Armchair Travels

Practicing something from an armchair—armchair philosophy, armchair psychology—is usually disdained as lacking the perspective that real-world experience brings. But in times like these, the armchair is the best we can do. In that spirit, here are some inspiring, fascinating, weird, and beautiful travel memoirs and nature books to keep you dreaming and planning while you “armchair travel,” patiently awaiting your next adventure.

Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399562792
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Published: Viking - August 6th, 2019

"[Strange Harvests is] an impressive addition to the modern travelogue, painting some of the world's most remote terrain in visceral and sometimes breathtaking prose . . . an engrossing read." --NPR

An original and magical map of our world and its riches, formed of the stories of the small-scale harvests of seven natural objects

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The Sun Is a Compass: My 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316414449
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - February 25th, 2020

For fans of Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist's human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature, and adventure.

Because It Is So Beautiful: Unraveling the Mystique of the American West Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640090491
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 10th, 2018

A Finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

On Trails: An Exploration Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476739236
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 4th, 2017

New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award • Winner of the Saroyan International Prize for Writing • Winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award • “The best outdoors book of the year.” —Sierra Club

From a talent who’s been compared to Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, David Quammen, and Jared Diamo

Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother's) Lifetime Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640092921
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 12th, 2020

Newly married and established in her career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, Maggie Downs quits her job, sells her belongings, and embarks on the solo trip of a lifetime: Her mother's.

A Woman's Guide to the Wild: Your Complete Outdoor Handbook Cover Image
By Ruby McConnell, Teresa Grasseschi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781632170057
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Published: Sasquatch Books - March 15th, 2016

The friendly, definitive guide for outdoorswomen who enjoy hiking, camping, backpacking, and other outside recreation--or those inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.