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Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks by Ken Jennings
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

Katherine Stevens, December 17, 2012

Ken Jennings is a really charming writer, and he tackles the multifaceted world of geography love with humor and love. Geocaching, the National Geography Bee, the story of GPS, the antique map market--all these subjects are given their 15 minutes. Any lover of National Geographic or Sporcle capitals quiz addict will sense themselves in this book and be sad when the book is done. Love!
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Cold Beer and Crocodiles: A Bicycle Journey Into Australia by Roff Smith
Cold Beer and Crocodiles: A Bicycle Journey Into Australia

Katherine Stevens, August 1, 2012

After living in metropolitan Australia for 15 years, Yankee Roff Smith drops his fantastic job and decides to bicycle around the whole perimeter of Australia. It's a tough, nasty, exhilarating, illuminating business, and Roff is very candid about his trials and tribulations as well as his ventures off the path, from taking up with a bachelor party on their fishing trip and learning how to sheer sheep to dodging kangaroo carcasses and trying to outrun cyclone season. A great read.
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Night Train to Turkistan: Modern Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road (Traveler) by Stuart Stevens
Night Train to Turkistan: Modern Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road (Traveler)

Katherine Stevens, July 25, 2012

Ever wanted to go to China but can't afford it? Well, this is the perfect book, because, unlike some travel books, it won't make you jealous of the author who did go. It will, in fact, make you never, ever, ever want to go to China (even though it's probably changed heavily in the last 20 years). From packed, dirty, freezing cold, vomit-filled bus trips through the high desert to fun with Chinese bureaucracy (they really put the red in red tape), this is a great book not just for fans of Fleming's The News from Tartary, which the book tries and fails to copy, itinerary-wise, but for sadists as well.
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Pulphead: Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan
Pulphead: Essays

Katherine Stevens, May 25, 2012

John Jeremiah Sullivan just has the friendliest, most interesting voice. Whether he's talking about the time his house was used as part of the set of One Tree Hill, a Christian music festival, North American cave art, or how animals may all gang up together one day to try to kill us, he is never boring. One of the top American essayists alive.
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Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (National Geographic Directions) by Louise Erdrich
Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (National Geographic Directions)

Katherine Stevens, May 19, 2012

Strange, cool, little book from a Native American writer visiting her new daughter's father's ancestral home in Canada. As much about being a single mother and writer as what it means to be an American Indian among the territories and lakes of central Canada, Minnesota, or the Dakotas.
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