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Pico Iyer
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Pico Iyer has written nonfiction books on globalism, Japan, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, forgotten places, and novels on Revolutionary Cuba and Islamic mysticism. He regularly writes on literature for The New York Review of Books, on travel for the Financial Times, and on global culture and the news for Time, The New York Times, and magazines around the world.

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Wanderlust
Real-Life Tales of Adventure and Romance
Edited by Don George
Foreword by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: November 7, 2000
Price: $19.00

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Abandon

Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $14.00

Pico Iyer’s intoxicating new novel is at once a stylish intellectual mystery and a pulse-quickening love story—the love in question being at once sacred and profane.

John Macmillan, a classically reticent Englishman who has moved to California to study the poems of the Sufi mystic Rumi, unexpectedly becomes involved in two equally... Read more >
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Abandon

Written by Pico Iyer


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Cuba and the Night
A Novel
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 16, 1996
Price: $15.95

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Cuba and the Night
A Novel
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2011
Price: $11.99

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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

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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Falling Off the Map
Some Lonely Places of The World
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 9, 2011
Price: $11.99

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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

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 Global Soul
Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 2011
Price: $11.99

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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

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 Lady and the Monk
Four Seasons in Kyoto
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2011
Price: $13.99

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The Man Within My Head

Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $15.00

Ever since he first discovered Graham Greene's work, Pico Iyer has felt a haunting closeness with the English writer. In The Man Within My Head, Iyer follows Greene's trail from his first novel, The Man Within, to such later classics as The Quiet American, examining Greene's obsessions, his elusiveness, and his... Read more >
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The Man Within My Head

Written by Pico Iyer


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $11.99

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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

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 >
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The Open Road
The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $24.00

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 >
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The Open Road

Written by Pico Iyer


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $13.99

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Sun After Dark
Flights Into the Foreign
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $15.00

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Sun After Dark
Flights Into the Foreign
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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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

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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Tropical Classical
Essays from Several Directions
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2011
Price: $11.99

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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

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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Video Night in Kathmandu
And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 8, 2010
Price: $13.99

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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

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

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 >
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The English Patient

Written by Michael Ondaatje
Introduction by Pico Iyer


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $24.95

Michael Ondaatje’s Booker Prize–winning best seller lyrically portrays the convergence of four damaged lives in a bomb-riddled Italian villa in the last days of the war. Hana, the grieving nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the emotionally detached Indian sapper, Kip—each is haunted in different ways by the riddle of the man... Read more >
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