The Best New Travel Books

There’s no need to book a ticket. These four new travel reads will transport you to faraway places, from Polynesia to Paris:

> Pacific, by Simon Winchester

Mixing history, science, and personal anecdote, Winchester explores the body of water that covers one-third of the globe’s surface, encompasses thousands of islands and hundreds of cultures, and connects the world’s two most influential powers.

> Black Dragon River, by Dominic Ziegler

Ziegler recounts a rigorous journey along the rarely visited, 1,755-mile-long Amur River, which separates Russia’s wild Far East from China’s economically burgeoning northeast.

> Recipes for Love and Murder, by Sally Andrew

In this debut mystery novel (and cookbook), protagonist Tannie Maria is a cook turned recipe columnist whose innocent sleuthery uncovers a stew of passion and corruption in her rural South African hometown.

> The Only Street in Paris, by Elaine Sciolino

From a hundred-year-old left-wing bookstore to a greengrocery owned by a Tunisian immigrant, former New York Times Paris bureau chief Sciolino celebrates her favorite street, the Rue des Martyrs.

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Don George is an editor at large at Traveler magazine and the author of The Way of Wanderlust and Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel WritingFollow Don on Twitter @don_george.

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