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  • My Kind of Placeby Susan Orlean

    Random House Publishing Group 2004; US$ 14.95

    Susan Orlean has been called ?a national treasure? by The Washington Post and ?a kind of latter-day Tocqueville? by The New York Times Book Review . In addition to having written classic articles for The New Yorker , she was played, with some creative liberties, by Meryl Streep in her Golden Globe Award?winning performance in the film Adaptation... more...

  • Lost in Mongoliaby Tad Friend

    Random House Publishing Group 2001; US$ 19.00

    Find yourself in the midst of a heated battle over a sitcom laugh track. Learn to get away with spectacular crimes. Get lost with the reindeer people in the mountains of Mongolia. In Lost in Mongolia a collection of Tad Friend's most original, witty, and wide-ranging articles and essays from The New Yorker, Esquire, and Outside we are taken... more...

  • Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goalsby Wendy Dale

    Crown Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.95

    From salsa dancing in a rum-induced haze and struggling to exercise in Colombia (?the guerillas were using the track again today?), to crossing international borders unconventionally and dodging bombs in Lebanon (?the good news was that they were ?small bombs??), Wendy somehow manages to find herself in the midst of hysterical, adventurous, and often... more...

  • Blues Cityby Ishmael Reed

    Crown Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    Oakland is a blues city, brawling and husky . . . Often overshadowed by San Francisco, its twinkling sister city across the Bay, Oakland is itself an American wonder. The city is surrounded by and filled with natural beauty?mountains and hills and lakes and a bay?and architecture that mirrors its history as a Spanish mission, Gold Rush outpost, and... more...

  • An Inland Voyageby Robert Louis Stevenson

    The Floating Press 1904; US$ 3.99

    Robert Louis Stevenson's 1878 travelogue, An Inland Voyage , details his canoeing trip through France and Belgium in 1876. Pioneering new ground in outdoor literature, this was Stevenson's first book. He had decided to become free from his parent's financial support so that he might freely pursue the woman he loved; to support himself he... more...

  • A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italyby Laurence Sterne

    The Floating Press 1892; US$ 3.99

    Sterne travelled through France and Italy three years prior to writing A Sentimental Journey, which he completed on his death bed. The protagonist is a thinly-disguised Sterne who recounts his - mostly amorous - adventures through the two countries. Sterne very particularly wanted the account to be subjective; he discusses opinions and morals and personal... more...

  • A Lady's Visit to the Gold Diggings in Australia in 1852-53by Ellen Clacy

    The Floating Press 2010; US$ 3.99

    This fascinating travelogue details the visit of author Ellen Clacy to the massive gold mines that were erected in Australia in the nineteenth century. Twenty-year-old Clacy's visit wasn't a genteel carriage tour -- she camped under the stars and walked hundreds of miles with her brother en route to the mining operations at Bendigo. An engaging... more...

  • Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon: Volume Iby Henry Fielding

    The Floating Press 2010; US$ 3.99

    Best known for his novels Tom Jones and Amelia, Henry Fielding was also an intrepid traveler and explorer who used his journeys around the world as fodder for his sprawling, picaresque works of fiction. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon, Volume I collects Fielding's impressions of his trip to Portugal's capital. A must-read for fans of lively travel... more...

  • A Tramp's Sketchesby Stephen Graham

    The Floating Press 1913; US$ 4.99

    In the days before air travel, journeys to foreign lands were rather difficult undertakings that were usually reserved for the most stalwart of travelers. This is a major reason why the popularity of the travel writing genre skyrocketed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Stephen Graham was one of the most revered British travel writers... more...

  • Mentone, Cairo, and Corfuby Constance Fenimore Woolson

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    A distant relative of the great American writer James Fenimore Cooper, Constance Fenimore Woolson emerged as an important female literary figure in the late-nineteenth century. In this fascinating volume, she recounts her extensive travels, offering readers a glimpse into a different era -- as well as the life of an independent woman during a time... more...