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Where China Meets India

Where China Meets India

Burma And The New Crossroads of Asia

by Thant Myint-U

Paperback, 371 pages, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $18, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Burma And The New Crossroads of Asia
  • Thant Myint-U

Where China Meets India: Burma And The New Crossroads Of Asia analyzes the inherent potential of recently dissolved boundaries between China and India; it cites a clash between modern and traditional worlds throughout affected regions while considering Burma's strategic centrality and the ways it is being targeted.

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The Beautiful and the Damned

The Beautiful and The Damned

A Portrait of the New India

by Siddhartha Deb

Paperback, 253 pages, Faber & Faber, $15, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • A Portrait of the New India
  • Siddhartha Deb

This portrait of globalized India is based on the author's undercover assignment for The Guardian, during which he worked at a Delhi call center and traveled through the subcontinent, observing its cultural contradictions and the human cost of monumental changes.

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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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The Unconquered

The Unconquered

In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes

by Scott Wallace

Paperback, 494 pages, Broadway, $16, published July 24 2012 | purchase
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  • The Unconquered
  • In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes
  • Scott Wallace

A National Geographic writer describes his harrowing journey with 34 other people into the depths of the Amazon rain forest, in an attempt to track one of the last uncontacted tribes on the planet, the "People of the Arrow," a group of deft archers who defend themselves with a vengeance.

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Ghost Milk

Ghost Milk

Recent Adventures Among the Future Ruins of London on the Eve of the Olympics

by Iain Sinclair

Hardcover, 404 pages, Faber & Faber, $28, published July 17 2012 | purchase
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  • Recent Adventures Among the Future Ruins of London on the Eve of the Olympics
  • Iain Sinclair

Sinclair's latest work mourns the ways in which the 2012 Olympic games are prompting redevelopment at the cost of local history, exploring the roots of new constructions while citing the losses of private establishments, public parks and casual diversity.

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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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Hindoo Holiday

Hindoo Holiday

An Indian Journal

by J. R. Ackerley and Eliot Weinberger

Paperback, 302 pages, Random House Inc, $17.95, published January 1 2000 | purchase
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  • An Indian Journal
  • J. R. Ackerley and Eliot Weinberger
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Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

by Mark Adams

Paperback, 333 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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  • Turn Right at Machu Picchu
  • Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
  • Mark Adams

A re-creation of Hiram Bingham III's discovery of the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Describes Bingham's struggles with rudimentary survival tools and his experiences at the sides of local guides.NPR Bestseller

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A Sense of Direction

A Sense Of Direction

Pilgrimage For The Restless And The Hopeful

by Gideon Lewis-Kraus

Hardcover, 344 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published May 10 2012 | purchase
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  • A Sense Of Direction
  • Pilgrimage For The Restless And The Hopeful
  • Gideon Lewis-Kraus

Traces the author's wayward participation in three pilgrimages as part of a personal quest to resolve differences between his disciplinary skills and desires, an effort that illuminated a family mystery and gave him a greater sense of purpose.

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Garbology

Garbology

Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash

by Edward Humes

Hardcover, 277 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27, published April 19 2012 | purchase
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  • Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash
  • Edward Humes

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Matter How Loud I Shout identifies trash as America's largest export, discussing how the nation reached current garbage levels while explaining what families, communities and countries are doing to reverse waste trends.

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In My Father's Country

In My Father's Country

An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate

by Saima Wahab

Hardcover, 346 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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  • An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate
  • Saima Wahab

Relates the author's decision, years after her father was taken away by the KGB, to relocate to her uncle's home in America, where she pursued an education and worked as an interpreter before becoming a cultural adviser for the U.S. Army.

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The Sweet Life in Paris

The Sweet Life in Paris

Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious-and Perplexing-City

by David Lebovitz

Paperback, 282 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published March 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious-and Perplexing-City
  • David Lebovitz
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North to the Orient

North to the Orient

by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Paperback, 147 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $12.95, published June 1 1966 | purchase
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  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Lindberghs' experiences on a flight to the Orient via the Great Circle Route in 1931

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Man Seeks God

Man Seeks God

My Flirtations With the Divine

by Eric Weiner

Paperback, 349 pages, Twelve , $14.99, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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  • My Flirtations With the Divine
  • Eric Weiner

After a health scare, an atheist travels the world searching for an experience of the divine, from meditating with Tibetan lamas in Nepal and unblocking his chi in China, to studying the Kabbalah in Israel.

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