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3 Books to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Whether you’re hitting the road this year or looking for inspiration from the comfort of your front porch, these new books will motivate you to start planning your next adventure. To find more great nature reads, check out one of our favorite sites, The Well-Read Naturalist.

The Hour of Land:  A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks
by Terry Tempest Williams

“From the Grand Tetons in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas and more, Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its own evolutionary history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.” – Macmillan Publishers


Fifty-Six Counties:  A Montana Journey
by Russell Rowland

“A native Montanan and an applauded novelist, Rowland spent the better part of a year studying and traveling around his beloved home state, from the mines of Butte to the pine forests of the Northwest, from the stark, wind-scrubbed badlands of the East to the tourist-driven economies of the West. Along the way, he considered our state’s essential character, where we came from, and, most of all, what we might be in the process of becoming.” – Bangtail Press


Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific
by Donald Kroodsma

“Join birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma on a ten-week, ten-state bicycle journey as he travels with his son from the Atlantic to the Pacific, lingering and listening to our continent sing as no one has before. On remote country roads, over terrain vast and spectacular, from dawn to dusk and sometimes through the night, you will gain a deep appreciation for the natural symphony of birdsong many of us take for granted.” – Princeton University Press