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On Location: Books Taking You Inside the Homes and Places That Inspired Famous Authors

Visit the places that inspired these well-known authors, and see photographs of locations made famous in their books. From Beatrix Potter's garden that inspired the one Peter Rabbit lived in to the boat that served as Ernest Hemingway's retreat, discover another side to the authors you know and love.

At Home with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson

At Home with Jane Austen explores Austen's world, her physical surroundings, and the journeys the popular author took during her lifetime. Author Kim Wilson ties Austen's novels to places where she lived, visited, and even attended school, ending with her final months in temporary lodgings in Winchester, England. Jane Austen's enduring legacy is the final chapter of this beautiful and eye-opening book.

 

Laura Ingalls Wilder Country: the people and places in Laura Ingalls Wilder's life and books by William Anderson

Laura Ingalls Wilder Country takes the millions of fans of the Little House books and the hit TV series on an enchanting tour of the real world of the well-loved author, visiting the people and places who inspired her classic books.

 

Walking with Ramona: exploring Beverly Cleary's Portland by Laura O. Foster

Walking with Ramona explores the streets, schools, characters and neighbourhoods of beloved author Beverly Cleary's Portland. With this newest and most unusual Portland guidebook, readers can walk the very sidewalks Beverly walked and climb the very school steps that Beverly climbed. You'll see the grocery parking lot where Ramona got stuck in the mud, the park lawn where Henry Huggins hunted nightcrawlers and the real Portland street that became Klickitat Street, their fictional home.

Novel Destinations: a travel guide to literary landmarks from Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Jonie Rendon

For vacationers who crave meaningful trips and unusual locales, cue National Geographic's Novel Destinations --a guide for bibliophiles to more than 500 literary sites across the United States and Europe. Check into Hemingway's favorite hotel in Sun Valley, or stroll about Bath's Royal Crescent while entertaining fantasies of Lizzie Bennett and her Mr. Darcy.

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: the plants and places that inspired the classic children's tales by Marta McDowell

The book begins with a gardener's biography, highlighting the key moments and places throughout her life that helped define her, including her home Hill Top Farm in England's Lake District. Next, the reader follows Beatrix Potter through a year in her garden, with a season-by-season overview of what is blooming that truly brings her gardens alive. The book culminates in a traveler's guide, with information on how and where to visit Potter's gardens today.

Hemingway's Boat: everything he loved in life, and lost, 1934-1961 by Paul Hendrickson

Paul Hendrickson traces the writer's exultations and despair around the one constant in his life during this time: his beloved boat, Pilar. We follow him from Key West to Paris, to New York, Africa, Cuba, and finally Idaho, as he wrestles with his best angels and worst demons. Whenever he could, he returned to his beloved fishing cruiser, to exult in the sea, to fight the biggest fish he could find, to drink, to entertain celebrities and friends and seduce women, to be with his children. 

The Little House Guidebook by William Anderson; photographs by Leslie A. Kelly.

In her bestselling and beloved Little House series, Laura Ingalls Wilder described in loving detail the many places where she lived while growing up on the American frontier. Now everyone can come home to Little House in The Little House Guidebook, which features beautiful photographs of these houses and sites. Detailed information on how they were founded and directions for how to get to them are included, as well as where to stay and what to do when you get there.

 

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