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1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

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Must-read.

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November 13, 2023

EXPLORING WINE REGIONS: The Central Coast of California

By Michael C. Higgins, PhD
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Michael C. Higgins’s EXPLORING WINE REGIONS: The Central Coast of California is a good, solid guide to the region's vineyards, but certain peculiarities of content...

IR Approved
November 10, 2023

NATIONAL PARK MAPS (An Atlas of the U.S. National Parks)

By Michael Joseph Oswald
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A valuable resource even in these days of GPS and cell phones, NATIONAL PARK MAPS, compiled by Michael Joseph Oswald, provides a wealth of helpful...

IR Approved
November 6, 2023

THE DAYHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE NATIONAL PARKS

By Michael Joseph Oswald
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Michael Joseph Oswald's THE DAYHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE NATIONAL PARKS is chock-full of useful guidance for the dayhiker, offering descriptions of trails, available amenities, the...

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October 20, 2023

SOMEWHERE FOUND (Travels in Obscurity)

By Kyle Battisti
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Kyle Battisti's SOMEWHERE FOUND (Travels in Obscurity) is vividly written and delivers a true sense of life-affirming joy, blending history and culture from inaccessible corners...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Damen Howard's VAN LIFE WITH CATS (The Digital Nomad’s Guide to Traveling the Americas) is a short and simple guide best used as a starting...

November 7, 2022

SOLDIER TO SOJOURNER

By Gordon Schwerzmann
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Gordon Schwerzmann's enthusiastic and informative memoir, SOLDIER TO SOJOURNER, details his time serving in Korea and provides a fascinating and insightful account of the culture...

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March 2, 2022

SILVER SCREEN CITIES AMSTERDAM & BRUSSELS

By David Kintore
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Written with the enthusiasm, erudition, and cinematic eye of a dedicated explorer, David Kintore's evocative, lavishly detailed SILVER SCREEN CITIES AMSTERDAM & BRUSSELS is not...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

An artistic and varied outsider's take on Italy, UNDER VESUVIUS: A Reflective Travelogue in Verse and Prose, paints a picture of the place and also...

IR Approved
December 13, 2021

THE TOPOGRAPHY OF FEAR

By Mathew Sturtevant
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Somewhere between timeless adventure (Kerouac’s "On The Road") and tortured sojourn (Neal Peart’s "Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road"), there exists THE TOPOGRAPHY OF...

November 19, 2021

HITTING THE ROAD WITHOUT A MAP

By Fred Rutter
Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

HITTING THE ROAD WITHOUT A MAP, the saga of author Fred Rutter's RV journey from Ohio to Oregon, has some nice photography and fun historical...

August 16, 2021

FAMILY TRIP TO MAGICAL MADAGASCAR AND BEYOND

By Nicki Geigert
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

FAMILY TRIP TO MAGICAL MADAGASCAR AND BEYOND is an informative and visual travel book with spectacular images, let down by a less-than-polished prose style.

IR Approved
October 7, 2020

TRAVELS WITH HAFA

By Nathan Pettijohn
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Nathan Pettijohn’s TRAVELS WITH HAFA reveals the not-so-pretty realities of an extended RV trip, while never losing a sense of wonder and appreciation for the...

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