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Indonesia, Etc.

A tour through the world's most populous archipelago finds a kaleidoscope of cultures.

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The Nile

Floating down the "great green" and back into Egypt's history.

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The Vanquished Enemy: Everest Above All

An alpine journey of "howling blizzards" and awesome views, from the author of The Steady Running of the Hour.

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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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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).