Subpar Parks: America's Most Extraordinary National Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors (Hardcover)

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**A New York Times Bestseller!** Based on the wildly popular Instagram account, Subpar Parks features both the greatest hits and brand-new content, all celebrating the incredible beauty and variety of America’s national parks juxtaposed with the clueless and hilarious one-star reviews posted by visitors.

Subpar Parks, both on the popular Instagram page and in this humorous, informative, and collectible book, combines two things that seem like they might not work together yet somehow harmonize perfectly: beautiful illustrations and informative, amusing text celebrating each national park paired with the one-star reviews disappointed tourists have left online. Millions of visitors each year enjoy Glacier National Park, but for one visitor, it was simply "Too cold for me!" Another saw the mind-boggling vistas of Bryce Canyon as "Too spiky!" Never mind the person who visited the thermal pools at Yellowstone National Park and left thinking, “Save yourself some money, boil some water at home.”

Featuring more than 50 percent new material, the book will include more depth and insight into the most popular parks, such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Acadia National Parks; anecdotes and tips from rangers; and much more about author Amber Share's personal love and connection to the outdoors. Equal parts humor and love for the national parks and the great outdoors, it's the perfect gift for anyone who loves to spend time outside as well as have a good read (and laugh) once they come indoors.

About the Author

Amber Share is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2010 with a degree in advertising and a minor in art. After several years as a professional graphic designer working on hand-lettering and illustration on the side, she left her job in graphic design to pursue illustration full time. As an avid hiker and backpacker, she spends a lot of time in local, state, and national parks, which inspired this project and this book.

Praise For…

"...packed with tips on getting the most out of your visit and brimming with lush illustrations...if you like a little snark with your park, you’ll want to give this playful guide five stars." 
—Nature Conservancy

"A hilarious gift for your fave nature lover (or misanthrope)."
Real Simple

“Both playful and earnest…Share’s delightful book will make a terrific gift for anyone who loves our country’s natural wonders—and has a sense of humor about them.”
Bookpage (starred review)

“Funny, smart and majestically illustrated…Whether you wish to plan your next vacation, relive an adventure, armchair travel or be amused, Amber Shares's labor of love is the book for you.”
Shelf Awareness

“Amber Share’s new book Subpar Parks turns one-star reviews into gold.”


"Get gorgeous illustrations with comedic captions with content on over 75 U.S. national parks, monuments, and preserves with Share’s humorous, outdoorsy page-turner."
Gear Junkie
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593185544
ISBN-10: 0593185544
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: July 13th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English