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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.

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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