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The Other Side of Paradise

The Other Side of Paradise

Life in the New Cuba

by Julia Cooke

Paperback, 236 pages, Pgw, $17, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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Over a period of five years, beginning when Fidel Castro stepped down from his presidency after almost a half-century of reign, journalist Julia Cooke embedded herself in Cuba, gaining access to a dynamic Havana — one that she found populated with twenty-five-year-old Marxist philosophy students, baby-faced anarchists, children of the whiskey-drinking elite, Santeria trainees and more.

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The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

by Peter Matthiessen

Paperback, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 30 2008 | purchase
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Conversations on the Hudson

Conversations on the Hudson

An Englishman Bicycles Five Hundred Miles Through the Hudson Valley, Meeting Artists and Craftspeople Along the Way

by Nick Hand

Hardcover, 111 pages, Chronicle Books Llc, $24.95, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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British graphic designer and photographer Nick Hand set off one spring day for a 500-mile bike trip through the Hudson River valley, striking up conversations with the artists and craftspeople he met along the way — including a seed librarian, a stone sculptor, a sheep farmer and a boat restorer.

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Stringer

Stringer

A Reporter's Journey in the Congo

by Anjan Sundaram

Hardcover, 265 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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An award-winning journalist who has reported from Africa and the Middle East for The New York Times and the Associated Press presents a dark memoir about his life-threatening, disorienting year of self-discovery in one of the world's most conflicted nations.

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The Worst Journey in the World

The Worst Journey in the World

by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Paperback, 573 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published March 1 2006 | purchase
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Apsley Cherry-Garrard was the youngest member of Robert Falcon Scott's expedition to the South Pole, and was one of its only survivors.

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Roman Pilgrimage

Roman Pilgrimage

The Station Churches

by George Weigel, Elizabeth Lev and Stephen Weigel

Hardcover, 409 pages, Perseus Books Group, $39.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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Roman Pilgrimage presents a stations pilgrimage tour of the Eternal City during the Lenten season, discussing the faith-based practices of today's pilgrims while offering commentaries on relevant liturgies, art and architecture.

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Humans of New York

Humans of New York

by Brandon Stanton

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), St. Martin's Press, $29.99, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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In this photographic census of New York City inspired by the blog of the same name, the author showcases 400 color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories that capture the outsized personalities of New York, and pay tribute to the human side of a great city.NPR Bestseller

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A History of Howard Johnson's

A History of Howard Johnson's

How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon

by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco

Paperback, 160 pages, History Pr, $19.99, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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Boston historian and author Anthony M. Sammarco recounts how Howard Johnson introduced 28 flavors of ice cream, the "Tendersweet" clam strips, grilled frankforts and a menu of delicious and traditional foods that families eagerly enjoyed when they traveled.

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Junkyard Planet

Junkyard Planet

Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

by Adam Minter

Hardcover, 284 pages, St Martins Press, $26, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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Journalist Adam Minter traces the export of America's trash, revealing the huge profits that China and other rising nations make from it and how those profits are aiding the decline of our economy and the ascent of the developing world.

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The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay

The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay

An American Family in Iran

by Hooman Majd

Hardcover, 252 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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Hooman Majd recounts his young family's year-long sojourn in Tehran, during which U.S.-Iran relations were at a 30-year low.

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Bradt Travel Guide South Sudan

Bradt Travel Guide South Sudan

by Max Lovell-Hoare and Sophie Lovell-hoare

Paperback, 192 pages, Globe Pequot Pr, $25.99, published December 17 2013 | purchase
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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

by David Sedaris

Hardcover, 275 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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A collection of essays by the humorist traces his offbeat travel experiences, which involve surreal encounters with everything from French dentistry and Australian kookaburras to Beijing squat toilets and a wilderness Costco in North Carolina.NPR Bestseller

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18 in America

18 in America

A Young Golfer's Epic Journey to Find the Essence of the Game

by Dylan Dethier

Hardcover, 258 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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Traces the author's coming-of-age quest to play golf in each of the lower forty-eight states, sharing his experiences on courses ranging from a Flint, Michigan, municipal site to the manicured greens of Pebble Beach.

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Apocalyptic Planet

Apocalyptic Planet

Field Guide to the Everending Earth

by Craig Childs

Hardcover, 343 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Craig Childs

This narrative discusses the Earth's inherent instability and susceptibility toward violent natural disasters and climate extremes, and challenges beliefs about apocalyptic inevitability while revealing how to change humanity's place within the planet's cycles.

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On the Noodle Road

On the Noodle Road

From Beijing to Rome, With Love and Pasta

by Jen Lin-Liu

Hardcover, 388 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $27.95, published July 25 2013 | purchase
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The Black Sesame Kitchen Beijing cooking school instructor traces her Silk Road investigation into regional culinary history and tradition, a journey marked by her visits to private kitchens where she bonded and ate with women from a diverse array of cultures.

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Better Off Without 'Em

Better Off Without 'Em

A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

by Chuck Thompson

Paperback, 312 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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Chuck Thompson describes his road-trip investigation into the North-South cultural divide in America. He meets with possum-hunting conservatives, trailer park lifers and prayer warriors before concluding that both sides might have been better of if the Confederate states had seceded.

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Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down

Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down

by Rosecrans Baldwin

Paperback, 286 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published June 25 2013 | purchase
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Francophile Rosecrans Baldwin haphazardly relocates to Paris, despite his lack of French language skills. He describes how the region considerably differed from his expectations, and how he tapped into his American optimism to overcome cultural challenges.

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The World Is a Carpet

The World Is a Carpet

Four Seasons in an Afghan Village

by Anna Badkhen

Hardcover, 271 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published May 30 2013 | purchase
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In a portrait of a remote Afghan village where heroin is cheaper than rice and American fighter planes fly overhead, Anna Badkhen documents the community's annual tradition of recording the year's experiences through intricately woven rugs.

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Cockpit Confidential

Cockpit Confidential

Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers & Reflections

by Patrick Smith

Paperback, 303 pages, Sourcebooks Inc, $14.99, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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The author of the online feature Ask the Pilot addresses common passenger questions and concerns.

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