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  • Icons of Englandby Bill Bryson

    Transworld 2010; US$ 11.27

    This celebration of the English countryside does not only focus on the rolling green landscapes and magnificent monuments that set England apart from the rest of the world. Many of the contributors bring their own special touch, presenting a refreshingly eclectic variety of personal icons, from pub signs to seaside piers, from cattle grids to canal... more...

  • Made In Americaby Bill Bryson

    Transworld 2010; US$ 12.68

    Bill Bryson turns away from the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent , for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture. In Made in America , Bryson de-mythologizes his native land - explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor... more...

  • The Dark Heart of Italyby Tobias Jones

    Faber & Faber 2008; US$ 10.99

    An essential guide to the strange, sometimes sinister culture of contemporary Italy. In 1999 Tobias Jones travelled to Italy, expecting to discover the pastoral bliss described by centuries of foreign visitors and famous writers. Instead, he discovered a very different country, besieged by unfathomable terrorism and deep-seated paranoia, where crime... 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...

  • Blues Cityby Ishmael Reed

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 16.00

    Oakland is a blues city, brawling and husky . . . Often overshadowed by San Francisco, its twinkling sister city across the Bay, Oakland is itself an American wonder. The city is surrounded by and filled with natural beauty?mountains and hills and lakes and a bay?and architecture that mirrors its history as a Spanish mission, Gold Rush outpost, and... more...

  • Unbeaten Tracks in Japanby Isabella Lucy Bird

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 3.99

    It is a classic travelogue based on the journey taken by Isabella Bird in 1878 to the interior of Japan. She has vividly described Japan and its people with their multifarious culture and lives. The book enfolds her extensive knowledge of history and botany. Moreover, the narration of scenes of the native areas is remarkable. It is a must-read for... more...

  • Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennesby Robert Louis Stevenson

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 3.99

    An absorbing sketch of Stevenson’s travelling experiences through the Cevennes Mountains in France is presented here. His various adventures have been wonderfully brought to life in these pages. The journey was initially meant as a diversion from stress of his daily life. A pioneering classic of outdoor literature, it impresses with its colourful... more...

  • The Amateur Emigrantby Robert Louis Stevenson

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 3.99

    “The Amateur Emigrant” is a remarkable account of Stevenson's nautical journey from Scotland to California. He has vividly sketched the hazards of racial and social class distinction in British and American societies. The work is a testament to his keen insight and perception. A true classic itinerary! more...