Looks at how the Asian Silk Roads have acted as a crucible of culture throughout history, capturing the importance of these networks that linked the Atlantic with the Pacific, the Mediterranean with India, and America with the Persian Gulf.
A collection of author-curated pieces celebrates the essayist's celebrated career and offers insight into her establishment of the "novelized nonfiction" form. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An American Childhood.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Unaccustomed Earth traces her enduring love affair with the Italian language that prompted her family's move to Rome, where her efforts to master the language as a writer shaped her feelings of belonging and exile. Translated by Ann Goldstein.
A sequel to Notes From a Small Island stands as the author's tribute to his adopted country of England and describes his riotous return visit two decades later to rediscover the country, its people and its culture.
A journalist chronicles his journey down Amur River, one of Asia's great rivers that serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China, interspersing history, ecology and peoples throughout to show a region obsessed with the past — and what it means for the future.
Explores the inspiration for A.A. Milne's fictional Hundred Acre Wood, South-East England's Ashdown Forest, and how it influenced the author's famous works.
The award-winning author of Cold New World describes his experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world's most exotic locales.
Drawing from the fields of history, politics, geography, meteorology, ecology, and physics, a pilot and writer offers a comprehensive reminder of the strange combinations of forces that make modern air travel possible.
The author took a 2000-mile trip on the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules. He discusses the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration and its significance to the United States.
The author of Born to Run describes his investigation into ancestral training techniques that have enabled Mediterranean athletes to achieve extraordinary levels of strength and fitness.
Recounting his move to Vietnam, a journalist takes travelers along for the ride as he searches for authentic Vietnamese food, which leads him all over the country and introduces him to a remarkable populace, including his wife.
The author describes her journey visiting Zen priests and performing rituals after the death of her Japanese grandfather and her American father and her inability to bury them at her family's Buddhist temple near the Fukushima disaster site.
One hundred sweet and savory French-inspired recipes culled from the ethnic neighborhoods of Paris are complemented by lighthearted stories about the quirks, trials, and joys of cooking in modern France.
Traces the author's experiences as an English teacher to the sons of North Korea's elite during the last six months of Kim Jong Il's reign, an effort complicated by oppressive regime enforcers, propaganda, and evangelical missionaries.
The co-host of NPR's "Morning Edition" describes his travels along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, from Moscow to Vladivostok, describing the people he met, from singing babushkas to entrepreneurial teens to political activists, and discusses the challenges faced by 21st-century Russia. 35,000 first printing.