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Adventures in the World's Frozen Places

by Bill Streever

Hardcover, 292 pages, Little Brown & Co, $24.99, published July 22 2009 | purchase
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  • Adventures in the World's Frozen Places
  • Bill Streever

A narrative account of the author's forays into some of the world's coldest regions describes his encounters with splashing through an Arctic swimming hole, investigations into ancient and more recent ice ages, and examinations of animal hibernation habits.

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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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The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour

by Agatha Christie and Mathew Prichard

Hardcover, 376 pages, Harper, $29.99, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • Agatha Christie and Mathew Prichard

Told in never-before-published letters and photos taken from the Queen of Mystery's very own archives, this exciting travelogue, steeped in history and illustrated with photos, postcards, newspaper clippings and memorabilia, documents her eye-opening yearlong voyage around the British Empire in 1922.

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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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The Longest Way Home

The Longest Way Home

One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down

by Andrew McCarthy

Hardcover, 273 pages, Free Press, $26, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down
  • Andrew McCarthy

Actor-turned-travel writer Andrew McCarthy meditates on how travel has helped him overcome life-long fears and confront his resistance to commitment, tracing his soul-searching visits to the Patagonia, the Amazon and Mount Kilimanjaro.

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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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  • Where China Meets India
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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