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The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum

The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum From a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer comes an exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding connection on the remote Azorean islands of the Atlantic Ocean. Reporter Diana Marcum is in crisis. A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding her—and her career is stalled—when she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows them on their …

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Lonely Planet’s Where To Go When by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet’s Where To Go When by Lonely Planet Where To Go When, the ultimate trip planner for every month of the year, is a beautifully illustrated book that is both practical and inspiring. For every month of the year it presents 30 recommendations of destinations that are at their best during each month, whether due to their climate, or value or because there’s a lot going on. The suggestions feature every flavour of travel experience …

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A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir by Ian Buruma

A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir by Ian Buruma A classic memoir of self-invention in a strange land: Ian Buruma’s unflinching account of his amazing journey into the heart of Tokyo’s underground culture as a young man in the 1970’s When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, Japan was little more than an idea in his mind, a fantasy of a distant land. A sensitive misfit in the world of his upper middleclass youth, what …

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Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations by Olivier Le Carrer

Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations by Olivier Le Carrer Oliver Le Carrer brings us a fascinating history and armchair journey to the world’s most dangerous and frightful places, complete with vintage maps and period illustrations in a handsome volume. This alluring read includes 40 locations that are rife with disaster, chaos, paranormal activity, and death. The locations gathered here include the dangerous Strait of Messina, home of the …

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Off the Map by Alastair Bonnett

Off the Map: Lost Space, Feral Places and Invisible Cities and What They Tell Us about the World by Alastair Bonnett A tour of the world’s hidden geographies—from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts—and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains todayAt a time when Google Maps Street View can take you on a virtual tour of Yosemite’s remotest trails and cell phones double as navigational systems, it’s hard to imagine there’s any uncharted ground …

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An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist by Nick Middleton

An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist by Nick Middleton A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton takes us on a magical tour of countries that, lacking diplomatic recognition or UN membership, inhabit a world of shifting borders, visionary leaders and forgotten peoples. Most of us think we know what a country is, but in truth the concept is rather slippery. From Catalonia to …

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16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler Heart attacks happen to other people… When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought… Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and …

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Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald

Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald

Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald In her twenties, journalist Sarah Macdonald backpacked around India and came away with a lasting impression of heat, pollution and poverty. So when an airport beggar read her palm and told her she would return to India—and for love—she screamed, “Never!” and gave the country, and him, the finger. But eleven years later, the prophecy comes true. When the love of Sarah’s life is posted to India, …

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Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) Out of Africa is Isak Dinesen’s memoir of her years in Africa, from 1914 to 1931, on a four-thousand-acre coffee plantation in the hills near Nairobi. She had come to Kenya from Denmark with her husband, and when they separated she stayed on to manage the farm by herself, visited frequently by her lover, the big-game hunter Denys Finch-Hatton, for whom she would make up stories “like …

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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer 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 later, his decomposed body was found by a …

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