Travel Tales

Nonfiction featuring a strong sense of place, extreme adventures, cultural histories, archaelogical adventures, and/or travel tales.

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.

2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000
1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990


2005

  • Schlepping Through the Alps: My Search for Austria's Jewish Past With Its Last Wandering Shepherd
    Author: Apple, Sam
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345465032 Date: 2005
    star LJ
    In the tradition of Confederates in the Attic comes a hilarious account of a journey with Austria's last wandering shepherd.
    Updated 2.7.05
  • The City of Falling Angels
    Author: Berendt, John
    Publisher: Penguin $ 25.95 ISBN: 1594200580 Date: 2005
    star Kirkus star LJ
    The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil returns after a decade to offer, in his inimitable style, an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants.
    Suggested Reading: Venice
    Updated 10.405
  • A Year in the Merde
    Author: Clarke, Stephen
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 22.95 ISBN: 1582345910 Date: 2005
    star LJ
    A #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom and an urban antidote to A Year in Provence, this laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of an expat in Paris is the almost-true story of the author's own experiences.
    Suggested Reading: Paris
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev
    Author: Dessaix, Robert
    Publisher: Shoemaker & Hoard $ 24 ISBN: 1593760639 Date: 2005
    star Kirkus
    Together with Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, Ivan Turgenev was one of the leading novelists of Russia's Golden Age and the first Russian writer to capture a Western audience. No less sensational than his novels was his personal life. For forty years, until the day he died, he was passionately devoted to the diva Pauline Viardot, following her and her husband around Europe and even living with them amicably at times as part of their household. What, then, did Turgenev mean by "love," the word at the core of his life and work? Robert Dessaix has had his own forty-year relationship with Turgenev, first as a student of Russian in both Australia and Russia, then as a teacher, and now as what he calls a close friend. In Twilight of Love, Dessaix has come to see Turgenev's life and work as an expression of a turning point in the history of love-the moment the Romantic became rational, love unraveled into sentiment and erotic feelings, and eros became a mere commodity. In this truly remarkable work, Robert Dessaix has found the pulse that quickened Turgenev's age, but has failed in ours. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.25.05
  • 8:55 To Baghdad: From London to Iraq on the Trail of Agatha Christie
    Author: Eames, Andrew
    Publisher: Overlook $ 24.95 ISBN:158567673x Date: 2005
    star LJ
    Recreating the romance and adventure of the-fashioned train journey, journalist Andrew Eames recreates Agatha Christie's ride on the Orient Express. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.18.05
  • Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table
    Author: Ellerbee, Linda
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152687 Date: 2005
    star Kirkus
    The celebrated journalist, producer, and bestselling author takes readers on a remarkable culinary journey through "a life lived interestingly, if not especially intelligently."
    Suggested Reading: Cooked Books
    Updated 2.8.05
  • Italy Out of Hand: A Capricious Tour
    Author: Hodgson, Barbara
    Publisher: Chronicle $ 19.95 ISBN: 0811831469 Date: 2005
    star LJ
    From one of the collaborators behind the adored Paris Out of Hand comes an equally eccentric, charming, and bizarre tribute--this time to Italy.
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Finding George Orwell in Burmese Tea Shop: Travels in a Police State
    Author: Larkin, Emma
    Publisher: Gotham $ 22.95 ISBN: 1594200521 Date: 2005
    star PW
    Suggested Reading: Burma
    Updated 4.19.05
  • The Tomb in Seville
    Author: Lewis, Norman
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 20 ISBN: 0786714395 Date: 2005
    star Kirkus
    While the rumblings of oncoming war shook a divided Spain, Norman Lewis and his brother-in-law Eugene Corvaja traveled through the Spanish countryside to the family tomb in Seville. Nearly seventy years later, in prose that is witty, understated, and poignant, Lewis describes the duo's travels first to Madrid, then through the bloody insurrection of October '34, and finally via the length of Portugal to Seville. For the avid and the new Norman Lewis reader alike, The Tomb in Seville is a vibrantly fresh tale of a historic time and place. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger
    Author: Mittelback, Margaret & Michael Crewdson
    Publisher: Villard $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400060028 Date: 2005
    star Kirkus star LJ
    Comic travel writing in the tradition of Bill Bryson, the first mainstream book about Tasmania is perfect for armchair explorers and nature lovers. Along with descriptions of bizarre species and Tasmania's surprising history, the book is laced with Rockman's evocative artwork--originally crafted from organic materials picked up on this postmodern safari.
    Suggested Reading:Nature Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat and Camel
    Author: Taylor, Jeffrey
    Publisher: Houghton $ 25 ISBN: 061833467x Date: 2005
    star Booklist
    Hailed by Bill Bryson and the New York Times Book Review as a rising star among travel writers, Jeffrey Tayler penetrates one of the most isolated, forbidding regions on earth--the Sahel. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 1.18.05

2004

  • The Old Iron Road: An Epic of Rails, Roads, and the Urge to Go West
    Author: Bain, David Haward
    Publisher: Viking $ 27.95 ISBN: 0670033081
    starPW
    From Omaha to San Francisco, Bain and his family retraced the entire route of the first transcontinental railroad and discovered the deep, restless, uniquely American spirit of adventure.
    Updated 4.5.04
  • The Heart of the World: A Journey To the Last Great Place
    Author: Baker, Ian
    Publisher: Penguin $ 27.95 ISBN: 1594200270 Date: 2004
    starPW
    One of the most captivating stories of exploration and discovery in recent memory, The Heart of the World is an extraordinary journey to one of the wildest and most inaccessible places on Earth--and a pilgrimage to the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.
    Updated 10.19.04
  • A Thousand Sighs, a Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan
    Author: Bird, Christiane
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345468929 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Celebrated journalist Bird offers a fascinating, illuminating and very personal glimpse into an exotic land and people of increasing global significance: Kurdistan.
    Updated 3.11.04
  • The Future of Ice: A Journey into Cold
    Author: Ehrlich, Gretel
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 21.95 ISBN: 037542251x Date: 2004
    starBookliststarLJ
    Updated 11.22.04
  • Scribbling the Cat: Travels With an African Soldier
    Author: Fuller, Alexandra
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200165
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    With the same fiercely beautiful prose that won her acclaim for Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Fuller describes her trip home to Zambia, where she comes away with a remarkably unbiased and unsentimental glimpse of men who have killed, mutilated, tortured and scrambled to survive during wartime, and who now live with their past.
    Updated 4.22.04
  • Time's Magpie: A Walk in Prague
    Author: Goldberg, Myla
    Publisher: Crown $ 16 ISBN: 1400046041 Date: 2004
    star LJ
    Author Goldberg takes readers through the city's historic streets, some eerily transformed by the devastating flood of 2002; to Lunapark, home to bumper cars, go-carts, and a discomfiting array of Technicolor confections; and through Strahov Monastery, where the cabinets of curiosity display everything from butterfly specimens to a supposedly real jabberwocky.
    Updated 11.2.04
  • The Bells in Their Silence: Travels Through Germany
    Author: Gorra, Michael Edward
    Publisher: Princeton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0691117659 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Updated 4.21.04
  • Travelling With Che Guevara: The Making of A Revolutionary
    Author: Granado, Alberto
    Publisher: Newmarket $ 24.95/14.95 ISBN: 1557046409/1557046395 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Updated 9.20.04
  • Hell or High Water: Seven Men, Seven Kayaks and the Last Great Quest
    Author: Heller, Peter
    Publisher: Rodale $ 24.95 ISBN: 1579548725 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In this grand adventure, an elite kayaking team makes a heroic conquest of the world's last great adventure prize: Tibet's Tsangpo River. Publication coincides with the release of a documentary about the expedition by National Geographic.
    Updated 8.16.04
  • The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World
    Author: Hopkins, Roz (ed)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet $ 39.99 ISBN: 1741044510 Date: 2004
    star LJ
    From Lonely Planet's staff of travel experts comes a coffeetable book to inspire wanderlust in both novices and seasoned travelers. This ultimate travel pictorial delivers the world by featuring every country on the planet in gorgeous photographs and evocative descriptions.
    Updated 11.2.04
  • The Dark Heart of Italy
    Author: Jones, Tobias
    Publisher: North Point $ 24 ISBN: 0865477000 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    Jones recounts his four-year voyage across the Italian peninsula where, instead of the pastoral bliss he expected, he discovers unfathomable terrorism and deep-seated paranoia.
    Updated 4.19.04
  • Mediterranean Winter: The Pleasures of History and Landscape in Tunisia, Sicily, Dalmatia and the Peleponnese
    Author: Kaplan, Robert D.
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 037550804x Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The bestselling author of Warrior Politics turns his attention to the pleasures of history and landscape in Tunisia, Sicily, Dalmatia, and Greece.
    Updated 10.28.03
  • Skeletons on the Zahara
    Author: King, Dean
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316835145 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    While there have been numerous historical adventure narratives published, this is the first major work to take place in the greatest desert of all. King retraced parts of Captain James Riley's three-month trek through the desert, going for days consuming only camel urine and locusts. The book is rich with the sort of detail one could only get from being on the scene, in the heart of the desert.
    Updated 11.17.03
  • Maximum City: Bombay
    Author: Mehta, Suketu
    Publisher: Knopf $ 27.95 ISBN: 0375403728 Date: 2004
    starPWstarLJ
    A brilliantly illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people-a book as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident, and sensation as the city itself-from an award-winning Indian-American fiction writer and journalist. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 9.22.04
  • My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere
    Author: Orlean, Susan
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0679462937 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    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.

    Now, in My Kind of Place, the real Susan Orlean takes readers on a series of remarkable journeys in this uniquely witty, sophisticated, and far-flung travel book. In this irresistible collection of adventures far and near, Orlean conducts a tour of the world via its subcultures, from the heart of the African music scene in Paris to the World Taxidermy Championships in Springfield, Illinois–and even into her own apartment, where she imagines a very famous houseguest taking advantage of her hospitality.

    With Orlean as guide, lucky readers partake in all manner of armchair activity. They will climb Mt. Fuji and experience a hike most intrepid Japanese have never attempted; play ball with Cuba’s Little Leaguers, promising young athletes born in a country where baseball and politics are inextricably intertwined; trawl Icelandic waters with Keiko, everyone’s favorite whale as he tries to make it on his own; stay awhile in Midland, Texas, hometown of George W. Bush, a place where oil time is the only time that matters; explore the halls of a New York City school so troubled it’s known as “Horror High”; and stalk caged tigers in Jackson, New Jersey, a suburban town with one of the highest concentrations of tigers per square mile anywhere in the world.

    Vivid, humorous, unconventional, and incomparably entertaining, Susan Orlean’s writings for The New Yorker have delighted readers for over a decade. My Kind of Place is an inimitable treat by one of America’s premier literary journalists.
    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.26.04
  • To the Heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa
    Author: Shipman, Pat
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060505559 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Joining the ranks of West with the Night and Out of Africa, this is the extraordinary true story of an unforgettable female adventurer from an award-winning author.
    Updated 2.5.04
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
    Author: Troost, J. Maarten
    Publisher: Broadway $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0767915305
    starKirkusstarPW
    After racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobs, author Troost decided the idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the Earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better. This is his hilarious story.
    Updated 4.8.04
  • The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon
    Author: Whitaker, Robert
    Publisher: Basic $ 25 ISBN: 0738208086 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    In the early years of the 18th century, a band of French scientists set off on a daring, decade-long expedition to South America in a race to measure the precise shape of the earth. This is the story of Isabel Grames, who became stranded in the Amazon--an epic love story that unfolds against the backdrop of the greatest expedition the world has ever known.
    Updated 4.21.04

2003

  • Lost in Mongolia
    Author: Angus, Colin
    Publisher: Broadway $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0767912802
    starKirkus
    The adrenaline junky who brought us Amazon Extreme now takes on an expedition that makes Survivor look like a luxury tour.
    Updated 6.30.03
  • The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas
    Author: Balf, Todd
    Publisher: Crown $ 24.95 ISBN: 009609890
    starKirkus
    Based on the vividly detailed log entries of the U.S. Darien Exploring Expedition, this is a rich, utterly compelling historical narrative that will thrill readers who enjoyed Isaac's Storm, the accounts of the Shackleton expedition, and all similar sagas of adventure at the limits of endurance.
    Updated 10.8.03
  • I Saw Ramallah
    Author: Barghouthi, Murid
    Publisher: Vintage $ 12 (paper) ISBN: 1400032660
    starLibrary JournalstarBooklist
    Palestinian poet Barghouti relates his homecoming to Ramallah after 30 years in exile, offering a moving account of what it means to be a Palestinian today. Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.
    Updated 4.29.03
  • Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia
    Author: Bissell, Tom
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375421300
    starKirkus
    In this high-octane narrative, Bissell chronicles his journey--sometimes raucous, sometimes powerfully sobering--through Uzbekistan to the disappearing Aral Sea.
    Updated 11.12.03
  • A Tale of Two Valleys: Wine, Wealth and the Battle for the Good Life in Napa and Sonoma
    Author: Deutschman, Alan
    Publisher: Broadway $ 23.95 ISBN: 0767907035
    starPW
    A Tale of Two Valleys takes young business writer Deutschman to one of America's favorite destinations--California wine country, where he explores the clash of the old and the new in Napa and Sonoma Valleys. This is an exciting romp that will remind readers of Tom Wolfe at his best.
    Updated 11.17.03
  • Madness Visible
    Author: Di Giovanni, Janine
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375410732
    starKirkusstarPW
    From an internationally celebrated war correspondent comes a searing firsthand chronicle--told with extraordinary immediacy--of the ordeal of the Balkan people during the continuing breakup of Yugoslavia.
    Updated 8.25.03
  • Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It
    Author: Dyer, Geoff
    Publisher: Random $ 22 ISBN: 0375422145
    starPW
    In Dyer's deft hands, what seems like an abstract idea--the search for the essence of experience--becomes an opportunity for storytelling: for a bracing, riotous, and addictive chronicling of anticipation and expectation as he travels about the globe.
  • Tibet, Tibet
    Author: French, Patrick
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400041007
    starKirkus
    Updated 8.25.03
  • Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and Journey to the Ends of the Earth
    Author: Glick, Daniel
    Publisher: Peresus $ 26 ISBN: 1586481541
    starPW
    In this frank and funny memoir, a suddenly single father--and nationally known environmental reporter--takes his children on a world tour of some of the world's rare and endangered life forms while reckoning with loss, change, and the challenges of parenting.
  • Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg
    Author: McPherson, James M.
    Publisher: $ ISBN:
    starBookliststarKirkusstarLJ
    McPherson takes us on one of his Gettysburg tours, with stops at important spots. He reflects on the meaning of the battle in the hearts and minds of Americans, describes the key events of those terrible three days in July 1863, and places the struggle in the greater contexts of American and world history.

    Updated 3.13.03
  • Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall
    Author: Meier, Andrew
    Publisher: Norton $ 28.95 ISBN: 0393051781
    starKirkusstarPW
    With the power of Lenin's Tomb and Balkan Ghosts, this is an illuminating portrait of contemporary Russia--a country in limbo, a land of vast potential struggling with an unfinished past. Black Earth is a penetrating view of the new Russia from a bold new voice in political journalism.
    Updated 6.30.03
  • The World: Travels 1950-2000
    Author: Morris, Jan
    Publisher: Norton $ 27.95 ISBN: 0393052087
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Ranging from Manhattan to Venice, Oxford to the Middle East, and Paris to South Africa, the book provides Morris's eyewitness accounts of such seminal moments as the first successful ascent of Everest, the historic Eichmann trial, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the handover of Hong Kong.
    Updated 10.2.03
  • High Lattitudes: An Artic Journey
    Author: Mowat, Farley
    Publisher: Steerforth $ 15.95 ISBN: 1586420615
    starKirkus
    In a voice alternately filled with rage, humor, and pathos, Mowat seasons his story with photos, maps, and verbatim transcriptions of testimonies from northern peoples, Inuit and white, at a time when the old ways of life were disappearing.
  • Sicilian Odyssey
    Author: Prose, Francine
    Publisher: National Geographic $ 20 ISBN: 0792265351
    starBooklist
    A blending of art and cultural criticism, travel writing, and personal narrative, Sicilian Odyssey is Prose's imaginative consideration of the diverse cultural legacies found juxtaposed and entangled on the Mediterranean island of Sicily.
    Updated 3.13.03
  • Stolen Figs, and Other Adventures in Calabria
    Author: Rotella, Mark
    Publisher: North Point $ 25 ISBN: 0865476276
    starPWstarKirkusstarLJ
    Rotella's Stolen Figs is a marvelous evocation of Calabria and Calabrians, whose way of life is largely untouched by the commerce that has made Tuscany and Umbria into tourist redoubts. This is a model travelogue--at once charming and wise, and full of the earthy sense of life that characterizes Calabria and its people.
  • The Bookseller of Kabul
    Author: Seierstad, Asne
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 19.95 ISBN: 0316764500
    starKirkusstarPW
    Invited to live with a Kabul bookseller and his family for several months, an award-winning journalist now gives readers a first-hand look at Afghani life as few outsiders have seen it.
    Updated 10.2.03
  • In Search of King Solomon's Mines
    Author: Shah, Tahir
    Publisher: Arcade $ 24.95 ISBN: 1559706414
    starLibrary Journal
    A shop near the site of the temple built by King Solomon is where Shah, the author of the much-praised Trail of Feathers and Sorcerer's Apprentice, begins his journey. Intrigued by a map he finds there, he sets out to find the king's gold mines, and the clues point across the Red Sea to Ethiopia. Tahir Shah's trail takes him and his readers on a quest described as both "quixotic" (Huntsville Times) and "challenging" (Publishers Weekly).
  • Dark Star Safarai: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
    Author: Theroux, Paul
    Publisher: Houghton Miffliin $ ISBN: 0618134247
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Widely acclaimed as one of the world's best travel writers, Theroux takes readers on the ultimate journey across the world's most complex and mysterious continent.
  • Cook: The Extraordinary Voyages of Captain James Cook
    Author: Thomas, Nicholas
    Publisher: Walker $ 28 ISBN: 0802714129
    starPW
    Blending an elegant, assured style with bold, cross-disciplinary originality, Thomas breathes life into the complex and controversial legacy of Captain James Cook, an often-misunderstood man.
    Suggested Reading: Sea Stories
    Updated 10.7.03
  • The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland
    Author: Thomson, Hugh
    Publisher: Overlook $ 24.95 ISBN: 1585673552
    starPW
  • Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast
    Author: Tidwell, Mike
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 23 ISBN: 0375420762
    starKirkus
    Tidwell--a celebrated travel and environmental writer--introduces readers to the surprisingly varied population of the Louisiana area. He describes the food, the music, the culture, and the lives of those who live along the bayou--a complex, compelling character itself.

2002

  • Amazon Extreme: Three Men, a Raft, and the World's Most Dangerous River
    Author: Angus, Colin
    Publisher: Broadway $ 22.95 ISBN: 0767910508
    starLibrary Journal
    Culminating in an astonishing victory that garnered major media coverage, this is the pulse-pounding story of three guys who truly went off the deep end, and one who came back to write a riveting recollection of their Amazon adventure.
  • In Lands Not My Own: A Wartime Story
    Author: Ainsztein, Reuben
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375507574
    starKirkus
    Told with an eloquence reminiscent of Conrad, here is a tale of heartbreaking sorrow, courage, and the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit. In Lands Not My Own is the story of one man's journey across war-torn Europe and his personal testimony to the horrors that give birth to war and are nurtured by it.
  • West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Reflects on Islam and the West
    Author: Ansary, Tamim
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 22 ISBN: 0374287570
    starKirkusstar Booklist
    Shortly after militant Islamic terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, Tamim Ansary of San Francisco sent an e-mail to 20 friends, telling how the threatened U.S. reprisals against Afghanistan looked to him as an Afghan American. He has now emerged as one of the most eloquent voices on the conflict between Islam and the West and this is his deeply personal account.
  • Breaking Clean
    Author: Blunt, Judy
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375401318
    star Kirkusstar PW
    An astonishing literary debut: the true story of a remarkable woman's life in the contemporary American West, where the lessons she learned carried her through blizzards, devastating prairie fires, and extreme isolation.
    Suggested Reading: Nature
  • Blues for Cannibals: the Notes from Underground
    Author: Bowden, Charles
    Publisher: North Point $ 24 ISBN: 0865476241
    star Booklist
  • Hold the Enlightenment: More Travel, Less Bliss
    Author: Cahill, Tim
    Publisher: Villard $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375507663
    starPublishers Weekly
    America's funniest adventure writer returns with his most entertaining collection of essays yet as he travels the globe and faces down challenges that are animal, topographical--and human.
  • I'll Know It When I See It: A Daughter's Search for a Home in Ireland
    Author: Carey, Alice
    Publisher: Clarkson $ 22 ISBN: 060960984x
    star Kirkusstar PW
    By turns bittersweet and laugh-aloud funny, I'll Know It When I See It tells an Irish-American woman's story of restoring a cottage in Ireland and reclaiming her roots.
  • Soul of Nowhere: Traversing Grace in a Rugged Land
    Author: Childs, Craig
    Publisher: Sasquatch $ 22.95 ISBN: 1570613060
    starKirkus
    In Soul of Nowhere, Craig Childs answers the call of fierce places; the more desolate the landscape, the more passionately he is drawn to it.
  • Land's End: A Walk Through Provincetown
    Author: Cunningham, Michael
    Publisher: Crown $ 16 ISBN: 0609609076
    starKirkus
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours explores one of America's oldest towns--Provincetown, on the tip of Cape Cod. Known as a summer mecca of beautiful beaches and quirky stores, the town has attracted an impressive array of artists and writers.
  • The Light at the End of the World: A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures
    Author: Davis, Wade
    Publisher: National Geo $ 35 ISBN: 0792264746
    star Booklist
  • Plundering Paradise: The Hand of Man on the Galapagos Islands
    Author: D'Orso, Michael
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060193905
    starKirkus
    Against the spectacular backdrop of the Galpagos Islands, D'Orso tells a riveting story of modern-day piracy, greed, and the struggle to save one of the planet's last untouched natural treasures from human destruction.
    Suggested Reading: Nature
  • Ninty Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole
    Author: Fleming, Fergus
    Publisher: Grove $ 26 ISBN: 0802117252
    starKirkusstarPW
    The acclaimed author of Barrow's Boys and Killing Dragons relates the epic story of the men who stopped at nothing to unravel the mysteries of the North Pole. In scintillating detail he tells of the wing governments and fantastic eccentrics who, despite their heroic failures, often achieved massive celebrity as they battled to reach the top of the world.
  • Me and Shakespeare: Adventures With the Bard
    Author: Gollob, Herman
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 26 ISBN: 0385498179
    starKirkus
    One of the most entertaining and unusual books on Shakespeare ever written is a distinguished book editor's memoir that attests to the lifelong power of literature to enrich, enlarge, and exalt.
  • Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
    Author: Horwitz, Tony
    Publisher: Holt $ 26 ISBN: 0805065415
    starPW
    In an exhilarating tale of historic adventure, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Confederates in the Attic retraces the voyages of Captain James Cook, the Yorkshire farm boy who drew the map of the modern world.
    Suggested Reading: Sea Stories
    Updated 8.28.02
  • The Rural Life
    Author: Klinkenborg, Verlyn
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 20 ISBN: 0316741671
    starKirkus
    The hugely admired author of The Last Fine Time preserves and makes new the sights, smells, sounds, and poetry of country living. Klinkenborg reveals the beauty of the American landscape, not from a scenic overlook, but through a screened-in porch or from the window of a pickup driving down an empty highway in the teeth of an approaching storm.
  • I Have Seen the World Begin
    Author: Jensen, Carsten
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 28 ISBN: 0151007683
    starBooklist
    Fusing social commentary and history with vibrant descriptions of people and places, Jensen brilliantly evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of these venerable civilizations.
  • Still Love in Strange Places: A Memoir
    Author: Kephart, Beth
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393050742
    starKirkus
    When Beth Kephart met and fell in love with the artist who would become her husband, she had little knowledge of the place he came from - an exotic coffee farm high in the jungle hills of El Salvador. Yet, love, she finds, means taking in not only the stranger who is one's lover, but also a stranger's history - in this case, a country, language, people and culture utterly foreign to a young American woman. Kephart's transcendently lyrical prose (often compared to the work of Annie Dillard) has already earned her a National Book Award nomination. - from the author's web site.
  • American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads
    Author: Ledraoulec, Pascale
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060197366
    starLibrary Journal
    An engaging, quirky travelogue and adventure-cookbook brings back from the highways and backroads a homemade slice of America.
  • The Stone Boudoir: Travels Through the Hidden Villages of Sicily
    Author: Maggio, Theresa
    Publisher: Perseus $ 25 ISBN: 0738203424
    starBooklist
    In this sparkling book, Theresa Maggio takes readers on a journey in search of Sicily's most remote and least explored mountain towns. A beautifully wrought meditation on time and place, The Stone Boudoir will be treasured by all who love fine travel writing.
  • A Desert Calling: Life in a Forbidding Landscape
    Author: Mares, Michael A.
    Publisher: Harvard $ 29.95 ISBN: 0674007476
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    Travel with Michael Mares into the deserts of Argentina, Iran, Egypt, and the American Southwest and encounter a rich and memorable variety of small, tenacious animals. Observe the remarkable behavioral, physiological, and ecological adaptations that have allowed them to persist in an arid world.
  • Trouser People
    Author: Marshall, Andrew
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 26 ISBN: 1582431205
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    Part travelogue, part history, part reportage, The Trouser People is an enormously appealing and vivid account of Sir George Scott, the unsung Victorian adventurer who hacked, bullied, and charmed his way through uncharted jungle to help establish British colonial rule in Burma.

  • The Anthropology of Turquoise: Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit
    Author: Meloy, Ellen
    Publisher: Pantheon Books $ 24 ISBN: 0375408851
    starKirkus
    From the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Bahamas to her home ground on the high plateaus and in the deep canyons of the Southwest, artist-naturalist Ellen Meloy plumbs her lifelong intoxication with light and color, expressed as a profound attachment to landscape.
    Suggested Reading: Nature
  • The Stones of Balazuc: A French Village Through Time
    Author: Merriman, John
    Publisher: Norton $ 27.95 ISBN: 0393051137
    starLibrary Journal
    This is a story of resilience. It is also a love letter from an acclaimed historian who with his family has made Balazuc his adopted home. Here, fully realized, is a place that is both universal and irreducibly French.
  • Following the Sun: A Bicycle Pilgrimage from Andalusia to the Hebrides
    Author: Mitchell, John Hanson
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 26 ISBN: 1582431361
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    Mitchell spins the story of his entrancing, sun-drenched bicycle journey fromthe beaches of Southern Spain to solar temples in the Outer Hebrides.
  • French Revolutions
    Author: Moore, Tim
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312290454
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Determined to tackle the most fearsome physical challenge outside of classical mythology, Moore, the ultimate amateur, resolves to complete all 2,256 miles of the Tour de France in the weeks before the professionals set off in this epic comic depiction of how to hilariously exceed one's limits.
  • Midnight to the North
    Author: Nickerson, Sheila
    Publisher: Tarcher $ 24.95 ISBN: 1585421332
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    The true story of what happened on the ill-fated Polaris expedition, from the perspective of the Inuit woman whose skills enabled all 19 members to survivethe longest ice drift in history.
  • The Blue Bear: A True Story of Friendship, Tragedy, and Survival in the Alaskan Wilderness
    Author: Schooler, Lynn
    Publisher: Ecco $ 25.95 ISBN: 0066210852
    starPW
    This haunting memoir is about the search for one of the world's most elusive animals, the friendship it forged, and the tragedy that ensued.
    Suggested Reading: Nature
  • On the Water: Discovering America in a Row Boat
    Author: Stone, Nathaniel
    Publisher: Broadway $ 21.95 ISBN: 0767908414
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  • 8 Men and a Duck: An Improbable Voyage by Reed Boat to Easter Island
    Author: Thorpe, I.J.
    Publisher: Free $ 24 ISBN: 0743219287
    starKirkus
    Bill Bryson meets Thor Heyerdahl in this hilarious and perilous adventure, as an award-winning journalist sails 2,500 miles from South America to Easter Island in a reed boat.
    Suggested Reading: Sea Stories
  • The Last Opium Den
    Author: Tosches, Nick
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 16.95 ISBN: 158234227x
    star PW
    Driven by romantic, spiritual, and medicinal imperatives, Nick Tosches goes in search of something that may no longer exist--an opium den. Weaving hallucinogenic quests with razor sharp prose, Tosche's trip becomes a deeper meditation on what true fulfillment is.
  • The Best American Travel Writing 2002
    Author: Wilson, Jason (ed)
    Publisher: Houghton $ 27.50 ISBN: 0618118799
    starKirkus
  • In Ruins
    Author: Woodward, Christopher
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 24 ISBN: 0375421998
    starKirkus
    Woodward has penned a wondrous meditation--at once a travelogue, memoir, and history--on the meaning of ruins and their persistent hold on the imagination.

2001

  • Far Appalachia: Following the New River North
    Author: Adams, Noah
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385320108
    starBooklist
    The host of NPR's All Things Considered and author of the beloved national bestseller Piano Lessons returns to the memoir format--and to the land of his forebears--as he follows an ancient river into the heart of contemporary Appalachia.
  • Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk in a Search for Enlightment
    by Bernstein, Richard
    Publisher: Random $ 26 ISBN: 0375400095
    star Kirkus
    In the year 629, a Buddhist monk named Hsuan Tsang, one of the most storied figures of Chinese history, set out across Asia in search of the Buddhist Truth. Nearly a millennium and a half later, Richard Bernstein retraces the monk's steps and reflects on the mysteries and paradoxes of Buddhist philosophy and on the nature of the Ultimate Truth that was Hsuan Tsang's goal.
  • Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
    by Elliot, Jason
    Publisher: St Martins $ 30 ISBN: 0312274599
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    Part travelogue, part historical evocation, part personal quest, and part reflection on the joys and perils of passage, An Unexpected Light captures perfectly the emotional lure of a seldom-glimpsed world. It is a poignant look at Afghanistan and a heartfelt reflection on the experience of travel itself.

  • Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
    Author: Feiler, Bruce S.
    Publisher: Morrow $ 26 ISBN: 0380977753
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    In the tradition of Thomas Cahill and Bruce Chatwin, this fascinating book takes readers on a firsthand journey through the greatest stories ever told, drawing from the latest archaeological research about each site and exploring how geography affects the larger narrative of the Bible.
  • Playing the Moldovans at Tennis
    Author: Hawks, Tony
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312280106
    starBooklist
    A bestseller in England, this work by the author of Round Ireland with a Fridge finds Hawks on an extraordinary travel adventure in an attempt to beat all 11 members of the Moldovan soccer team at tennis.
  • River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
    by Hessler, Peter
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26 ISBN: 0060195444
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    In the tradition of Iron & Silk comes a powerful memoir about a young American teacher in the Peace Corps living in the small Chinese city of Fuling as it navigates increasing waves of cultural and social upheaval.
  • Sorcerer's Apprentice
    by Shah, Tahir
    Publisher: Arcade $ 25.95 ISBN: 1559705809
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    As a child, Tahir Shah learned the secrets of illusion from an Indian magician. This is the story of his apprenticeship to one of India's master conjurors and his initiation into the brotherhood of godmen. Learning to unmask and practice illusion, he seeks out the subcontinents sadhus, sages, sorcerers, hypnotists, and humbugs. His quest exposes a side of India that most writers never imagine exists.

  • Return Passages: Great American Travel Writing 1780-1910: American Travel Writing from Exploration to Art
    by Ziff, Larzer
    Publisher: Yale $ 29.95 ISBN: 0300082363
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    Larzer Ziff traces the history of distinctively American travel writing through the stories of five great representatives. John Ledyard (1752-1789) , John Lloyd Stephens (1805-1852), Bayard Taylor (1825-1878), Mark Twain, and Henry James.

2000

  • The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-La
    by Balf, Todd
    Publisher: Crown $ 24 ISBN: 0609606255
    starPW
    The Last River is the breathtaking account of a world-class kayak team's quest to make the first descent through the foam, fury, and unexplored mysteries of the treacherous Tsangpo Gorge in the remote heart of Tibet. This is the story of that ill-fated adventure and a riveting evocation of one of the planet's wildest and most alluring places.
  • In A Sunburned Country
    by Bryson, Bill
    Publisher: Broadway $25 ISBN: 0767903854
    starPWstarBookliststarKirkus
    The bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods now takes a truly outrageous tour Down Under, revealing hundreds of entertaining eccentricities about the world's largest island--and about himself. Leaving no Vegemite unsavored, readers will accompany Bryson as he dodges jellyfish while learning to surf at Bondi Beach, discovers a fish that can climb trees, dehydrates in sweltering deserts, and tells the true story of the rejected Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House.
  • Circles: 50 Round Trips Through History, Technology, Science and Culture
    by Burke, James
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 074320008x
    starPW
    The bestselling author of The Knowledge Web plumbs the history of technology to reveal the surprisingly circular nature of change, giving proof why The Washington Post calls Burke "one of the most intriguing minds in the Western world".
  • Why Angels Fall: A Journey Through Orthodox Europe from Byzantium to Kosovo
    by Clark, Victoria
    Publisher: St Martins $ 29.95 ISBN: 0312233965
    starKirkus
  • Barrow's Boys; The Original Extreme Adventurers, a Stirring Story of Daring, Fortitude, and Outright Lunacy
    by Fleming, Fergus
    Publisher: Atlantic Monthly $ 26 ISBN: 0871138042
    starKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    Adventure literature at its best: the breathtaking story of England's heroic 19th-century expedition to the Arctic, the heart of Africa, and Antarctica, under the command of John Barrow.
  • An Ocean to Cross: Daring the Atlantic, Claiming a New Life
    by Fordred, Liz
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill $ 22.95 ISBN: 0071355049
    starKirkus
    In a story of courage and triumph over adversity, Fordred tells how she and her husband, both paralyzed from accidents, realized their dreams of building a boat and sailing from Rhodesia to a new life in America.
  • From Paris to the Moon
    by Gopnik, Adam
    Publisher: Random House $ 23.95 ISBN: 0679444920
    starBooklist
    The comic-romantic adventures of an American family in Paris is penned by The New Yorker writer and author of the magazine's popular "Paris Journal" column. The private story is rooted in the sentimental re-education of a weary American through the experience of his son's childhood in France.
  • Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust and Lunacy
    by Hansen, Eric
    Publisher: Pantheon ISBN: 0679451412 $ 23
    starPW
    A travel writer and author of Motoring with Mohammed journeyed the four corners of the Earth for five years to explore the beautiful world of orchids, and along the way encountered orchid smugglers, corrupt botanists, visionary breeders, a network of plant police, and attack dogs.
  • Round Ireland with a Fridge
    by Hawks, Tony
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312242360
    starBooklist
    "Round Ireland with A Fridge . . . . is a sort of alternative Michael Palin tome and a far better read than you would expect. It is part autobiography, part travelogue, and part Guinness addled ramblings."--The Irish Times.
  • Yonder: A Place in Montana
    by Hemingway, John
    Publisher: National Geographic $ 25 ISBN: 0792276876
    starBooklist
    This affecting memoir tells the story behind the "Bar 20", Heminway's 36-acre ranch, and his search for traces of the ranch's former owners.
  • Eccentric Islands: Travels Both Real and Imaginary
    by Holm, Bill
    Publisher: Milkweed $ 22.95 ISBN: 1571312455
    starKirkusstarPW
    Part traveler's journal, part philosophical essay, this literary expedition across the map to actual and imagined islands explores how those islands encourage eccentricity and genius.
  • Side Tracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer
    by Holmes, Richard
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 30 ISBN: 0679438467
    starLibrary JournalstarPW
    The author of Coleridge takes readers on a fascinating journey of "side tracks" -- what Holmes calls intriguing literary digressions he would take while he was in a biographical pursuit of a subject. This collection of essays focus on Shelley, Voltaire, Zelda Fitzgerald, and others, while including a radio-play, a ballet treatment, travelogue, and more.
  • Coyote Nowhere: In Search of America's Last Frontier
    by Holt, John
    Publisher: St. Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312252102
    starKirkus
    Forget Coors and SUVs, drive-in espresso kiosks, glitsy ski lodges and other skewed images of the West. Coyote Nowhere focuses the "real West"--the Northern high plains. We see the ranchers, Native American's and other inhabitants who take on this vast and rugged land, with all its merciless weather.
  • Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home
    by Iyer, Pico
    starBooklist
    Iyer explores the impersonal spaces that we all frequent as global inhabitants--shopping malls, airport terminals, custom renovated downtowns - spaces that are defined by their placelessness.
  • Walk Toward Oregon
    by Josephy, Alvin M., Jr.
    Publisher: Knopf ISBN: 0375409106 $ 28
    starPWstarBooklist
    From the celebrated historian, noted for his writings about the American West and the American Indian, comes a wonderfully engaging account of his journey across the 20th century.
  • Kangaroo Dreaming: An Australian Wildlife Odyssey
    by Kanze, Edward
    Publisher: Random $25 ISBN: 0609607960
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  • Highlanders: A Journey to the Caucasus in Quest of Memory
    by Karny, Yo'av
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux $ 25 ISBN: 0374226024
    starKirkus
    The story of the Caucasus region and the Chechen people is told by an intrepid and sophisticated Israeli journalist. Highlanders offers a better understanding of the region described as a "museum of civilizations."
  • Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named
    by Keay, John
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24 ISBN: 0060195185
    starBooklist
    In the tradition of Longitude and Fermat's Enigma comes a riveting tale of science and adventure in 19th-century India culminating in the discovery of the world's highest mountain--Mt. Everest.
  • Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon Quest
    by Montgomery, Sy
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN: 068484558x
    starBooklist
    From the popular nature writer and NPR commentator comes an intoxicating blend of animal science, natural history, and mythic lore about the Amazon's rare pink dolphins. of full-color photos.
  • Frost on My Moustache: The Artic Expoits of a Lord and a Loafer
    by Moore, Tim
    starBooklist
    In a welcome antidote to the Shackleton narratives and other manly survival stories set in the extremes, Moore writes with scathing self-deprecation about his misadventures in Iceland, Norway, and Spitzbergen (north of the Arctic Circle).
  • Dances with Luigi: A Grandson's Determined Quest to Comprehend Italy and the Italians
    by Paolicelli, Paul E.
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312251882
    starBooklist
    Why would a man who was a hero to his home village in Italy suddenly break all ties and never speak of his homeland again? This is the question at the heart of Paolicelli's spirited memoir as he travels back to Italy in hopes of piecing together his grandfather's mystery.
  • Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America With Einstein's Brain
    by Paterniti, Michael
    Publisher: Dial $ 18.95 ISBN: 0385333005
    starBookliststarPW
    A brilliant young writer, an 84-year-old pathologist, and Albert Einstein's brain rocket across the country through the palpable zeitgeist of contemporary America. Part travelogue, part memoir, part history, part biography, Driving Mr. Albert is one of the most unique road trips in modern literature.
  • The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places
    by Pelton, Robert Young
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385495676
    starLJ
    Tales of derring-do are presented by an adventurer extraordinaire, author of Come Back Alive and The World's Most Dangerous Places. This breakneck autobiography is by a man passionate to learn about the stranger and wilder places in the world as he takes readers where they might never willingly go.
  • Regions of the Heart: The Triumph and Tragedy of Alison Hargreaves
    by Rose, David
    Publisher: National Geographic $ 25 ISBN: 0792276965
    starBooklist
    Alison Hargreaves' solo ascent of Mt. Everest in 1995 without supplemental oxygen cemented her reputation as an accomplished mountaineer. Tragically, she died at age 33 during a violent storm on K2. In this book, two experienced climbers carefully and powerfully illustrate Hargreaves' passion for climbing.
  • Chasing the Mountain of Light: Across India on the Trail of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond
    by Rushby, Kevin
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  • The Snakebite Survivor's Club
    by Seal, Jeremy
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151005354
    starPW
    A riveting, hands-on adventure with the world's deadliest snakes, recounted with humor and horror by one of the most original travel writers of today. "A white knuckle read."--The Daily Mail.
  • In Search of Moby Dick: The Quest for the White Whale
    by Severin, Tim Publisher: Basic Books $24 ISBN: 0465076963
    starBooklist
    In In Search of Moby Dick, Severin sets about determining the likelihood of the existence of one of the most iconic modern myths - the Great White Whale. He begins to perceive the lush weave of fact and fiction, actual experience and extravagant yarn that is Moby Dick.
    Suggested Reading: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Philbrick, Nat
  • Sacred Monkey River: A Canoe Trip with the Gods
    by Shaw, Christopher
    Publisher: Norton $ 26.95 ISBN: 0393048373
    starKirkus
    In a book that is a fitting tribute to Bruce Chatwin's Songlines, Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams, and Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard, Shaw takes readers on an adventurous voyage into the heart of Mesoamerica, offering an exploration of its spiritual geography. Line drawings & photos.
  • Living with Cannibals and Other Women's Adventures
    by Slung, Michele
    Publisher: National Geographic $ 22 ISBN: 0792276868
    starLJ
    Slung showcases the inspiring, pulse-pounding stories of adventurous women from the 19th century to the present. These accounts have been culled from the National Geographic Society's vast 111-year-old collection of first-person narratives by women explorers.
  • Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia
    by Stewart, Chris
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 22 ISBN: 0375410287
    starBooklist
    Under the Tuscan Sun meets A Year in Provence -- in this refreshing tale about a family who busy and renovates a precariously-situated yet charming farm house in the sunny hills of Spain. Peter Mayle hails Driving Over Lemons as "Wonderful...I love this book."
  • Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey in Search of the Guevera Legend
    by Symmes, Patrick
    Publisher: Vintage ISBN: 0375702652 $ 13 (trade paper)
    starKirkus
    Half a century after Motorcycle Diaries comes an adventure through modern-day South America to rediscover a revolutionary's past and his enduring influence.
  • Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings 1985-2000
    by Theroux, Paul
    Publisher: Houghton $ 27 ISBN: 0618034064
    starKirkus
    This collection of Theroux's essays and articles over the past 15 years follows his highly successful Sunrise with Seamonsters. This volume, however, is devoted exclusively to travel writings that capture such scenes as the snowy Maine woods and Hong Kong on the eve of the hand-over.
  • In Siberia
    by Thurbron, Colin
    Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 0060195436 $ 26
    starPWstarKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    An evocative portrait of one of the most breathtaking yet little-known places on earth, written by England's #1 bestselling, award-winning author -"one of the two or three best living travel writers, in some ways probably "the" best" (Jan Morris).
  • In the Mountains of Heaven: True Tales of Adventure on Six Continents
    by Tidwell, Mike
    Publisher: Lyons $ 24.95 ISBN: 1585740500
    starBooklist
    In this collection of 25 essays, award-winning travel writer Mike Tidwell shatters the mold of the travel genre. More than adventurous tales of getting from here to there, Tidwell draws out the personalities of those he meets along his travels to the four corners of the globe. Readers will meet a Bombay prostitute, a Hanoi barber, a real-life Tarzan in the Amazon rain forest, and others.

1999

  • Working at Play: A History of Vacations in the United States
    by Aron, Cindy Sodik
    starPW
    With vivid detail and much insight, Working at Play offers a lively historyof the vacation, throwing new light on the place of work and rest in American culture.
  • America Day by Day
    by Beauvoir, Simone de
    starKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    The ultimate American road book - the detailed diary of Simone de Beauvoir's four-month journey from one coast of the United States to the other, and back again. Fascinating passages are devoted to Hollywood, the Grand Canyon and other destinations.
  • I'm A Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away
    by Bryson, Bill
    starKirkus
    Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are his hallmark, Bryson, who recently returned to the U.S. after living abroad for 20 years, proves that there's truly no place like home, especially if it's in America.
  • Accursed Mountains: Journeys in Albania
    by Carver, Robert
    starPW
  • Yes We Have No: Adventures in the Other England
    by Cohn, Nik
    starKirkus
    The kaleidoscopic England that Cohn travels is made up of techno-freaks and soccer obsessives, faith healers and fetishists, graffiti artists, Rastas, and Elvis impersonators.
  • Other Side of Everest: Climbing the North Face Through a Killer Storm
    by Dickenson, Matt
    starPW
    This harrowing successor to Into Thin Air and The Climb provides new perspectives on the devastating storm of 1996 that claimed the lives of eight climbers and rocked the mountaineering world. of photos.
  • Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy
    by Gammelgaard, Lene
    starPW
    The internationally bestselling account of the 1996 Everest disaster by one of the few who reached the summit and survived.
  • Golden Age of Travel: 1880-1939
    by Gregory, Alexis
    starBooklist
  • River Horse: A Voyage Across America
    by Heat-Moon, William Least
    starBookliststarPWstarKirkus
    The acclaimed, bestselling author of Blue Highways and PrairyErth chronicles his unique journey through America's waterways, from Atlantic to Pacific. Brimming with history, drama, hilarity, and wisdom, River Horse is a Blue Highways on water and ranks among the greatest American travelogues.
  • Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France
    by Mayle, Peter
    starPW
    The author of A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence celebrates a beloved homecoming to the area with a joyous mix of Gallic characters, adventure, and culinary treats.
  • An Innocent in Scotland: More Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters
    by McFadden, David W.
    starPW
  • Catfish and Mandela: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
    by Pham, Andrew X.
    starKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    A Vietnamese Bicycle Days, this vibrant, picaresque memoir is written with narrative flair and a wonderful, eye-opening sense of adventure - one man's unforgettable search for cultural identity.
  • In Nevada: The Land, the People, God and Chance
    by Thomson, David
    starBooklist
    Part contemplation, part appreciation, part informal travel guide, this book examines and experiences the gamblers mix of hope and anxiety, the isolation and closeness, the beauty and banality - and the state of mind- of Nevada.

1998

  • Endurance: Shackelton's Legendary Antartic Expedition
    by Alexander, Caroline
    starPW
    Drawing on previously unavailable sources, this riveting account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to Antarctica presents, for the first time, 150 images by Australian photographer Frank Hurley, whose stunning visual record of the ordeal was - amazingly - preserved.
  • Almost and Island: Travels in Baja California
    by Berger, Bruce
    starKirkus
    Eight hundred miles long, Baja California is the remotest region of the Sonoran desert, a land of volcanic cliffs, glistening beaches, fantastical boojum trees, and some of the greatest primitive murals in the Western Hemisphere. In this book, Berger recounts tales from his three decades in this extraordinary place, enriching his account with the peninsula's history, its politics, and its probable future - rendering a striking panorama of this land so close to the United States, so famous and so little known.
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
    by Bryson, Bill
    starPW
    A laugh-out-loud account of an outrageously rugged hike - by the beloved comic author of Lost Continent and Notes from a Small Island. Published in the 75th anniversary year of the Appalachian Trail.
  • The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands
    by Clapp, Nicholas
    starBookliststarKirkus
    The most fabled city in ancient Arabia was Ubar, but like Sodom and Gomorrah, Ubar was destroyed by God for the sins of its people. Buried in the desert without a trace, it became known as "the Atlantis of the Sands". Now, in one of the most entertaining stories of scientific discovery and archaeological investigation ever written, Nicholas Clapp recounts the rediscovery of this ancient lost city. Subject of a "Nova" on PBS.
  • From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East
    by Dalyrmple, William
    starBookliststarPWstarKirkus
    In 587, two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world. On the way, John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers. More than 1,000 years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps. A rich and gripping blend of history and spirituality, adventure and politics, this work is threaded with Dalrymple's unique send of black comedy.
  • Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West
    by Egan, Timothy
    starLibrary Journal
    Third-generation westerner Timothy Egan has traveled, fishing rod and notebook in hand, to the rivers and deserts and mountains and ranches and cities of the region in order to tell the story of the contemporary West as he sees it.
  • Face of the Deep
    by Farber, Thomas
    starKirkus
    Consider waves beating against a shore, their swells forming a pattern of involutions. So Guggenheim scholar Thomas Farber spirals fluidly around his subject, the Pacific, that is his abiding love. Farber writes movingly of his experiences surfing, sailing, and diving in Pacific waters, chance encounters in bars and backwaters, and other reflections.
  • Driving to Detroit: An Automative Odyssey
    by Hazelton, Lesley
    starKirkus
    In this moving and captivating memoir, a British expatriate, car junky, and veteran travel writer takes the wheel and crosses the country in search of the elusive American dream. Along the way, she rediscovers herself and what America is all about.
  • Million Truths: A Decade in China
    by Jakobson, Linda
    starKirkus
    As a Finnish correspondent living in China, author Linda Jakobson describes the changes that have been taking place there over the past ten years. A result of hundreds of interviews with Chinese of all ages and of all ranks, this personal, wide-reaching, and intelligent book speaks on several topics and comes to some startling conclusions.
  • Empire Wilderness: Travels into America's Future
    by Kaplan, Robert D.
    starBookliststarPW
    The bestselling author of Balkan Ghosts and The Ends of the Earth traveled through the American West to assemble this mind-changing preview of America's future.
  • Demonic Comedy: Some Detours in the Baghdad of Saddam Hussein
    by Roberts, Paul William
    starPWstarKirkus
    Paul William Roberts first visited Iraq during the Arab summit in 1990. He went back in 1991 during the Gulf War. One of the few journalists to get into Iraq, he was arrested by soldiers on the outskirts of Baghdad at the height of the Allied attack and witnessed the nightmarish effect of the bombing on the city's civilians and infrastructure. In 1995, he received a surprise invitation to the "International Babylon Festival" and was able to revisit what little was left of Baghdad. Roberts ranges from Hunter Thompson-like gonzo journalism to skilled historical analysis, untangling the complicated history of Iraq and its neighbors, to intrepid interviews, discussing movies and religion with a frightening array of madmen, from Hussein himself, the man "whose mother looked like Anthony Quinn playing Mother Teresa", to Assad Bayoud al-Tamimi, the less than benevolent father figure of the Islamic Jihad. At once chilling and hysterically funny, The Demonic Comedy is a unique travel memoir, an eye-witness testament to the horrors of dictatorship and the devastation of war. - Jackey Copy.
  • Room Service: Reports from Eastern Europe
    by Swartz, Richard
    starKirkus
    Room Service offers detailed images of the people and places of Richard Swartz's adopted slice of Europe, and thoughtful reflection on his status as a privileged outsider. We meet Serbian poets and priests in the service of war, the bewitching wife of a Romanian bigot, a Czech factory manager turned hotel porter in the wake of 1968, Ceaucescu's masseuse, the king of all the gypsies, a cantor who is the last survivor of a Jewish community, and many others - famous, infamous, and anonymous - who take their places in a fascinating, moving, and sometimes cuttingly funny history of a region at the brink of enormous change. -Jacket copy.
  • Midnight in Sicily: On Food, History, Travel and La Costa Nostra
    by Robb, Peter
    starPWstarKirkus
    In 1995 Giulio Andreotti, seven-time prime minister of Italy, went on trial both for murder and for his association with the Sicilian mafia. Midnight in Sicily chronicles the development of the extraordinary events surrounding this scandal, exposing the sordid connection between Italy's politicians and organized crime.
  • Road Swing
    by Rushdin, Steve
    starPW
    With wit and an eye for the absurd, Sports Illustrated writer Steve Rushin goes behind the sports pages to reveal what baseball, football, basketball, and all the rest really mean. The result is a sports-addled Blue Highways and a reflection of themes unique to the American character.
  • Terra Incognita: Travels in Antartica
    by Wheeler, Sara
    starPW
    Ever since the time of Captain Cook, Antarctica has captured the imagination of countless explorers who set off against great odds in search of riches and honor, for science or a better world. Sara Wheeler weaves together her own experiences on the ice with the grueling adventures of Antarctica's most mythic figures - the Norwegian Roald Amundsen, who beat his rival to the Pole by twenty-nine days; Ernest Shackleton, whose men lived on seal and penguin blubber for three months when their ship was pierced by an iceberg; Apsley Cherry-Garrard, who famously braved the polar winter to hunt down rare penguin eggs that were ignored and eventually lost back home; Robert Falcon Scott, whose heroic example inspired countless young men to sacrifice themselves in the First World War. Accounts of these epic expeditions alternate with Sara Wheeler's own adventures in Antarctica, where a motley crew of scientists, drifters and dreamers search for bacterial traces that might hold the key to life on Mars, harass penguins and seek to measure this still largely impenetrable land. - Jacket copy.

1997

  • Questions of Heaven: The Chinese Journeys of an American Buddhist
    by Ehrlich, Gretel
    starBookliststarPW
    PW Editors' Favorite Books of 1997
    A haunting pilgrimage to one of China's holy mountains. "Ehrlich's highly personal travelogue centers on her attempt to find what remains of (the) once-flourishing spiritual culture in the sacred mountains of western China. . . . (Ehrlich) intersperses her personal narrative with bits of the intellectual, political, historical and spiritual". -Alexandra Hall, The New York Times Book Review.
  • Journeys With Elsa Cloud
    by Hadley, Leila
    starBookliststarPW
    In a memoir that Norman Mailer calls the "best travel book I've ever read", Lelia Hadley records a journey to India inspired both by her lifelong love of travel and by a desire to reconcile with her estranged daughter, Veronica, who was living in India.
  • Tropical Classical: Essays from Several Directions
    by Iyer, Pico
    starPW
    The acclaimed author of Video Night in Kathmandu continues his one-man reinvention of the essay in an eloquent new book which soars from the remotest places on the planet to the frontiers of contemporary literature, culture, and manners.
  • Lost Tribe: A Harrowing Passage into New Guinea's Heart of Darkness
    by Marriott, Edward
    starBookliststarKirkus
    Two years before this story begins, the Liawep were a lost tribe. There were seventy-nine of them, living in deep jungle in far northwest Papua New Guinea. They worshipped a mountain and dressed in leaves. They hid when planes flew overhead, believing them to be evil sanguma birds. There was no record of them in census books; as far as the outside world was concerned they did not exist. Edward Marriott first heard about the Liawep tribe in 1993, when their 'discovery' by a missionary hit the international headlines. Unable to believe that anyone could still be truly lost, he set out to find them himself, to hear their stories, hopes for the future and fears for their changing world. Banned by the Papua New Guinea government from visiting them, he assembled his own patrol and crossed the jungle illegally. However, nothing could prepare him for what he found nor for the dramatic events that followed. Intriguing and impressive, The Lost Tribe is both a compelling adventure story and an extraordinary account of a small society caught at a time of dramatic change. - Publisher marketing.
  • Long Way From St. Louis: Travel Memoirs
    by McElroy, Colleen J.
    starKirkus
    McElroy travels the world discovering new facets of her African American woman's experience - in prose that waltzes at the sedate pace of Arthur Murray, leaps with the grace of ballet, and clickety-clacks, with the energy of tap. Following female heroes who took no stuff, McElroy remains true to herself. - Publisher marketing.
  • Lone Star Swing: On the Trail of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
    by MClean, Duncan
    starKirkus
    Both a quest for a musical grail and a wildly funny travelogue, Lone Star Swing captures the singular wonders of Texas and its maverick inhabitants, its staggering 100-in-the-shade heat and its mouth-blistering chiles. Above all, it captures the spirit of the glorious mongrel music - once incredibly popular, now all but forgotten - the music of Western Swing.
  • Snakes and Ladders: Glimpses of India
    by Mehta, Gita
    starBooklist
    n this personally charged work of reflection and reminiscence, readers are guided through India's multi-hued mosaic. A high profile writer, Mehta gives a loving but unflinching assessment of India today - entertaining, informative and wholly personal.
  • Names of Things: A Passage in the Egyptian Desert
    by Morrow, Susan Brind
    starLJ
    It was not easy for Susan Brind Morrow to leave her rural New York home for the Egyptian desert. But once she was there, the tragic memories of two dead siblings and a childhood of eccentric withdrawal crumbled in the dry heat along with any notion of safety. This book interweaves a moving memoir of an American childhood with an adventurous woman's courageous search for hidden meanings.
  • No Mercy: A Journey to the Heart of the Congo
    by O"Hanlon, Redmond
    starBookliststarLJ
    PW Editors' Favorite Books of 1997
    Redmond O'Hanlon has journeyed among headhunters in deepest Borneo with the poet James Fenton, and amid the most reticent, imperilled and violent tribe in the Amazon Basin with a night-club manager. This, however, is his boldest journey yet. Accompanied by Lary Shaffer - an American friend and animal behaviorist, a man of imperfect health and brave decency - he enters the unmapped swamp-forests of the People's Republic of the Congo, in search of a dinosaur rumored to have survived in a remote prehistoric lake. The flora and fauna of the Congo are unrivalled, and with matchless passion O'Hanlon describes scores of rare and fascinating animals: eagles and parrots, gorillas and chimpanzees, swamp antelope and forest elephants. But as he was repeatedly warned, the night belongs to Africa, and threats both natural (cobras, crocodiles, lethal insects) and supernatural (from all-powerful sorcerers to Samale, a beast whose three-clawed hands rip you across the back) make this a saga of much fear and trembling. Omni-present too are ecological depredations, political and tribal brutality, terrible illness and unnecessary suffering among the forest pygmies, and an appalling waste of human life throughout this little-explored region. - Jacket copy.
  • Setting Foot on the Shores of Connemara & Other Writings
    by Robinson, Tim
    starPW
  • Legends of the American Desert: Sojourns in the Great Soutwest
    by Shoumatoff, Alex
    starPWstarKirkus
    This beautifully written narrative captures the multifaceted American Southwest, unearthing surprising inhabitants who have made this majestic, untamed land their home.
  • Gypsy in Me: From Germany to Romania in Search of Youth, Truth and Dad
    by Simon, Ted
    starKirkus
  • Open Lands: Travels Through Russia's Once Forbidden Places
    by Taplin, Mark
    starPWstarKirkus
    Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Mark Taplin, a public information officer in the American embassy in Moscow, decided to visit seven cities and regions long hidden from foreign eyes. Everywhere he went he found a collapsing economy, mass graves, destroyed churches and labor camps (many still in use). But he also found the Russian people and the Russian spirit. The people Taplin meets all come alive on the page and he gives readers and infectious hope of a people struggling to be reborn.
  • In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: A Journey from Greece to Asia
    by Wood, Michael
    starPW
    Between 334 and 324 B.C. the Macedonian Army, led by Alexander the Great, marched relentlessly across Asia. Historian Michael Wood actually retraced Alexander's 22,000-mile epic journey, and In an exciting blend of history, travel, and adventure, recounts the Macedonian conquest as recorded in many ancient documents. Ties-in to a BBC-PBS documentary series.

1996

  • Desert Places
    by Davidson, Robyb
    starBooklist
    In 1992 Robyn Davidson traveled through a year's migration cycle with the Rabari, pastoral nomads of northwest India. Displaying a writer's acute eye for detail and a traveler's keen appreciation for the beauty to be found in the earth's most desolate landscapes, Davidson explores her own desert places even as she immortalizes a culture about to die.
  • Disappearance: A Map - A Meditation on Death and Loss in the High Latitudes
    by Nickerson, Sheila
    starBookliststarKirkus
    Alaska looms as the main character of this lyrically beautiful memoir that weaves together the author's personal experiences, the story of humankind's futile struggle to domesticate Alaska's timeless landscape, and the record of the many people who have disappeared forever in a quest to control and conquer this vast wilderness.
  • Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake
    by Horton, Tom
    starKirkus
    Smith Island is a marshy archipelago in mid-Chesapeake Bay, nine miles fron the mainland, home to 500 watermen and their families. In an eloquent tribute to that community, the author of Bay Country provides a portrait of a people who have remained intimately connected to the place in which they live, far past the time when "place" and "nature" have immediate consequence to most of our lives.
  • Of Tigers and Men: Entering the Age of Extiction
    by Ives, Richard
    starKirkus
  • Ends of the Earth: A Journey at the Dawn of the 21st Century
    by Kaplan, Robert D.
    starPW
    Having drawn a startlingly prescient portrait of the Bosnian catastrophe in his bestseller, Balkan Ghosts, Robert Kaplan now travels more widely and ambitiously. In this gritty tour de force of travel writing and political reportage, he covers an arc from West Africa to Southeast Asia, across a world in which nation-states are giving way to warring nationalities and where metastasizing populations compete for dwindling resources.
  • Travels With a Hungry Bear: A Journey to the Russian Heartland
    by Kramer, Mark
    starPW
  • Sahara Unveiled: A Journey Across the Desert
    by Landewische, William
    starBooklist
    The world's most vast and forbidding desert is revealed in all its cruelty and wonder in this masterpiece of contemporary travel writing by the author of Cutting for Sign. Determined to see the Sahara as its inhabitants do, Langewiesche crossed this enormous desert from Algiers to Dakar, braving its natural and human dangers and depending on its sparse sustenance and suspect charity.
  • Bad Land: An American Romance
    by Raban, Jonathan
    starBookliststarPWstarKirkus
    Seduced by the government's offer of 320 acres per homesteader, Americans and Europeans rushed to Montana and the Dakotas to fulfill their own American dream in the first decade of this century. Raban's stunning evocation of the harrowing, desperate reality behind the homesteader's dream strips away the myth - while preserving the romance - that has shrouded our understanding of our own heartland.
  • Fez of the Heart: Travels Around Turkey in Search of a Hat
    by Seal, Jeremy
    starPW
    Inspired by a dusty fez in his parents' attic, Jeremy Seal set off in 1993 to trace the astonishing history of this cone-shaped hat. Soon, the quintessentially Turkish headgear became the key to understanding a country beset by contradictions. Seal's investigations took him from the fez-topped headstones of Istanbul's ghostly cemeteries to the remote town on the Black Sea where Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey, first banned the fez in 1925. From there Seal traveled around the country, visiting eastern cities where intractable fez wearers were once hanged, exploring the troubled Kurdish southeast, watching the production of fez-shaped hats for whirling dervishes in the mystical central city of Konya. The result of his unusual journey is an engaging and agile mix of history and travel, politics and reportage. - Jacket Copy.
  • Dinner with Persephone
    by Storace, Patricia
    starPW
    A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Dinner with Persephone mixes affection with detachment as an American poet perfectly evokes a country delicately balanced between past and present, East and West. Alongside breathtaking descriptions of beaches and villages, Orthodox rituals and classical myths, Patricia Storace culls through dream books, pop songs, and soap operas to give readers an archaeology of the Greek psyche.
  • Sweet Tea with Cardamom: A Journey Through Kurdistan
    by Thornhill, Teresa
    starLibrary Journal
    The Kurds are often described as the largest number of people without a state in the world. After the Gulf War in 1991, Kurds in Iraq were brutally put down by Saddam Hussein's genocidal regime. The U.N. moved in and set up safe havens and, for a brief period, the Kurds set out on the road to self-government and democracy. In these heady but precarious days of 1993, Teresa Thornhill journeyed twice to Iraqi Kurdistan. She traveled widely throughout northern Iraq, encountering peshmerga (guerilla fighters), British soldiers, ordinary villagers, and the educated elite. She sought out and met many Kurdish women who were survivors of Saddam Hussein's atrocities. Thornhill found her self deeply moved by the Kurds she met and became increasingly involved with their plight. Sweet Tea with Cardamom records with insight and passion the land, the people and the struggle at a unique moment in the fight for a free Kurdistan. - Publisher Marketing.
  • River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze and Back in Chinese Time
    by Winchester, Simon
    starPW
    It is the symbolic heart of China. Rising in the mountains of the Tibetan border, it pierces 3,900 miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea. Its path embraces every geographic feature and almost every ethnic group, and its banks are home to both scenic splendor and foul industrial pollution. Connecting China's heartland cities with that volatile coastal giant Shanghai, it has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters. And to travel up those waters is to travel back in history, to sense the soul of China. Long off-limits to foreigners, the far reaches of the Yangtze are still off-limits to most tourists and travelers simply by dint of the difficulty in traversing the terrain. But, for Simon Winchester, traveling the length of this mighty river was a lifelong dream and, together with a Chinese companion, he set out to do just that. The result is this unforgettable portrait of China. Endlessly curious, urbane, witty, and knowledgeable, Winchester introduces us to a world we might otherwise have missed. To follow him on his adventures up the Yangtze is to experience the essence of China - to absorb its flavors as well as learn its history and politics, to feel its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture, and to meet up en route with uncommon people in remote and almost inaccessible places. This is travel writing at its best: lively and informative, amusing and thoroughly engaging. - Jacket copy.

1995

  • Six Years After D-Day: Cycling Through Europe
    by Alsmeyer, Marie Bennett
    starPW
  • Byzantine Journey
    by Ash, Jon
    starKirkus
  • After Sorrow: An American Among the Vietnamese
    by Borton, Lady
    starKirkus
    After Sorrow spans an American woman's twenty-five years of experience in Viet Nam. It is the story of the ordinary Vietnamese whom Americans fought against but never had the chance to know. Lady Borton has come to know these people intimately from her work there, first in a Quaker Service rehabilitation center for civilian amputees in South Viet Nam (1969-71), and up to the present. After Sorrow centers on the last eight years, during which Lady made repeated visits to three villages, one a former Viet Cong base in the Mekong Delta of southern Viet Nam, another a rice-farming commune in the Red River Delta of northern Viet Nam, and the third, Ha Noi, which Vietnamese call their "largest village". In this deeply moving memoir, Lady's women friends recall their own roles in the struggles that climaxed in the American War. These are war stories of a kind we have not heard before: women's stories of courage, guile, patience, and fate; of climbing mountains and hiding in rivers and capturing prisoners, of carrying rifles beneath vats of fish sauce in canoes, of mourning husbands, of thousands missing. In Lady Borton's previous book, Sensing the Enemy, she wrote about the Boat People who left Viet Nam. After Sorrow is the strong and uplifting story of the people who stayed. - Jacket Copy.
  • Size of the World
    by Greenwald, Jeff
    starPW
  • Crossing Place: A Journey Among the Armenians
    by Marsden, Philip
    starPW
  • Walking Towards Walden: A Pilgrimage in Search of Place
    by Mitchell, John Hanson
    starBooklist
    Starting from an ancient burial site, John Mitchell and friends began a 15-mile hike to the tomb of Henry David Thoreau. They sauntered through the landscape where our literature and history began -the woods favored by the Transcendentalists. On each mile, they explore not only the landscape before them but also certain timeless themes.
  • Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
    by Theroux, Paul
    starKirkus
    The bestselling travel writer and novelist now takes us on a magical tour of the Mediterranean. Theroux's other bestselling travel books include The Great Railway Bazaar, Riding the Iron Rooster, and The Happy Isles of Oceana.
  • Luck of the Irish: Our Life in County Clare
    by Williams, Niall & Christine Breen
    starPW
    In their fourth book, Williams and Breen, the authors of O Come Ye Back to Ireland, When Summer's in the Meadow, and The Pipes Are Calling chronicle their life and adventure in this beautiful country, where fewer and fewer Irish men and women are lucky enough to be able to live.

1994

  • Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe
    by Applembaum, Anne
    starPWstarKirkus
  • Exit into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe
    by Hoffman, Eva
    starPWstarKirkus
    In this intimate narrative journey, Hoffman returns to her Polish homeland and five other countries -Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and the two nations of the former Czechoslovakia - to vividly portray a landscape in the midst of change. "Alert and intuitive". -The Washington Post.
  • Biografi: A Traveller's Tale
    by Jones, Lloyd
    starPW
    Controversial and acclaimed in its previous editions, this dazzling hybrid of travel writing and imaginative writing is now being published for the first time in the U.S. Traveling to Albania in 1991, the author finds a relentlessly bizarre world of half-truths where individuals and the country are being forced to reimagine an identity.
  • Sacred Horses: The Memoirs of a Turkmen Cowboy
    by Maslow, Jonathan
    starPW
  • Raven's Exile: A Season on the Green River
    by Meloy, Ellen
    starBooklist
  • Secret Life of the Seine
    by Rosenblum, Mort
    starKirkus
    World-weary foreign correspondent Mort Rosenblum takes the reader aboard his 54-foot launch tied up alongside the barges in the center of Paris. He introduces us to the characters who share his life along the river, ranging from eccentric movie stars and reclusive novelists to the barge families still trying to earn a living moving freight through the canals of Europe.

1993

  • Pecked to Death by Ducks
    by Cahill, Tim
    starBooklist
    In his latest tour of the earth's remote, exotic, and dismal places, the author of Road Fever and A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg sleeps with a grizzly bear, witnesses demonic possession in Bali, and survives a run-in with something called the Throne of Doom in Guatemala. Vivid and outrageously funny.
  • 36 Views of Moung Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan
    by Davidson, Cathy N.
    starKirkus
  • In the Footsteps of Ghenghis Khan
    by Defrancis, John
    starPW
  • King Leopold's Dream: Travels in the Shadow of the African Elephant
    by Gavron, Jeremy
    starPW
  • Zero Three Bravo: Solo Across America in a Small Plane
    by Gosnell, Mariana
    starPW
  • Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World
    by Iyer, Pico
    starBookliststarPWstarKirkus
    The author of Video Night in Kathmandu ups the ante on himself in this sublimely evocative and acerbically funny tour through the world's loneliest and most eccentric places. From Iceland to Bhutan to Argentina, Iyer remains both uncannily observant and hilarious.
  • Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History
    by Kaplan, Robert D.
    starPW
    From the assassination that set off World War I to the ethnic warfare sweeping Bosnia and Croatia, the Balkans have been the crucible of the 20th century - the place where terrorism and genocide were first practiced as tools of policy. This enthralling political travelogue helps us understand that region's anguish.
  • Great American Bus Ride: An Intrepid Woman's Cross-Country Adventure
    by Kurtz, Irma
    starPW
  • Stalin's Nose: Travels Around the Bloc
    by MacLean, Rory
    starPW
  • Journey to the Vanished City: The Search for the Lost Tribe of Israel
    by Parfitt, Tudor
    starBooklist
  • Last Old Place: A Search Through Portugal
    by Proper, Datus G.
    starKirkus
  • Temple of the Jaguar: Travels in the Yucatan
    by Schueler, Donald G.
    starPW
  • Border of Blue: Along the Gulf of Mexico from the Keys to the Yucatan
    by Turner, Frederick
    starPW

1992

  • Red Odyssey: A Journey Through the Soviet Republics
    by Akchurin, Marat
    starKirkus
  • Cannibal Queen: An Aerial Odyssey Across America
    by Coonts, Stephen
    starKirkus
    The acclaimed nonfiction account of the bestselling author's flight across America in a vintage biplane.
  • Wind, Sand, and Silence: Travels With Africa's Last Nomads
    by Englebert, Victor
    starBooklist
  • In Search of Ghenghis Khan
    by Severin, Timothy
    starKirkus
    Eight centuries ago Genghis Khan rode out of the steppes of Mongolia to establish the largest empire ever achieved by any one man. Now Tim Severin, award-winning author of The Brendan Voyage, has retraced the tracks of Khan's feared horde. culture has changed.
  • Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific
    by Theroux, Paul
    starKirkus
    Theroux chronicles his journey - by kayak - through a world of wonders among the islands of the Pacific, from New Zealand to New Guinea, Tahiti to Hawaii. Theroux investigates seldom-visited shores, meets remarkable people, and explores fabled Easter Island in this witty account.
  • Back of Beyond: Travels to the Wild Place of the Earth
    by Yeadon, David
    starKirkus

1991

  • Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need
    by Barry, Dave
    starKirkus
    Complete with maps, histories, quaint local facts (France's National Underwear Changing Day is March 12), song lyrics, helpful hints on how to get through Customs (all insects must be spayed), and tidbits from Dave Barry's own fond vacation nightmares, this book features everything readers need to know in this incredibly insane comprehensive reference from a Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist.
  • No Longer Enemies, Not Yet Friends: An American Soldier Returns to Vietnam
    by Downs, Frederick
    starKirkus
  • Great Journeys
    by Griffiths, Philip
    starKirkus
  • Motoring With Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea
    by Hansen, Eric
    starKirkus
    With these beautifully evocative and brilliantly irreverent memoirs of a shipwreck on an island in the Red Sea, and the quest ten years later for the travel journals buried there, Hansen introduces a forgotten corner of the Middle East. "Mr. Hansen is a first-rate writer". -The New Yorker.
  • Prairyerth (A Deep Map)
    by Heat-Moon, William Least
    starKirkus
    Bill McKibben has called this book "the deepest map anyone ever made of an American place" - a majestic survey of land and time and people in a single county of the Kansas plains. It takes the author - by car, on foot, and in mind - into the core of our continent and backward and forward through a brilliant spectrum of time and place. There is no other book like it. - Publisher Marketing.
  • Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place
    by Settle, Mary Lee
    starKirkus
    After a twenty-year absence, Mary Lee Settle returns to the land she calls the happiest home she has ever known. A land of intersecting continents, cultures, and contradictions, Turkey beckons her on a cross-country journey, in search of the country's soul - a personal odyssey into history, legend, rumor, and myth.

1990

  • What Am I Doing Here
    by Chatwin, Bruce
    starKirkus
    Here is a journey into the interior of a celebrated novelist and traveler, charged with all of the narrative power and intellectual challenge of his fiction.
  • Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest
    by Egan, Timothy
    starKirkus
    The Seattle correspondent for The New York Times ranges through the Pacific Northwest--from the salmon fisheries and logging camps to the used-up "resource towns" and the manicured English gardens of Vancouve - in this exemplary blend of history, geology, anthropology, and politics. A Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award winner.
  • Footloose in the Himalaya
    by Harding, Mike
    starKirkus
  • Life on the Road
    by Kuralt, Charles
    starKirkus
  • A Year in Provence
    by Mayle, Peter
    starPW
    A funny - and often hilarious - month-by-month account of the charms and frustrations of moving into an old French farmhouse in Provence and adapting to a very different way of life.
  • Borderlines: A Journey in Thailand and Burma
    by Nicholl, Charles
    starKirkus

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