Machu Picchu - Mark Adams

Hiram Bigham III was an adventurer and explorer (some say he was the model for Indiana Jones) credited with “discovering” Machu Picchu in 1911. In Turn Right at Machu Picchu (Plume, $16), Mark Adams retraces Bingham’s journey on Peru’s Inca Trail, offering insights and historical and biographical stories along the way. Equally compelling is the author’s own story, as he leaves his New York office and laces up his hiking boots. Accompanied by a seasoned guide and local porters, Adams proves his mettle as he makes two separate trips to the sacred Inca site. Machu Picchu is an astonishing place, and Adams’s mixture of historical reporting and contemporary travel writing provides a fascinating vantage point.
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ISBN: 9780452297982
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Published: Dutton - April 24th, 2012

Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities - Vahram Muratyan

Paris Versus New York is a witty graphic design book that is perfect for anyone who loves either The City of Lights or The Big Apple. Muratyan’s artwork originally appeared on his blog, but became so popular, that he turned it into an entire book. This little guy is the perfect small coffee table book that every apartment needs. If you fall in love with these pictures like I did, check out Muratyan’s website and order some larger prints of your favorites.

Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities By Vahram Muratyan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143120254
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2012

Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas - Rebecca Solnit, Sandow Birk, Mona Caron

Infinite City, a bizarre and intriguing book, is composed of 22 different maps of the city, dealing with different phenomena specific to the city on the Bay. These range from Map 6: "Monarchs and Queens: Butterfly Habitats and Queer Public Spaces", to Map 16: "Death and Beauty: All of 2008's Ninety-nine Murders, Some of 2009's Monterey Cypresses." Solnit's writing is thought-provoking and complex. Several contributing writers add their personalities and insights to the maps as well, providing a well-rounded, albeit slightly odd, analysis of SF’s character. One doesn't need to be hugely familiar with the city to enjoy the creativity and writing here, but San Francisco fans will obviously find it to be a most compelling adventure. My favorite atlas: "Phrenological San Francisco."

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ISBN: 9780520262508
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: University of California Press - November 29th, 2010