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"The $100 Hamburger" (McGraw Hill, $24.95). There are some people in this world you have no choice but to trust, such as the people who fly airplanes. So when a bunch of general aviation types give you their advice, as they do in this book subtit...

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"The $100 Hamburger" (McGraw Hill, $24.95). There are some people in this world you have no choice but to trust, such as the people who fly airplanes. So when a bunch of general aviation types give you their advice, as they do in this book subtitled "A Guide to Pilots' Favorite Fly-in Restaurants," you feel you ought to at least hear them out. A lot of people must have felt that way because this book is now in its third edition, with more than a thousand recommendations in all 50 states.

"Reaching Climax" (Ten Speed Press, $19.95). Despite its saucy title, this is a travel book. Here's the rest of the title: "And Other Towns Along the American Highway." A veteran photographer made studies of some of America's oddly named towns, researched their histories and photographed their residents. They come together in this 138-page book that teaches us a little bit about 60 or so places, among them: Hustlertown in Wisconsin, Spasticville in Kansas, Pee Wee in West Virginia. Climax, it turns out, is in Minnesota.

"Blue List: The Best in Travel 2007" (Lonely Planet, $19.99). If anyone can put the entire world between the pages of a book, it's Lonely Planet. This time, the guidebook publisher has done it in 260 attention-grabbing pages that address every conceivable travel situation and experience. The daily cost ($15) of a mandatory armed bodyguard in Somalialand; the reason you shouldn't whistle indoors in Northern Ireland; the joyous sights (really) of Brooklyn; sampling the wine cellars of Tallinn, Estonia -- these are just a tickle of what "Blue List 2007" has in store.

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