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Paris to the Pyrenees

Paris to the Pyrenees

A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

by David Downie

Hardcover, 317 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $27.95, published April 1 2013 | purchase
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David Downie chronicles the pilgrimmage he took with his wife from Paris to the Pyrenees and ultimately to the sanctuary of Saint James, a journey on which they followed age-old trails through France rather than the commercialized Spanish route.

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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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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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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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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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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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  • A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession
  • Chuck Thompson

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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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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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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  • Field Guide to the Everending Earth
  • 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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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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  • A Young Golfer's Epic Journey to Find the Essence of the Game
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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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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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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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  • Brandon Stanton

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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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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