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release date: Jul 01, 2017
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2018 National Park Foundation Wall Calendar

From the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's National Parks, comes this remarkable wall calendar, filled with breathtaking pictures from America's beautiful national parks. Each month showcases two photos of National Park Foundation-supported sites, plus detailed information about each.

release date: Sep 20, 2016
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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.
release date: Nov 28, 2017
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Rick Steves Italy 2018
From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta: with Rick Steves on your side, Italy can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Italy 2018 you'll find:


Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to Italy
Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
Top sights and hidden gems, from the Colosseum and Michelangelo's David to corner trattorias and that perfect scoop of gelato
How to connect with local culture: Savor a delicious plate of cacio e pepe, discover the relaxed rhythms of sunny Cinque Terre, or chat with fans about the latest soccer match (calico, to locals)
Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
The best places to eat, sleep, and experience la dolce far niente
Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and museums
Vital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place
Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for exploring on the go
Useful resources including a packing list, Italian phrasebook, a historical overview, and recommended reading
Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
Annually updated information on Venice, Padua, The Dolomites, Lake Country, Milan, Italian Riviera, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Hill Towns of Central Italy, Siena, Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and much more

Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Italy 2018.

Planning a one- to two-week trip? Check out Rick Steves Best of Italy. Spending a week or less in a city? Try Rick Steves Pocket Guides to Florence, Rome, Venice, and the Cinque Terre.

release date: Dec 05, 2017
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Rick Steves Ireland 2018
Wander rustic towns, emerald valleys, lively cities, and moss-draped ruins: with Rick Steves on your side, Ireland can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Ireland 2018 you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip through Ireland with deep dives into each region
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from the Rock of Cashel and the Ring of Kerry to distilleries making whiskey with hundred-year old recipes
  • How to connect with local culture: Hoist a pint at the corner pub, enjoy traditional fiddle music, and jump into conversations buzzing with brogue
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a Guinness
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and awe-inspiring museums
  • Vital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place
  • Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, Irish phrasebook, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Annually updated information on Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, County Wexford, Kinsale, Cobh, Kenmare, The Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, County Clare, the Burren, Galway, the Aran Islands, Connemara, County Mayo, Belfast, Portrush, the Antrim Coast, Derry, County Donegal, and much more
Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Ireland 2018.

Planning a one- to two-week trip? Check out Rick Steves Best of Ireland.

release date: Sep 19, 2017
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Birnbaum's 2018 Walt Disney World: The Official Guide (Birnbaum Guides)
As Walt Disney World continues to grow and evolve, trust Birnbaum as your guide! The 2018 edition delves into detailed descriptions of all attractions, resorts, and eateries; offers money-saving coupons and strategies to maximize your vacation budget; and includes a peek into what's new:

-Happy 20th birthday, Disney's Animal Kingdom: read about the debut of the theme park's newest land, Pandora-World of AVATAR; a schedule of extended-hour nights featuring Sunset Safaris, Tree of Life "awakenings," and the water-based extravaganza "The Rivers of Light"; booking a table at Tiffins, a new eatery that has garnered rave reviews, or snagging a seat at the adjacent Nomad Lounge.

-The Force grows stronger at Disney's Hollywood Studios every day: read about the ongoing construction of the highly anticipated Star Wars Land; Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, a vibrant and dramatic pyrotechnic evening fireworks display; and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

-What's it like to be a toy in Andy's backyard? You'll soon find out at Disney's Hollywood Studios brand-new area known as Toy Story Land! Birnbaum offers a first-look at the new Slinky Dog Coaster and what else to expect when this 11-acre play land is complete.

-Make way for the Muppets! In addition to their growing presence at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Kermit and company now offer Muppet-ational moments in the Magic Kingdom park. Birnbaum sheds light on where and when to catch their hysterical-and historical-antics.

-Epcot's newly-expanded International Food and Wine Festival. Cheers!

-Typhoon Lagoon's newest water park attraction: Miss Fortune Falls, a water-raft ride is for the whole family!

-Disney Cruise Line weighs anchor a mere 50 miles from Walt Disney World, making a surf-and-turf vacation a tempting possibility for many a Disney guest. A special Birnbaum "bonus" chapter guides guests from possibility to reality, laying out all the details for pairing a Disney Cruise with a visit to Walt Disney World.
release date: Aug 15, 2017
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The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2018 (The Unofficial Guides)
THE trusted source of information for a successful Walt Disney World vacation

Compiled and written by a team of experienced researchers whose work has been cited by such diverse sources as USA Today and Operations Research Forum, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World digs deeper and offers more than any other guide.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2018 explains how Walt Disney World works and how to use that knowledge to make every minute and every dollar of your vacation count. With advice that is direct, prescriptive, and detailed, it takes the guesswork out of travel by unambiguously rating and ranking everything from hotels, restaurants, and attractions to rental car companies.

With an Unofficial Guide in hand, and authors Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa as guides, find out what's available in every category, from best to worst, and use step-by-step detailed plans to help make the most of your time at Walt Disney World.
release date: Jan 20, 1997
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Into the Wild
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir.  In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his  cash.  He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented.  Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away.  Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.

Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life.  Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless.  Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.

When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris.  He is said  to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.
release date: Nov 21, 2017
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Rick Steves Paris 2018
Explore every centimeter of Paris, from the top of the Eiffel tower to the ancient catacombs below the city: with Rick Steves on your side, Paris can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Paris 2018 you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Paris
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from Notre-Dame and the Palace of Versailles to where to find the perfect croissant
  • How to connect with culture: Chat with artisans in open-air markets, take in the works of Degas, and browse the multi-colored displays of macarons
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a glass of vin rouge
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums and churches
  • Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, French phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 500 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Annually updated information on the Historic Core, Left Bank, Opera Neighborhood, Champs-Elysees, Marais neighborhood, Montmartre, and more, as well as day trips to Versailles, Chartres, Giverny, and Auvers-sur-Oise
Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Paris 2018.

Spending just a few days in the city? Try Rick Steves Pocket Paris.

release date: Aug 03, 2017
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Atlas Obscura Page-A-Day Calendar 2018
Discover the world's hidden wonders one day at a time with a calendar from the massively popular Atlas Obscura website and the #1 New York Times bestselling book. Full of hidden wonders, surprising stories, unexpected destinations and awe-inspiring color photographs, the Atlas Obscura Page-A-Day Calendar is 365 days of unbridled curiosity and exploration. Expect the unexpected on each page: from architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling sights, like Mexico’s Festival of the Exploding Hammers. Plus discoveries like an eccentric bone museum in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England. An inspired gift for curious citizens of the world.
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release date: Mar 26, 2013
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE


One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Boston GlobeEntertainment Weekly, Vogue, St. Louis Dispatch 

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