The Old Ways - Robert Macfarlane

Welcome to the world of shielings, orthliths, and zawns. In the third chronicle of his travels, the mountaineer and prodigious walker Robert Macfarlane introduces The Old Ways (Viking, $27.95) of Britain, its coastal islands, and the water routes in between. Traversing a variety of drove roads, pilgrim paths, and green lanes, some so old and half-forgotten that they’re more legend than passage, Macfarlane meditates on a past that kept our species in motion around fields and shores; he calls this work “biogeography” and traces the reciprocal shaping of landscape and human practices. But if his rigorous hikes and sea voyages in a tiny, century-old craft give him a taste of previous eras, they also root him firmly in the here-and-now. As he describes the sounds, smells, and sheer spectacle of being awakened by skylarks before dawn or watching the sunset shatter in a set of bog pools, he offers some of the crispest, most immediate nature writing around.

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ISBN: 9780147509796
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

Dangerous Work - Arthur Conan Doyle

What was it like aboard a whaling ship in 1880? Ask Arthur Conan Doyle. Making a snap decision to replace a friend as ship’s surgeon, the twenty-year-old medical student set sail for the Arctic. During the seven-month voyage, the budding writer kept a detailed, illustrated journal, which is reproduced here in facsimile and in transcription. ‘Dangerous Work’: Diary of an Arctic Adventure (Univ. of Chicago, $35), edited by Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower (editors also of Doyle’s letters and first novel) is a remarkable look at both a little-known episode of a well-known life and at a bygone era. Doyle called this expedition his coming-of-age, and its lessons ranged from how to stay upright on ice to how to face losing a patient to how to countenance the slaughter of whales, seals, and bears. Doyle also took from the experience plenty of material for fictional tales and nonfiction articles. This volume includes samples of each along with photos of the young Doyle, the S.S. Hope, and its captain and crew.

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ISBN: 9780226009056
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 1st, 2012

50 Places to Bike Before You Die - Chris Santella

A treat for devoted cyclists and daily commuters alike, Chris Santella’s 50 Places to Bike Before You Die (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, $24.95) is a useful guide that helps correct what can be a frustrating process for holidaying cyclists: do you decide where to go and then figure out how to bike at your destination? Or vice versa? Santella includes route recommendations from a roster of professional and amateur cyclists; there’s a lot of diversity here, with itineraries ranging from Ragbrai (an epic seven-day bike journey across the plains and rivers of Iowa where bikers are met with homemade pies and cycle past the Field of Dreams) to the rice paddies and unexpected urbanism of Angor Wat. And though it offers nuts-and-bolts tips on grades, trails, climates, and more, this book is never overly technical—the arresting photographs will keep even a neophyte cyclist dreaming of a getaway on two wheels.
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ISBN: 9781584799894
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Published: Abrams Press - October 1st, 2012