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Window Seat: Reading the Landscape from the Air
By Gregory Dicum
(Chronicle Books, $15)

Broken down by region, this frequent-flyer’s guide features 70 aerial photographs, a foldout map with major flight paths, and profiles of each region’s landforms, waterways, and cities.

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Off Season: Discovering America On Winter’s Shore
By Ken McAlpine
(Three Rivers Press, $14)

Pack your bags and head out, literally or vicariously, with one of American Way’s favorite authors. McAlpine takes a winter quest along the East Coast and visits beach towns, islands, and villages when they are absent of mobs of tourists and in “their true form and best season, when life slows, and community and humanity reassert themselves.”

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The Tex-Mex Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos
By Robb Walsh
(Broadway Books, $18)

Mexican-food enthusiasts who like a little history on the side will love this new Tex-Mex foodie’s bible from the acclaimed author of Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook.