Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great... by Mark AdamsWhat it's about: Mark Adams, author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu, traveled via road, ferry, foot, and canoe around coastal Alaska, retracing the 1899 Harriman expedition (whose members included naturalist John Muir and photographer Edward Curtis). While doing so, he encountered a much-changed land, fascinating people, and wild animals.
Who it's for: fans of Bill Bryson, as well as anyone who likes personable tour guides and amusing, artful blends of history and travel.
The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure by Carl HoffmanWhat it's about: Carl Hoffman eloquently describes his travels in Borneo following the paths of two enigmatic outsiders: American Michael Palmieri, a tribal-art dealer who traveled deep into the rainforest, built relationships, and became rich acquiring art for museums and collectors, and Swiss environmentalist Bruno Manser, who lived with the Penan tribe for years, fought logging, and mysteriously disappeared in 2000.
Who it's for: those who relish compelling adventure tales, are fascinated by rainforests, or enjoyed the author's Savage Harvest.
Figures in a Landscape: People & Places; Essays, 2001-2016 by Paul TherouxWhat it is: a reflective, wide-ranging collection of bestselling writer Paul Theroux's recent pieces about places he's visited (Ecuador, Hawaii, Zimbabwe, Alabama, etc.) as well as essays about interesting people, including celebrities and authors (Oliver Sacks, Robin Williams, Elizabeth Taylor, Joseph Conrad, Henry David Thoreau, and more).
Is it for you? Yes, if you like erudite travel articles mixed with refreshing profiles of a variety of people.
Walking the Americas: 1,800 Miles, Eight Countries, and One Incredible Journey... by Levison WoodWhat happens: Intrepid British explorer, photographer, and author Levison Wood takes a 1,800 mile trek from Mexico to Columbia and encounters a variety of people, cultures, and obstacles
Try this next: The author's own Walking the Nile or Walking the Himalayas, or Ed Stafford's Walking the Amazon.
Did you know? Walking the Americas (and a TV documentary) were released in the U.K. last year; the book became a bestseller.
A Course Called Ireland: A Long Walk in Search of a Country, a Pint, and the Next Tee by Tom CoyneWhat happens: Irish-American Tom Coyne decided to walk to and then play at all 50 or so golf courses around the coast of Ireland.
Why you should read it: Even with hazards (including blisters, pouring rain, and a large growling dog), Coyne enjoyed the beauty and people (and beer) of the Emerald Isle.
Who it's for: Coyne focuses more on his travels than his games, so even non-golfers can enjoy this book that's "equal parts touching, wry, and hilarious" (The New York Times).
Running With the Kenyans: Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand FinnWhat it is: a compelling memoir chronicling British journalist Adharanand Finn's attempt to be the best runner he could be. To that end, he moved with his wife and three young children to Kenya, where he trained with some of the world's best runners and his family adjusted to living where lions roam.
Who it's for: Runners will certainly find much to like here as will anyone intrigued by the rural areas of Kenya.
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William FinneganWhat it is: the richly detailed, Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir chronicling journalist William Finnegan's experiences as a lifelong surfer.
What it's about: Finnegan's childhood in Hawaii and California, his adult years surfing around the globe (the U.S., the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa), amazing waves, near-death experiences, and more.
Reviewers say: "a travelogue head-scratchingly rich in obscure, sharply observed destinations" (Wall Street Journal).
The Miracle of Castel di Sangro by Joe McGinnissWhat it's about: Soccer-obsessed American reporter Joe McGinniss journeyed to a village in one of Italy's poorest regions in order to spend the 1996 soccer season with the local team -- which had somehow played their way to the country's second highest professional tier. McGinniss gets to know the underdog players and their management, traveling with them and seeing Italy's beauty -- and problems.
Who it's for: readers who want an amusing, eye-opening, soccer-filled travelogue to go with their 2018 World Cup games.
Try this next: For another book that follows a soccer team around Italy, look for Tim Park's A Season with Verona.
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