Compiled by Victoria Chase
The diversity of voices represented in the 30 essays compiled in this book bring to life the spirit of the Himalaya in an unparalleled panorama.
Ruskin Bond and Namita Gokhale (editors)—Himalaya: A Literary Homage to Adventure, Meditation, and Life on the Rood of the World—paperback, 320 pages, Shambhala Publications
The most visited national park in the United States, in 2016, more than 11 million people visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, whose 522,427-acres are almost evenly divided between Tennessee and North Carolina. Internationally published photographer and author Carl Heilman II has explored the region for four decades; this book showcases the myriad wonders of the region as seen through his lens.
Carl Hellman II—The Great Smoky Mountains: Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park—hardcover, 192 pages, Welcome Books
One-third of the earth's surface is classified as desert. Author William Atkins traveled throughout eight of the world's hottest deserts, creating travel narratives that reveal the human appeal of these often inhospitable landscapes.
William Atkins— The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places—hardcover, 368 pages, Knopf Doubleday Publishing
Artist and writer David Coggins uses lyrical writing and vivid watercolor and ink drawings to provide a poetic account of his family's annual visits to St. Barthélemy in the French West Indies.
David Coggins—Blue: A St. Barts Memoir—hardcover, 264 pages, powerHouse Books
Combining an adroit journalist’s eye with extensive research, author Dianne Hales presents a "pop historical" look into how Italy has shaped the Western world’s most vibrant passions, from literature to love, music to art, food to wine.
Dianne Hales—La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World—hardcover, 320 pages, Crown Archetype
Using photos and personal experiences, this book presents eight stories that highlight different ways to explore the world. Included are essential packing tips, recipes for car snacks, and ideas for creative collecting, journaling and photographing.
Jen CK Jacobs—Road Trips: A Guide to Travel, Adventure, and Choosing Your Own Path—paperback, 208 pages, Roost Books
After visiting Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York in different seasons over the course of a single year, author Stephanie Rosenbloom puts forth a thoughtful and passionate account of the pleasures of traveling solo. Her observations are coupled with insights from psychologists and sociologists who have studied solitude and happiness.
Stephanie Rosenbloom—Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude— hardcover, 288 pages, Viking Press
Peter Mayle is the author of fifteen books, nine of them novels, including the bestseller A Year in Provence. In his latest work, he reflects on 25 years since he and his wife uprooted their lives in England to settle in Provence.
Peter Mayle—My Twent-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now— hardcover, 192 pages, Knopf Doubleday Publishing
Internationally recognized as a leading writer on beer, Stephen Beamont presents the definitive guide to the world's best beer destinations, both familiar and foreign.
Stephen Beaumont—Will Travel for Beer: 101 Remarkable Journeys Every Beer Lover Should Experience—hardcover, 224 pages, Octopus Books
This guide features an eclectic range of ideas for trips across the globe that vary in scope from self-improvement to natural wonders. Included are standard travel to-dos alongside localized one-of-a-kind experiences.
Kath Stathers (editor)—The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small— hardcover 496 pages, Universe