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  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Siberia and Alaskaby John Keay

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 0.99

    Stranded on Bering Island - Georg Wilhelm Steller As physician and scientific know-all on Vitus Bering's 1741 voyage, Steller shared its triumphs, including landing the first Europeans in Alaska. He also shared its disasters. Returning across the north Pacific to Russian Kamchatka, the crew was stricken with scurvy and the vessel grounded. Bering... more...

  • Notes from a Small Islandby Bill Bryson

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 1.99

    Before New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson wrote The Road to Little Dribbling , he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great Britain, which has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie?s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. more...

  • The Oregon Trailby Rinker Buck

    Simon & Schuster 2015; US$ 16.99

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? #1 Indie Next Pick ? Winner of the PEN New England Award ?Enchanting?A book filled with so much love?Long before Oregon, Rinker Buck has convinced us that the best way to see America is from the seat of a covered wagon.? ? The Wall Street Journal ?Amazing?A real nonfiction thriller.? ?Ian Frazier, The New... more...

  • The Silk Roadsby Peter Frankopan

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 10.99

    The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westwards on its axis, it now turns to the east? For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the west ? in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls... more...

  • Lost in Mongoliaby Colin Angus; Ian Mulgrew

    Crown/Archetype 2003; US$ 12.95

    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. It is not only the tug of excitement and... more...

  • Confederates in the Atticby Tony Horwitz

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.95

    National Bestseller  When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close... more...

  • Venice is a Fish: A Cultural Guideby Tiziano Scarpa

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 11.98

    Built on an inverted forest, paved with a tortoiseshell of boulders, Venice is a maze of tiny alleys, bridges and squares. Tiziano Scarpa wanders through the city, recounting the customs and secrets that only Venetians know. With everything from practical advice for aspiring Venetian lovers to hints at where to find the best bacaro, Scarpa waves the... more...

  • False Papersby André Aciman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 18.99

    Essays on memory by the author of Our of Egypt "We remember not because we have something we wish to go back to, nor because memories are all we have. We remember because memory is our most intimate, most familiar gesture. Most people are convinced I love Alexandria. In truth, I love remembering Alexandria. For it is not Alexandria that is beautiful.... more...

  • Two Years Before the Mastby Richard Henry Dana

    Digital Scanning, Inc. 2001; US$ 4.95

    Two Years Before The Mast is a wonderful, elegantly written adventure classic that is still enjoyable more than one hundred years after its original publication. This is Richard Henry Dana Jr?s account of his life as a common seaman aboard the brig the Pilgrim which set out from Boston on August 14, 1835 destined for California by way of the treacherous... more...

  • My Kind of Placeby Susan Orlean

    Random House Publishing Group 2004; US$ 16.00

    Susan Orlean has been called ?a national treasure? by The Washington Post and ?a kind of latter-day Tocqueville? by The New York Times Book Review . In addition to having written classic articles for The New Yorker , she was played, with some creative liberties, by Meryl Streep in her Golden Globe Award?winning performance in the film Adaptation... more...