From enthralling armchair tales to handy on-the-ground guides, books are an essential element of any traveler’s world. Here, our collection of great travel books and where to buy them.
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Matthew Monteith Sasa, in her Prague apartment.
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Gringos in Paradise

By Barry Golson

"An account of magazine writer Barry Golson’s move from New York to Sayulita to build his dream house."
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Mes Origines, Mémoires et Récits

By Frédéric Mistral

"Mes Origines, Mémoires et Récits, by Frédéric Mistral, which recounts Mistral’s childhood and young adulthood, has been translated into English."


The Careful Use of Compliments

By Alexander McCall Smith

The fourth book in the Isabel Dalhousie Series, Isabel’s story continues as she raises her newborn son, contemplates marriage, and struggles when a decision about her job as editor is made for her.
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The Patience of the Spider

By Andrea Camilleri

"The latest in a series set in the region and featuring the Sicilian detective, Inspector Montalbano."
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Penguin Books Great Journeys

"A 10-title series of classic travel writing being reissued in paperback this fall."
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The Road to Tamazunchale

By Ron Arias

"The magical-realist story of an old man’s deathbed journey through East L.A. (and beyond)."
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You Don’t Love Me Yet

By Jonathan Lethem

A romantic comedy about a complaint hotline worker whose on-the-job anecdotes provide the much-needed inspiration for her band’s music.
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Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles

By Jonathan Gold

A collection of more than 200 of Gold’s favorite restaurants, Gold reveals his favorite places, many which are little-known establishments to most.
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A Passion for Piedmont

By Matt Kramer

"A Passion for Piedmont interweaves the history of the region with recipes and insight into Piedmontese wines."
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Two Towns in Provence

By M.F.K. Fisher

"Two Towns in Provence by M.F.K. Fisher (Vintage) illustrates the food and city life in Aix and Marseilles."
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The Vines of San Lorenzo

By Edward Steinberg

"The Vines of San Lorenzo tells the story of Barbaresco pioneer Angelo Gaja through his Sori San Lorenzo vineyard."
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Vino Italiano

By David Lynch and Joe Bastianich

"David Lynch and Joe Bastianich’s compendium of producers and their wines, is a valuable resource."
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Wrestling with Gravy: A Life, With Food

By Jonathan Reynolds

Jonathan Reynolds shares anecdotes from his many experiences, all with a common theme: food.
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Ancient Iraq

By Georges Roux

Three thousand years of Mesopotamian history, now mostly comprised of Iraq, has been missing; this book unveils recently uncovered pieces of the ancient society.
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Annals of the Former World

By John McPhee

A history of North America from geologists’ perspectives.
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Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon

By Austen Henry Layard

A recounting of Layard’s expedition with a look into the past.
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Foundations in the Dust: A Story of Mesopotamian Exploration

By Seton Lloyd

This story recaps generations of archaeological exploration in Mesopotamia through 1955.
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The History of Beads

By Lois Sherr Dubin

"A comprehensive illustrated account of the history of beads."
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The Histories

By Herodotus

A background of the Persian Wars which segues into a study of the cultures of the people he discusses.
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Inside the Haveli

By Rama Mehta

"Explores life in the women’s quarters of an aristocratic Hindu household."
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North Korea

By Philippe Chancel

"Granted unusual access in 2005 and 2006, the French art photographer has documented one of the more surreal places on earth, a country ruled by terror, violence, and propaganda, in thrall to a fascist cult of personality surrounding "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il and his late father, Kim Il Sung."
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Roadside Geology of Hawaii

By Richard Hazlett and Donald Hyndman

The evolution of Hawaii and a history of volcanoes and lava flow.
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The Stones of Balazuc

By John Merriman

"The Stones of Balazuc by John Merriman (W.W. Norton) catalogs the history of the resilient Ardèche River town."
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Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

By Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck

A novel that explores alternative methods of community development in an attempt to curtail the expansion of suburban neighborhoods.
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The Carlyle

By Nick Foulkes

"A social history of a classic New York hotel, The Carlyle overflows with archival photos of prominent guests, from Marilyn Monroe to Princess Diana."
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Czech Eden

By Matthew Monteith

"One part fairy tale and two parts photojournalism, Matthew Monteith’s images of the Czech Republic are at once beautifully lush and somehow gloomy, full of drama and portent yet perfectly matter-of-fact."
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By Dean Freeman

"Dean Freeman documents some 25 years of global rock and roll-celebrity bohemia, underground and after hours."
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Lima Peru

By Mario Testino

"In a tribute to his hometown, fashion lensman Mario Testino collects the work of Peruvian artists and photographers."
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Paris, New York, Shanghai

By Hans Eijkelboom

"Art photographer Hans Eijkelboom’s obsessive catalogue of hundreds of people on city streets—their clothes and body language—is subtle and revealing."
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Parisiennes: A Celebration of French Women

By Carole Bouquet, Madeleine Chapsal, Marie Darrieussecq, and Catherine Millet

"Celebrates the women of the City of Light throughout the 20th century—paragons of style in every decade."
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Shot in Sicily

By Michael Roberts

"A 20-year retrospective of his dramatic pictures of the island and its people."
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Tivoli Gardens

By Harry Benson

"For his latest project, photographer Harry Benson returns to Copenhagen’s magical park, a place he first experienced with the Beatles."
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A Guidebook to New Urbanism in Florida

A good resource for the plans and development of Florida’s New Urbanist movement.