New Arrivals · Travel

December 9, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Montparnasse : Paris's district of memory and desire

December 8, 2017
Baxter, John, 1939- author.
xx, 242 pages : illustrations, map ; 18 cm.
Includes index.
"From bestselling Francophile John Baxter, the third book in his "Great Parisian Neighborhoods" series, offering tourists and locals alike a guided tour of Montparnasse"-- Provided by publisher.


December 6, 2017
Hawthorn, Vic., Australia ; Berkeley, CA : Lonely planet Publications,
v. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 19 cm.
At head of title: 1998-<2017> Lonely Planet.

All dat New Orleans : eating, drinking, listening to music, exploring, & celebrating in the Crescent City

November 28, 2017
Murphy, Michael, 1954- author.
New York, NY : The Countryman Press, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
400 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Eating -- Listening -- Drinking -- Creeping around -- Shopping -- Bonking -- Rooting -- Reading -- Exploring -- Fitting in -- Celebrating -- Conclusion.

Indianapolis Union and Belt Railroads

November 28, 2017
Darbee, Jeffrey T., author.
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2017]
xii, 230 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Introduction -- Early Indianapolis: settling "The West" -- The railroad arrives: a new travel technology -- The Union -- The Belt: another new idea -- The city and its railroads -- Bibliography -- Index.
"In an era dominated by huge railroad corporations, Indianapolis Union and Belt Railroads reveals the important role two small railroad companies had on development and progress in the Hoosier State. After Indianapolis was founded in 1821, early settlers struggled to move people was only a little over 14 miles. Though small in size, the Union and the Belt had an outsized impact, both on the city's rail network and on the city itself. It played an important role both in maximizing the efficiency and value of the city's railroad freight and passenger services and in helping to shape the urban form of Indianapolis in ways that remain visible today."--Provided by publisher.

The United States of laughter : one comedian's journey through all 50 states

November 27, 2017
Tarvin, Andrew, author.
223 pages : maps ; 23 cm
"At the age of 31, Andrew Tarvin made the very practical decision to rid himself of most of his belongings, leave his Midtown apartment in NYC, and travel the country out of two carry-on bags. In 12 months he traveled 92,358 miles, did 215 events, and spoke or performed in all 50 states (yes, even Wyoming) ... Through his journey, he discovered that, despite what we may see on the news or read on the internet, there is one thing that unites all Americans: laughter. As he traveled around the country, he found connection through comedy and realized we are all more alike than we are different, no matter what state we call home"--Back cover.

8 wonders of Cincinnati / Wendy Beckman ; illustrated by Allison Ranieri.

November 24, 2017
Beckman, Wendy Hart, author.
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2017.
176 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Architecture -- Art -- Commerce -- Customs -- Food -- Geography and natural wonders -- History -- People.
"Cincinnati is an amazing place to live and visit for so many reasons. Local author Wendy Beckman and illustrator Allison Ranieri celebrate the city's eight wonders--architecture, art, commerce, food, customs, geography, history and people. With its Venetian Gothic lancet arches and crystal chandeliers, the Cincinnati Music Hall stands as an architectural masterpiece. The Cincinnati Red Stockings made history as the first professional baseball team. Remnants of marine fossils from the Ordovician Period remind residents that the city was once under water. Limitless local varieties of goetta range from family recipes to trendy café dishes. And the city birthed trailblazers like track and field star DeHart Hubbard, the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event. These stories and more reveal the unique character of the Queen City"--Back cover.

The year I was Peter the Great : 1956 - Khrushchev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia

November 22, 2017
Kalb, Marvin L., author.
xiv, 290 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
Includes index.
Roots -- War, college, and basketball -- Teddy, Joyce, and journalism -- From Cambridge to Moscow -- Govorit Moskva : "Moscow calling" -- De-Stalinization=Destabilization -- The thaw -- From Zhukov to Poznan -- Into the heartland -- A summertime break in Central Asia -- Where Stalin is still worshipped -- Back to a familiar chill -- "Dark, frightening, and tragic days" -- Uvarov, Sasha, and Stalin's ghost -- At the end of the arc -- Postscript : Five months later.
The year 1956 was an extraordinary year in modern Russian history. It was called "the year of the thaw"--a time when Stalin's dark legacy of dictatorship died in February only to be reborn later that December. This historic arc from rising hope to crushing despair opened with a speech by Nikita Khrushchev, then the unpredictable leader of the Soviet Union. He astounded everyone by denouncing the one figure who, up to that time, had been hailed as a "genius," a wizard of communism--Josef Stalin himself. Now, suddenly, this once unassailable god was being portrayed as a "madman" whose idiosyncratic rule had seriously undermined communism and endangered the Soviet state. This amazing switch from hero to villain lifted a heavy overcoat of fear from the backs of ordinary Russians. It also quickly led to anti-communist uprisings in Eastern Europe, none more bloody and challenging than the one in Hungary, which Soviet troops crushed at year's end. Marvin Kalb, then a young diplomatic attaćhe at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, observed this tumultuous year that foretold the end of Soviet communism three decades later. Fluent in Russian, a doctoral candidate at Harvard, he went where few other foreigners would dare go, listening to Russian students secretly attack communism and threaten rebellion against the Soviet system, traveling from one end of a changing country to the other and, thanks to his diplomatic position, meeting and talking with Khrushchev, who playfully nicknamed him Peter the Great. In this, his fifteenth book, Kalb writes a fascinating eyewitness account of a superpower in upheaval and of a people yearning for an end to dictatorship.

The road to Sleeping Dragon : learning China from the ground up

November 6, 2017
Meyer, Michael J., 1972- author.
New York ; London ; Oxford : Bloomsbury 2017.
xvi, 296 pages ; 24 cm.
A plunge into the Middle Country -- On the Stall-for-time River -- Every village faces the Sun -- Sinking in -- Parting the cloud of compassion -- Far and away in Tibet -- Tomorrow will be even better (but today things will just get worse) -- Thought liberation -- Beijing spring -- Meet the parents -- Signposts -- Three protests -- Arrivals and departures -- Digressions on the New Frontier -- Countdown clocks -- Defending the ghosts -- Learning to speak Olympics -- The road to Sleeping Dragon -- "One world, one dream" one year later -- A trans-Siberian exit.
"In 1995, at the age of twenty-three, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean's orders, jumped into teaching his students about the Enlightenment, the stock market, and Beatles lyrics. Soon he realized his Chinese counterparts were just as bewildered by China's changes as he was. Thus began an impassioned immersion into Chinese life. With humor and insight, Meyer puts readers in his novice shoes, winding across the length and breadth of his adopted country --from a terrifying bus attack on arrival, to remote Xinjiang and Tibet, into Beijing's backstreets and his future wife's Manchurian family, and headlong into efforts to protect China's vanishing heritage at places like "Sleeping Dragon," the world's largest panda preserve. In the last book of his China trilogy, Meyer tells a story both deeply personal and universal, as he gains greater ? if never complete ? assurance, capturing what it feels like to learn a language, culture and history from the ground up"

Defiance : the extraordinary life of Lady Anne Barnard

November 6, 2017
Taylor, Stephen, 1948- author.
x, 388 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain under the title Defiance: the life and choices of Lady Anne Barnard" -- copyright page.
Draws on six volumes of unpublished memoirs to chronicle the life of Lady Anne Barnard, an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century poet and painter, who lived on her own terms and defied the conventions of her day.

Europe by Eurail.

October 31, 2017
Columbus, Ohio : G.W. Ferguson,
v. : maps ; 18-23 cm.
Vols. for <1979/80-2005> written by G.W. Ferguson ; 2006-<2018> LaVerne Ferguson-Kosinski.
"How to tour Europe by train" (varies).

Berlitz complete guide to cruising and cruise ships.

October 31, 2017
Princeton, N.J. : Berlitz Publishing Company,
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Vols. for <1997-2018> by Douglas Ward.

Texas blood : seven generations among the outlaws, ranchers, Indians, missionaries, soldiers, and smugglers of the borderlands

October 27, 2017
Hodge, Roger D., author.
353 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Southwest toward home -- Parables of first contact -- The Texas road -- Beyond here lies nothing -- Ten guns, ten horses, ten wives -- Overland -- Motion of limbs.
"An intoxicating, singularly illuminating history of the Texas borderlands from their settlement through seven generations of Roger D. Hodge's ranching family. What brought the author's family to Texas? What is it about Texas that for centuries has exerted a powerful allure for adventurers and scoundrels, dreamers and desperate souls, outlaws and outliers? In search of answers, Hodge travels across his home state--which he loves and hates in shifting measure--tracing the wanderings of his ancestors into forgotten histories along vanished roads. Here is an unsentimental, keenly insightful attempt to grapple with all that makes Texas so magical, punishing, and polarizing. Here is a spellbindingly evocative portrait of the borderlands--with its brutal history of colonization, conquest, and genocide; where stories of death and drugs and desperation play out daily. And here is a contemplation of what it means that the ranching industry that has sustained families like Hodge's for almost two centuries is quickly fading away, taking with it a part of our larger, deep-rooted cultural inheritance."--Jacket.

The best American travel writing.

October 19, 2017
Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Co.,
v. ; 22 cm.

Lonely Planet's atlas of adventure : discover a world of thrilling outdoor activities.

October 16, 2017
Oakland, CA : Lonely Planet Global Limited, 2017.
336 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Travel from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe in this A-to-Z guide to outdoor adventure! The pursuits covered range from hiking and snorkelling to more adrenalin-charged experiences that will require some tuition, but all are accessible for first-timers. So pack your passport for a rejuvenating journey around the world!

The Ohio railroad guide, illustrated : Cincinnati to Erie, via Columbus and Cleveland.

October 16, 2017
Charleston, SC : Marula, an imprint of Arcadia Publishing, [2017]
135 pages, 27 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Facsimile reprint. Originally published: Columbus : Ohio State Journal Co., 1854.
"A Marula historical reprint, originally published in 1911."--Cover.
The Little Miami Rail Road did not exist twelve years since - nor any other railway in the Valley of the Ohio - but now it is here, to take you on your journey with all the speed, comfort and convenience of any such road, in any country ; and there are three thousand miles of railway in this valley. Year after year hundreds of miles are added to the number, and where it once took weeks to accomplish a journey, it now takes only hours. What a revolution. But the revulution is not in the gain of time only, nor even money. The great change is in society.

West Africa.

October 4, 2017
Hawthorn, Vic., Australia ; Berkeley, Calif. : Lonely Planet Publications,
v. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 19 cm.
Imprint varies: 1995- Hawthorn, Vic., Australia ; Oakland, CA : Lonely Planet Publications.
At head of title: 1999-<2017> Lonely Planet.

A taste of Paris : a history of the Parisian love affair with food

October 4, 2017
Downie, David, author.
xvi, 280 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part one. Aperitif: A conspiracy of pleasure ; Californian cuisine ; Delicious and sometimes nutritious ; A recipe for culinary seduction -- Part two. For starters: antiquity à la Parisienne, c. 53 BC-c. AD 500: Cryptic culture ; 'Tis meat ; Core samples ; Caesar salad ; Figs and foie gras ; Trimalchio's fête ; Waiting for the barbarians ; The leftovers ; Fat, liverish, and winey ; Ham, mustard, and frites ; They've got attitude -- Part three. Entrées, premier service: medieval Renaissance, c. AD 500-c. 1600: Dark or light? ; Scallops and abbots ; Tooling up, dining out ; My kingdom for a pig ; Sense and sensibility ; Of geese and gastronomic theme parks ; Serenely seeking Taillevent ; Ancestral hunger ; Heirloom chef ; Cry fowl ; Crowd pleaser ; The roar of Rabelais ; Joie de manger ; New Rome or new Florence? ; Gullet science ; Parachute kerfuffle ; The Medici "myth" ; The party's over ; Filet mignon -- Part four. Entrées, second service: Medici à la Parisienne, early 1600s: Bourbon Street ; Deserts and desserts ; Relais race ; Blunt is better ; Royal jackrabbits ; A profession of foie ; Pardon my French; did you say Mazzarino? ; Thicker than water -- Part five. Entrées, troisième service: Versailles à la Royale, 1638-1715: Versailles detour ; Order in the court! ; Calorie count ; Hot to trot ; Café break ; Blue mouths and green thumbs ; A cabbage is a cabbage is a cabbage ; Delusions of grandeur ; Le goose is cooked! ; Star suicides continued ; Eat like a king -- Part six. Entrées, quatrième service: ancienne nouvelle, 1700s: Regency style ; On the menu ; Ancienne nouvelle ; Quintessential reading ; Voltaire revolted ; À la Royale à la carte ; The restaurants revolution ; The original see-and-be-seen scene ; Spring back, fall forward -- Part seven. Entremets, cinquième service: regime change, late 1700s-early 1800s: Monsieur Patate ; Liberty, gluttony, fraternity! ; Pig's trotters, roast chicken, and salty blood ; A tale of two gastronomes ; Alimentary, dear Grimod! ; Sanctifying the Devil ; Something is rotten in Paris ; Savarin cake walk ; The heavyweights ; The pleasure principle -- Part eight. Hors d'oeuvres: dining out, 1800s: Hauteur cuisine ; Chef à la king ; The holy hog ;The belly of Zola ; Carnal delights ; Nile cruise -- Part nine. Dessert: modern times, mid-1800s-late 1900s: Grand Boulevardiers ; Potluck ; Bubble, bubble ; Boil, broil, braise, and brew ; The original wine bar ; Bistro à go-go ; Rarefied and reverential ; Prince versus king ; Curnonsky quipster extraordinaire ; Larger than ; Soft-power cuisine -- Part ten. Digestif: neo-retro-post-postmodern nouvelle d'auteur, 1970s-the present: Passé present ; Decline and fall ; Bonne nouvelle.
Examines the history and geography of Paris to discover what it is about the history of the city that has made it a food lover's paradise.

Arthur : the dog who crossed the jungle to find a home

October 2, 2017
Lindnord, Mikael.
Vancouver : Greystone Books [2017]
ix, 275 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm.
When you are racing 435 miles through the jungles and mountains of South America, the last thing you need is a stray dog tagging along. But that's exactly what happened to Mikael Lindnord, captain of a Swedish adventure racing team, when he threw a scruffy but dignified mongrel a meatball one afternoon. When they left the next day, the dog followed. Try as they might, they couldn't lose him - and soon Mikael realised that he didn't want to. Crossing rivers, battling illness and injury, and struggling through some of the toughest terrain on the planet, the team and the dog walked together towards the finish line, where Mikael decided he would save Arthur and bring him back to his family in Sweden, whatever it took.

The worrier's guide to the end of the world : love, loss, and other catastrophes through Italy, India, and beyond

October 2, 2017
DeRoche, Torre, author.
New York, NY : Seal Press, 2017.
xxi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A lively memoir chronicling the unforgettable friendship of Torre and Masha, two women who join together on an exhilarating, harrowing pilgrimage through India, walking 240 miles in Gandhi's footsteps along the Salt March"-- Provided by publisher.


September 26, 2017
South Yarra, Vic., Australia ; Berkeley, CA : Lonely Planet Publications,
v. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 19 cm.
At head of title: 2000-<2017> Lonely Planet.

Pilgrimage in Islam : traditional and modern practices

September 25, 2017
Arjana, Sophia Rose, author.
xxiv, 264 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"It is not only the holy cities of Mecca and Karbala to which Muslim pilgrims travel, but a wide variety of sacred sites around the world. Journeys are undertaken to visit graves of important historical and religious individuals, the tombs of saints, and natural sites such as mountaintops and springs. Exploring the rich diversity of traditions practiced by the 1.5 billion Muslims across the world, Arjana provides a rigorous theoretical discussion of pilgrimage, ritual practice and the nature of sacred space in Islam"--back cover.

My holiday in North Korea : the funniest/worst place on Earth

September 22, 2017
Simmons, Wendy E., author.
311 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Arrival -- Curioser and curioser -- The Koryo Hotel -- James Franco could have killed me -- Shit I think might be real -- And then there were two -- The simulation cinema -- Next stop : normal people -- It takes a hero -- Hot doctor, dimly lit -- The kids are alright -- The Grand People's study house -- Go green go -- "Say cheese" -- The day I hit the wall -- My mind is a terrible thing to waste -- The older one -- And the Earth goes 'round the Sun -- Clam bake and a hot spa -- Friends for life -- Driver -- The gynecologist -- They're only human -- Author's note : Seeing is not believing -- The "shit I think might be real" list.
"Through poignant, laugh-out-loud essays and 92 never-before-published color photographs of North Korea, [the author] chronicles one of the strangest vacations ever. Along the way, she bares all while undergoing an inner journey as convoluted as the country itself."

Beyond the Bermuda Triangle : true encounters with electronic fog, missing aircraft, and time warps

September 14, 2017
Gernon, Bruce, author.
Wayne, NJ : New Page Books, a division of The Career Press, Inc., [2017]
223 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
"I didn’t believe in time travel or teleportation until it happened to me. I'm Bruce Gernon, and I flew through the heart of the Bermuda Triangle before I'd even heard the term. Skeptics have dismissed the Triangle as a nonmystery, but they weren't in my airplane when the fog surrounded my craft and I leaped ahead 100 miles. I documented what happened and memorized every detail of that flight. Now I’m ready to explain that there is no Bermuda Triangle! Instead, there is a continuing mystery that has resulted in thousands of disappearances of crafts and loss of life over decades and centuries: a phenomenon I call electronic fog. In Beyond the Bermuda Triangle, Rob MacGregor and I present multiple cases of pilots and others who have experienced electronic fog in the air, in the water, and on land. We also examine UFO and USO cases and their possible relationship with space/time warps"--Back cover.

Secret marvels of the world : 360 extraordinary places you never knew existed and how to find them

September 12, 2017
Howard, Alex (Travel writer), author.
304 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Edition statement from page 4 of cover.
Takes readers on a journey through the worlds lesser known marvels, from a pumpkin regatta in Oregon to Lithuania's hill of crosses.

At the strangers' gate : arrivals in New York

September 12, 2017
Gopnik, Adam, author.
New York : Knopf, 2017.
253 pages ; 25 cm
"From The New York Times best-selling author of Paris to the Moon and beloved New Yorker writer, a memoir that captures the romance of New York City in the 1980s. When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life's consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. At the Stranger's Gate builds a portrait of this particular moment in New York through the story of this couple's journey--from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family. Gopnik transports us to his tiny basement room on the Upper East Side, and later to SoHo, where he captures a unicorn: an affordable New York loft. He takes us through his professional meanderings, from graduate student-cum-library-clerk to the corridors of Conde Nast and the galleries of MoMA. Between tender and humorous reminiscences, including affectionate portraits of Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons, among many others, Gopnik discusses the ethics of ambition, the economy of creative capital, and the peculiar anthropology of art and aspiration in New York, then and now"-- Provided by publisher.

feed —Subscribe to the Travel feed .


For Teens

For Kids


Electronic Resources



Large Print