Guidebooks


Dec 26 2013

What’s New before the New Year

The holidays just blew through the store in a twinkling blur! Now I have to go back to eating grown up food and not dreaming about all the maps selling out and Oprah choosing a National Geographic map as her Nobel Prize Book of the Month. And in the world of exciting maps, if you didn’t already see it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, we got some seriously cool new maps in from National Geographic, the perfect sort of thing to spend your shiny new Booksmith gift card on:

There’s Shakespeare’s Britain, Earth at Night, Mars(!), Antarctica (to go with the single guide book that actually exists AND is in stock!), National Parks of the USA, the Universe, and as always the classics are in stock as well. Super special stuff. Be the coolest kid on your block with a Mars map!

In other new stuff news, we now carry Wildsam travel guides. I believe we’re the only bookstore on the Eastern seaboard with these beauties and they are MAGIC so come snatch ‘em up before anyone else. They are beautifully designed and the perfect size to take on the go. They have a small chunk of graph paper in the back for notes and scraps to save, and the content is AMAZING. Beautiful essays from great writers, fascinating almanacs, hip hand-drawn maps of individual neighborhoods and all the things to see and do. They currently exist for Nashville, San Francisco and Austin (where they’re based). Come check them out in person, my stunning photograph barely does them justice:

And finally, our Destination of the Month continues to be Brazil for a few short days. Come check out our copious books, maps and novels as you plan your southern migration and/or World Cup vacay.

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Oct 25 2013

You, Too, Can Be On a Boat

According to the New York Times Sunday travel section, it’s the time to strike if you’re want to book a cruise. The deals are on now and what better way to see swaths of the world AND get away from it all at the same time? I’ve set up a small subsection at the beginning of our Europe section for cruise guidebooks. So come get LUXURIOU$ and load up on how to be on a boat!

 

Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2014  A big ol’ guide for the Cruise newbie or afficianado. This is a great book to by right now as you start to plan your cruise. There are reviews of all the lines, itineraries, ideas for how to spend your time both on and off the boat, and while some details may need refreshing over the years, you could really hold on to this for future ideas for planning. This could be your Mediterranean cruise year, and next could be your Alaskan cruise year, and the same Berlitz book could guide you to all your coming adventures.

 

Rick Steves Northern European Cruise Ports and Mediterranean Cruise Ports  Rick Steves guides are great in general, but particularly on a cruise, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, a little budget conscious and a really excited, open-minded sort of person his guidebooks are AMAZING. Enough information that you can go through even the most overwhelming museums on your own, useful phrases in the back to make a friendly impression on the locals, and exhaustive, frank and practical reviews on everything from where to eat, when it’s worth booking an on-shore excursion through the ship, and what is missable and unmissable both on the ship and off. Great for those travelling with or without families, and if you prefer investing your money in lifetime memories over fancy digs.

 

Fodor’s European Cruise Ports of Call  If you’re maybe cruising without the kids, if you enjoy the finer things in life, if you have a membership to the MFA AND the Gardner, and would spend a premium for hotels with high-thread-count sheets, Fodor’s guides might be speaking your language. Exhaustive guides to the major ports of all the major cruise lines, tips for the sort of food you would eat to have a culinary experience, NOT to run home and tell horror stories about, tips for maximizing your museum and shopping trips in your quick city jaunts at each port. We have them in for Europe and new editions for Alaska and the Carribbean are on the way!
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Feb 05 2009

Not for Tourists, Definitely For Me

NFT New York City 2009

NFT New York City 2009

I think it’s safe to say that traveling to a new city is quite different than moving to one. Visiting a new city is pure excitement: in every direction new cuisines to try, parks to explore, streets to meander through and maybe even a new language to listen to. But when actually relocating, whether for two months or two decades, unadulterated excitement is accompanied by the mundane: coffee? laundry? groceries? bank? Enter Not For Tourists (NFT) Guides.

As a new resident of Brooklyn, or Crooklyn as Spike Lee called it in 1994 and as I now call it to amuse myself, I’ve come to appreciate the NFT guide. It has a great fold-out bus and subway map and has lots of general information about theaters, museums, and parks.

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Jan 26 2009

Hidden Treasures Part III

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NYC Wallpaper guide

NYC Wallpaper City Guide

Since Dan decided it was my turn to highlight some of the “hidden treasures” of the store, I decided to point out some of the books that get dwarfed on the shelf.

Wallpaper City Guides are small guidebooks that might be hidden in between the larger guidebooks. They are perfect companion guides for the design-conscious traveler: they include “architours” and information on shopping and urban life. The guidebooks include beautiful photographs, and if you collect them they look really cool and colorful as a stack on your bookshelf.

The Marling Menu-Master is another thin book that not only helps you translate food and menus, but also explains the complexities of the menu: terms, dishes, sauces, and even preparation methods.

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Oct 01 2008

A Book Of Trees…Made Of Trees

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Trees: A Visual Guide

Trees: A Visual Guide --by Tony Rodd and Jennifer Stachouse

Trees can tell us a whole lot of things. They can tell you direction if you are lost. Some can provide water for you. They make the air you breathe, which is pretty cool. They also can tell us which way the prevailing wind in a specific area blows. Oh yeah, and they look amazing. Trees, A Visual Guide by Tony Rodd and Jennifer Stachouse has come in to the store and the book is awesome. It has gorgeous pictures of all different types of trees from all over the world. It gives you all the information you need to have a general understanding of tree usage in our world and tree usage in the animal world. This book also lets you know how tall they are, where they grow, the types of flowers or fruits they produce, and much, much more. Anyway, I think it is an awesome book that tells you about some of the tallest and oldest living things on earth. Even if you don’t want the information, the pictures alone are worth it and are spectacular.

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Aug 27 2008

Go Here! Mount Ascutney’s Weathersfield Trail

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Mt Ascuney, VT -- photo by Jess

Mt Ascutney, VT -- photo by Jess

When choosing a day hike, I think it’s always important to have a sense of the vertical rise of the mountain and the total distance of the hike. That being said, I also know that hikers really seek a stunningly rewarding summit view that screams “take my picture!” and congratulates them for their hard, sweaty work.

With all this in mind, Mount Ascutney, located in Southern Vermont on the border of New Hampshire and Vermont, is a fun and challenging day hike good for all ages. Even if you lack tons of hiking experience, or are hiking with younger children, Mount Ascutney is quite managable and the Weathersfield Trail has a couple of convenient scenic stopping points ideal for a GORP (good old-fasioned raisins and peanuts) and a water break. Continue Reading »

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Jun 11 2008

Calling All Travellers, Rough and Lonely Alike.

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Lonely Planet New England

Lonely Planet New England

We’ve got a whole heap of brand new, fresh off the press, crisp-paged, squeaky clean Rough Guides and Lonely Planet guidebooks! One for every 24 corners of the world.

Our new Lonely Planet collection includes:

Rough Guide China

Rough Guide China

Austria (5th edition)
Bulgaria (3rd edition)
Egypt (9th edition)
Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan (3rd edition)
Mongolia (5th edition)
Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest (3rd edition)
New England (5th edition)
Norway (4th edition)
Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway (7th edition)
Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands (8th edition)
Poland (6th edition)
Sicily (4th edition)
Tanzania (4th edition)

Rough Guide Buenos Aires

Rough Guide Buenos Aires

As for new Rough Guides:
Buenos Aires (1st edition!)
Bulgaria (6th edition)
China (5th edition)
England (8th edition)
Greece (12th edition)
Ireland (9th edition)
Romania (5th edition)
Scotland (8th edition)
Yosemite (3rd edition)

Rough Guide Directions (city guides):
Bruges & Ghent (2nd edition)
Prague (7th edition)

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May 14 2008

All about the Michelins

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Michelin

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So we have good news and bad news for all you Michelin lovers out there.

Good news: The new 2008 Red Guide Paris is officially in and on the shelf.

Bad news: Michelin has chosen to discontinue the Sicily map from their regional Italy series.

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May 10 2008

New Michelin Guides and Maps

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The 2008 Red Guide France came in on Friday, 05/09/08, and the 2008 Red Guide Paris is on its way! This year’s updated maps for France also made it safe and sound to our squeaky, but beloved, Michelin spinner.

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