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Two Coots in a Canoe: An Unusual Story of Friendship
David E. Morine

BIOGRAPHY MORINE

Two friends take a month-long canoe trip down the Connecticut River, with one condition: no camping. Mooching their way down the river, they rely on the kindness of strangers every night during their journey of whim, humor, and self-discovery.


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Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Mark Adams

TRAVEL ADA

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.


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The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.
Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner

TRAVEL BAG

Three twenty-something Manhattanites quit their jobs, abandon their boyfriends, and travel around the world for a year, chronicling a journey from Peru to Kenya to Vietnam to Australia, and everywhere in between.


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The Year We Seized the Day: A True Story of Friendship and Renewal on the Camino
Elizabeth Best, Colin Bowles

TRAVEL BES

The utterly compelling and inspirational account of how two very different writers tackle their demons walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the legendary medieval pilgrimage across Spain.


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First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life
Eve Brown-Waite

TRAVEL BRO

Follows the author’s journey from being a self-described “pampered city girl” to a Peace Corps volunteer, wife, and mother living in Ecuador and Uganda.


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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Bill Bryson

TRAVEL BRY

A wry account of an adventurous and arduous trek past the Appalachian Trail’s natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.


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Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide
Doug Mack

TRAVEL MACK

A writer and popular blogger describes his experiences using a nearly 50-year old travel guide, Europe on Five Dollars a Day, to explore modern-day Europe and reflects on what has changed and what has not.


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Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned on my accidental journey to the happiest kingdom on earth
Lisa Napoli

TRAVEL NAP

Describes how a midlife crisis and chance encounter prompted the author’s relocation to Bhutan, where she volunteered at the country’s first youth radio station and witnessed the rapid changes in the culture of a country just beginning to open up to the modern world.


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To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story
Casey Scieszka

TRAVEL TEEN SCI

Casey and Steven met in Morocco, moved to China then went all the way to Timbuktu. This illustrated travel memoir tells the story of their first two years out of college spent teaching English, making friends across language barriers, researching, painting, and learning to be themselves wherever they are.


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Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure
Julian Smith

TRAVEL SMI

Describes how the author recreated the journey of British explorer Ewart Grogan across Africa in part to secure a proposal acceptance from his future wife, revealing how Grogan’s sojourn was also performed to establish marital worthiness.


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Walking the Gobi: 1,600 Mile-trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair
Helen Thayer

TRAVEL ASIA THA

The author provides a day-by-day account of her 1600-mile journey across the Gobi Desert at the age of sixty-three.


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Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory
Peter Hessler

TRAVEL CHINA HES

Hessler investigates China’s lurch into modernity as he survives the advent of the nation’s uniquely terrifying car culture, probes the transformation of village life, and explores China’s frantic industrialization.


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Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid
J. Maarten Troost

TRAVEL CHINA TRO

Traveling from the megalopolis of Beijing to small, remote trails in the countryside of China and all points in between, Troost sums up the history of a complex culture while featuring visits to Chairman Mao’s remains and a rural market offering scorpion kebabs and cobra hearts as edible delicacies.


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Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down
Rosecrans Baldwin

TRAVEL FRANCE BAL

An account of a Francophile’s haphazard relocation to Paris in spite of his lack of French fluency describes how the region considerably differed from his expectations and the ways in which he overcame cultural challenges.


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I'll Never Be French (No Matter What I Do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany
Mark Greenside

TRAVEL FRANCE GRE

Author and teacher Mark Greenside recounts his struggles to fit into the life of a small Celtic village in Brittany.


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God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre
Richard Grant

TRAVEL MEXICO GRA

British journalist Grant rides through the Sierra Madre on horseback and narrates his adventures – sampling Mexican folk remedies, consorting with cocaine-snorting cops, teaching English to Guarijio Indians, and hunting for an outlaw’s buried treasure.


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Travels in Siberia
Ian Frazier

TRAVEL RUSSIA FRA

Captures the character of the vast eastern stretches of Russia known as Siberia during Frazier’s repeated visits – from a summer trip across the Bering Strait, to a winter trip to Novosibirsk, and the arduous overland crossing from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean.


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A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach - One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan
Loreen Niewenhuis

TRAVEL US MIDWEST NIE

A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach combines a women’s solo walking adventure with a ground-level view of issues facing Lake Michigan, a crucial source of fresh water.


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