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Travel (updated 5/25/17)
In a Sunburned Country by
Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion up, down, and over the Appalachian Trail (well, most of it) resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. Now he has traveled across the world and all the way Down Under to Australia, a shockingly under-discovered country with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. In a Sunburned Country is his report on what he found there--a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. Australia is a country that exists on a vast scale. It is the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country. Despite being the most desiccated, infertile, and climatically aggressive of all inhabited continents, it teems with life. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else: sharks, crocodiles, the ten most deadly poisonous snakes on the planet, fluffy yet toxic caterpillars, seashells that actually attack you, and the unbelievable box jellyfish (don't ask). The dangerous riptides of the sea and the sun-baked wastes of the outback both lie in wait for the unwary. It's one tough country. Bill Bryson adores it, of course, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond the beaten tourist path.
New Frontiers by
New Frontiers, fourteen startling visions of yesterday, today, and tomorrow from Ben Bova, six-time winner of the Hugo Award Frontiers can be found in all directions. Frontiers of time and space, as well as frontiers of courage, devotion, love, hate, and the outer limits of the human spirit. This outstanding collection of stories by one of science fiction's premier talents spans the length and breadth of history and the universe, while exploring thought-provoking new ideas and dilemmas. From the Baghdad of the Arabian Nights to a vast interstellar empire thousands of years in the future, from the Vatican to a one-man vessel drifting in the vast emptiness of the Asteroid Belt, from virtual reality duels to the subtle intricacies of time travel and a golf tournament on the Moon, here are tales of scoundrels and heroes, scientists and explorers, aliens and artificial intelligences, and even a young Albert Einstein. Each of them stands at the border of a new frontier and must venture out into unexplored territory—thanks to the limitless imagination of Ben Bova.
Travelers who savor the sophistication of city life and culture will find vivid, photo-filled descriptions of Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rome, Istanbul, and many other exciting and picturesque metropolitan centers across Europe. Nature lovers will be equally enchanted by spectacular scenery available to them in places that include the Swiss Alps, the Rhine Valley, the Norwegian fjords, and the Pyrenees. This digest of Europe's great travel destinations will appeal to both independent travelers and armchair voyagers, with its beautiful, evocative color photos, its entertaining, fact-filled text, its maps, and its helpful Fact File, which includes at-a-glance data on local currency, best times to travel, airports and other transportation services, and more. The author describes prime tourist destinations in 27 European countries, with advice on taking wine tours in France and Italy, enjoying the wonderful architecture of St. Petersburg, navigating the canals of Venice, exploring the Castles of Bohemia, and much more. Over 250 color photos and illustrations.
Bed in a Tree by
A handpicked selection of 27 extraordinary hotels from around the world. Every hotel offers an unforgettable and original place to stay. Hotels spotlighted include the Ice Hotel in Sweden, an actual bed in a tree, a room underwater, a wine barrel and even a night in a suitcase! Each hotel entry suggests three interesting, and often unusual, things to do nearby.
Traveling with Kids by
Whether visiting family, exploring other cultures, or simply having grand adventures, this comprehensive guide includes practical information on how moms can make the most out of travelling with their kids. Mothers will find useful tips on safety, economical travel, eco-friendly trips, and the benefits of technology. An appendix features more than 100 essential websites for further research.
The Golf Tour by
This is a guide to the top courses in Britain and Ireland, including 31 Championship courses. You will find a complete description of each course accompanied with full colour photographs. The unique element of this book is that all the holes of each course have been individually illustrated for the publication. Golfers from around the world will find this an invaluable volume.
The Traveler's Atlas North America by
Travel-wise North Americans know that many of the world's great tourist destinations are relatively close to home. This handsome photo-filled and information-packed book describes 50 exceptional North American sites both on and off the beaten track. Here's a beautiful volume that will appeal both to active, traveling vacationers and armchair travelers who savor the simple pleasure of opening and enjoying a beautiful book. Approximately 500 stunning color photos and illustrations.
Cruise Vacations for Mature Travelers by
If you're one of the more than five million people who will go on a cruise vacation this year, you may be wondering how to choose between the many cruise lines, ships, and destinations that are available. You may be looking for a cruise geared towards adults, one where both you and the grandkids can have fun, or a cruise on which singles are catered to as much as couples. The key to great vacation is knowing what you need in one convenient place. Looking for an Alaskan cruise in an intimate, Old World-style ship, or a huge ocean liner that can keep all ages happy during a Caribbean family reunion? Cruise Vacations for Mature Travelers helps you, the traveler, determine what kind of cruise experience fits your personality and then tells you how to find it, describing every cruise line and detailing their fleets, ship by ship, so you can choose the perfect vacation! The book also includes tips on budgeting your trip, as well as the options for booking through travel agents, directly with the company, or online. It even helps you choose the best time to travel and the most comfortable cabins.
Destination Saigon by
Get a taste of the real Vietnam and its people on a sometimes funny, always fascinating journey from the bustling cities to out of the way villages, into Buddhist monasteries and along the Mekong From the crazy heat and color of Saigon to the quieter splendor of Hanoi, this is a rare, joyous, and at times hilarious insight into 21st century Vietnam. Seduced by the beauty and charm of its people and the sensuousness of its culture we can almost taste the little coconut cakes cooked over a fire in a smoky Can Tho kitchen, or smell the endless supplies of fresh baguettes and croissants just out of city ovens. As colorful city cafes and bars make way for visits to out-of-the-way shrines and temples, we take an impromptu visit to forbidden fortune tellers, and glimpse a little of the Cao Dai religion, made famous in Graham Greene's The Quiet American. Traveling off the beaten track to far-flung villages and lesser-known towns, we cruise along the Mekong, board hopelessly overcrowded local buses, or perch perilously on the back of motorbikes. Behind-the-scenes visits to Buddhist monasteries reveal a quieter and more transcendent world beyond the busy day trips of tourists, and in the process, we begin to see the country through the eyes of its people.
Trading with the Enemy by
Tells of Tom Miller's seven months in 1991, roaming through Cuba with no restrictions, the only American in recent years to be afforded the opportunity to do so. He travelled the island's cities, towns, rural byways and coastline, speaking with writers, musicians, farmers and sugar cane workers.