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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 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.