Indie bookstores offer windows into cities

d87a775c-50c4-4e78-88be-30dc8fda0fdd_KramerBooksThis article in the Yahoo travel section suggests visiting independent bookstores as a way of getting acquainted with a city. Highlighted are stores from San Francisco, Seattle, Miami Beach, and Washington, DC. Each has a distinct atmosphere, from the radical tomes at Left Bank Books to the 24 hour weekend hours at Kramerbooks, one can enjoy unique offerings that differ from the mega stores.

Shira S.


Cycling to Carnegie Libraries near and far

My lovable bike-crazy pal George Christensen has been touring the central U.S. recently, partly to visit dozens of Carnegie libraries. Besides being an amazing rider, George is quite a writer, and has been blogging about his tour. See (esp. his entries for Oct. 2 & 1, and Sept. 29 & 27).

– Jeff B.

The Open Road Wasn’t Quite Open to All

For almost three decades beginning in 1936, many African-American travelers relied on a booklet to help them decide where they could comfortably eat, sleep, buy gas, find a tailor or beauty parlor, shop on a honeymoon to Niagara Falls, or go out at night. In 1949, when the guide was 80 pages, there were five recommended hotels in Atlanta. In Cheyenne, Wyo., the Barbeque Inn was the place to stay.

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Susan M., RA

Take a book for a spin in an I-Go car


Random House Audio logoNeed to book an I-GO car today? Now you can get literal about it: Random House Audio has partnered with I-GO to convert smart drivers to even smarter audiobook listeners. Call it the latest chapter in I-GO’s epic quest to make car sharing part of our collective culture.

By visiting, I-GO members can download free full-length recordings from popular authors like David Rakoff, Tami Hoag, Luanne Rice, Rick Riordan and Kate DiCamillo by signing up for Random House Audio’s monthly newsletter, and receive 15% off their entire purchase by using the promo code “CARSHARE” at checkout. Continue reading “Take a book for a spin in an I-Go car”

Dreaming of Reading

It has long been a fantasy of mine to go away for a weekend and do nothing but read. No commitments, no interruptions, just me and a book. So when an open weekend, frequent flyer miles, and an understanding husband presented itself, I jumped at the chance – an entire weekend alone in warm weather with nothing but my bathing suit and books (and my laptop. Although I crave solace, I can’t imagine being completely out of touch!).

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Explore the World Before Lunch

world-map-antiqueThere is something about maps that inspires wonder, excitement, and possibility. But with today’s heavy reliance on GPS units, satellites, radar, and other technological advances to the world of travel, much of the mystery and allure of stepping out into the unknown has been lost. It has become so easy to just hop into a car, fire up the GPS on the dash, and let it take us on the quickest route to where we are going, that to imagine a trip around the country or across the world using little else besides a map, skill, courage, daring, and intuition seems nearly impossible. The thrill of the journey has largely been sacrificed in favor of the fastest possible arrival at the destination. But for those of you still feeling the lure of the open road and craving a time where danger and the unknown went hand in hand with travel, we’ve got just the thing for you. Good Magazine has created an interactive infographic which lets you trace 23 of the most famous journeys of all time, both real and fictional. You can trace the footsteps, road trips, flight paths and ocean routes of such famous travelers as Kerouac, Kesey, Earhart, Lindbergh, Hudson, Ahab and Ishmael, Magellan and many more. Follow the maps, learn about the travelers, and see images of the trips and let Good Magazine feed your wanderlust.