This newly reissued 1947 travel classic recounts two Swiss women driving from Geneva to Kabul, daring to discover strange lands and customs in an era when few Westerners ever crossed into the Middle East.
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December 5: "It's common these days for memoirs of childhood to concentrate on some dark secret within the author's ostensibly happy family.... Memoir in America is an atrocity arms race."
Novelist Wiley Cash uncovers the notebook of his seventh-grade self: "Halloween Hallow," Die Hard, and an apprentice writer's first work of suspense.
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