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Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories

by Anna Badkhen

Travel books bring us to places. War books bring us to tragedy. This book brings us to one woman’s travels in war zones: the locals she met, the compassion they scraped from catastrophe, and the food they...


Tripping the World Fantastic: A Journey Through the Music of Our Planet

by Glenn Dixon

Every culture on Earth has music. Every culture that's ever existed has had it - but we don't exactly know why. Music is not like food, shelter, or having opposable thumbs. We don't need it to live and yet we...


Dogfish Memory: Sailing in Search of Old Maine: A Memoir

by Joseph A. Dane

The Maine dogfish are gone-fished to the brink of extinction. Gone too is Linda Jane, and with her the love and the subjunctive Maine that they might have shared. And what of that fabled "Old Maine"? Is it gone...


Previous Convictions: Assignments from Here and There

by A. A. Gill

A.A. Gill is probably the most read columnist in Britain. Every weekend he entertains readers of the Sunday Times with his biting observations on television and his unsparing, deeply knowledgeable restaurant...


Slow Train to Switzerland: One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Years¿and a World of Change Apart

by Diccon Bewes

A travel diary from 1863 inspires author Diccon Bewes to retrace Thomas Cook's historic train trip that revolutionized tourism forever.


Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese

by Eric LeMay

Is there a food more delightful, ubiquitous, or accessible than cheese? This book is a charming and engaging love letter to the food that Clifton Fadiman once called "milk’s leap toward immortality." Examining...


Reflections of Sunflowers

by Ruth Silvestre

The final book in the Sunflowers trilogy sees Ruth Silvestre and her husband returning to Bel-Air de Grèzelongue, their much-loved home in the south-west of France. In 1976 their dream of owning a peaceful...


Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route into Spain

by Jack Hitt

When Jack Hitt set out to walk the 500 miles from France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, he submitted to the rigorous traditions of Europe's oldest form of packaged tour, a pilgrimage that has been walked...


My New Orleans: Ballads to the Big Easy by Her Sons, Daughters, and Lovers

by Rosemary James

From famous writers and personalities who call the city home, whether by birth or simply love, these pieces written in the wake of Hurricane Katrina serve as a timeless tribute to New Orleans.

Sentimental, joyful,...


Wings Of Ice: The Air Race To The Poles

by Jeff Maynard

Was American Richard Byrd really the first to fly to the North Pole? And why did enigmatic Australian explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins disappear from the history books?With the rise of aviation at the beginning of...


Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take On the Garden State

by Irina Reyn

Mobsters. Big hair. The smelly Turnpike. The poor cousin of its glittering neighbor Manhattan. Could that really be all there is to New Jersey? In Living on the Edge of the World, the best and brightest young...


Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

by Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr has received many awards -- from the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards...


Lost Cosmonaut: Observations of an Anti-Tourist

by Daniel Kalder

Daniel Kalder belongs to a unique group: the anti-tourists. Sworn to uphold the mysterious tenets of The Shymkent Declarations, the anti-tourist seeks out the dark, lost zones of our planet, eschewing comfort,...


A French Affair: The Paris Beat, 1965-1998

by Mary Blume

America and France have always had a special relationship. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the two have enjoyed a love affair of sorts, with all the love/hate dynamics that suggests. From...


The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir

by Tom Stone

Tom Stone went to Greece one summer to write a novel -- and stayed twenty-two years. On Patmos, the tiny island where St. John received the apocalyptic visions recorded in the Book of Revelations, he fell in...


Ruth Park's Sydney

by Ruth Park

Updated classic account of Sydney's history and culture told by one of Australia's most loved authors.


A Death in Brazil

by Peter Robb

The story of an encounter with one of the world's greatest and strangest countries.


It's All About Australia, Mate

by Denis Gregory

One of Australia's most distinguished journalists takes a light-hearted but factual and comprehensive look at the Australian way of life. Our icons, indigenous peoples, sport, our pubs and culture, taxi drivers,...


Going with the Grain: A Wandering Bread Lover Takes a Bite Out of Life

by Susan Seligson

"My lifelong love affair with bread has less to do with crust, crumb, and the vagaries of sourdough cultures and more to do with bread as a reflection of people's varied beliefs, daily lives, and blood memories....Bread...


The Hadj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca

by Michael Wolfe

The Hadj, or sacred journey, is the pilgrimage to the house of God at Mecca that all Muslims are asked to make once in their lifetimes. One of the world’s longest-lived religious rites, having continued without...