(All titles are paperback unless otherwise noted.)
Currently a Middle East expert working for the State Department, Benjamin Orbach traveled across Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Turkey and describes what he discovered in Live From Jordan: Letters From My Journey Through the Middle East (Apr., $22 cloth).
ANTIQUE COLLECTORS' CLUB
From Frances Lincoln: A most remarkable garden in Europe, one created in Germany in the 18th century, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000. It can be visited in a large-format book, Infinitely Beautiful: The Dessau Worlitz Garden (Mar., $85 cloth) by Thomas Weiss. Turning to England's Gloucestershire, another influential planting is portrayed in The Garden at Hidcote (June, $45 cloth) by Fred Whitsey, with photos by Tony Lord. England's tallest mountains rise up in Scafell (July, $40 cloth) by Bill Birkett. Navigation: Finding Your Way on Mountain and Moorland (Apr., $19.95) by Kevin Walker can lend new confidence to hikers inclined to wander off the path. Created by William the Conquerer in 1079, the New Forest demonstrates its welcome in Walk Around New Forest (May, $24.95) by Norman Henderson. Easy strolls in England's Lake District will have a literary connection thanks to Walking with Beatrix Potter (May, $17.95) by Norman and June Buckley.
From New Holland: Andrew Lloyd Webber provides the foreword to the architectural riches found in Churches and Cathedrals of London (Feb., $24.95) by Stephen Humphrey and James Morris.
From Orchid Press:Progressive Thai (Apr., $25) by Rungrat Luanwarawat begins a new series of Thai language learning tools.
From Scala: The only thermal springs in the U.K. are located at the World Heritage Site of Bath, and they're are on display in The Essential Roman Baths (Feb., $9.95) by Stephen Bird and Barry Cunliffe.
ATLANTIC MONTHLY PRESS
Fulfilling a dream that seems never to fade for many Americans, actor Michael Tucker moved to Italy—Spoleto in the Umbria region, to be specific—and built a house. Tales of his adventures, his family and his appreciation of the local food fill Living in a Foreign Language (July, $24 cloth).
Jeffrey Epstein and Eddie Shapiro rate the rides, supply park trivia and describe the surrounding gay nightlife in Queens in the Kingdom: The Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Guide to the Disney Theme Parks (May, $17.95).
From Moon: First editions stretch across a broad swath of geography, both foreign and domestic: Moon Spain (May, $23.95) by Candy Lee Labelle, ...Ireland (May, $21.95) by Camille DeAngelis, ...London (May, $19.95) by Sean McLachlan, ...New England (May, $21.95) by Michael Blanding and Alexandra Hall, ...Northern California Camping (May, $19.95) by Tom Stienstra and ...Pittsburgh (June, $16.95) by Dan Eldridge. Revised editions include ...Alaska (Apr., $21.95) by Don Pitcher, ...New Orleans (Apr., $18.95) b Andrew Collins, ...Metro Montreal (May, $14.95) and ...West Coast RV Camping (May, $24.95) by Tom Stienstra.
From Rick Steves:Rick Steves' Istanbul (May, $16.95) is a new edition in the series, as is ...Croatia & Slovenia 2007 (Apr., $17.95). The seventh edition of Rick Steves' Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler (May, $24.95) is newly packaged in full-color.
The photos, descriptions and maps in The New Traveler's Atlas (Mar., $29.99 cloth) by John Man, Chris Schüler and Mary-Ann Gallagher encourage advance planning by sojourners embarking on trips to romantic destinations. Those with green thumbs and those who envy people with green thumbs can take an armchair tour with 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die (Mar., $34.99 cloth), edited by Rae Spencer-Jones.
Marcus Eriksen was a young veteran in search of peace when he built a raft floating on 232 empty soda bottles and other recycled junk for a 2000-mile trip down the Mississippi from Minnesota to New Orleans. He relates what he encountered and how he healed in My River Home: A Journey from the Gulf War to the Gulf of Mexico (Apr., $24.95 cloth). One September, after writing about ospreys on Cape Cod for years, David Gessner set out to follow their annual migration. The result is Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond (Apr., $24.95 cloth).
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A prominent historic Scottish town—not to mention famous golfing resort—is the subject of St. Andrews: City by the Northern Sea (Mar., $16.95) by Raymond Lamont-Brown. Ann Lindsay remains in the same country for Hidden Scotland (Mar., $16.95).
Twenty-one recollections of misadventures on the road are assembled in Wish You Weren't Here: The Black Cat Anthology of Travel Humor (July, $15), edited by Cecil Kuhne.
BRADT TRAVEL GUIDES
New editions to countries and cities are Bolivia: The Bradt Travel Guide (Apr., $22.95 cloth) by David Atkinson, Helsinki... (May, $13.99) by Nigel Wallis, Slovakia... (July, $24.99) by Lucy Mallows, Johannesburg: The Bradt City Guide (Feb., $13.95) by Lizzie Williams and another city guide, Zagreb... (June, $12.99) by Piers Letcher. Color photos and maps demonstrate the diversity abounding in Sri Lankan Wildlife (May, $23.95) by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne.
Bill Geist set out on a 5000-mile RV trip across the country and now tells tales of the eccentrics and other offbeat individuals he met in Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small Town America (May, $23.95 cloth). Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella (June, $22.95 cloth) by David Shalleck with Erol Munuz recounts the trials and triumphs that Shalleck encountered after the young American signed up as chef on an Italian billionaire couple's yacht.
KAREN BROWN GUIDES
Currently 17 annuals are available, all subtitled Exceptional Places to Stay and all including detailed itineraries through countrysides on the way to charming lodges. Among the titles are Austria by Karen Brown and Clare Brown, France Bed & Breakfasts by Karen Brown, England, Wales & Scotland by Karen Brown and June Brown, Spain by June Brown and Cyndi Sauvage, Tuscany & Umbria by Clare Brown and Nicole Franchini and New England by Karen Brown and Jack Bullard. All were published in January; each is $19.95.
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Georgina Campbell's Ireland 2007—The Guide: The Best Places to Eat, Drink and Stay (Mar., $19.95) by Georgina Campbell suggests new recommended destinations throughout the country.
Starting from Dawson in Yukon Territory, the site of the Klondike gold rush, Dan O'Neill and his square-sterned canoe enjoy A Land Gone Lonesome: An Inland Voyage Along the Yukon River (July, $15.95).
West Virginia: An Explorer's Guide (Apr., $19.95) by Leonard M. Adkins and Washington... (June, $19.95) by Denise Fainberg chart both new and known territories. Fresh entries in the Great Destinations series are Austin, San Antonio & the Texas Hill Country (May, $18.95) by Amy K. Brown and Colorado's Classic Mountain Towns (June, $18.95) by Evelyn Spence. The 101 Best Outdoor Towns (May, $19.95) by Sarah Tuff and Greg Melville is aimed at both urban dwellers and suburbanites looking for unspoiled locales offering pulse-quickening activities along with a slower pace of life. Camera bugs can find advice in Photographing Yellowstone National Park (June, $9.95) by Gustav W. Verderber, The Photographer's Guide to Cape Cod & the Islands (June, $14.95) by Chris Linder and The Photographer's Guide to Puget Sound & Northwest Washington (June, $14.95) by Rod Barbee. David L. Anderson has another take on the sights in Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest (June, $17.95). Two more geographical areas open up with Backroads & Byways of New Mexico (June, $16.95) by Sally Moore and 52 Weekends in Connecticut (June, $17.95) by Andi Marie Cantele.
Sitting astride a motorcycle, intrepid Polly Evans roars across the countryside meeting wild kiwis, burly sheep-shearing gangs and so much more that she tells about in Kiwis Might Fly: A New Zealand Adventure (Mar., $13).
DK launches a new Real Cities series this year with guides geared to the sophisticated younger traveler. The initial eight titles ($15 each) are due in March: Real City: Barcelona, ...Berlin, ...Chicago, ...London, ...New York, ...Paris, ...Rome and ...San Francisco. A new Pocket Map & Guide series is due in April ($6.99 each); the initial 14 full-color titles are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Budapest, Florence, Istanbul, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Prague, Rome, Seville, Venice and Vienna. A quartet of DK Eyewitness titles adding to this well-established series are Beijing & Shanghai (Feb., $23), Cracow (Feb., $23), Northern Spain (Feb., $23) and Vietnam & Angkor Wat (June, $25). New to the Top 10 series ($12 each) are DK Eyewitness: Top 10 Lisbon (Feb.), ...San Antonio & Austin (Feb.), ...Beijing (Mar.) and …Malta & Gozo (Mar.). Among the more than two dozen updated and revised DK Eyewitness titles are Croatia (Feb., $23), Greek Islands (Feb., $25), St. Petersburg (Feb., $23), Las Vegas (Apr., $23) and Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Apr., $23).
DOWN EAST BOOKS
Seventy-five color photos by Nance Trueworthy create a keepsake in Maine's Casco Bay Islands: A Guide (May, $15.95) by David Tyler, which covers the islands as well as the greater Portland area.
A pocket-sized collection of verse takes the reader to a most romantic city with Poetry of Place: Venice (Apr., $11.95) by Hetty Hughes.
Kayakers and other water enthusiasts can flit from island to island with Florida Keys Paddling Atlas (Apr., $29.95) by Bill and Mary Burnham. Elsewhere, landlubbers can turn to Best Easy Day Hikes: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (May, $8.95) by Erik Molvar, Bicycling Salt Lake City: A Guide to the Area's Best Mountain and Road Bike Rides (May, $12.95) by Gregg Bromka, Explore! Theodore Roosevelt National Park: A Guide to Exploring the Roads, Trails, River, and Canyons (May, $15.95) by Levi Novey, Scavenger Hike Adventures: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (May, $14.95) by Kat and John LaFevre and Scavenger Hike Adventures: Rocky Mountain National Park (May, $14.95), also by the LaFevres. Golden Country: Touring Scenic California (Apr., $19.95) by Susan M. Neider ranges from Redwood National Park to Death Valley National Park. Flora and fauna are the sights of choice in Tahoe Wildflowers: A Month-by-Month Guide to Wildflowers in the Tahoe Basin and Surrounding Areas (Apr., $14.95) by Laird R. Blackwell, Bear Viewing in Alaska: Expert Techniques and Tips for a Safe, Enjoyable Experience (May, $9.95) by Stephen F. Stringham and Birding Colorado: 90 Prime Birding Locations with More than 179 Sites (May, $19.95) by Hugh Kingery.
First editions in the Gold Guide series are Essential Italy (Feb., $18.95), Fodor's Beijing (Apr., $18.95), ...Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque (Apr., $16.95), ...Poland (May, $19.95), ...Big Island of Hawaii (May, $15.95), ...Kaua'i (May, $15.95) and ...Shanghai (May, $18.95). New in June to the See It series is Fodor's See It Croatia ($21.95). Some four dozen additional titles have been updated, including Fodor's Morocco (Feb., $22), ...Budapest (Mar., $17.95), ...Great Britain (Apr., $22.95), ...Virginia & Maryland (Apr., $17.95), ...Exploring Australia (May, $22), ...Exploring New York City ($22), Dublin's 25 Best (Feb., $11.95), Barcelona's 25 Best (Apr., $11.95) and Fodor's See It Florence and Tuscany (May, $22.95).
High quality budget travel is what Arthur Frommer's daughter Pauline is after, and she offers plenty of recommendations in four first editions ($16.99 each): Pauline Frommer's Paris (Mar.) by Margie Rynn, ...Las Vegas (Apr.) by Pauline Frommer, ...Walt Disney World (June) by Jason Cochran and ...Washington D.C. (June) by James T. Yenckel. Six new destinations for the Frommer's imprint are Frommer's Chile and Easter Island (June, $21.99) by Kristina Schreck, ...Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (July, $21.99) by Eliot Greenspan, ...Argentina (June, $21.99) by Michael Luongo et al., ...Eastern Europe (Mar., $24.99) by Pippa de Bruyn et al., ...Cancun and the Yucatan Day by Day (Apr., $12.99) by June Conord and Bruce Conord and ...Montreal Day by Day (Apr., $12.99) by Andre Legaspi. Four first edition MTV guides for April are MTV Spain ($22.99) by Fernando Gayesky et al., ...France ($22.99) by Anna E. Brooke et al., ...England ($22.99) by Olivia Edward and ...American Road Trips ($21.99) by John Vorwald et al.
The character and charm of accommodations, as well as essential travel details, are provided in Colorado's Best Bed-and-Breakfasts: 100 Unique Getaways (June, $15.95) by Tamra Monahan.
Seasons of the Heartland: Celebrating 20 Years with Midwest Living (May, $24.95 cloth) by the Editors of Midwest Living magazine is an appreciation of the area's beauty and bounty. A Day in Tuscany: More Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide (June, $18.95 cloth) by Dario Castagno with Robert Rodi follows on the heels of Too Much Tuscan Sun. Lynette Chiang introduces people, customs, food and culture in The Handsomest Man in Cuba: An Escapade (Apr., $14.95). Express Yourself! (May, $14.95) by Michael Powell concentrates on verbal and nonverbal aspects of communication in different countries.
Travel tips, encouragement and happy anecdotes based on 20 years of personal travel experience are what Beth Whitman assembles for Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo (Mar., $17.95).
Travel writer Colin Thubron covered some 7000 miles in eight months, cutting through China, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey. After having made his way by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart and camel, he recounts his adventures in the Asian and Islamic countries in Shadow of the Silk Road (July, $25.95 cloth).
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Shakespeare, Trollope, Hogarth, Woolf, Blake and Kureishi are among the tour guides in London Fragments: A Literary Expedition (Mar., $19.95 cloth) by Rüdiger Görner. Only a few months after a 25-year war ended in Afghanistan, Roger Willemsen accompanied a friend on her way home and returned to portray what he saw in An Afghan Journey (Mar., $24.95 cloth).
The teeming coral reefs off Rangiroa in French Polynesia provide the aquatic backdrop for underwater excitement in Julia Whitty's The Fragile Edge: Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific (May, $25 cloth).
Hawaii: The Big Island Adventure Guide (Feb., $19.99) is by two residents of the Big Island, Bryan Fryklund and Jan Reeder. A resident of Kauai, Heather McDaniel brings her expertise and experiences to Kauai Adventure Guide (May, $18.99). Also forthcoming are Nicaragua Adventure Guide (Mar., $19.99) by Erica Rounsefel, Sicily... (Apr., $19.99) by Joanne Lane, The Virgin Islands Pocket Adventure Guide (Apr., $13.99) by Lynne Sullivan and The Alps Pocket Adventure Guide (Apr., $15.99) by Krista Dana. Updated Adventure Guides include Dominican Republic (Mar., $19.99) by Fe Liza Bencosme and Clark Norton and Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines (Mar., $19.99) by Cindy Kilgore Brown and Alan Moore.
INFORMATION TODAY/CYBERAGE BOOKS
The Traveler's Web: An Extreme Searcher Guide to Travel Resources on the Internet (Apr., $19.95) by Randolph Hock promises to make the most of leisure and business travel, from planning and making reservations to learning about destinations and cultures.
New to this still growing series are Insiders' Guide to Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska (May, $16.95) by Deb Vanasse, ...to Portland, Maine (May, $18.95) by Sara Donnelly and Meredith Goad and ...to Cleveland (July, $17.95) by Shawnie M. Kelley. The subtitle tells it all for Oregon Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff (Mar., $14.95) by Harriet Baskas, Ohio... (June, $14.95) by Sandra Gurvis, Delaware... (June, $14.95) by Beth Rubin, South Dakota... (June, $14.95) by Bernie Hunhoff and Wyoming... (July, $14.95) by Dina Mishev. Two other state-specific guides are You Know You're in California When...101 Quintessential Places, People, Events, Customs, Lingo, and Eats of the Golden State (Mar., $9.95) by Saul Rubin and ...Georgia... of the Peach State (Mar., $9.95) by William Schemmel. Artistic displays, artists' studios and historic artist communities are among the visuals to be spotted with Country Artwalks from Maine to Maryland (Mar., $14.95) by Marina Harrison and Lucy D. Rosenfeld. Far from either coast, Dan Kaercher, Midwest Living's founding editor, visits Parklands of the Midwest: Celebrating the Natural Wonders of America's Heartland (Apr.; $19.95, cloth $29.95).
Ancient Greece: An Explorer's Guide (Apr., $22) by Robert Emmet Meagher and Elizabeth Parker Neave charts itineraries pertinent to mythology, history, literature and architecture. With a more fluid goal, Christopher Fielden and Jim Budd come up with A Traveller's Wine Guide to France (Apr., $20).Two new Traveller's Wildlife Guides are Southern Africa (Mar., $27.95) by William Branch et al. and Alaska (Mar., $27.95) by Dennis Paulson and Les Beletsky. One can get behind the wheel with Mississippi: On-the-Road Histories (Mar., $20) by Ben Wynne, South Carolina... (Mar., $20) by Kenneth Townsend and Wisconsin... (Apr., $20) by Mark Van Ells. More background is provided by A Traveller's History of Egypt (Mar., $14.95) by Harry Ades and ...of Poland (Mar., $14.95) by John Radzilowski. A diversity of urban spots are more accessible with Secret New York: Exploring the Hidden Neighborhoods of Manhattan and the Surrounding Boroughs (May, $20) by Michelle Haimoff, with photos by Rachel Feierman. Short stories, novel extracts and travel writings inform Dickens on France: Fiction, Journalism and Travel (May, $20), edited by John Edmondson.
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When everybody has time off, there's The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide to Living Abroad with Your Family (Apr., $15.95) by Elisa Bernick. Ordinary people go on an extraordinary adventure in Here Be Yaks: Travels in Far Western Tibet (June, $17.95) by Manosi Lahiri. Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Disneyland Resort's Best Kept Secrets (May, $9.95) by Steven M. Barrett is a scavenger-hunt guide to camouflaged images of the mouse himself. Barrett has updated Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets (May, $11.95). Also updated are Florida Spring Training: Your Guide to Touring the Grapefruit League (Jan., $14.95) by Alan Byrd and The Other Orlando: What to Do When You've Done Disney and Universal (Jan., $15.95) by Kelly Monaghan.
The 14 main hikes and numerous spur trails throughout the park can be more easily traversed with Acadia National Park Dayhiker's Guide: Maine's Coastal Gem (Mar., $17) by Jerome and Susan Malitz.
JOHNSTON ASSOCIATES INT'L
Two revised editions are The Essential San Juans Guide (May, $16.95) by Marge and Ted Mueller and Oregon's Coast: A Guide to Family Attractions (Apr., $12.95) by Rebecca and Mac Johnston.
Selected train sites and hundreds of other train-related attractions in North America come under scrutiny in Tourist Trains Guidebook (Mar., $18.95) by the staff of Trains Magazine, who review 150 train rides and museums.
With text by Sumiko Enbutsu and photos by Katsuhito Nakazato, Tokyo: Exploring the City of the Shogun (June, $24.95) shows where the antique sites and pockets of traditional eateries are located in the overwhelmingly modern city.
The long-running Insight Guides series continues to grow with Insight Guide The French Riviera (July, $18.95) and ...Provence (July, $18.95). Similarly, first editions in the city guides are Insight City Guide Montreal (July, $16.95), ...Philadelphia (July, $16.95) and ...Vancouver (July, $16.95). New from Berlitz's For Your Trip series is Spanish For Your Trip (June, $9.95). Updated country Insight Guides include ...Italy (May, $23.95), ...Argentina (July, $23.95), ...Australia (July, $24.95), ...Ecuador & Galapagos (Aug., $22.95), ...India (Aug., $23.95) and ...Brazil (Aug., $22.95).
HUGH LAUTER LEVIN
The City of Lights comes into sharp focus with Spectacular Paris (Apr., $50) by Dominique Paulve and Letitica Burns O'Connor, a book with more than 200 photos showcasing everything from its parks and cafes to residences of famous fashion designers. On the home front, Spectacular Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Apr., $50) by Jim Collins, Susan Kraft and Charles Preston captures the natural glories of these magnificent ecosystems.
First edition guide books for this spring are Honduras & the Bay Islands (Jan., $19.99) by Gary Chandler and Liz Prado, Botswana & Namibia (Feb., $25.99) by Paula Hardy and Matthew Firestone and Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island (Apr., $17.99) by Karla Zimmerman et al. The Asia Book (Apr., $40) is a full-color title exploring the entire continent. May introduces the new series, Encounter, which fills travelers in on the most important aspects of specific cities. The initial nine titles ($11.99 each) are Barcelona Encounter by Damien Simonis, Dublin... by Oda O'Carroll, Hong Kong... by Steve Fallon, Istanbul... by Verity Campbell, Las Vegas... by Sara Benson, London... by Sarah Johnstone, New York... by Ginger Otis, Paris... by Catherine Le Nevez and San Francisco... by Alison Bing. Tony Wheeler, Lonely Planet co-founder, turns his attention to repressive, closed-off countries that mistreat their own citizens and may sponsor terrorism in the appropriately titled Tony Wheeler's Bad Lands (Apr. $14.99). Key phrases useful while sightseeing or shopping are featured in Fast Talk German (Mar., $4.99) and Fast Talk Slovene (Mar., $4.99). Other language helpers are Small Talk Eastern Europe (Mar., $6.99) and Small Talk Western Europe (Mar., $6.99). June will bring Africa Phrasebook ($10.99) and Volunteer: A Traveller's Guide to Making a Difference Around the World ($19.99) by Charlotte Hindle et al., which recommends a unique kind of travel experience.
MCCLELLAND & STEWART
Bruce Kirkby has run Africa's Blue Nile Gorge. He has climbed Mount Everest. And now his adventures lead to a narrative about living on the edge in The Dolphin's Tooth: A Decade in Search of Adventure (Feb., $16.95).
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True to its geographical name, the house announces British Virgin Isles Guide (Mar., $16.95) by Claudia Colli, St. Lucia: Helen of the West Indies (Mar., $15) by Guy Ellis, Puerto Rico Guide (Mar., $15) by Christopher Baker, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (Mar., $40) by Madeleine Greey, with photos by Donald Nausbaum and Caribbean Dreams: Virgin Gorda (Mar., $45) by Regine Hodeige, photos by Michael Wissing. The past is an important component of The History of Harbour Island (Mar., $TBA) by Anne Lawlor, Historic Landmarks of Port of Spain (July, $TBA) by Michael Anthony, A—Z of Bahamas Heritage (Mar., $TBA) by Michael Craton and A—Z of Grenada Heritage (May, $TBA) by Angus Martin.
Negotiations, punctuality, language, gestures and more are covered by Mary Murray Bosrock in Asian Business Customs & Manners (July, $16).
The Best in Tent Camping: New York State (Apr., $14.95) by Aaron Starmer et al. and ...Utah (May, $14.95) by Jeffrey Steadman choose the most appealing campgrounds in these states. 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston, Including Coastal and Interior Regions, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island (May, $16.95) by Helen Weatherall offers detailed trail descriptions and authoritative maps. The west coast comes to the fore with Bicycling Los Angeles County (May, $15.95) by Patrick Brady and Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County (May, $15.95) by Charles Patterson.
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A CD accompanies a contemporary language introduction to Starting Turkish (Apr., $24.95) by Orhan Doðan, which is fully illustrated by Anna Wilman.
More than 500 photos and more than 100 maps contribute visually to the 59th annual edition of The Milepost: Food, gas, lodging, camping, fishing, sightseeing and road conditions along the highways and byways of Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and major access routes in Alberta and British Columbia (Mar., $27.95, edited by Kris Valencia. New to the 2007 edition are informational sections on flying into Anchorage and dining out there.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOKS
Catering to the growing numbers of women who travel alone or with female friends, Marybeth Bond has put together 50 Best Girlfriends Getaways in North America (Mar., $15.95), which tells what to pack, what to expect, what to avoid and what not to miss. Novelist Barry Unsworth documents his fascinating travels in Crete (Jan., $10.95). National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe (Mar., $18.95) by Ruth Ellen Gruber covers remote hamlets as well as major cities. New series entries are National Geographic Traveler: Naples and Southern Italy (Mar., $22.95) by Tim Jepson and ...St. Petersburg (Mar., $22.95) by Jeremy Howard. Vacations dealing with wellness, arts and crafts, volunteerism and intellectual pursuits are identified by Pam Grout in The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life (June, $19.95), which covers the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Second editions include National Geographic Traveler: Ireland (Feb., $27.95), ...London (Feb., $22.95), ...Germany (Mar., $27.95), ...Greece (Mar., $27.95) and ...China (Apr., $27.95).
Cautionary tales—true stories of adventure gone wrong as the foolhardy and unprepared meet their destinies—add drama to Death in the West (Apr., $14.95) by Chris Becker.
NORTH POINT PRESS
The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall (June, $14) by Lawrence Osborne is a reprint.
Michael Wallis and Michael S. Williamson celebrate America's transcontinental roadway in The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast Along Route 30 from Times Square to the Golden Gate (July, $39.95 cloth).
PASSPORTER TRAVEL PRESS
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PassPorter's Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line and its Caribbean Ports of Call: The take-along travel guide and planner (Feb., $18.95, ring-bound $42.95) by Jennifer and Dave Marx is a fifth edition. The Marx's PassPorter Disneyland Resort and Southern California Attractions: The unique travel guide, planner, organizer, journal and keepsake! (May, spiral-bound $22.95, ring-bound $42.95) is a second edition.
PETER PAUPER PRESS
Fold-out maps, insider tips and recommendations on where to eat, drink, shop and stay come together in The Little Black Book of Washington, DC: The Essential Guide to America's Capital (Mar., $10.95 cloth) by Harriet Edleson. Vesna Neskow performs the same informational service with The Little Black Book of Rome: The Timeless Guide to the Eternal City (Feb., $10.95 cloth).
The consequences of natural disasters, criminal activity, suicides and other tragic events can be sought out with Ghost Hunter's Guide to Los Angeles (May, $14.95) by Jeff Dwyer. Similar ghoulish fun is advocated by Dwyer in Ghost Hunter's Guide to New Orleans (May, $14.95).
Destinations based on culture, activities, weather and social life are singled out in Fly Solo: The 50 Best Places on Earth for a Girl to Travel Alone (Feb., $15.95) by Teresa Rodriguez Williamson.
From Perth Amboy Harbor in the northeast to Fort Mott State Park in the southwest, Patricia Robinson does the Garden State proud with The New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail: A Top-to-Bottom Tour of More than 50 Scenic and Historic Sites (Apr., $19.95).
A new travel guide series beginning in April, Wallpaper City Guides ($8.95 each) are pocket guides for the design-conscious and discerning traveler seeking the most exciting and most beautiful places to visit, eat, drink, stay, shop, exercise. The 20 titles are Athens, Basel, Beijing, Berlin, Bilbao, Cape Town, Dubai, Havana, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Marrakech, Miami, Mumbai, Prague, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Toronto and Vienna.
Before traveling abroad, much useful information can be obtained from What Every American Should Know About Europe (Jan., $16) by Melissa Rossi.
Books that tell the traveler the right hotel rooms to request, the best seats in restaurants, as well as the prime time to be there, the Night+Day series ($17.95 each) is designed for the cosmopolitan set who want the latest hip info. New titles are Night+Day London (Jan.) by Claire Gervat and Francesca Gavin, ...Miami (Jan.) by Gretchen Schmidt, ...Las Vegas (Jan.) by Patrick Green, ...Los Angeles (Feb.) by Paul Zemanek and Patrick Green, ...Sydney (Feb.) by Marc Llewellyn and Clara Iaccarino, ...Chicago (Feb.) by Wendy Wollenberg, ...New Orleans (Feb.) by Todd Price, Daisy Dodge and Cordelia Cale, ...Mexico City (June) by Shane Christensen and Michele Joyce, ...Madrid (June) by Lara Cummings and ...Toronto (June) by Anya Wassenberg and Neil Carlson.
Designed to look and feel like an actual passport, The Smart Traveler's Passport (Apr., $14.95) by Erik Torkells and the Readers of Budget Travel magazine actually contains 399 tips on planning, booking, packing, flying, safety, security and getting around.
Bad trips make for good reading in King of the Road: Trouble Travel Made Easy (Mar., $17.95) by Roger Rapoport. I Should Have Stayed Home: FOOD—Tantalizing Tales of Extreme Cuisine (Feb., $15.95), edited by Roger Rapoport et al., recalls meals of sauteed termites in Borneo and pan-fried piranha on the Amazon. Cockroaches, anyone? An invasion of monkeys? They're all in I Should Have Stayed Home: HOTELS—Hospitality Disasters at Home and Abroad (Feb., $15.95), edited by Roger Rapoport et al.
READER'S DIGEST BOOKS
Devising 35 driving tours to prime birding and wildlife destinations from the Hawaiian Islands to the wilds of Canada, Robert J. Dolezal reveals Where the Birds Are: A Travel Guide to over 400 Natural Habitats—Sanctuaries,Refuges,Parks and Preserves (Apr., $28.95 cloth).
In Love in Italy: A Traveler's Guide to the Most Romantic Destinations in the Country of Amore (Feb., $24.95) by Monica Larner is a literary companion for lovers and spouses that starts in southern Italy and works its way up the Italian peninsula. Each of 12 chapters is characterized by its love lore and the best places to eat and sleep.
ROARING FORTIES PRESS
A Journey into Ireland's Literary Revival (Mar., $21.95) by R. Todd Felton explores the relationship between such writers as Yeats, Synge, O'Casey and others and the towns and countryside that fueled their imaginations. Angela K. Nickerson takes A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome (July, $21.95) to follow the genius's life in the city from his arrival in 1496 to his death almost 70 years later.
New Rough Guides are Denmark (May, $21.99) by Lone Mouritsen et al., Taiwan (May, $22.99) by Stephen Keeling and Brice Minnigh and Yellowstone & The Grand Tetons (June, $17.99) by Stephen Timblin. Debuting in the DIRECTIONS series are Hong Kong & Macau DIRECTIONS (Apr., $10.99) by David Leffman and Singapore... (Apr., $10.99) by Mark Lewis. A brand new series, 25s, pocket-sized books marking the 25th anniversary of Rough Guides, appears in May. Each full-color title ($5.99 each) is designed to let the traveler enjoy the ultimate experience. The 25 titles are 25s: Africa, ...Australia, ...Britain & Ireland, ...Canada, ...China, ...Eastern Europe, ...Europe, ...France, ...India, ...Italy, ...Mexico & Central America, ...Middle East, ...New Zealand, ...South America, ...Southeast Asia, ...Spain, ...USA, ...Adventure Travel, ...Ethical Travel, ...Islands, ...Journeys, ...Places to Stay, ...Wildlife Adventures, ...Wonders of the World and …World Food. The latest in the First-Time series is First-Time Africa (July, $16.99) by Jens Finke. Among the updated and revised Rough Guides are Bangkok (Feb., $18.99) by Paul Gray and Lucy Ridout, Laos (Mar., $18.99) by Jeff Cranmer and Steven Martin, Mallorca & Menorca (Apr., $17.99) by Phil Lee, Alaska (May, $23.99) by Paul Whitfield and Tim Burford, Montreal (May, $17.99) by Arabella Bowen and John Shandy Watson and Devon & Cornwall (June, $16.99) by Robert Andrews.
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Denali/Mount McKinley: Summit of North America (Mar., $14.95) by Harry Kikstra May is a full-color hiking map and climbing guide packaged for backpacking.
Jason Burke journeyed from the Sahara to the Himalayas, meeting with refugees, movement leaders and government officials, all of whom come to life in On the Road to Kandahar: Travels through Conflict in the Islamic World (May, $24.95 cloth). Lois Pryce recounts how she conquered the landscape from Alaska to the southernmost tip of Argentina in Lois on the Loose: One Woman, One Motorcycle, 20,000 Miles Across the Americas (Mar., $23.95 cloth). Little-known facts lend lots of surprises to I Never Knew That About Ireland (Mar., $24.95 cloth) by Christopher Winn. A pilgrimage of sorts is the subject of Pint-Sized Ireland: In Search of the Perfect Guinness (Mar., $23.95 cloth) by Evan McHugh. Invaluable wisdom from the 19th century scampers across the pages of How to Make Friends and Oppress People: Classic Travel Advice for the Gentleman Adventurer (July, $19.95 cloth) by Vic Darkwood.
Roadtripping USA: The Complete Coast-to-Coast Guide to America (Apr., $24.99) by Let's Go, Inc., is a second edition.
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A diversity of writers describe their experiences of Wild Yosemite: Personal Accounts of Adventure, Discovery, and Nature (Apr., $24.95 cloth), edited by Susan M. Neider.
Oddball curiosities, ghostly places, local legends, crazy characters and more are thrust into the open in Weird Carolinas (May, $19.95 cloth) by Roger Manley and Mark Sloan and in Weird Virginia (May, $19.95 cloth) by Jeff Bahr et al. Elan Penn provides the photography for both Dallas & Fort Worth: A Pictorial Celebration (June, $14.95 cloth) by Michael W. Duty and New York... (June, $14.95 cloth) by Rebeccah Welch. Gary Geddes retraces the voyage of fifth-century monk Huishen, who may have reached North America 1000 years before Columbus, in Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things: An Impossible Journey from Kabul to Chiapas (Mar., $24.95 cloth).
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Former Minneapolis Star Tribune travel editor Catherine Watson offers up a new book of travel essays in Home on the Road: More Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth (May, $14.95).
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The Most Beautiful Villages of England (May, $24.95) by James Bentley, with photos by Hugh Palmer, covers the country county-by-county in a reduced trim size for easy portability. Matthieu Ricard, official French interpreter to the Dalai Lama, uses his life in the Himalayas for 30 years to create Tibet: An Inner Journey (Apr., $45 cloth). Iwein Maassen encapsulates the variety of cruise experiences in The Contemporary Cruise (May, $50 cloth). Antique mailings from the 19th and early 20th centuries are reproduced in Exotic Postcards: The Lure of Distant Lands (May, $35 cloth) by Alan Beukers, which has an introduction by Paul Theroux. A guide for time travelers heading back to A.D. 200, Ancient Rome on 4 Denarii a Day (June, $22.95 cloth) by Philip Matyszak tells where to find the best markets, public baths and brothels. Chris Scarre ventures from Stonehenge to Newgrange in Megalithic Monuments of Britain and Ireland (June, $19.95).
From AA Publishing: Some 120 color photos illustrate The Guest List: Stylish Hotels and Fabulous Restaurants UK (Apr., $35) by Jenni Muir. Short stopovers are the hallmark of 10 Weekend Escape Guides (Mar., $11.95 each): Weekend Escape: Amsterdam, ...Barcelona, ...Brussels, ...London, ...Montreal, ...New York, ...Paris, ...Prague, ...Rome and ...Venice. Pictorial journeys are to be found in four more March releases ($11.95 each): Impressions of England, ...Ireland, ...Scotland and ...Wales. Still more from AA are The AA Bed and Breakfast Guide 2007 (Feb., $24.95), The AA Golf Course Guide 2007 (Feb., $24.95), The AA Hotel Guide 2007 (Feb., $29.95), The AA Pub Guide 2007 (Feb., $27.50) and The AA Restaurant Guide 2007 (Feb., $29.95). Hardcovers for March ($15.95 each) are Walking in the Cotswolds, ...Lake District, ...Scottish Highlands and ...West Country.
From Arrow: Bob Geldof writes of his return more than 20 years after Live Aid in Geldof in Africa (Mar., $13.95). Patricia Atkinson relates a tale of triumph in the Dordogne with The Ripening Sun: One Woman and the Creation of a Vineyard (Mar., $13.95). La Belle Saison: Living Off the Land in Rural France (Apr., $13.95) is Atkinson's sequel to The Ripening Sun.
From Aurum Press:On the Trail of the Last Human Cannonball: And Other Small Journeys in Search of Great Men (Apr., $15.95) follows Byron Rogers's ramblings from Hollywood to France and the world's first nudist colony. Famous and lesser-known courses are portrayed in Links of Heaven: A Complete Guide to Golf Journeys in Ireland (May, $19.95) by Richard Phinney and Scott Whitley.
From BBC Books: Venetian architect, historian and filmmaker Francesco da Mosto shares his views in Francesco's Italy: A Personal Journey through Italian Culture—Past and Present (Mar., $39.95 cloth). John Parker supplied the photos for that as well as for Francesco's Venice: The Dramatic History of the World's Most Beautiful City (May, $24.95), also by da Mosto. Christopher Somerville surveys Britain's outline in the photographic collection entitled Coast: The Journey Continues (May, $35 cloth).
From John Blake:Fancy a Pint in London? The Comprehensive Guide to Drinking in the Capital (Mar., $15.95) by Gordon Butler details atmosphere, clientele, food and the range of drinks available.
From Ebury Press: Brian L. Harris takes a pilgrimage through England in Harris's Guide to Churches and Cathedrals (Mar., $45 cloth). A less holy enterprise is The Good Pub Guide 2007 (Mar., $24.95), edited by Alisdair Aird and Fiona Stapley.
From Granta UK: Travelers on foot will know where to go with Athens: A Granta City Guide (Mar., $17.95) by Elizabeth Speller and Budapest... (Mar., $17.95) by Michael Jacobs. Craig Taylor heads back to the Suffolk village that Ronald Blyth fictionalized in his 1969 Akenfield in Return to Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village in the 21st Century (Apr., $24.95 cloth).
From John Murray: Thirty years on the road as a diplomat's wife results in Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse (Mar., $13.95) by Brigid Keenan.
From National Trust Books:101 Family Days Out: With the National Trust in 2007 (Mar., $16.95) by The National Trust identifies the best Trust sites for families traveling in Britain.
From Time Warner Books UK: Talk about going for a walk! Karl Bushby writes of his trek from one end of the Americas to the other, the first part of his 36,000-mile hike around the world, in Giant Steps: An American Odyssey from Punta Arenas to the Edge of Alaska (Mar., $19.95).
From Virago: Essays by Willa Cather, Joan Didion, Mary McCarthy and many more fill The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers (May, $24.95), edited by Mary Morris.
Some 70 cascades are described and pictured in Minnesota Waterfalls (Mar., $21.95) by Steve Johnson and Ken Belanger. More watery venues, these for canoe or kayak enthusiasts, are mapped out in Paddling Southern Minnesota (Mar., $19.95) by Lynne Smith Diebel.
100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Mar., $16.95) by Stephanie Elizondo Griest speaks to women of any age, as well as to those who travel alone or with others searching for such places as a Buddhist meditation center in Bhutan or a rumba club in Havana. Lucy McCauley edited The Best Women's Travel Writing 2007 (Mar., $16.95), the third volume in this series. And when it comes to humorous women's travel stories, there is More Sand in My Bra: Funny Women Write from the Road, Again! (Apr., $14.95), edited by Julia Weiler and Jennifer L. Leo. Encounters with the Middle East: True Stories that Help You Understand (May, $14.95) is edited by Nesreen Khashan and Jim Bowman.
Unlikely Destinations: The Lonely Planet Story (May, $16.95) by Tony and Maureen Wheeler is described as a mix of autobiography, business history and travel book that follows the often bumpy evolution of the couple's travel guide business.
Updated editions include Hidden Pacific Northwest (Feb., $18.95) by Eric Lucas, ...Southwest (Feb., $19.95) by Richard Harris, ...Baja (Mar., $15.95) by Richard Harris, ...Wine Country (Apr., $14.95) by Marty Olmstead and Ray Riegert, ...New England (Apr., $19.95) by Susan Farewell and ...Colorado (June, $15.95) by Richard Harris.
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Michelle Morano meditates on traveling and living abroad in Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain (Mar., $22.50 cloth).
UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO PRESS
Arizona's heyday in the 19th century is celebrated in Tombstone's Treasure: Silver Mines and Golden Saloons (Mar., $16.95) by Sherry Monahan.
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Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá, who teaches literature at the University of Puerto Rico, takes readers on an historical, intellectual and architectural tour in San Juan: Memoir of a City (July; $19.95, cloth $45). Local history and hundreds of landmarks enliven Around the Shores of Lake Superior: A Guide to Historic Sites, 2nd edition (May; $29.95, cloth $60) by Margaret Beattie Bogue.
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Nostalgia is one emotion evoked by Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions (May, $34.95 cloth) by Lu Vickers and Sara Dionne. The Hiking Trails of Florida's National Forests, Parks, and Preserves (June, $16.95) by Johnny Molloy and Sandra Friend is a second edition. More than 80 movies are covered in Florida on Film: The Essential Guide to Sunshine State Cinema and Locations (May, $19.95) by Susan Doll and David Morrow.
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A major tourist region looms large in The Land of the Smokies: Great Mountain Memories (May, $25) by Tim Hollis.
Affordable venues and boites are identified by Sarah Musgrave in MontrealResto-à-Go-Go: 200 Cheap and Fun Places to Eat and Drink in Montreal (Apr., $16.95).
Wordsworth, Byron, James, Hemingway and many others celebrate Iberia between the covers of Spain in Mind: An Anthology (Apr., $14.95), edited by Alice Leccese Powers.
Christopher Meason and H. Clark Wakabayashi collect history, stories, poems, songs and recipes in The Little Big Book of Ireland (Jan., $24.95 cloth). The third title in Wes Walker's series of landscape photography books, Tuscan Country: A Photographer's Journey (May, $29.95 cloth), includes excerpts from works by James, Dickens, Calvino and Woolf.
Walking Brooklyn (May, $17.95) by Adrienne Onofri maps out 30 routes through Manhattan's lesser-known neighbor. Tom Downs follows suit with Walking San Francisco (June, $17.95), suggesting 30 city hikes to reveal the history, culture and vibe for the City by the Bay. Hiking from Here to WOW: North Cascades (May, $19.95) by Craig and Kathy Copeland visits Washington's Glacier Peak Wilderness and North Cascades National Park to launch a new series epitomizing the "wonder of wilderness."
With 2.2-million copies in print of her 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Patricia Schultz returns to home territory with 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die (June; $18.95, cloth $27.95).