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  • Strange Stonesby Peter Hessler

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 12.99

    Full of unforgettable figures and an unrelenting spirit of adventure, Strange Stones is a far-ranging, thought-provoking collection of Peter Hessler?s best reportage?a dazzling display of the powerful storytelling, shrewd cultural insight, and warm sense of humor that are the trademarks of his work. Over the last decade, as a staff writer for ... more...

  • Travelsby Michael Crichton

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.95

    From the bestselling author of  Jurassic Park ,  Timeline , and  Sphere  comes a deeply personal memoir full of fascinating adventures as he travels everywhere from the Mayan pyramids to Kilimanjaro.    Fueled by a powerful curiosity?and by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and close-up?Michael Crichton's journeys have carried him into worlds... more...

  • Words in a French Lifeby Kristin Espinasse

    Touchstone 2006; US$ 15.99

    Based on the popular blog ( french-word-a-day.com ) and newsletter with thousands of subscribers -- a heart-winning collection from an American woman raising two very French children with her French husband in Provence, carrying on a lifelong love affair with the language. Imagine a former French major getting vocabulary tips from her young children!... more...

  • Little Princesby Conor Grennan

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 12.99

    ?Funny, touching, tragic?.A remarkable tale of corruption, child trafficking and civil war in a far away land?and one man?s extraordinary quest to reunite lost Nepalese children with their parents.? ?Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts Little Princes is the epic story of Conor Grennan?s battle to save the lost children of Nepal... more...

  • Polynesian Researches: Hawaiiby William Ellis

    Tuttle Publishing 1989; US$ 12.95

    Polynesian Researches:Hawaii is the famous record of the author's visit to the Hawaiian Islands in the early nineteenth century. It includes an account of Hawaiian history, government, religion , warfare, and traditions- a general survey of Hawaiian life. More than this, it is the author's personal observations of Hawaiian manners and customs and... more...

  • In the Valley of Mistby Justine Hardy

    Ebury Publishing 2010; US$ 10.89

    Mohammed Dar and his three brothers were born in a boat on a lake in Kashmir, a place of exquisite beauty that was to become a war zone and nuclear flashpoint. This Himalayan valley of water, mist and mountains was once one of India's greatest tourist draws. In 1989 it exploded into insurgency. Kashmir became a rallying cry for jihadi movements... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Erotica presents The Best of Michael Hemmingsonby Michael Hemmingson; Maxim Jakubowski

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 0.99

    Movements A married couple explores the possibilities of swinging, partner-swapping, and making money online through amateur pornography... The Dress A man finds a skimpy, sexy black dress and convinces his wife to wear it in public, enticing her exhibitionist desires and his voyeuristic delights. What seems to be a mere item of clothing has... more...

  • Terra Incognitaby Sara Wheeler

    Random House Publishing Group 2014; US$ 15.00

    It is the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth, an icy desert of unearthly beauty and stubborn impenetrability. For centuries, Antarctica has captured the imagination of our greatest scientists and explorers, lingering in the spirit long after their return. Shackleton called it "the last great journey"; for Apsley Cherry-Garrard it was the worst... more...

  • Playing With Waterby James Hamilton-Paterson

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 13.11

    A classic of travel writing. For many years award-winning writer James Hamilton-Paterson spent a third of each year on an otherwise uninhabited Philippine island, spear-fishing for survival. Playing with Water tells us why he did. Yet it also gives an account of life in that class-bound country as a whole. For it is in places like this rather... more...

  • Essays of Travelby Robert Louis Stevenson

    The Floating Press 1905; US$ 3.99

    Any reader who has spent some time with Robert Louis Stevenson's body of work won't be surprised to learn that the Scottish author was an inveterate traveler and world explorer from early adulthood. Later in life, the chronically ill author lived in locales around the globe in an attempt to find a home that was amenable to his ailing health.... more...