Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer
An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

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While you probably won’t pack their hefty and beautiful new hardcover book (titled, of course, “Atlas Obscura”) in your travel bag, you will surely get lost in the nearly 500 pages of skillful storytelling and photographs.
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It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.
 

About Joshua Foer

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JOSHUA FOER has written for National Geographic, Esquire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Slate.
 
Published September 20, 2016 by Workman Publishing Company. 481 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kim Schmidt on Nov 18 2016

While you probably won’t pack their hefty and beautiful new hardcover book (titled, of course, “Atlas Obscura”) in your travel bag, you will surely get lost in the nearly 500 pages of skillful storytelling and photographs.

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