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  • The Paris Sketch Bookby William Makepeace Thackeray

    Start Classics 2014; US$ 1.99

    "The Paris Sketch Book" is a look at France shortly after the time of Napoleon. The author William Makepeace Thackeray is famous for his dry wit and for his other classic books "Vanity Fair" and "Barry Lyndon". He is also credited with inventing a new word 'snob' in his novel "The Book of Snobs, by One of Themselves" more...

  • The Uncommercial Travellerby Charles Dickens

    Start Classics 2015; US$ 1.99

    A collection of literary sketches and reminiscences. more...

  • And the Monkey Learned Nothingby Tom Lutz

    University of Iowa Press 2016; US$ 16.00

    Tom Lutz is on a mission to visit every country on earth. And the Monkey Learned Nothing  contains reports from fifty of them, most describing personal encounters in rarely visited spots, anecdotes from way off the beaten path. Traveling without an itinerary and without a goal, Lutz explores the Iranian love of poetry, the occupying Chinese... more...

  • Squirting Milk at Chameleonsby Simon Fenton; Martha Ellen Zenfell

    Eye Books 2015; US$ 5.99

    On the cusp of middle age, Simon Fenton leaves Britain in search of adventure and finds Senegal, love, fatherhood, witch doctors – and a piece of land that could make a perfect guest house, if only he knew how to build one. The Casamance is an undiscovered paradise where mystic Africa governs life, people walk to the beat of the djembe, when it rains... more...

  • This Is Cubaby Ben Corbett

    Basic Books 2007; US$ 24.00

    Beyond the throngs of tourists streaming through Central Havana's broad Prado Avenue, and outside the yoke of Castro's 43-year-old Revolutionary program, there exists a parallel Cuba - a separate evolution of a people struggling to survive. With personal stories that depict a people torn between following the directives of their government and finding... more...

  • Incognito Streetby Barbara Sjoholm

    Da Capo Press 2015; US$ 24.00

    Barbara Sjoholm arrived in London in the winter of 1970 at the age of twenty. Like countless young Americans in that tumultuous time, she wanted to escape a country at war and set out for Europe, where she spent the next three years living in Barcelona and London, hitchhiking around Spain, and studying at the University of Granada. Set on becoming... more...

  • Stalking the Wild Dik-Dikby Marie Javins

    Da Capo Press 2009; US$ 22.00

    Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik is a spirited African adventure of a solo woman traveler whose overland excursion across the continent includes challenges, inevitable mishaps, and more than a few debacles. Author and world traveler Marie Javins is an unflappable narrator, who takes even the most bizarre and patience-trying situations with a dose of good... more...

  • Goodbye to All Thatby Sari Botton

    Da Capo Press 2013; US$ 20.00

    Winner of a Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year Award In 1967, Joan Didion wrote an essay called Goodbye to All That , a work of such candid and penetrating prose that it soon became the gold standard for personal essays. Like no other story before it, Didion’s tale of loving and leaving New York captured the mesmerizing allure Manhattan has always... more...

  • A Land Gone Lonesomeby Dan O'Neill

    Basic Books 2008; US$ 22.00

    In his square-sterned canoe, Alaskan author Dan O'Neill set off from Dawson, Yukon Territory, onetime site of the Klondike gold rush, to trace the majestic Yukon River. His journey downriver to Circle City, Alaska, is an expedition into the history of the river and its land, and a record of the inimitable and little known inhabitants of the region.... more...

  • Travels with Henry Jamesby Henry James; Hendrik Hertzberg; Michael Anesko

    PublicAffairs 2016; US$ 26.00

    To travel with James in these pages is to take an unhurried vacation with a thoroughly seasoned, supremely cultivated, acutely intelligent companion. Our guide is a curious, engaged observer not only of landscapes and streets and cathedrals but also of paintings and plays and the characteristics—national, social, and individual—of the people we encounter... more...