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The Interior Circuit

Francisco Goldman roams his deceased wife's hometown of Mexico City in search of closure, and finds a capital brimming with dirty politics, drug cartel empires, and inspiring student protests.  The eyewitness tour through Distrito Federal packs the vigor of a young Norman Mailer or Joan Didion.

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The Cruel Way

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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Paris to the Past

The romance of rail travel is immune to declining patronage and decaying infrastructure. Of course, riding French trains immediately ups the excitement. Ina Caro transports us accross topography and history with twenty-five daytrips that embark from Paris and venture into France's glorious past. Arranged in chronological order, Caro conducts readers to Orléans, Versailles, the Place de la Concorde, and beyond. 

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The Other Side of the Mirror

This eloquent and timely travel book, by BNR columnist Brooke Allen, offers a fresh, informed, and often surpising portrayal of contemporary Syria and its people, with much welcome pondering of the richness of its past, from the ancient cities of Aleppo and Damascus to Crusader castles.

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Paris Was Ours

32 writers—including novelists Diane Johnson and Edmund White, biographers Stacy Schiff and Judith Thurman, and humorist Joe Queenan—contribute their private perspectives to this charming celebration of the City of Light and its special way of illuminating lives.

 

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Piazza San Marco

A marvelous addition to Harvard University Press's lovely Wonders of the World series, celebrating the history and atmosphere of Venice's great public square. Read more...

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

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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