12 Booklist April 1, 2016 www.booklistreader.com
It feels like we need to take a moment and thank our pal, El Niño, for making this winter a lot more bearable than the past few we’ve endured (at least, here in Chicago!). But
that doesn’t mean people aren’t still dreaming up their spring
and summer getaways, so, once again, we present our latest
roundup of recommended titles that have appeared over the
past six months.
50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites across
the U.S. By Brent D. Glass. Simon & Schuster, $16
This guide showcases important cultural sites selected by the
former director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History.
Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and
Forsaken Destinations. By Aude de Tocqueville. Black Dog &
Leventhal, $24.99 (9780316352024).
History writer de Tocqueville explores 44 once vibrant urban cen-
ters around the world that are now vacant ruins and ghost towns.
Central Park Trees and Landscapes: A Guide to New
York City’s Masterpiece. By Edward Sibly Barnard and Neil
Calvanese. Columbia Univ., $24.95 (9780231152877).
More than 900 color photographs and maps grace this Central
Park guidebook, which looks at the vast landscape section by section.
Chronicles of Old New York. By James Roman. Museyon,
Travelers will discover the dramatic true stories behind Hamil-
ton, Gangs of New York, and The Age of Innocence in these walking
tours of historic Manhattan neighborhoods.
DK Eyewitness Guides (DK).
• Top 10 London. $14 (9781465440891).
• Top 10 Paris. $14 (9781465440839).
• Top 10 Rome. $14 (9781465440860).
Updated for 2016, these slim DK guides are perfectly portable
manuals to important destinations on everyone’s bucket list.
An Ecotourist’s Guide to the Everglades and the Florida
Keys. By Robert Silk. Univ. Press of Florida, $16.95
Readers will learn about the region’s local history and culture,
along with recommendations for unique attractions and excursions.
Falcon Guides (Rowman & Littlefield).
• Best Hikes Near Philadelphia. $22.95 (9781493006717).
• Hiking California’s Wine Country: A Guide to the Area’s
Greatest Hikes. $22.95 (9781493009855).
• Hiking North Carolina: A Guide to More Than 500 of North
Carolina’s Greatest Hiking Trails. $24.95 (9780762784776).
• Hiking Tennessee: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Ad-
ventures. $22.95 (9781493006564.)
• Hiking the Gulf Coast: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Hiking
Adventures. $22.95 (9781493008124).
These helpfully illustrated guides are perfect for those seeking
adventure and nature on their vacations.
Fodor’s Guides (Random/Penguin).
• Fodor’s Alaska. $22.99 (9781101878576).
• Fodor’s Bahamas. $22.99 (9781101878576).
• Fodor’s In Focus Aruba. $12.99 (9781101879573).
• Fodor’s In Focus Panama. $13.99 (9780804143530).
• Fodor’s Montreal & Quebec City. $19.99 (9781101878606).
Fodor’s remains a staple in travel information, and the latest
crop of updated travel guides showcases the best this publisher
has to offer on a variety of destinations.
A Geek in Thailand: Discovering the Land of Golden Buddhas,
Pad Thai and Kickboxing. By Jody Houton. Tuttle, $18.95
This highly readable and lavishly illustrated guide offers a look
at Thailand from the viewpoint of a young foreign resident of
the country, covering food, nightlife, do’s and don’ts, and more.
Hidden Waters of New York City: A History and Guide
to 101 Forgotten Lakes, Ponds, Creeks, and Streams in the
Five Boroughs. By Sergey Kadinsky. Countryman, $19.95
Remnants of waterways are hidden in plain sight throughout New
York, and this guide offers historical anecdotes and walking tours.
Last-Minute Travel Secrets: 121 Ingenious Tips to Endure
Cramped Planes, Car Trouble, Awful Hotels, and Other Trips from
Hell. By Joey Green. Chicago Review, $16.99 (9781613735046).
This guide offers savvy tips on everything from packing tricks
to hotel hacks.
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places
to See . . . Ranked. Lonely Planet, $24.99 (9781760342777).
This definitive wish list of the best places to visit on earth is
packed with insightful write-ups and inspiring photography.
Markets of Provence: Food, Antiques, Crafts, and More. By
Marjorie R. Williams. St. Martin’s, $19.99 (9781250051271).
This pocket guide to 30 of the finest markets in Provence offers
tips for navigating the best of the area.
National Geographic Guides (National Geographic).
• The Civil War: A Traveler’s Guide. $25.95 (9781426214899).
• Guide to National Parks of the United States. 8th ed. $28
• Walking Istanbul. $14.95 (9781426216367).
• Walking London. $14.95 (9781426216565).
• Walking Milan. $14.95 (9781426216404).
• Walking New York. $14.95 (9781426216572).
BY REBECCA VNUK