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Around the World

July 12, 2021 at 9:23 AM by

After 15 challenging months, we are eager to enjoy warm summer days, all sorts of activities, gatherings with family and friends, and more opportunities to travel by car, rail, or plane. The freedom of the open road beckons, and your library can help you expand your horizons with many resources.

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World Travel: an Irreverent Guide (2021)
Anthony Bourdain, Laurie Woolever, and Wesley Allsbrook

Fans of “Parts Unknown,” the TV series with Anthony Bourdain, chef, author, and adventurous traveler with amazing gastronomic range, will especially appreciate this book, compiled after his passing. Features stories, in his own words, about memorable and enchanting destinations in 43 countries--with intelligence, insight, humor, and candor. Essays about shared experiences with Tony by family, friends, and colleagues add to this entertaining, unconventional guide.

Wisconsin: Lakeside Getaways, Scenic Drives, Outdoor Recreation (2020)
Thomas Huhti 

This handbook covers all parts and facets of our beautiful state: urban and rural areas, art and culture, hiking, biking, camping, and paddling opportunities. Listing the top 10 experiences, weekend activities, and providing reading suggestions and internet resources make this Moon Travel Guide very practical.

Backroads & Byways of Wisconsin: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions (2020) Kevin Revolinski

Get ideas about exploring Wisconsin, in all seasons, by taking alternative routes. Chapters include Cheese Country, Along the Wisconsin River, Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, The Frank Lloyd Wright Trail, Hayward and the Land of the Lumberjacks, and The Waterfalls of Marinette County.

Don't Make Me Pull Over!: an Informal History of the Family Road Trip (2018)          Richard Ratay

A Wisconsin native fondly and humorously looks back at his family’s road trip experiences during the 70’s. His research also explores the history and evolution of these vacations as the country changed--before inexpensive airfare and luxurious vehicles with DVD players, GPS navigators, mobile devices,and Google Maps.

African Party  [sound recording (music cd)] (2008)
(from Putumayo World Music)

Sampling world music recordings enhances appreciation of cultural traditions and contemporary styles, as well as pure enjoyment of “the universal language.” This label offers instrumental and vocal selections for adults and children that will get everyone moving to the beat. Dance music styles on this album range from West Africa to South Africa; singers perform in various languages.

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Scenic Drives, Waterfalls, Lakeside Getaways (2021)

Obtain expert advice from a lifelong Michigander to make the most of the U.P.'s natural  beauty, visits to lighthouses, townships, and Mackinac Island, at any time of year. Flexible itineraries and suggestions to learn about the area’s history, favorite local foods, and wineries complete this guidebook.

Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific (2016)   Donald E. Kroodsma

This beautifully written book combines history, geology, travel, bicycling, deepening family relationships, and birdsong. The author, a professor of ornithology, takes a 10-week, almost 5,000 mile trip with his son to identify bird species and record calls and song variations. It celebrates nature and expresses an appreciation for the people encountered along their journey. It will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts, cyclists, and birders. QR codes within link to samples of birdsong on the book’s companion website    

Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 Dream Destinations around the World (2015)
National Geographic Society (U.S.)

Stunningly beautiful color photographs throughout this work will attract those dreaming of travel, actively planning a vacation, or content to enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, locales, and man-made structures from an easy chair.

Route 66 Encyclopedia (2012)   James Hinckley, 1958-

Learn about iconic Route 66, “America’s Main Street,” the ultimate road trip. Established in 1926 at the beginning of the highway system, it crossed 8 states beginning in Chicago and ending in Santa Monica, CA.  85% of it is still driveable, and its small towns and cities, off the beaten path, are welcoming visitors. Many landmarks, museums, neon signs, motels, eateries, and unusual things still exist for those seeking vintage Americana.

Psychedelic Bollywood [sound recording (music cd)] (2013)
(Rough Music Guide)

India has one of the world’s largest film industries, with global appeal, and annually produces 100s in many genres and languages.This compilation features popular songs from the Indian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, with leading playback singers and a bonus disc by the legendary composer R.D. Burman.

10 Days in the USA [game]
This board game (from Kenosha Public Library’s Library of Things collection) for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and older, is an entertaining way to learn about the U.S., plan a journey, and compete to see who can finish a trip by car, jet, or foot first.

Pronunciator [KCLS Digital Library]
Learn a new language, refresh existing skills, and add an entirely new dimension to travel experiences with a dynamic database that offers innovative instruction, entertainment, and social media options. Overview:164 languages, including English as a Second Language and American Sign Language. Instruction options are available in 144 native languages to facilitate the learning process.