Sports & Adventure

Sports & Adventure


Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604697933
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - May 3rd, 2017

Leslie Buck jumps for a dream, landing an apprenticeship in Kyoto to learn the fine art of pruning. As she settles into life in Japan, she gains invaluable lessons from her work in the gardens as well as from her fellow gardeners. This book is travel Zen. --Marilyn

The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374120924
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - October 3rd, 2017

Crazy but true! The 2017 Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. Part memoir, part reporting, part play-by-play, Rich Cohen has wonderfully captured the love of the game and the end of the curse. Go, Cubs, Go! --Amanda

Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544558144
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 10th, 2017

Adventure with the delightfully nerdy naturalist writer Noah Strycker as he meets 6,042 species and many unforgettable people who lovingly help him along the way. You don't have to be a birder to love this book. Soon you'll be sharing Strycker’s hopeful and unique perspective on the world. --Nicole

A Mountaineer's Life Cover Image
By Allen Steck, Steve Roper (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781938340703
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Published: Patagonia - October 24th, 2017

An Oakland native and a Berkeley resident, Allen Steck started climbing in Yosemite back in the 1940s--at sixteen years old. This memoir doubles as a history of modern mountain climbing from the days of exploration to the present, and it includes many previously unpublished images. --Leigh

The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Riding the Iron Curtain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681772998
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Published: Pegasus Books - January 10th, 2017

This is a travel adventure unlike any other--along the Iron Curtain on the rickety wheels of a wobbly, barely-functional bicycle. The hilarious and uplifting result will have you rooting for the charming duo of man and bike as they explore over twenty countries. --Santiago

Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374156046
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 28th, 2017

Elkin’s flâneuse--a take on the masculine flâneur who strolls urban areas with ease--asks what city streets mean and have meant to women. She finds her answers in literature, history, film, and memoir in this captivating study on gendered spaces, the metropolis, and “the liberating possibilities of a good walk.” --Brynn

Secret Marvels of the World: 360 Extraordinary Places You Never Knew Existed and Where to Find Them Cover Image
ISBN: 9781786578655
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Published: Lonely Planet - August 15th, 2017

Brought to you by one of the foremost tour book companies, Secret Marvels of the World is the perfect companion for those who travel, dream of traveling, or simply enjoy learning about new places. The only thing better than planning a trip is discovering unique, off-the-beaten-path destinations. Fantastic! --Jenna