A bushel of books have sprouted to inspire a bout of warm-weather wanderlust.

There’s something here for fans of every genre: memoir, fiction, adventure, natural history, history, even poetry. But what binds each of these books together is a compelling tale and a great sense of place.

  • 1. Paris Reborn: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City (Stephanie Kirkland)

    A vivid historical narrative about how the City of Light got its Second Empire good looks.

  • 2. Walking Home: A Poet’s Journey (Simon Armitage)

    A renowned English poet walks 256 miles in 19 days along Britain’s Pennine Way, giving a poetry reading in a different village each evening in exchange for a bed.

  • 3. Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now (C.B. Bernard)

    A reporter follows in the footsteps of an explorer ancestor who hiked, boated, and fished his way through Alaska, collecting Native artifacts along the way.

  • 4. Gold Rush in the Jungle: The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam’s “Lost World” (Dan Drollette, Jr.)

    A veteran science writer reports on the Southeast Asian region where scientists fight to protect rare and endangered animals like the barking deer and the Kouprey forest ox from poachers.

  • 5. The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World (Matt Gross)

    This collection of never-before-published essays from The New York Times’s former “Frugal Traveler” columnist provides insight into the life and times of a professional travel writer.

  • 6. Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West (Peter Hessler)

    An anthology of essays by The New Yorker’s former Beijing correspondent on China, Japan, Nepal, and the U.S.

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