Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations - Olivier Le Carrer

Reading the Atlas of Cursed Places (Black Dog & Leventhal, $24.99), by inveterate sailor, cartographer,  and journalist Olivier Le Carrer, makes you feel like you’ve stumbled on a secret, ancient tome that chronicles the world’s haunted regions. Readers might expect entries based on places’ connections to supernatural phenomena or some enduring dark myth.  But Le Carrer has a broader view of “cursed places” and presents those whose habitability is threatened by both natural events and human activities.  Thanks to this expansiveness, Le Carrer takes readers to places both predicable and surprising; each entry serves as a window to a region whose difficulties are at once astonishing, riveting, and intriguing. Another great joy of this atlas is its sheer beauty as an object; the insightful profiles are complemented by intricate illustrations, including detailed reproductions of old maps. Get ready for your next misadventure!

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781631910005
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 6th, 2015

Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo - Tim Parks

A country’s transportation system can be surprisingly illuminating, and in Italian Ways (W.W. Norton, $15.95) Tim Parks takes the Italian railroad region by region, telling the country’s history by that of its railway. His engaging and informative tour includes a look at nonsensical laws that are as frequently enforced as they are blatantly ignored, and the political and economic implications of the controversial form of transportation (yes, controversial!). From the tickets that state they require stamping but in fact don’t, to the Sicily-bound train that has to be dismantled, carriage by carriage (a twelve-hour process), and ferried  to the island because there is no bridge, the reader sees what Parks means when he says that “Italy is not for beginners.” All this is riveting, and Parks makes the book unputdownable with his own personal accounts of traveling by Italian rail. Here are first-hand glimpses homecoming soldiers smothered in maternal kisses and the loud and boisterous soccer fans waving team flags from the windows—you will walk away from this book with a few laughs and a deeper understanding of Italy’s people and culture.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780393348828
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 5th, 2014

Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco - Gary Kamiya

Gary Kamiya has lived in San Francisco since 1971, and though he’s no longer a taxi driver, only now has he set out to “do the knowledge,” as they say in London. Demonstrating his familiarity with every street in what a poet once called the Cool Gray City of Love (Bloomsbury, $27), the Salon.com cofounder has assembled a series of forty-nine views—each a perfectly-realized and expansive essay. Kamiya, who walks and bikes more than he drives, shows his understanding of the region’s plate tectonics and complex weather patterns, its diverse cultures, shifting demographics, history, and much more. Where can you find the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge? What are the great, gone treasures of the city? What was life like for the original Native American inhabitants, the few hundred Yelamu? From Hitchcock’s Vertigo to Fillmore jazz clubs, from the Gold Rush that jump-started the sleepy town to the 1906 earthquake and fire that nearly destroyed it and on to its 1989 Loma Prieta shadow, Kamiya tells the fascinating stories of this endlessly fascinating place. Forty-nine views aren’t nearly enough for these particular forty-six square miles.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781620401262
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 14th, 2014

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