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  • Into the Wildby Jon Krakauer

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.00

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months... 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...

  • The Abundanceby Annie Dillard

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 14.99

    In recognition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author?s long and lauded career as a master essayist, a landmark collection, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by the author herself. ?A writer who never seems tired, who has never plodded her way through a page or sentence, Dillard can only be enjoyed by a... more...

  • Veniceby Jan Morris

    Faber & Faber 2008; US$ 11.66

    Often hailed as one of the best travel books ever written, Venice is neither a guide nor a history book, but a beautifully written immersion in Venetian life and character, set against the background of the city's past. Analysing the particular temperament of Venetians, as well as its waterways, its architecture, its bridges, its tourists, its curiosities,... more...

  • Travels in Alaskaby John Muir

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    No armchair naturalist, renowned conservationist John Muir was a rugged explorer who stoked his love for nature with strenuous hikes and demanding expeditions. Travels in Alaska recounts Muir's 1899 journey to the northern frontier with a crew of scientists, as well as some of his subsequent sojourns in the region. more...

  • Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepperby Fuchsia Dunlop

    Ebury Publishing 2014; US$ 14.09

    Award-winning food writer Fuchsia Dunlop went to live in China in 1994, and from the very beginning vowed to eat everything she was offered, no matter how alien and bizarre it seemed to her as a Westerner. In this extraordinary memoir, Fuchsia recalls her evolving relationship with China and its food, from her first rapturous encounter with the delicious... more...

  • Born to Runby Christopher McDougall

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 11.98

    At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring... 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...

  • Lost in Mongoliaby Tad Friend

    Random House Publishing Group 2001; US$ 19.00

    Find yourself in the midst of a heated battle over a sitcom laugh track. Learn to get away with spectacular crimes. Get lost with the reindeer people in the mountains of Mongolia. In Lost in Mongolia a collection of Tad Friend's most original, witty, and wide-ranging articles and essays from The New Yorker, Esquire, and Outside we are taken... more...