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The Inca Trail, fourth edition

Alexander Stewart

Trailblazer Publications


9781905864157, $22.95, www.trailblazer

THE INCA TRAIL: CUSCO & MACHU PICCHU offers a wide range of treks in a revised fourth edition that includes a variety of hiking options from two days to three weeks. Some 40 hiking maps show times, camping places and places of interest while accompanying cultural insights, tips on restaurants and health, and keys to languages make this a powerful planner and take along tote for any planning a hiking trip to the region.

Great Journeys

Lonely Planet Publications

150 Linden Street, Oakland CA 94607

9781742205892, $39.99,

GREAT JOURNEYS appears in an oversized hardcover unusual for an independent travel guide publisher who primarily publishes take along totes and is a celebration of some 70 of the greatest world journeys. Each route includes reviews of the route past and present, includes shortcuts and detours, provides a bibliography for armchair reading, and comes packed with color photos and candid assessment of the route's special attractions. From Norway's fjords to sailing the Nile, this is packed with accounts that make you want to just pack up and go, and is a top pick for any travel collection.

Great Journeys

Lonely Planet

150 Linden Street

Oakland CA 94607

9781742205892, $39.99,

The destination is overrated, the journey is where the memories come. "Great Journeys: Travel the World's Most Spectacular Routes" is a unique travel guide from Lonely Planet, this time focusing on the pathways of the world. From wonders of the world like the Great Wall of China, cultural landmarks like Machu Picchu, to railways and historic highways, each entry has information on the route with plenty of full color photographs and diagrams. "Great Journeys" is a choice pick that shouldn't be overlooked by those who find great joy in traveling.

Treasures of the Panhandle

Brian R. Rucker

University Press of Florida

University of Florida

15 Northwest 15th Street

Gainesville, FL 32611 2079

9780813037608 $29.95

Brian R. Rucker (Professor of History, Penascola State College) presents Treasures of the Panhandle: A Journey through West Florida, an extraordinary guide to little known historical sites, state parks, and natural wonders to be found in the panhandle area of Florida. County by county, Treasures of the Panhandle offers lavish description that prospective visitors and armchair travelers alike will savor, as well as a wealth of black and white photographs and an inset section of gorgeous color plates. The appendices are filled with contact addresses and websites for the featured locations, ideal for any reader seeking more information. Treasures of the Panhandle lives up to its title and is enthusiastically recommended to Florida natives who may not be aware of all the oft overlooked wonders within their home state as well as to prospective vacationers.

Air Travel Handbook

Dan Poynter

Para Publishing

PO Box 8206

Santa Barbara, CA 93118 8206

9781568601502, $14.95,

Air travel can be hectic and stressful, making the phobias surrounding it seem all the more justified. "Air Travel Handbook: Tips, Tricks, & Secrets on Flying" discusses on how to make one's next trip through the skies more effective. From spending less money to get where you want to go, understanding the language of the skies, and get more enjoyment out of it, "Air Travel Handbook" is an excellent and much recommended pick for those taking that trip to airport soon.

Exploring Wild South Florida, fourth edition

Susan D. Jewell

Pineapple Press

PO Box 3889, Sarasota, FL 34230

9781561645008, $16.95,

The biodiversity of southern Florida is truly a sight to behold. "Exploring Wild South Florida" is the fourth edition of the blend of nature and travel guide as Susan D. Jewell walks readers through the countless parks and natural attractions that lurk all throughout the southern tip of the state. With entries on many parks, with black and white photography used throughout, "Exploring Wild South Florida" is a choice pick for anyone with a strong interest in sampling the many natural sights around the state.

The Hula

Jerry Hopkins & Rebecca Kamili'ia Erikson

Bess Press

3565 Harding Avenue

Honolulu, Hawaii

9781573063128, $34.95,

It took Hawaii a bit of time to gain its renown as the vacation destination of the world. "The Hula" discusses the Hula, the presentation of traditional Hawaiian culture to the world, tracing the dance's history from prehistoric legend towards the modern day, where a second renaissance of sorts struck the dance and returned it to its people who have forgotten it in the recent tumultuous century. Packed cover to cover with color photographs and presenting a complete and comprehensive discussion of the dance and the culture behind it, "The Hula" is not to be overlooked for those seeking a coffee table book with a Hawaiian flavor or a strong addition to community library travel, dance, and culture collections.

The Big Thicket Guidebook

Lorraine G. Bonney

University of North Texas Press

PO Box 311336

Denton, TX 76203 1336

9781574413182, $29.95,

Texas, despite its always changing allegiances, has always remained loyal to Texas. "The Big Thicket Guidebook: Exploring the Backroads and History of Southeast Texas" is a focus on this region of Texas and its chaotic history, from geological history of the region, the native peoples, to arrival of Spanish missionaries, to the animals that now call the region home. An intriguing and comprehensive study of a region with a long history that is both human and natural, "The Big Thicket Guidebook" is a top pick to any natural and American history collection.
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