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Mediterranean Winter
The Pleasures of History and Landscape in Tunisia, Sicily, Dalmatia, and the Peloponnese
Written by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71433-7 (0-375-71433-2)

In Mediterranean Winter, we journey with Robert Kaplan through the Mediterranean, basking in the glow of gypsum lamps and the lime-washed mosques of Tunisia; and to Jugurtha's Table, a giant mesa 45-miles southwest of the Algerian border. We travel to the 5th Century Doric Temple at Segesta, to Palermo, a "city... Read more >
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Travels with Herodotus

Written by Ryszard Kapuscinski


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7878-3 (1-4000-7878-4)

From the renowned journalist comes this intimate account of his years in the field, traveling for the first time beyond the Iron Curtain to India, China, Ethiopia, and other exotic locales.

In the 1950s, Ryszard Kapuscinski finished university in Poland and became a foreign correspondent, hoping to go abroad – perhaps to... Read more >
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The Angel of the Left Bank
The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece
Written by Jean-Paul Kauffmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7086-9 (0-8129-7086-1)

In this mesmerizing examination of Delacroix’s crowning masterwork, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, and of Saint-Sulpice, the grand church that houses it, Jean-Paul Kauffmann reveals the city of Paris in an entirely new way.

With the same insight and understanding he brought to his National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated The Black Room... Read more >

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Istanbul: The Collected Traveler
An Inspired Companion Guide
Written by Barrie Kerper


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 15, 2009
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39059-2 (0-307-39059-4)

THE COLLECTED TRAVELER
For Travelers Who Want More Than a Guidebook

Bringing The Collected Traveler along on your trip is like having your own savvy personal tour guide who knows the place intimately. This unique guide to one of today's hottest tourist destinations combines fascinating articles by a wide variety of writers, woven... Read more >

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Paris: The Collected Traveler

Written by Barrie Kerper


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47489-6 (0-307-47489-5)

This unique guide to one of the world’s most beloved tourist destinations combines fascinating articles by a wide variety of writers, woven throughout with the editor’s own indispensable advice and opinions—providing in one package an unparalleled experience of an extraordinary place.

This edition on Paris features:
● Articles, interviews, and reminiscences from writers... Read more >
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Among Flowers
A Walk in the Himalaya
Written by Jamaica Kincaid


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: July 17, 2007
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0096-0 (1-4262-0096-X)

In this delightful hybrid of a book—part memoir and part travel journal—the bestselling author takes us deep into the mountains of Nepal with a trio of botanist friends in search of native Himalayan plants that will grow in her Vermont garden. Alighting from a plane in the dramatic Annapurna Valley, the... Read more >
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Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
Written by Jon Krakauer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 19, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49478-6 (0-385-49478-5)

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more—including Krakauer’s—in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide... Read more >

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Near Death in the Arctic

Edited by Cecil Kuhne


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27937-8 (0-307-27937-5)

“The fine snow choked his eyes, ears, and throat, and he did not hear his own smothered death cry. Down in cold blackness, 150 feet down, his falling body smashed into a projecting ledge of ironclad ice. With the shattered remains of his sledge, with the doomed dogs, Belgrave Ninnis plunged... Read more >
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Near Death in the Desert

Edited by Cecil Kuhne


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27936-1 (0-307-27936-7)

“The night was heavy with foreboding. The rain, which had been spitting down on us during the late afternoon, grew heavier. It hurled into our faces, borne by a wind that was now gusting between the dunes at full force. . . . It was the worst storm we had encountered... Read more >
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Near Death in the Mountains
True Stories of Disaster and Survival
Edited by Cecil Kuhne


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27935-4 (0-307-27935-9)

“He wrapped the rope around his body, got ready to rappel and leaned back. Standing about five feet from him, I heard a sharp scraping, Suddenly Ed was flying. I could see him fall, wordless, fifty feet free, then strike the steep ice below…he was sliding and bouncing down. He passed... Read more >
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The Broken Road
From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos
Written by Patrick Leigh Fermor


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-754-9 (1-59017-754-1)

In the winter of 1933, eighteen-year-old Patrick (“Paddy”) Leigh Fermor set out on a walk across Europe, starting in Holland and ending in Constantinople, a trip that took him almost a year. Decades later, Leigh Fermor told the story of that life-changing journey in A Time of Gifts and Between the... Read more >
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Dear Exile
The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean
Written by Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 1999
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70367-6 (0-375-70367-5)

Close friends and former college roommates, Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery promised to write when Kate's Peace Corps assignment took her to Africa.  Over the course of a single year, they exchanged an offbeat and moving series of letters from rural Kenya to New York City and back again.

Kate, an idealistic teacher... Read more >
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About This Life
Journeys on the Threshold of Memory
Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75447-3 (0-679-75447-4)

The acclaimed National Book Award winner gives us a collection of spellbinding new essays that, read together, form a jigsaw-puzzle portrait of an extraordinary man.

With the publication of his best-selling Of Wolves and Men, and with the astonishing originality of Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez established himself as that rare writer... Read more >
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The Skeptical Romancer
Selected Travel Writing
Written by W. Somerset Maugham
Edited by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47318-9 (0-307-47318-X)

One of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, W. Somerset Maugham was also a fearless and constant traveler who chronicled his adventures with a rare mix of wit and excitement. In The Skeptical Romancer, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer selects vignettes of Maugham's wise and vivid prose that track his... Read more >
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The Skeptical Romancer
Selected Travel Writing
Written by W. Somerset Maugham
Edited by Pico Iyer


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27212-6 (0-307-27212-5)

W. Somerset Maugham was one of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, and his travel writing has long been considered among his finest work. Now, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer maps out a masterful tour of these vivid, evocative pieces that are collected here for the first time.

Maugham worked as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Encore Provence
New Adventures in the South of France
Written by Peter Mayle


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 3, 2013
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-52293-1 (0-307-52293-8)

In his most delightful foray into the wonders of Provencal life, Peter Mayle returns to France and puts behind him cholesterol worries, shopping by phone, California wines, and other concerns that plagued him after too much time away.

In Encore Provence, Mayle gives us a glimpse into the secrets of the truffle... Read more >
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Toujours Provence

Written by Peter Mayle


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 3, 2013
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-79189-4 (0-307-79189-0)

Taking up where his beloved A Year in Provence leaves off, Peter Mayle offers us another funny, beautifully (and deliciously) evocative book about life in Provence. With tales only one who lives there could know—of finding gold coins while digging in the garden, of indulging in sumptuous feasts at truck stops—and... Read more >
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India in Mind

Edited by Pankaj Mishra


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72745-0 (0-375-72745-0)

The first foray east in the "In Mind" series, India in Mind collects the varied appraisals of a country that has tantalized and largely eluded writers for much of its history. A vast and varied land, India has long been the repository of myth and legend. Only in the last hundred... Read more >

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Hav

Written by Jan Morris
Introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-449-4 (1-59017-449-6)

In 1985, the travel writer Jan Morris visited the storied city- state of Hav on assignment for New Gotham Magazine, writing a series of articles that were later published as Last Letters from Hav. She was there during the remarkable period that became known as the Intervention. In 2006 Morris returned... Read more >
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Maiden Voyages
Writings of Women Travelers
Edited by Mary Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74030-8 (0-679-74030-9)

This is a collection of women's travel writings, including work by Joan Didion, Edith Wharton, Mildred Cable, Willa Cather, Isak Dinesen, and others. In wry, lyrical, and sometimes wistful voices, they write of disguising themselves as men for safety, of longing for family left behind or falling in love with people... Read more >
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Among the Believers
An Islamic Journey
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1982
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71195-9 (0-394-71195-5)

Based on his seven-month journey across the Asian continent, Naipaul  explores the life, culture and current ferment inside four nations of Islam: Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  He depicts an Islamic world at odds with the modern world, fueled only by an implacable determination to believe. Naipaul's controversial account of his travels through... Read more >
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An Area of Darkness

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70835-0 (0-375-70835-9)

A classic of modern travel writing, An Area of Darkness is Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s profound reckoning with his ancestral homeland and an extraordinarily perceptive chronicle of his first encounter with India.
Traveling from the bureaucratic morass of Bombay to the ethereal beauty of Kashmir, from a sacred ice cave in... Read more >
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Beyond Belief
Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70648-6 (0-375-70648-8)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Beyond Belief is a book about one of the more important and unsettling issues of our time: the effects of the Islamic conversion of Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia.  What has Islam done to the histories of these converted countries? How do the converted... Read more >
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India: A Million Mutinies Now

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 22, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-73973-5 (0-307-73973-2)

Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s impassioned and prescient travelogue of his journeys through his ancestral homeland, with a new preface by the author.

Arising out of Naipaul’s lifelong obsession and passion for a country that is at once his and totally alien, India: A Million Mutinies Now relates the stories of many... Read more >

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No Mercy
A Journey to the Heart of the Congo
Written by Redmond O'Hanlon


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73732-2 (0-679-73732-4)

The most intrepid traveler since Stanley found Livingstone is on a literary journey so fraught with humor, discovery, and terror that it makes Heart of Darkness read like a drawing-room comedy. This time Redmond O’Hanlon is in the People’s Republic of the Congo, in search of the legendary dinosaur of Lake... Read more >
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