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Far Appalachia
Following the New River North
Written by Noah Adams


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: March 26, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-32013-9 (0-385-32013-2)

The co-host of NPR's "All Things Considered" chronicles his year-long journey through the heart of Appalachia by foot, bike, canoe, and whitewater raft. On his trip, Adams talks to a variety of contemporary Appalachians: from whitewater daredevils to a baptizing preacher, from an "herb wizard" to men who worked the strip... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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Lost in Mongolia
Rafting the World's Last Unchallenged River
Written by Colin Angus


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1280-8 (0-7679-1280-2)

From the Yenisey’s headwaters in the wild heart of central Asia to its mouth on the Arctic Ocean, Colin Angus and his fellow adventurers travel 5,500 kilometres of one of the world’s most dangerous rivers through remotest Mongolia and Siberia, and live to tell about it.

Exploration is Colin Angus’ calling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Something to Declare
Essays on France and French Culture
Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3087-3 (1-4000-3087-0)

Anyone who loves France (or just feels strongly about it), or has succumbed to the spell of Julian Barnes’s previous books, will be enraptured by this collection of essays on the country and its culture.

Barnes’s appreciation extends from France’s vanishing peasantry to its hyper-literate pop singers, from the gleeful iconoclasm... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ultimate Journey
Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment
Written by Richard Bernstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78157-8 (0-679-78157-9)

Richard Bernstein, Time magazine’s first Beijing bureau chief and currently a New York Times book critic, has written a profoundly original account of a journey that is as much a spiritual and intellectual odyssey as it is a physical one.

In 629, the great Buddhist monk Hsuan Tsang set out across Asia... Read more >

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Bill Bryson's African Diary

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Hardcover, 64 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1506-9 (0-7679-1506-2)

Bryson visits Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to eradicating poverty. Kenya is a land of contrasts, with famous game reserves and a vibrant culture. It also provides plenty to worry a traveller like Bill Bryson, fixated as he is on the dangers posed by snakes, insects... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 6, 2000
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0382-0 (0-7679-0382-X)

After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens--as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They... Read more >

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In a Sunburned Country

Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0386-8 (0-7679-0386-2)

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the... Read more >

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A Walk in the Woods
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0252-6 (0-7679-0252-1)

Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes--and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill... Read more >

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Rolling Nowhere
Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72786-3 (0-375-72786-8)

In Ted Conover’s first book, now back in print, he enters a segment of humanity outside society and reports back on a world few of us would chose to enter but about which we are all curious.

Hoboes fascinated Conover, but he had only encountered them in literature and folksongs. So, he... Read more >

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The Routes of Man
Travels in the Paved World
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7702-1 (1-4000-7702-8)

Roads bind our world—metaphorically and literally—transforming landscapes and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Roads have unparalleled power to impact communities, unite worlds and sunder them, and reveal the hopes and fears of those who travel them.

With his marvelous eye for detail and his contagious enthusiasm, Ted Conover explores... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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So Close to Heaven
The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas
Written by Barbara Crossette


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 25, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74363-7 (0-679-74363-4)

This fascinating and colorful book takes students into a world that is just emerging from the middle ages and peering warily into the millennium ahead: the reclusive kingdom of Bhutan which remains true to that religion's riotous marriage of esoteric theology and gorgeous ritual, serenely meditating Buddhas and snarling deities entwined... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Enduring Patagonia

Written by Gregory Crouch


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76128-7 (0-375-76128-4)

Patagonia is a strange and terrifying place, a vast tract of land shared by Argentina and Chile where the violent weather spawned over the southern Pacific charges through the Andes with gale-force winds, roaring clouds, and stinging snow. Squarely athwart the latitudes known to sailors as the roaring forties and furious... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age of Kali

Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94890-8 (0-307-94890-0)

From the author of The Last Mughal and Nine Lives: the classic stories he gathered during the ten years he spent journeying across the Indian subcontinent, from Sri Lanka and southern India to the North West Frontier of Pakistan. As he searched for evidence of Kali Yug, the “age of darkness”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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From the Holy Mountain
A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East
Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94889-2 (0-307-94889-7)

In the spring of A.D. 587, John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist embarked on a remarkable expedition across the entire Byzantine world, traveling from the shores of Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. Using Moschos’s writings as his guide and inspiration, the acclaimed travel writer William Dalrymple retraces... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tracks
A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
Written by Robyn Davidson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76287-4 (0-679-76287-6)

A cult classic with an ever-growing audience, Tracks is the brilliantly written and frequently hilarious account of a young woman's odyssey through the deserts of Australia, with no one but her dog and four camels as companions. Davidson emerges as a heroine who combines extraordinary courage with exquisite sensitivity. 16 pages... Read more >

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The Art of Travel

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72534-0 (0-375-72534-2)

Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life, de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Week at the Airport

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73967-4 (0-307-73967-8)

Given unprecedented access to one of the world’s busiest airports as a “writer-in-residence,” Alain de Botton found it to be a showcase for many of the major crosscurrents of the modern world—from our faith in technology to our destruction of nature, from our global interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the exotic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Great Typo Hunt
Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time
Written by Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59108-1 (0-307-59108-5)

The Great Typo Hunt is a humorous, insightful tale of adventure, misplaced apostrophes, and the open road. It describes how the authors took a two-and-a-half month drive around the United States to fix typos in public signage, toting an arsenal of typo correction that included markers, Wite-Out, and chalk–and how they... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Irresistible North
From Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers
Written by Andrea Di Robilant


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39066-0 (0-307-39066-7)

A century before Columbus arrived in America, two brothers from Venice are said to have explored parts of the New World. They became legends during the Renaissance, and then the source of a great scandal that would discredit their story. Today, they have been largely forgotten.

In this very original work—part history... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Salvador

Written by Joan Didion


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 26, 1994
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75183-0 (0-679-75183-1)

Didion turns her powers of observation to El Salvador in the early 1980s, delivering a devastating anatomy of that country’s particular brand of terror—its mechanisms, rationales, and its intimate relation to our own country’s foreign policy. As Didion travels from battlefields to body dumps; interviews a puppet president; and considers the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cuba in Mind
An Anthology
Edited by Maria Finn Dominguez


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7613-0 (1-4000-7613-7)

Since Columbus arrived in 1492 and called Cuba “the most beautiful country that human eyes have ever seen,” few places on earth have evoked such passion. The thirty-one writers in Cuba in Mind offer ample proof of the fascinations that have lured generations of travelers.

In this richly varied anthology of poetry... Read more >

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Mexico in Mind

Written by Maria Finn Dominguez


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27488-5 (0-307-27488-8)

Two centuries of writers drawn to Mexico–from D. H. Lawrence, John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, and Tennessee Williams to Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, and Sandra Cisneros

This scintillating literary travel guide gathers the work of great writers celebrating Mexico in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Ranging from 1843 to the present, Mexico in Mind... Read more >

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Little Money Street
In Search of Gypsies and Their Music in the South of France
Written by Fernanda Eberstadt
Introduction by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27942-2 (0-307-27942-1)

In 1998, Fernanda Eberstadt, her husband, and their two small children moved from New York to an area outside Perpignan, France—a city with one of the largest Gypsy populations in Western Europe. Here she found a jealously guarded culture, a society made, in part, of lawlessness and defiance of non-Gypsy norms... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lasso the Wind
Away to the New West
Written by Timothy Egan


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78182-0 (0-679-78182-X)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Winner of the Mountains and Plains Book Seller's Association Award

"Sprawling in scope. . . . Mr. Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present." --The New York Times

"Fine reportage . . . honed and polished until it reads... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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This Cold Heaven
Seven Seasons in Greenland
Written by Gretel Ehrlich


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75852-5 (0-679-75852-6)

For the last decade, Gretel Ehrlich has been obsessed by an island, a terrain, a culture, and the treacherous beauty of a world that is defined by ice. In This Cold Heaven she combines the story of her travels with history and cultural anthropology to reveal a Greenland that few of... Read more >
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