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The warmer weather means we feel the urge to travel and explore here at the library. On a hunch that others might be feeling a little crazy too, St. Joseph’s Public Library is sharing travel-related books this month. Consult the library’s online catalog at to find them or to make a little book exploring for yourself.

“Fodor is the complete guide to the national parks of the United States” by Katherine Anderson and others. Fodor’s is known for its travel books and this paperback does not disappoint. It’s packed with maps, recommendations, and everything you need to plan a trip to one or more US national parks. It might not fit in a pocket, but it’ll definitely carry well in a backpack, so whether you want to visit Acadia National Park, Zion National Park, or one of the other 60, you’ll get lots of tips on how to make your trip as best as possible.

“Gastro Obscura: A Guide for the Gastronomic Adventurer” by Cecily Wong and others. Are you a foodie or an adventurous soul? “Gastro Obscura” may be the book for you. Covering all seven continents, “Gastro Obscura” offers ingredients, culinary adventures, and interesting insights into history and cultures. Did we mention there’s a recipe or two included? You may not want to eat all of the foods featured, but it sure can be fun reading them.

“National Parks of America” by Amy Balfour and others. This book isn’t as portable as Fodor’s guide highlighted above, but it’s a beauty. Published by Lonely Planet, another well-respected travel guide producer, it features jaw-dropping images and suggested itineraries for all 62 US national parks. The writers explain how to get to the parks, where to stay, and point out the flora and fauna in each park. Whether you’re planning a trip or just want to learn more about the national park system, this is a great book to check out.

“Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy” by Nathaniel Philbrick. When George Washington became president in 1798, the United States of America was still a political experiment. Washington traveled the new nation speaking to ordinary citizens about their lives and their feelings about his new government. Philbrick, along with his wife and dog, followed the US tour from Washington. It deals frankly and honestly with the legacy of George Washington. Philbrick paints a picture of 18th-century America as divided and tense as it is today, and he comes to understand how Washington convinced citizens that they were now all Americans, creating a sense of togetherness. nation that did not exist before.

“We came, we saw, we left: a family gap year” by Charles Wheelan. The Wheelan family did what many of us dream of: they took nine months to travel the world. A few years before COVID-19 became a thing, they left everything behind, including work, school and family dogs to travel the world on a modest budget. The book recounts nine months on six continents with two parents and three teenagers. It features both “how to” and “how not to” anecdotes and is often a hilarious account of their journey. Wheelan paints a picture of adventure, juggling themes of local politics, the global economy, and family dynamics while exploring answers to questions like “Where can you get treatment for eating bacteria? of flesh that your daughter caught two continents ago?”


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