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  • Americanaby Hampton Sides

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00

    Harley-Davidson bikers . . . Grand Canyon river rats. . .Mormon archaeologists. . . Spelling bee prodigies? For more than fifteen years, best-selling author and historian Hampton Sides has traveled widely across the continent exploring the America that lurks just behind the scrim of our mainstream culture. Reporting for Outside , The New Yorker... more...

  • Time and Tideby Frank Conroy

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 16.00

    Frank Conroy first visited Nantucket with a gang of college friends in 1955. They came on a whim, and for Conroy it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with this "small, relaxed oasis in the ocean." This book, part travel diary, part memoir, is a hauntingly evocative and personal journey through Nantucket: its sweeping dunes, rugged moors,... more...

  • The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnicby Kinky Friedman

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 16.95

    Kinky Friedman, the original Texas Jewboy, takes us on a rollicking, rock-and-rolling tour of his favorite city: Austin. Maybe you want to know which restaurant President Bush rates as his favorite Austin burger joint. Or maybe you want a glimpse of Willie Nelson?s home life (hint: Willie plays a lot of golf). Perhaps you want to get the best view... more...

  • Previous Convictionsby A.A. Gill

    Simon & Schuster 2008; US$ 13.50

    Critic, essayist and cultural savant A.A. Gill is probably the most widely read columnist in Britain. His books The Angry Island and A.A. Gill is away have found delighted fans in America as well, and sparked a loyal following. His new book of travel essays, Previous Convictions, ranges from Gill's nearby domestic locales of Glastonbury and... more...

  • Mexican Daysby Tony Cohan

    Crown/Archetype 2008; US$ 15.99

    Tony Cohan?s On Mexican Time , his chronicle of discovering a new life in the small Mexican mountain town of San Miguel de Allende, has beguiled readers and become a travel classic. Now, in Mexican Days , point of arrival becomes point of departure as?faced with the invasion of the town by tourists and an entire Hollywood movie crew, a magazine editor?s... more...

  • Travels with Ted & Nedby Theodore M. Hesburgh

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 19.00

    The warm and moving story of one of the greatest religious and secular leaders of our time. more...

  • The Father of All Thingsby Tom Bissell

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 14.95

    The Father of All Things is a riveting, haunting, and often hilarious account of a veteran and his son?s journey through Vietnam. As his father recounts his experiences as a soldier, including a near fatal injury, Tom Bissell weaves a larger history of the war and explores the controversies that still spark furious debate today. Blending history,... more...

  • Gringoby Chesa Boudin

    Scribner 2009; US$ 15.99

    Gringo charts two journeys, both of which began a decade ago. The first is the sweeping transformation of Latin American politics that started with Hugo Chávez's inauguration as president of Venezuela in 1999. In that same year, an eighteen-year-old Chesa Boudin leaves his middle-class Chicago life -- which is punctuated by prison visits to his parents,... more...

  • 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...

  • Female Nomad and Friendsby Rita Golden Gelman

    Crown/Archetype 2010; US$ 15.00

    In 1987, Rita, newly divorced, set out to live her dream. She sold all her possessions and became a nomad. She wrote a book about her ongoing journey and, in 2001, insisted on putting her personal e-mail address in the last chapter?against all advice. It turned out to be a fortuitous decision. She has met thousands of readers, stayed in their homes,... more...