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Heads in Beds

Room Service Confidential: a hotelier's tell-all.

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Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River

Following the lazy twists and turns of a river steeped in history and threatened by corruption.

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A Sense of Direction

Following some well-trodden paths in the quest to discover a life's purpose.

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Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future

The rise of China's capital city may be the story of a new era.  And it isn't over yet.

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Travels in Siberia

A portrait of a vast and little-known region of the globe rendered with affection, insight, and humor.

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The Masque of Africa

Returning to Africa in his first travel book in more than a decade, the Nobel Laureate examines African belief, and believers.

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Empires of the Indus

2,000 miles down the Indus with a writer stepping in the literary footsteps of Leigh Fermor and Chatwin.

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."