A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson

Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes—and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.



Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel – Rolf Potts

If you are on the cusp of quitting your job and packing up on a ‘round-the-world adventure, this may or may not be the book for you. More than a “guide to insert-name-of country-here,” Pott’s book is essentially a ‘how to’ for lengthy and rewarding-yet-budget-friendly travel, using his many years of jaunting across the globe to provide advice from cheap airline tickets to making friends with locals. He prefaces with, “[t]his book is not for daredevils and thrill-seekers but for anyone willing to make an uncommon choice that allows you to travel the world for weeks and months at a time, improvising (and saving money) as you go.” Maybe you’ll find you don’t get off on your usual exit next time you’re on the highway. -- Catherine G., DC Public Library staff



Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.



The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey – Rinker Buck

From “a virtuoso storyteller in a very American vein” (Phillip Lopate), The Oregon Trail is an epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn’t been attempted in a century—which also chronicles the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country.





Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America – John Waters

A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America's most beloved weirdo: John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, Waters, or the unsuspecting drivers?



The Swimmer – Joakim Zander

A deep-cover CIA agent races across Europe to save the daughter he never knew in this electrifying debut thriller—an international sensation billed as “Homeland meets Stieg Larsson” that heralds the arrival of a new master sure to follow in the footsteps of Stieg Larsson, John Le Carré, and Graham Greene.




Last Train to Istanbul – Ayse Kulin

International bestseller by one of Turkey’s most beloved authors. -- Selva could win the heart of any man in Ankara. But she only has eyes for Rafael. In defiance of their families, they marry, fleeing to Paris to build a new life. Then the Nazis invade France.




Demonsong – Luke Romyn

2015 Summer Book Awards Winner: What do you do when the person you fear most is the only one you can trust? San Francisco is infested. Crime stains the streets, and the SFPD battles to keep it under control. Among the department’s finest, Detective Patricia Ryder marches to her own drum....