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The Log from the Sea of Cortez

by John Steinbeck

In the two years after the 1939 publication of Steinbeck's masterful The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck and his novel increasingly became the center of intense controversy and censorship. In search of a respite...


Roughing It

by Mark Twain

A fascinating picture of the American frontier emerges from Twain's fictionalized recollections of his experiences prospecting for gold, speculating in timber, and writing for a succession of small Western newspapers...


A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau's account of his 1839 boat trip is a finely crafted tapestry of travel writing, essays, and lyrical poetry. Thoreau interweaves descriptions of natural phenomena, the rural landscape, and local characters...


Colonial American Travel Narratives

by Various

Four journeys by early Americans Mary Rowlandson, Sarah Kemble Knight, William Byrd II, and Dr. Alexander Hamilton recount the vivid physical and psychological challenges of colonial life. Essential primary...


A Russian Journal

by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck and Capa's account of their journey through Cold War Russia is a classic piece of reportage and travel writing.

Just after the Iron Curtain fell on Eastern Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John...


Into Thin Air

by Jon Krakauer

When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned...


Essays of Travel

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Any reader who has spent some time with Robert Louis Stevenson's body of work won't be surprised to learn that the Scottish author was an inveterate traveler and world explorer from early adulthood. Later in...


Paris Light

by Moira McCarthy

In the spring of 2008, an Australian woman arrives in Paris to fulfil a dream of discovery and to immerse herself in French history and culture. Hoping to capture memorable photographic images, the writer experiences...


Counting Our Blessings

by Di Perkins & Bill Perkins

Di, an historian, and Bill Perkins, a geologist, are possibly on their "last trip" overseas and are determined to make it a memorable experience. This collection of "missives and reflections", sent to family...


Drive Around the World

by Danny Rosner Blay & Sandra Khazam

'We've driven around Australia, how about we drive around the world?' And with this one fanciful remark, the seeds were sown for what would become a worldwide adventure for one Melbourne family.Fuelled by itchy...


Charting the Unknown: Family, Fear, and One Long Boat Ride

by Kim Petersen

A humorous and thought-provoking celebration of life and spirit while living on a handmade boat with 2 high octane teenagers.


Walls: Travels Along the Barricades

by Marcello Di Cintio

The world’s walls are supposed to be coming down. We speak of globalization, international markets and global villages; barriers to trade keep falling, and it is now possible to communicate instantly from...


Unspeakable Awfulness: America Through the Eyes of European Travelers, 1865-1900

by Kenneth D. Rose

The late nineteenth century was a golden age for European travel in the United States. For prosperous Europeans, a journey to America was a fresh alternative to the more familiar 'Grand Tour' of their own continent,...


A Walk Around the Horizon: Discovering New Mexico's Mountains of the Four Directions

by Tom Harmer

Outdoor enthusiasts and armchair travelers alike will relish Harmer's precise account of his backpacking adventure, in which this sixty-two-year-old Anglo discovers the realities of complicated cultural legacies,...


Travels into the Interior of Africa

by Mungo Park & Anthony Sattin

Mungo Park’s account of his journeys into West Africa in 1795 and again in 1805 provided Europeans with their first reliable description of the interior of the continent. Though he failed in the object of...


Visiting Rwanda

by Dervla Murphy

Between April and July 1994, the tiny Central African state of Rwanda experienced unprecedented carnage as more than three-quarters of a million people, mostly minority Tutsi, were killed in a carefully planned...


The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule

by Joanna Kavenna

A legend, a land once seen and then lost forever, Thule was a place beyond the edge of the maps, a mystery for thousands of years. And to the Nazis, Thule was an icy Eden, birthplace of Nordic “purity.” In...


Driving Home: An American Journey

by Jonathan Raban

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,...


Murderers in Mausoleums: Riding the Back Roads of Empire Between Moscow and Beijing

by Jeffrey Tayler

A gripping journey through some of the planet’s most remote and challenging terrain and its peoples, in search of why democracy has yet to thrive in lands it seemed so recently ready to overtake Across the...


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...