The Seine : the river that made Paris book cover

The Seine : the river that made Paris

Elaine Sciolino

944.36 /Sciolino
Nonfiction, Travel, History

"In the spring of 1978, as a young journalist in Paris, Elaine Sciolino was seduced by a river. In The Seine, she tells the story of that river through its rich history and lively characters-a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat- dweller, a famous cinematographer known for capturing the river's light. She patrols with river police, rows with a restorer of antique boats, discovers a champagne vineyard, and even dares to swim in the Seine. Sciolino's keen eye and vivid prose bring the river to life as she discovers its origins on a remote plateau in Burgundy, where a pagan goddess healed pilgrims at an ancient temple. She follows the Seine to Le Havre, where it meets the sea. Braiding memoir, travelogue, and history through the Seine's winding route, Sciolino offers a love letter to Paris and the river at its heart and invites readers to explore its magic."--

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Elaine Sciolino also wrote the wonderful book "The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs" and I feel like she has perfected the blend of awe and love for place, history, anecdote, and commentary. She brings the Seine to life here, it is a character in the past, present, and future of Paris. Full of interesting tales about, and lovely descriptions of, everything and anything related to the great river--architecture, city-scapes, food, people, art,'s all here. -Candice

Love, Z book cover

Love, Z

Jessie Sima

jE Sima
Picture Books, Fantasy, Travel, Adventure, Philosophy, LGBTQ+

A little robot named Z finds a message in a bottle signed, "Love, Beatrice" and, unable to learn what love is from other robots, sets out on a quest to find the answer.

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Z sets out on a quest to find out what "love" is. On the journey Z might just find a place in your heart. -Casey

Alone time : four seasons, four cities, and the pleasures of solitude book cover

Alone time : four seasons, four cities, and the pleasures of solitude

Stephanie Rosenbloom

910.4 /Rosenbloom
Nonfiction, Travel

"A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of travelling solo. In our increasingly frantic daily lives, many people are genuinely fearful of the prospect of solitude, but time alone can be both rich and restorative, especially when travelling. Through on-the-ground reporting and recounting the experiences of artists, writers, and innovators who cherished solitude, Stephanie Rosenbloom considers how being alone as a traveller--and even in one's own city--is conducive to becoming acutely aware of the sensual details of the world--patterns, textures, colors, tastes, sounds--in ways that are difficult to do in the company of others."--

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Stephanie Rosenbloom writes a travel column for the New York Times, and has a breezy, friendly voice. Don't let that fool you, though--she's a thinker. Here she recounts her travels through four different cities, reflecting upon what makes solo travel unique: How does one travel differently when they are alone? How do they experience things? What are the unforeseen benefits? How does travelling alone change somebody? In addition to her own experiences, she references a lot of very current research that relates to the topic. A very interesting and enjoyable book, whether or not you are hitting the road. -Candice

The art of the wasted day book cover

The art of the wasted day

Patricia Hampl

818.5409 /Hampl
Nonfiction, Literary Nonfiction, Memoir, Travel

In an effort to discover the value of daydreaming and leisure, the author sets out on a journey that will take her to the homes of people who famously wasted time daydreaming, but were better for it, including Gregor Mendel.

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Hampl extols the happiness and contentment that can come from simply being, the up-side of letting things go, taking a look around, going within. She travels far and wide to find others who hit upon this idea in one way or another, at the same time seeking to recover some sort of 'ease' that has missing from her life since the death of her husband. A sweet, quiet book. -Candice

Boston. book cover


917.4461 /Eyewitness

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We had a great road trip to Boston a couple years ago. This book helped us find places to visit and great walking tours. I'd recommend starting at Faneuil Hall and checking out the great tours from the National Park Service. -Kara

Diners, drive-ins, dives : an All-American road trip-- with recipes! book cover

Diners, drive-ins, dives : an All-American road trip-- with recipes!

Guy Fieri

917.3764 /Fieri
Cookbooks, Travel

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I really enjoy Guy Fieri's television show. I think it would be fun to take a road trip and visit the restaurants he features on his show. I think I'd have to mix it up with a lot of exercise and moderation, though. The food looks yummy but I'm not sure how healthy it is! -Kara

The Grand Circle tour : a travel and reference guide to the American Southwest and the ancestral Puebloans book cover

The Grand Circle tour : a travel and reference guide to the American Southwest and the ancestral Puebloans

Michael Royea

917.9204 /Royea/2014

The Grand Circle Tour is a circuit around a ring of National Parks and Native American sites in the Four Corners Region of the Southwest. It encompasses some of the most significant ancient history in North America: remnants of the Anasazi civilization. From the well-known sites like Zion and Bryce to the little known and well-preserved areas, Royea provides the kind of detailed guidance never before available in guidebook form. The Grand Circle Tour consists of two parts: Part 1 is divided into 14 days and visits 21 different sites, with an additional 20 sites covered that are nearby. The second part of the book has a timeline for the Anasazi. It's a history of Native American occupation of the Southwest from 10,000 BC to the present day. The book can be used as a general travel guide or as the basis for an in-depth, historical tour. It is so filled with historical and cultural detail (complimented by photos, maps, and site plans) that it can even provide a satisfying armchair "tour" of the region.

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We've done parts of this tour on a couple different road trips. Some of my favorite places are the Petrified Forest National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, and Arches National Park. Unfortunately we didn't leave enough time for exploring Utah so hope to go back to spend more time in Bryce Canyon, Zion and Arches. -Kara

The great Iowa touring book : 27 spectacular auto tours book cover

The great Iowa touring book : 27 spectacular auto tours

Mike Whye

917.7704 /Whye/2004

Kara's picture

This has been a great resource for finding weekend getaways and day trips. -Kara

Best hikes near Denver and Boulder. book cover

Best hikes near Denver and Boulder.

917.8804 /Falcon

Kara's picture

This is a great resource for finding hikes in and around Denver and Boulder. The photo from my profile was taken on a hike we found in this book. There were beautiful views of Boulder and other scenic vistas. -Kara

Tip of the iceberg : my 3,000-mile journey around wild Alaska, the last great American frontier book cover

Tip of the iceberg : my 3,000-mile journey around wild Alaska, the last great American frontier

Mark Adams


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I dream of driving to Alaska and then spending time there. I'm not sure about 3,000 miles, but this sounds like a grand adventure and an opportunity for vicarious travel. -Kara