works Progress Administration

In 1938, under the direction of novelist and historian Lyle Saxon, The Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration produced this delightfully detailed portrait of New Orleans. Containing recipes,...


Gringo

by Chesa Boudin

Gringo charts two journeys, both of which began a decade ago. The first is the sweeping transformation of Latin American politics that started with Hugo Chávez's inauguration as president of Venezuela in 1999....


AA Gill is Away

by A.A. Gill

A. A. Gill is one of the most feared writers in London, noted--according to the New York Times--for his "rapier wit." Some even consider the mere assignment of a subject to Gill a hostile act. But when the notice...


Must-Know Italian: 4,000 Words That Give You the Power to Communicate

by Daniela Gobetti

Your search for the right word in Italian is over.

Stop hunting blindly through ordinary bilingual dictionaries! With 4,000 words, Must-Know Italian gives you the power to be understood in any situation.

You'll...


Perfect Phrases in Spanish for Confident Travel to Mexico: The No Faux-Pas Phrasebook for the Perfect Trip

by Eric Vogt

More than your average phrasebook, this portable title shows you how to be a well-mannered visitor and speak the local language in the correct context

Any phrasebook can give you a line listing of essential...


Dirty Czech: Everyday Slang from "What's Up?" to "F*%# Off!"

by Martin Blaha

GET D!RTY

Next time you're traveling or just chattin' in Czech with your friends, drop the textbook formality and bust out with expressions they never teach you in school, including:

• Cool slang

• Funny insults...


Guide to the Alaska Highway

by Ron Dalby

Traveling across the great northern expanses from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Delta Junction, Alaska, the 1,500-mile Alaska Highway remains one of the greatest driving adventures of all time. Inside you...


60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston: Including Coastal and Interior Regions, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island

by Helen Weatherall

Thanks to conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts, Boston-area hiking opportunities are vast and abundant. 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston guides hikers on routes trodden by the likes of Wampanoag warrior...


New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City

by Andrei Codrescu

For two decades NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu has been living in and writing about his adopted city, where, as he puts it, the official language is dreams. How apt that a refugee born in Transylvania found...


Paris to the Moon

by Adam Gopnik

Paris. The name alone conjures images of chestnut-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafés, breathtaking façades around every corner--in short, an exquisite romanticism that has captured the American imagination for...


Charm City: A Walk Through Baltimore

by Madison Smartt Bell

With a writer’s keen eye, a longtime resident’s familiarity, and his own sly wit, acclaimed novelist Madison Smartt Bell leads us on a walk through his adopted hometown of Baltimore, a city where crab cakes,...


The Caliph's House

by Tahir Shah

In the tradition of A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, acclaimed English travel writer Tahir Shah shares a highly entertaining account of making an exotic dream come true. By turns hilarious and harrowing,...


Seven Seasons in Siena: My Quixotic Quest for Acceptance Among Tuscany's Proudest People

by Robert Rodi

Siena seems at first glance a typical Italian city: within its venerable medieval walls the citizens sport designer clothes, wield digital phones, and prize their dazzling local cuisine. But unlike neighboring...


Riding the Roman Way

by Babette Gallard

"We have good equipment, our horses are fit and we are fully prepared, so why this feeling of dread? Perhaps it has something to do with knowing what to expect." Babette and Paul have come a long way since their...


Long Way Home: On the Trail of Steinbeck's America

by Bill Barich

Inspired by John Steinbeck, one of our most accomplished writers

illuminates the heart of America.


The Homeland Guide to London: Post-War London Fully Described

by W.G. Morris

Historic buildings, museums, street plans and photographs make up one of the most detailed guides of London ever published. Perfect for the contemporary time-traveler, the guide covers religion, history, antiquities,...


Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light

by David Downie & Diane Johnson

 “Beautifully written and refreshingly original… makes us see [Paris] in a different light.” -- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

 

Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer...


Istanbul

by Orhan Pamuk

A shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world’s great cities, by its foremost writer. Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives in the family apartment building where...


Singapore Girl

by James Eckhardt

This is the true story of a long-vanished Singapore and the dangerous carnival known as Bugis Street. James Eckardt arrived in 1970s Singapore only to fall in love with a Singaporean nymph named Milly. Thirty...


Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small Town America

by Bill Geist

Celebrated roving correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning and bestselling author Bill Geist serves up a rollicking look at some small-town Americans and their offbeat ways of life.

“In rural Kansas, I asked...


Venice Is a Fish: A Sensual Guide

by Tiziano Scarpa

One of Italy’s brightest literary lights reinvents travel writing with a seductive, intoxicating celebration of the magical saltwater city

“Venice is a fish,” writes Tiziano Scarpa. “It’s like a vast...


Wanderlust Wining: California Central Coast: The Outdoorsy Oenophile's Wine Country Companion

by Stefani Jackenthal

Wanderlust Wining: California Central Coast is a fun, delicious journey through many of California's central coast's finest wine countries; exploring their outdoor activities and wine tasting specialties. It's...


Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language

by Deborah Fallows

A linguist and China expert learns that to understand

China, first you must understand its language.


Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco

by Calvin Trillin

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Calvin Trillin's Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin.

Calvin Trillin has never been a champion of the “continental cuisine” palaces he used to refer to as La Maison...


Walking Brooklyn: 30 tours exploring historical legacies, neighborhood culture, side streets and waterways

by Adrienne Onofri

Adrienne Onofri has created an exceptional guide to and through Brooklyn’s most interesting and notable neighborhoods, providing a mix of information about culture, history, architecture, places to eat, venues...


Walking Vancouver: 36 Walking Tours Exploring Spectacular Waterfront, Dynamic Neighborhoods, Hip Hangouts, and Tasty Di

by John Lee

There’s no better way to explore one of the world’s most livable cities than on foot. Walking Vancouver shows you Vancouver, British Columbia as you’ve never seen it before, whether you’re a die-hard...


Peaceful Places: Los Angeles: 100+ Sites for Tranquility Across the City of Angels

by Laura Randall

During her 1930s screenwriting days in Hollywood, wordsmith Dorothy Parker famously pegged Los Angeles as "72 suburbs in search of a city." Today even more communities radiate from the downtown core, creating...


Walking to Vermont

by Christopher S. Wren

A distinguished former foreign correspondent embraces retirement by setting out alone on foot for nearly four hundred miles, and explores a side of America nearly as exotic as the locales from which he once...


Ghosthunting New York City

by L'Aura Hladik & John Kachuba

On this leg of the journey, readers will explore the scariest spots in the Big Apple. Author L'Aura Hladik visits more than 30 legendary haunted places, all of which are open to the public so visitors can test...


The Book Of Lists London

by Nick Rennison

Why did London Underground once employ a one-legged man to ride up and down the escalators at Earl's Court tube station? What did Hitler plan to do with Nelson's Column? Why is London's only medieval mummy a...


Ghosthunting Florida

by Dave Lapham & John Kachuba

Discover the scariest spots in the Sunshine State. Author Dave Lapham visits more than 30 legendary haunted places, all of which are open to the public so visitors can test their own ghosthunting skills. Join...


Idyll Banter: Weekly Excursions to a Very Small Town

by Chris Bohjalian

In March 1986, while living in Brooklyn, Chris Bohjalian and his wife were cab-napped on a Saturday night and taken on a forty-five-minute joy ride in which the driver ignored all traffic lights and stop signs....


Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now--As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It

by Craig Taylor

“Craig Taylor is the real deal: a peerless journalist and a beautiful craftsman.”

—David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Fraud and Half Empty

Londoners is a wonderful book—I wanted...


Stephen Fry in America

by Stephen Fry

Britain's best-loved comic genius, Stephen Fry, turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his chariot of Englishness, a black London cab.

Stephen...


Calcutta: A Cultural and Literary History: A Cultural and Literary History

by Krishna Dutta

In the popular imagination, Calcutta is a packed and pestilential sprawl, made notorious by the Black Hole and the works of Mother Teresa. Kipling called it a City of Dreadful Night, and a century later V.S....


Stockholm: A Cultural and Literary History: A Cultural and Literary History

by Tony Griffiths

Situated on Lake Malaren on one of the world's most beautiful harbours, Stockholm has set the benchmark for civilized city-living since the time of the Vikings. Its medieval regal period saw the Vasa dynasty...


Tokyo: A Cultural and Literary History: A Cultural and Literary History

by Stephen Mansfield

From its obscure origins as a fishing village along a marshy estuary, Tokyo grew into one of the world's largest and most culturally vibrant metropolises. For all its modernity and craving for the new, it is...


The Great American Attraction: Two Brits Discover the Rollicking World of American Festivals

by Rich Smith

After recovering in his native England from a frivolous-crime spree through the United States in You Can Get Arrested for That, Rich Smith is back again to take another look at this great nation and its extraordinary...


Backpacking Wyoming: From Towering Granite Peaks to Steaming Geyser Basins

by Douglas Lorain

Wyoming boasts countless outstanding backcountry destinations. While some of these attractions are world famous, many are virtually unknown even to the savviest locals. Award-winning author Douglas Lorain details...


The Sinner's Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe

by Tony Perrottet

The Grand Tour: the cultural rite of passage from London to Paris, Berlin, Venice, Florence, Rome, and down to the boot of Italy, which linked the Continent’s most spectacular artistic treasures

 

Sex and travel...


Two Wings of a Nightingale

by Jill Worrall

Iran is probably the most misunderstood country in the world, and its people are among the most feared. Award-winning travel writer Jill Worrall, with her friend Reza Mirkhalaf, a leading tour manager from Tehran,...


Hong Kong

by Jan Morris

In its last days under British rule, the Crown Colony of Hong Kong is the world's most exciting city, at once fascinating and exasperating, a tangle of contradictions. It is a dazzling amalgam of conspicuous...


Outposts

by Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover exactly what was left of the British Empire, set out across the globe to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remain of what once made Britain great....


Down The Road in South America: A Bicycle Tour Through Poverty, Paradise and the Places in Between

by Tim Travis & Cindie Travis

Tim and Cindie's around the world bicycle touring adventures continues in this second book about exploring South America. This part of the journey was even more challenging with the highest mountains, coldest...


In Arabian Nights

by Tahir Shah

Tahir Shah’s The Caliph’s House, describing his first year in Casablanca, was hailed by critics and compared to such travel classics as A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun. Now Shah takes us deeper...


My Mercedes is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou...An Auto-Misadventure Across the Sahara

by Jeroen Van Bergeijk

“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?”

—Janis Joplin

A journalist’s intrepid endeavor to sell his used car abroad results in a high-spirited and revealing look at West Africa.

“Look, there’s...


The Hobo Handbook

by Josh Mack

Lessons for life on the road. Life on the road can be a trip--if you're willing to take it. In fact, it can be one hell of an adventure if you're up to the challenge. Navigating the rails, mapping bus lines,...


Down The Road in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam: A Bicycle Tour Through War, Genocide and Forgiveness

by Tim Travis & Cindie Travis

"Freedom is addictive" Bicycle touring, for the Travises, is the purest realization of a free life. Tim and Cindie travel farther outside their comfort zone than ever before. They encountered oppressive communism,...


Route 66 Lost & Found

by Russell A Olsen

Much more than a ribbon of crumbling asphalt, Route 66 is a cultural icon revered the world over for its nostalgia value—an east-west artery pointing America toward all the promise that the great West represented....


Wanderlust: Real-Life Tales of Adventure and Romance

by Don George

Simon Winchester in Romania

Isabel Allende in the Amazon

Pico Iyer in Bali

Bill Barich in Italy

Sallie Tisdale in Japan

Carlos Fuentes in Zurich

Po Bronson in the Caribbean

and thirty-four more scintillating and sizzling...


The Road That Has No End

by Tim Travis

Authors Tim and Cindie Travis accomplish the unthinkable, in an unprecedented worldwide cycling adventure. Their clever story explores the depths of humanity, as they expose themselves to life's perils on roads...


Wanderlust: A History of Walking

by Rebecca Solnit

Drawing together many histories-of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores-Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities...


The Conde Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys: Great Writers on Great Places

by Various

From the #1 travel magazine in the country, a collection of travel tales from some of today's finest writers

Travel writing maintains its seemingly endless popularity, and this volume offers a particularly...


Venice Is a Fish: A Cultural Guide

by Tiziano Scarpa

Built on an inverted forest, paved with a tortoiseshell of boulders, Venice is a maze of tiny alleys, bridges and squares. Tiziano Scarpa wanders through the city, recounting the customs and secrets that only...


Bicycle Diaries

by David Byrne

A renowned musician and visual artist presents an idiosyncratic behind-the-handlebars view of the world’s cities

Since the early 1980s, David Byrne has been riding a bike as his principal means of transportation...


Walking L.A.: 38 Walking Tours Exploring Stairways, Streets and Buildings You Never Knew Existed

by Erin Mahoney Harris

Walking L.A. is your portable guide to 38 walking tours exploring stairways, streets, and buildings you never knew existed all around Los Angeles. Completely updated, the second edition of this award-winning...


Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger

by Michael Crewdson & Margaret Mittelbach

Packing an off-kilter sense of humor and keen scientific minds, authors Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson take off with renowned artist Alexis Rockman on a postmodern safari. Their mission? Tracking down...


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