New Arrivals · Travel

June 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The boiling river : adventure and discovery in the Amazon

June 29, 2016
Ruzo, Andrés, author.
New York : TED Books/ Simon & Schuster, ©2016.
117 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
The Boiling River is the companion to Andres Ruzo's TED Talk, available for free at

Blue highways : a journey into America

June 24, 2016
Heat Moon, William Least.
New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, ©2013.
xiii, 429 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Originally published: Boston : Little, Brown, ©1982.
Foreword ©2013 by Bill McKibben.
Eastward -- East by southeast -- South by southeast -- South by southwest -- West by southwest -- West by northwest -- North by northwest -- North by northeast -- East by northeast -- Westward.
Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least-Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map--if they get on at all--only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

The wonder trail : true stories from Los Angeles to the end of the world

June 22, 2016
Hely, Steve, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
311 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
The Beginning / Los Angeles -- Mexico -- Central America--Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama -- Around the Darién Gap and Colombia -- The Amazon and Peru -- The Galápagos and Bolivia -- Chile and Patagonia.
"Steve Hely, writer for The Office and American Dad! and recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, presents a travel book about his journey through Central and South America."-- Provided by publisher.

All strangers are kin : adventures in Arabic and the Arab world

June 21, 2016
O'Neill, Zora, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xvi, 318 pages ; 24 cm
Egypt. Empty talk ; Inside the word factory ; A prophecy ; Two tongues ; See what we did ; Where's your ear? ; Days of rage ; Hidden fingers ; Illuminating the house ; Graduation day -- The gulf. Knowledge village ; Practical, fashion, extreme ; When your ear hears ; Eau de Facebook ; What he did not know ; Heritage club ; The best people ; Supreme poets ; Develop! -- Lebanon. The new Beirut ; What is the rule? ; We don't talk about politics here ; Almost a dead language ; Your mother ; Easy-- but not good ; The weird uncle ; Pierre and his friends ; We have not taught the Prophet the price ; Land of thorns -- Morocco. Daddy, Mommy, Gramps ; The place where the sun sets ; You pour the tea ; God is beautiful ; Speaking Mexican ; Let's chat in Arabic ; Sweet sensation ; Up in the old hotel ; What is the name of this? Crossing the bridge.


June 10, 2016
Harrow, Middlesex : Michelin Tyre Public Limited Co.
v. : chiefly col. ill., col. maps ; 26 x 12 cm.
Title from cover.
At head of title: 1994-<1996> Michelin ; <2001-2016> The Green guide.

Voyager : travel writings

June 8, 2016
Banks, Russell, 1940- author.
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
272 pages ; 24 cm
Voyager -- Pilgrim's regress -- Primal dreams -- House of slaves -- The last birds of paradise -- Innocents abroad -- Last days feeding frenzy -- The wrong stuff -- Fox and whale, priest and angel -- Old goat.
The award-winning novelist takes us on some of his most memorable journeys in this revelatory collection of travel essays. Now in his mid-seventies, Russell Banks has indulged his wanderlust for more than half a century. In this compelling anthology, he writes that since childhood he has "longed for escape, for rejuvenation, for wealth untold, for erotic and narcotic and sybaritic fresh starts, for high romance, mystery and intrigue." The longing for escape has taken him from the "bright green islands and turquoise seas" of the Caribbean to peaks in the Himalayas, the Andes, and beyond. Banks shares highlights from his travels: interviewing Fidel Castro in Cuba; motoring to a hippie reunion with college friends in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; eloping to Edinburgh to marry his fourth wife, Chase; driving a sunset-orange metallic Hummer down Alaska's Seward Highway. In each of these remarkable essays, Banks considers his life and the world. In Everglades National Park, he traces his own timeline: "I keep going back, and with increasing clarity I see more of the place and more of my past selves. And more of the past of the planet as well." Recalling his trips to the Caribbean in the title essay, Banks dissects his relationships with the four women who would become his wives. In the Himalayas, he embarks on a different quest: "One climbs a mountain, not to conquer it, but to be lifted like this away from the earth up into the sky," he explains. Pensive, frank, beautiful, and engaging, this book brings together the social, the personal, and the historical, opening a path into the heart and soul of this revered writer.--Adapted from dust jacket.

Finding north : how navigation makes us human

June 7, 2016
Foy, George, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2016.
viii, 291 pages ; 22 cm
Fear -- The Stavanger Paquet -- Birds, memory, and London taxis -- Modeling Halvor -- At the shrine of the navigation gods -- The "exploration" gene -- Adventures in the GPS trade -- Stellar screw-up -- Sex and navigation -- Bad latitude -- Colorado : the dark heart of GPS -- Searching the chart -- Odysseus in Haiti -- Launch -- The downside of cybernav -- At sea -- Navigate or die? -- The sail, and the story of the sail -- The politics of navigation -- Halvor's wedding -- Finding north.
"Navigation is the key human skill. It's something we do everywhere, whether feeling our way through a bedroom in the dark, or charting a ship's course. But how does navigation affect our brains, our memory, ourselves? Blending scientific research and memoir, and written in beautiful prose, Finding North starts with a quest by the author to understand this most basic of human skills--and why it's in mortal peril. In 1844, Foy's great-great grandfather, captain of a Norwegian cargo ship, perished at sea after getting lost in a snowstorm. Foy decides to unravel the mystery surrounding Halvor Michelsen's death--and the roots of his own obsession with navigation--by re-creating his ancestor's trip using only period instruments. Beforehand, he meets a colorful cast of characters to learn whether men really have better directional skills than women; how cells, eels, and spaceships navigate; and how tragedy results from GPS glitches. He interviews a cabby who has memorized every street in London, sails on a Haitian cargo sloop, and visits the site of a secret navigational cult in Greece. At the heart of Foy's story is this fact: navigation and the brain's memory centers are inextricably linked. As Foy unravels the secret behind Halvor's death, he also discovers why forsaking our navigation skills in favor of GPS may lead not only to Alzheimers and other diseases of memory, but to losing a key part of what makes us human"-- Provided by publisher.

Double cup love : on the trail of family, food, and broken hearts in China

May 27, 2016
Huang, Eddie, 1982- author.
xvi, 218 pages ; 25 cm
"As he entered adulthood (of sorts), Huang began to wonder just how authentic his Chinese identity really was, a dilemma that grew more acute as he contemplated proposing marriage to his all-American (well, all-Italian-American) girlfriend. So he enlisted his brothers Emery and Evan and returned to the land his ancestors had abandoned. His immediate goal was to sample the best food in China, from four-star restaurants in Shanghai to sidewalk vendors in Chengdu, and open his own stand to see if his food stood up to Chinese tastes--but his deeper goal was to reconnect with his homeland, repair his frayed family relationships, decide whether to marry to his American girlfriend, and figure out just where to find meaning in his life."--Provided by publisher.

Walking the Himalayas

May 20, 2016
Wood, Levison, 1982- author.
293 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Pokhara, 2001 -- Fourteen years later -- We are the pilgrims, master -- Kabul -- A short flight in the Hindu Kush -- Bam-i-Dunyan -- Karakorum -- Line of control -- Kashmir -- The holy man of the mountain -- Saddhus and shadows -- On foot through Tigerland -- The perilous mountain -- Return to Pokhara -- The road to Kathmandu -- The wild East -- The Dragon Kingdom -- Place of the gods.
Levison Wood's most challenging expedition yet begins along the Silk Road route of Afghanistan and travels 1700 miles through five countries over the course of six months. Following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Wood walks the entire length of the Himalayas in an adventure of survival and endurance. In a personal story of perseverance and discovery, Wood forges bonds with local guides, porters, mountain men, soldiers, farmers, smugglers and shepherds. By travelling on foot, and following the same footpaths that locals use, he uncovers stories that might otherwise remain hidden. Along the way he also reveals the history of the Himalayas and two millennia of exploration, and examines a continent in crisis in the 21st century. Packed with action and emotion, more than anything Walking the Himalayas is a story of one intrepid man's traels in a world poised on the edge of tremendous change.--From dust jacket.


May 18, 2016
London : Dickens Press,
v. : maps. 26 x 12 cm.
At head of title: -1998, English edition, Michelin ; <2001-2016> The Green guide.


May 18, 2016
London ; New York, N.Y. : DK Publishing,
v. : col. ill., col. maps ; 22 cm.

Main cities of Europe.

May 17, 2016
Clermont-Ferrand, France : Michelin.
v. : col. ill., col. maps ; 20 cm.
"Selection of hotels and restaurants."

Finding Fontainebleau : an American boy in France

May 16, 2016
Carhart, Thaddeus.
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
xii, 283 pages : map ; 22 cm
Flight -- France -- The Château, the Town, and the Forest -- The House -- François I, Henri II -- The Emperor's Office -- Moving In -- School -- Henri IV -- Déstructuré -- Annick -- Dictée -- Fencing -- Cars and Planes -- Being Catholic -- "Dad Gum It!" -- Marie Antoinette -- A Room of Her Own -- Le Jardin du Luxembourg -- Paris -- Winter -- "In Between" -- Camping -- Painting -- Napoleon I -- The Staircase of Farewells -- Spain -- Guignol -- Napoleon III -- A Ship Weathers the Storm -- Folies d'adolescence -- Souvenirs -- A Crime of Passion -- Return -- Leaving -- The Most Beautiful Room in France.
"A beguiling memoir of a childhood in 1950s Fontainebleau from the much-admired New York Times bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank. For a young American boy in the 1950s, Fontainebleau was a sight both strange and majestic, home to a continual series of adventures: a different language to learn, weekend visits to nearby Paris, family road trips to Spain and Italy. Then there was the chateau itself: a sprawling palace once the residence of kings, its grounds the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. The curiosities of the small town and the time with his family as expats left such an impression on him that thirty years later Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their two children. Touring Fontainebleau again as an adult, he began to appreciate its influence on French style, taste, art, and architecture. Each trip to Fontainebleau introduces him to entirely new aspects of the chateau's history, enriching his memories and leading him to Patrick Ponsot, the head of the chateau's restoration, who becomes Carhart's guide to the hidden Fontainebleau. What emerges is an intimate chronicle of a time and place few have experienced. In warm, precise prose, Carhart reconstructs the wonders of his childhood as an American in postwar France, attending French schools with his brothers and sisters. His firsthand account brings to life nothing less than France in the 1950s, from the parks and museums of Paris to the rigors of French schooling to the vast chateau of Fontainebleau and its village, built, piece by piece, over many centuries. Finding Fontainebleau is for those captivated by the French way of life, for armchair travelers, and for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a place they want to visit over and over again"-- Provided by publisher.

Mother tongue : my family's globe-trotting quest to dream in Mandarin, laugh in Arabic, and sing in Spanish

May 16, 2016
Gilbert, Christine, 1977- author.
New York : Avery, [2016]
xxiv, 307 pages ; 22 cm
China -- Lebanon -- Mexico
"One woman's quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride"-- Provided by publisher.

Ice diaries : an Antarctic memoir

May 16, 2016
McNeil, Jean, author.
xvii, 360 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
"What do we stand to lose in a world without ice? A decade ago, novelist and short story writer Jean McNeil spent a year as writer in residence with the British Antarctic Survey, and four months on the world's most enigmatic continent--Antarctica. Access to the Antarctic remains largely reserved for scientists, and it is the only piece of earth which is nobody's country. Ice Diaries is the story of McNeil's years spent in ice, not only in the Antarctic but her subsequent travels in Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard, culminating in a strange event in Cape Town, South Africa, where she journeyed to make what was to be her final trip to the southernmost continent. In the spirit of the diaries of Antarctic explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton, McNeil mixes travelogue, popular science and memoir to examine the history of our fascination with ice. In entering this world, McNeil unexpectedly finds herself confronting her own upbringing in the Maritimes, the lifelong effects of growing up in a cold place, and how the climates of childhood frame our emotional thermodynamics for life. Ice Diaries is a haunting story of the relationship between beauty and terror, loss and abandonment, transformation and triumph."-- Provided by publisher.

American daredevil : the extraordinary life of Richard Halliburton, the world's first celebrity travel writer

May 16, 2016
Prince, Cathryn J., 1969- author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2016]
323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Wanderlust -- Romancing the road -- Feats and marvels -- Following Ulysses -- Glorious Panama -- Hollywood lights -- The flying carpet -- Interview with an assassin -- Hangover house -- A new inspiration -- The sea dragon -- So good-bye again -- No trace.

Topographia Westphaliae : das ist, Beschreibung der Vornembsten und bekantisten Stätte und Plätz, im Hochlobl : westphalischen Craisse

May 16, 2016
Zeiller, Martin, 1589-1661.
Kassel : Bärenreiter, 1961.
94, [4], [2], [51] leaves of plates (some folded) : illustrations, maps ; 31 cm.
Includes indexes.
Facsimile reprint of: Frankfurt: Merian, 1647.

Topographia Alsatiae, &c. completa : das ist, vollkömmliche Beschreibung und eygentliche Abbildung der vornehmbsten Städt und Oerther im Obern und Untern Elsass, auch den benachbarten Sundgöw, Brissgöw, Graffschafft Mümpelgart, und andern Gegenden, jetzo auffs neu revidiret und mit demjenigen, was sonst in dem zuvor absonderlich gedruckten Anhang.

May 16, 2016
Zeiller, Martin, 1589-1661.
Kassel : Bärenreiter-Verlag, 1964.
70, 19 pages, [42] leaves of plates (some folded) : illustrations, maps ; 31 cm.
Text by Martin Zeiller; illustrated with engraved plates by Matthaeus Merian.
Includes indexes.

Revised vest pocket guide of Cincinnati, O. : giving the location of streets, railroad depots, banks, etc., routes traveled by street cars, fire alarm system and a general compendium of useful information

May 12, 2016
[Place of reproduction not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1980?]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 17 x 24 cm
Two pages photocopied per leaf; last page is 158.
Includes: Time Table for Night Car, Street car routes, Suburban cities and villages reached by the various Interurban Lines from Cincinnati, Railroad depots, Railroad ticket offices, Nearby towns, Banks, Telephone companies, Telegraph offices, Express companies, Hotels of Cincinnati, Parks, Bridges, Cincinnati Fire Alarm, Fire Department, Fire companies, Suburban street directory, Street directory, Public buildings, flats, etc., List of hospitals.

Braving it : a father, a daughter, and an unforgettable journey into the Alaskan wild

May 10, 2016
Campbell, James, 1961- author.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2016]
xxi, 359 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Into the Wild -- Bugs, Bears, and the Bathroom Procedure -- Peeling Poles with Marcus Mumford -- First the River Giveth -- Downriver -- New Rituals and the Ridgepole -- Cloudberries -- When the Mountain is Out -- Fernweh -- The Pull -- Back to the Bush -- The Real World -- Wolverine and Whale -- Thanksgiving -- The Life They Love -- Wilderness Girl -- Birthdays and Beaver Tail -- It's in the Genes -- Trust -- Say Good-Bye to Summer -- "It's A!?" -- Be Still My Heart -- Mr. Griz -- Where the Wolves Sing -- At the Headwaters -- A Bony River Indeed -- Paddle and Pray -- Grit and the Gorge -- Hypothermia -- The Way Distance Goes -- Good-Bye, Alaska.
"The powerful and affirming story of a father's journey with his teenage daughter to the far reaches of Alaska. Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to only a handful of people, is a harsh and lonely place. So when James Campbell's cousin Heimo Korth asked him to spend a summer building a cabin in the rugged Interior, Campbell hesitated about inviting his fifteen-year-old daughter, Aidan, to join him: Would she be able to withstand clouds of mosquitoes, the threat of grizzlies, bathing in an ice-cold river, and hours of grueling labor, peeling and hauling logs? But once there, Aidan embraced the wild. She even agreed to return a few months later to help the Korths work their traplines and hunt for caribou and moose. Despite windchills of 50 degrees below zero, father and daughter ventured out daily to track, hunt, and trap. Under the supervision of Edna, Heimo's Yupik Eskimo wife, Aidan grew more confident in the woods. Campbell knew that in traditional Eskimo cultures, some daughters earned a rite of passage usually reserved for young men. So he decided to take Aidan back to Alaska one final time before she left home. It would be their third and most ambitious trip, backpacking over Alaska's Brooks Range to the headwaters of the mighty Hulahula River, where they would assemble a folding canoe and paddle to the Arctic Ocean. The journey would test them, and their relationship, in one of the planet's most remote places: a land of wolves, musk oxen, Dall sheep, golden eagles, and polar bears. At turns poignant and humorous, Braving It is an ode to America's disappearing wilderness and a profound meditation on what it means for a child to grow up--and a parent to finally, fully let go"-- Provided by publisher.

Following fish : one man's journey into the food and culture of the Indian coast

May 6, 2016
Subramanian, Samanth, author.
xiii, 209 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Previously published in Great Britain by Atlantic Books.
First published in India by Penguin Books India.
1. On hunting the hilsa and mastering its bones -- 2. On swallowing a live fish -- 3. On the ear lobe that changed history -- 4. On an odyssey through toddy shops -- 5. On searching for a once-lost love -- 6. On pursuing the fastest fish in the ocean -- 7. On grieving for bygone beaches and fish -- 8. On seeking to eat as a city once ate -- 9. On the crafting of a fishing boat.

Madagascar : a world out of time

May 6, 2016
Lanting, Frans, photographer.
143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm

Snowcaps on the equator : the fabled mountains of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zaire

May 6, 2016
Ward, Clive.
London : Bodley Head, c1988, 1989.
185 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Includes index.

Botswana : a brush with the wild

May 5, 2016
Augustinus, Paul, 1952-
Randburg, South Africa : Acorn Books ; Johannesburg : Thorold's Africana Books [distributor], 1987.
207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 x 35 cm

Mileage distance scale

May 5, 2016
Greene Line Steamers, Inc., author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : [Greene Line Steamers , [1900?]
1 sheet (both sides) : map ; 28 cm
Distances: Lower Ohio River from Cincinnati to Cairo Point, mouth of Ohio River at the Mississippi River (511 miles) -- Lower Mississippi River from St. Louis to Cairo Point, Ill. (180 miles) -- Lower Mississippi River from Cairo, Ill. to the mouth of Mississippi River at Gulf of Mexico (964 miles) -- Tennessee River from Paducah, Ky. (46 miles from mouth of Ohio River at Cairo, Ill.) to Chattanooga, Tenn. (464 miles) -- Upper Mississippi River from St. Louis, Mo. to Saint Paul, Minn. (656 miles).
"Foot of Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio."

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