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2017 Books for the Holidays: Travel Books

These books will take you from the woods in Maine to restaurants in Bangkok without you ever having to leave your chair.

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    Blind Spot

    Journey through more than 150 of Teju Cole’s full-color original photos, each accompanied by his lyrical and evocative prose, forming a multimedia diary of years of near-constant travel: from a park in Berlin to a mountain range in Switzerland, a church exterior in Lagos to a parking lot in Brooklyn.

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    By the Smoke and the Smell

    In By the Smoke & the Smell, spirits expert Thad Vogler takes readers around the world, celebrating the vivid characters who produce hand-made spirits like rum, scotch, cognac, and mezcal.  From the mountains of Mexico and the forbidden distilleries of Havana, to the wilds of Scotland and the pastoral corners of France and beyond, this adventure will change how you think about your drink.

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    Give a Girl a Knife

    A beautifully written food memoir chronicling one woman’s journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City fine dining—and back again—in search of her culinary roots.

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    Bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving ex-Pat life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one’s life. L’Appart also includes dozens of new recipes.

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    The New York Times: Footsteps

    This curated collection of the New York Times‘ travel column, “Footsteps,” explores iconic authors’ relationships to landmarks and cities around the world. From the streets of Naples, the setting for Elena Ferrante’s famous Neapolitan novels, to the arches and paths of Oxford, the backdrop for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Footsteps takes a fresh approach to literary tourism.

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    The Stranger in the Woods

    Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.

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    Finding Fontainebleau

    In warm, precise prose, Thad Carhart reconstructs the wonders of his childhood as an American in postwar France. His firsthand account brings to life France in the 1950s, from the parks and museums of Paris to the vast château of Fontainebleau and its villages. 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.

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    How to Be Married

    Written with refreshing candor, elegant prose, astute reporting, and hilarious insight into the human psyche, How to Be Married offers an honest portrait of an utterly charming couple. Through their journey, they reveal a framework that will help the rest of us keep our marriages strong, from engagement into the newlywed years and beyond.

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    Bleaker House

    Twenty-seven-year-old Nell Stevens won a fellowship that would let her live, all expenses paid, anywhere in the world to research and write a book. Nell picked Bleaker Island, a snowy, windswept pile of rock in the Falklands.  In this witty and genre-defying memoir, Nell slowly reveals details of the life and people she has left behind in pursuit of her writing.

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    In Bangkok, award-winning author Leela Punyaratabandhu offers 120 recipes that capture the true spirit of the city—from heirloom family dishes to restaurant classics to everyday street eats to modern cosmopolitan fare. Beautiful food and location photography will make this a must-have keepsake for any reader who has fallen under Bangkok’s spell.

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    Ruthless River

    Holly FitzGerald and her husband, Fitz, set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival.

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    Cork Dork

    With boundless curiosity, humor, and a healthy dose of skepticism, Bianca Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, California mass-market wine factories, and even a neuroscientist’s fMRI machine as she attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: what’s the big deal about wine? What she learns will change the way you drink wine.

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