Savage Dreams - Rebecca Solnit

From the “sketchy shade” of oaks to the wider expanses with their “successive waves of culture, battles, heroes, and real-estate developers,” this classic on the American West gives you the forest and the trees—or, rather, the desert and the lush woodland, the Armageddon and the Arcadia of national myths. Reissued on its 20th anniversary, Solnit’s second book blends vivid nature writing with a strong social conscience, producing a powerful work along the lines of writing by Thoreau and Muir—predecessors Solnit references, reveres, and argues with. As passionate as she is rational, Solnit exposes the catastrophic history of the Nevada Test Site where the U.S. military dropped hundreds of atomic bombs—“rehearsing the end of the world over and over.” By the same token, Yosemite, treasured as a piece of pristine nature, in fact has a long and complex pre-European history that is all but erased in the official image.

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ISBN: 9780520282285
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Published: University of California Press - June 6th, 2014

Lonely Planet New York & the Mid-Atlantic's Best Trips

Every Washingtonian ought to have this guide in his glove compartment! Even if you aren’t able to take a full-blown vacation this summer, this TRIPS guide provides dozens of weekends’ worth of new experiences, cultural exchanges and greasy summer food from across the region. Featuring points north and south, the LONELY PLANET TRIPS guides provide itineraries that range from a day to a week, each denoted by clear but clever icons and coupled with extras like quotes from locals and playlists for the car: You’ll find a Warhol-themed trip to Pittsburgh, an East Coast food tour that goes from Prince Frederick County to New York City, an upscale take on the Appalachian Trail, a cinematic tour of Baltimore and a heritage music drive through Virginia. Attend to that road trip itch, and you’ll be glad to reap the benefits of living on the culturally bustling East Coast.

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