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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Updated Edition)
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Updated Edition)
by Anthony Bourdain
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When Chef Anthony Bourdain wrote "Don't Eat Before You Read This" in The New Yorker, he spared no one's appetite, revealing what goes on behind the kitchen door. In Kitchen Confidential, he expanded that appetizer into a deliciously funny, delectable... (read more)

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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard
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Well researched and skillfully written, this commanding account of achievement and calamity retraces Roosevelt's perilous expedition of the uncharted Amazon. A dazzling gem of history, Millard's impeccable narrative brims with imagery and tension.... (read more)

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In Patagonia (Penguin Classics)
In Patagonia (Penguin Classics)
by Bruce Chatwin
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A masterpiece of travel, history and adventure, this award-winning book captures the spirit of the land, history, wildlife, and people of Patagonia.... (read more)

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Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard
by Peter Matthiessen
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When Peter Matthiessen set out with the field biologist George Schaller from Pokhara, in northwest Nepal, their hope was to reach the Crystal Mountain — a foot journey of 250 miles or more across the Himalaya — in the Land of Dolpo, on the... (read more)

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Narrow Road To Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (66 Edition)
Narrow Road To Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (66 Edition)
by Matsuo Basho
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Basho, the Japanese poet and diarist, was born in Iga-ueno near Kyoto in 1644. He spent his youth as companion to the son of the local lord, and with him he studied the writing of seventeen-syllable verse. In 1667 he moved to Edo (now Tokyo) where he... (read more)

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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
by Anthony Doerr
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From the author of the acclaimed #1 andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller andlt;Iandgt;All the Light We Cannot Seeandlt;/Iandgt;, a "dazzling" (Azar Nafisi, author of andlt;Iandgt;Reading Lolita in Tehranandlt;/Iandgt;) memoir about art... (read more)

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The City of Falling Angels
The City of Falling Angels
by John Berendt
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Once again John Berendt proves he is a powerful magnet for eccentrics. With clever proficiency, Berendt depicts for readers a host of quirky characters, providing an exclusive glimpse into the Venice you won't see as a tourist. Gossipy yet wholly... (read more)

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Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
by Laurence Gonzales
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In ?, Laurence Gonzalez combines hard science and powerful storytelling to illustrate the mysteries of survival, whether in the wilderness or in meeting any of life's great challenges. This gripping narrative, the first book to describe the art and... (read more)

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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)
by Peter Hessler
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Nina Sovich had always yearned for adventures in faraway places; she imagined herself leading the life of a solitary traveler. Yet at the age of thirty-four, she found herself married and contemplating motherhood. Catching her reflection in a window... (read more)

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The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
by Paul Theroux
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In the travel-writing tradition that made Paul Therouxs reputation, Dark Star Safari is a rich and insightful book whose itinerary is Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town: down the Nile, through Sudan and Ethiopia, to Kenya, Uganda, and ultimately to the tip... (read more)

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Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska
Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska
by Miranda Weiss
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"Miranda Weiss's Tide, Feather, Snow is beautifully poetic, her observations are expansive, and the pace and rhythm in which she writes are perfect.” — Lynne Cox, author of Grayson and Swimming to Antarctica "Tide, Feather, Snow is about... (read more)

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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
by Eric Weiner
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Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." The book uses a... (read more)

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The Lady in the Palazzo: An Umbrian Love Story
The Lady in the Palazzo: An Umbrian Love Story
by Marlena De Blasi
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Orvieto, an ancient Italian city rising above the cliffs of Umbria, is among the most dramatic in Europe. It is here that Marlena de Blasi, author of the national bestseller A Thousand Days in Venice, sets out to make a home—in the former ballroom... (read more)

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Istanbul: Memories and the City
Istanbul: Memories and the City
by Orhan Pamuk
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Weaving history with observations of people, places, and art, Pamuk shows Istanbul's transformation from the seat of faded imperial glory to the capital of a modern nation at the dizzying crossroads of East and West.... (read more)

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Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (P.S.)
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (P.S.)
by Anthony Bourdain
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In the ten years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, from Monday fish to the breadbasket conspiracy, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant... (read more)

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Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
by Carl Hoffman
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The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in remote New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world, and even Michael's powerful, influential family, guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full... (read more)

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A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad
A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad
by Don George
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We've all dreamt of escaping to a house somewhere. In this collection of stories some of the finest names in contemporary travel writing reveal the perils and pleasures of exchanging the familiar for the foreign. "...I know well the delectable thrill of... (read more)

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McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland
McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland
by Pete Mccarthy
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The #1 Irish Bestseller Despite the many exotic places Pete McCarthy has visited, he finds that nowhere else can match the particular magic of Ireland, his mother's homeland.  In McCarthy's Bar, his journey begins in Cork and continues along the... (read more)

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Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act
Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act
by Rick Steves
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Travel connects people with people. It helps us fit more comfortably and compatibly into a shrinking world, and it inspires creative new solutions to persistent problems facing our nation. We cant understand our world without experiencing it. Rick Steves... (read more)

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The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
by Wendy McClure
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Wendy McClure is on a quest to find the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder — a fantastic realm of fiction, history, and places she’s never been to, yet somehow knows by heart. She traces the pioneer... (read more)

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