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.
Illustrated with original maps and drawings, this stunning exploration of the world's hidden geographies reveals the moving villages, secret cities and no man's lands that will inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers and armchair travelers.
Relates how the author, on assignment in Burgundy for Vanity Fair, uncovered a plot to poison the vines of one of France's most storied vineyards, which threatened to destroy the fiercely traditional culture surrounding the world's greatest wine.
Presents a cultural portrait of today's India that evaluates the role of political corruption, economic inequality, and civil rights violations in the economic promise of five years ago.