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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

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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

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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

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The great Iowa touring book : 27 spectacular auto tours

Mike Whye

917.7704 /Whye/2004
Travel, History, Nonfiction

It traveling by car is more your cup of tea, this is the book for you. The fastest way to cross the state is I80 or I35, but for a slower and much more scenic view of Iowa try some of out state highways and county roads. There are amazing bridges and overlooks that might surprise you. This guidebook has 27 auto tours encompassing urban and rural areas--back roads and byways, well-known and little-known places, the famous and the infamous, rivers big and small, great lakes and rare ponds, prairie and forests, plains and hills, old settlements, and brand new communities.

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If your idea of traveling is by car and you want to explore Iowa, this is the book for you. The fastest way to get across Iowa may be I80 or I35, but to see and learn much more about the state, try some of the state highways and county roads. Iowa's countryside is beautiful and following the Great River Road along the Mississippi gives you an entirely new view of the state. Have fun! -Maeve

Grant Wood's Iowa : a visitor's guide book cover

Grant Wood's Iowa : a visitor's guide

Wende Susan Elliott

917.7704 /Elliott/2013
Art / Art History, Travel, Nature, Nonfiction

Solving the problem of what to do while driving across the middle of America, this book identifies points of cultural interest along I-80 from Chicago to Omaha. In particular, Rose and Elliott provide a thoughtful, detailed exploration of the life and the historical context of Iowa artist Grant Wood, best known for his painting American Gothic, by discussing both his work and the landscape that inspired it. The book includes five itineraries, complete with self-guided museum tours, maps, color photos, and local ancillary attractions like regional art festivals and nature hikes.

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When you think of Iowa and artists the first name that comes to mind is Grant Wood. Grant Wood's Iowa : a visitor's guide can help you learn much more about our celebrated author. Explore Anamosa and Stone City, where he had his academy, visit Iowa City and Cedar Rapids to see where he lived and visit museums to see his work. There are maps and guided museum tours and even some hikes. -Maeve

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Iowa curiosities.

917.77 /Curiosities
Travel, History, Nonfiction

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Where is the largest frying pan or ball of twine? And what is the story behind these and many other curiosities? Iowa Curiosities can help you find so many interesting places to explore and along the way learn about some unique Iowa stories. Dan Coffey, former Iowa City resident and Ducks Breath Mystery Theatre star wrote the first edition of this book. -Maeve

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The Iowa road guide to haunted locations

Chad Lewis

917.7704 /Lewis/2007
Travel, Paranormal, Nonfiction

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Chad Lewis is a paranormal investigator with a Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology He is also the organizer and speaker for The Unexplained conferences. He is the host of The Unexplained radio and television programs. Terry Fisk is also a paranormal investigator who studied philosophy and religion at the University of Wisconsin. He is an authority on death and the afterlife and is also the host of The Unexplained radio talk show. -Maeve

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Hiking Iowa

Elizabeth Hill

917.77 /Falcon/2005
Travel, Nature, Nonfiction

I was fortunate enough to go on a hike at Palisades-Kepler State Park led by Elizabeth Hill. Her knowledge of Iowa hikes can help you choose just the right location to go exploring.

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I was lucky enough go on a hike led by Elizabeth Hill at Palasades-Kepler State Park. Her knowledge of the best Iowa hiking spots can help you plan for a great outing. -Maeve

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199 cemeteries to see before you die

Loren Rhoads

363.7509 /Rhoads
Travel, History, Nonfiction

The most striking cemeteries from around the globe.

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I love to explore cemeteries. Many gravestones are works of art and you can often find statuary as well. While the guide did omit Iowa City's Oaklawn Cemetery with its Black Angel there are so many great cemeteries to explore that 199 Cemeteries to See Before you Die is a must read. (And the title of the book is a clever play on all those other places to visit before you die...) -Maeve

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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