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Walking to Canterbury
A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England
Written by Jerry Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44706-7 (0-345-44706-9)

More than six hundred years ago, the Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered by King Henry II’s knights. Before the Archbishop’s blood dried on the Cathedral floor, the miracles began. The number of pilgrims visiting his shrine in the Middle Ages was so massive that the stone floor wore thin where they... Read more >
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Bad Trips

Edited by Keath Fraser


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 16, 1991
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72908-2 (0-679-72908-9)

The entries in this collection take us to the farthest extremes of travel with tales of danger, disorientation and bemused discomfort; combines reportage, fiction and poetry representing some of the best-known writers of our time. Read more >
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Tales from the Torrid Zone
Travels in the Deep Tropics
Written by Alexander Frater


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38826-1 (0-307-38826-3)

Alexander Frater was born to a family of Scottish expatriates on the tiny island of Irikiki in the South Seas. Following his dreams of being a writer, Frater left home, but the call of the tropics compelled him to return again and again.

Join him as he dines with the Queen... Read more >
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The River's Tale
A Year on the Mekong
Written by Edward Gargan


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70559-5 (0-375-70559-7)

Along the Mekong, from northern Tibet to Lijiang, from Luang Prabang to Phnom Penh to Can Lo, I moved from one world to another, among cultural islands often ignorant of each other’s presence. Yet each island, as if built on shifting sands and eroded and reshaped by a universal sea, was... Read more >

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At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig
Travels Through Paraguay
Written by John Gimlette


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7852-3 (1-4000-7852-0)

Haven to Nazis, smugglers’ paradise, home to some of the earth’s oddest wildlife and most baroquely awful dictatorships, Paraguay is a nation waiting for the right chronicler. In John Gimlette, at last it has one. With an adventurer’s sang-froid, a historian’s erudition, and a sense of irony so keen you could... Read more >
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Panther Soup
Travels Through Europe in War and Peace
Written by John Gimlette


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27791-6 (0-307-27791-7)

Beautifully blending contemporary travel writing and military history, John Gimlette travels across Europe in the footsteps of one of the greatest armies ever assembled: the United States forces of 1944-45.

In 2004, John Gimlette set off across Europe with his guide Putnam Flint, an eighty-six-year-old Bostonian who had landed in Marseille... Read more >
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Theatre of Fish
Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador
Written by John Gimlette


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7853-0 (1-4000-7853-9)

An extraordinary journey across the magnificent, delinquent coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

John Gimlette’s journey across this harsh and awesome landscape, the eastern extreme of the Americas, broadly mirrors that of Dr Eliot Curwen, his great-grandfather, who spent a summer there as a doctor in 1893, and who was witness to some... Read more >

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Wild Coast
Travels on South America's Untamed Edge
Written by John Gimlette


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47362-2 (0-307-47362-7)

Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana are among the least-known places in South America: nine hundred miles of muddy coastline giving way to a forest so dense that even today there are virtually no roads through it; a string of rickety coastal towns situated between the mouths of the Orinoco and Amazon... Read more >
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Samba

Written by Alma Guillermoprieto


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 30, 1991
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73256-3 (0-679-73256-X)

Guillermoprieto lived for a year in the villages surrounding Rio de Janeiro to learn samba and take part in Rio's carnival parade.  Samba is an exhilarating account of her experiences--as well as a cogent, lucid examination of the history and culture of black Brazilians--full of provocative insights into the aesthetic and ritual... Read more >

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The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer
Close Encounters with Strangers
Written by Eric Hansen


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77182-1 (0-679-77182-4)

Eric Hansen survives a cyclone on a boat off the Australian coast, cradles a dying man in Calcutta, and drinks mind-altering kava in Vanuatu. He helps a widower search for his wife's wedding ring amid plane-crash wreckage in Borneo and accompanies topless dancers on a bird-watching expedition in California. From the... Read more >

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Motoring with Mohammed
Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea
Written by Eric Hansen


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73855-8 (0-679-73855-X)

In 1978 Eric Hansen found himself shipwrecked on a desert island in the Red Sea. When goat smugglers offered him safe passage to Yemen, he buried seven years' worth of travel journals deep in the sand and took his place alongside the animals on a leaky boat bound for a country... Read more >

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Stranger in the Forest
On Foot Across Borneo
Written by Eric Hansen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72495-4 (0-375-72495-8)

Eric Hansen was the first westerner ever to walk across the island of Borneo. Completely cut off from the outside world for seven months, he traveled nearly 1,500 miles with small bands of nomadic hunters known as Penan. Beneath the rain forest canopy, they trekked through a hauntingly beautiful jungle where... Read more >

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In Motion
The Experience of Travel
Written by Tony Hiss


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-41597-8 (0-679-41597-1)

In this extraordinarily wide-ranging, insightful, mind-opening book, Tony Hiss delves into the question of why travel sometimes (but only sometimes) feels remarkably fresh and exhilarating, and illustrates how we can avail ourselves of this seemingly elusive quality—which he calls “deep travel”—on an everyday basis.

The sensation of deep travel can overtake us... Read more >
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Falling Palace
A Romance of Naples
Written by Dan Hofstadter


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71428-3 (0-375-71428-6)

A portrait of the sun-drenched volcanic city from an American who has lost his heart to the place and to a beguiling Neapolitan woman.

In Falling Palace Dan Hofstadter brilliantly reveals Naples, from the dilapidated architectural beauty to the irrepressible theater of everyday life. We witness the centuries-old festivals that regularly crowd... Read more >
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No-Man's Lands
One Man's Odyssey Through The Odyssey
Written by Scott Huler


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 5, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8283-4 (1-4000-8283-8)

When NPR contributor Scott Huler made one more attempt to get through James Joyce’s Ulysses, he had no idea it would launch an obsession with the book’s inspiration: the ancient Greek epic The Odyssey and the lonely homebound journey of its Everyman hero, Odysseus.
No-Man’s Lands is Huler’s funny and touching exploration... Read more >
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Falling Off the Map
Some Lonely Places of The World
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 26, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74612-6 (0-679-74612-9)

The author of Video Night in Kathmandu ups the ante on himself in this sublimely evocative and acerbically funny tour through the world's loneliest and most eccentric places. From Iceland to Bhutan to Argentina, Iyer remains both uncannily observant and hilarious. Read more >
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The Global Soul
Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77611-6 (0-679-77611-7)

Pico Iyer has for many years described with keen perception and exacting wit the shifting textures of faraway lands anchored on a spinning globe that mixes and matches East and West. Now he casts a philosophical eye upon this curious state of floatingness.

In the transnational village that our world has become... Read more >
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The Lady and the Monk
Four Seasons in Kyoto
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73834-3 (0-679-73834-7)

When Pico Iyer decided to go to Kyoto and live in a monastery, he did so to learn about Zen Buddhism from the inside. Then he met Sachiko, the attractive wife of a Japanese "salaryman." Iyer fashions from their relationship a marvelously ironic yet heartfelt book that is at once a... Read more >
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The Open Road
The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38755-4 (0-307-38755-0)

One of the most acclaimed and perceptive observers of globalism and Buddhism now gives us the first serious consideration—for Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike—of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher.

Pico Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father’s)... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Tropical Classical
Essays from Several Directions
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77610-9 (0-679-77610-9)

In Tropical Classical the author of Video Nights in Katmandu and The Lady and the Monk visits a holy city in Ethiopia, where hooded worshippers practice a Christianity that has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. He follows the bewilderingly complex route of Bombay's dabbawallahs, who each day ferry 100,000 different... Read more >
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Video Night in Kathmandu
And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72216-8 (0-679-72216-5)

Iyer reports on a journey to the Far East, where he discovers a curious amalgam of pop culture and tradition, cynicism and innocence.  

"Meticulously observed and reported...a magical mystery tour through the brave new world of Asia." --The New York Times Read more >
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Looking for Lovedu
A Woman's Journey Through Africa
Written by Ann Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70533-5 (0-375-70533-3)

The adventure began when a young British photographer, Kevin Muggleton, suggested driving from one end of Africa to the other–“You know, the old ‘Cape to Cairo’ sort of thing.” For the renowned feminist writer Ann Jones, it soon became an expedition with a mission: to find the legendary Lovedu, a tribe... Read more >
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Running the Amazon

Written by Joe Kane


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72902-0 (0-679-72902-X)

"Running the Amazon is old-fashioned travel writing, where accreditation is gained in courses of misery...Kane...has created a moving diorama, an excited sense of the earth's ceaseless variety." —The New York Times Book Review

The voyage began in the lunar terrain of the Peruvian Andes, where coca leaf is the only remedy... Read more >
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Savages

Written by Joe Kane


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74019-3 (0-679-74019-8)

In this impressive, funny and moving work, Joe Kane tells the story of the Huaorani, a tribe living in the deepest part of the Amazonian rain forest in Ecuador. The Huaorani have only in the last generation been exposed to such items as the wristwatch. But the modern world is reaching... Read more >
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An Empire Wilderness
Travels into America's Future
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77687-1 (0-679-77687-7)

With the same prescience and eye for telling detail that distinguished his bestselling Balkan Ghosts, Robert Kaplan now explores his native country, the United States of America. His starting point: the conviction that America is a country not in decline but in transition, slowly but inexorably shedding its identity as a... Read more >
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