In an illuminating Alpine trek though the Swiss peaks, the author, drawing on two separate journeys—one when he was 19 and one 17 years later —channels the spirit of Freidrich Nietzche as he searches for meaning. By the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story.
The best-selling author of That Is All presents a memoir of his cursed travels through the woods of Massachusetts and coastal Maine, describing his midlife transformation from an idealistic youth to an eccentric family man and his observations on such subjects as the horror of freshwater clams and the evolutionary purpose of the mustache.
The best-selling author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? presents an uproarious graphic-novel tribute to Manhattan that reflects on the culture clash between her rural-raised children and herself, sharing zany and occasionally practical advice on subjects ranging from sidewalk gum wads to navigating honeycombed grids.
A former New Yorker editor chronicles her quest to overcome the convergence of the sudden loss of her brother, being dumped by her fiance, and being evicted from her apartment by cooking her way across the country while staying with friends and family.
Explores the world of the Chãateau de l'Horizon on the French Riviera from the 1920s to 1960, relating the activities of both the aristocracy and Hollywood celebrities who lived and partied there.
The author of The Conundrum presents a revelatory account of where our water comes from and where it goes, examining the complicated human-made ecosystem of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, fracking sites and farms that contribute to shortage issues in the western United States.
For centuries the Alps have seen the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers and the dreams of engineers — and some 14 million people live among their peaks today. In The Alps, Stephen O'Shea takes readers up and down these majestic mountains, journeying through their 500-mile arc across France, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia.
The founders of Atlas Obscura offer a tour of the world's most unique and amazing places, highlighting natural wonders, weird and magical structures and mind-boggling events from around the globe.
Describing how, after moving to Geneva, the author decided to learn French in order to become closer to her husband and his family, a laugh-out-loud effort marked by the complexities of the language, the nature of French identity and her growing appreciation for French-specific communication nuances.
The award-winning author of Cold New World describes his experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world's most exotic locales.
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.
Looks at how the Asian Silk Roads have acted as a crucible of culture throughout history, capturing the importance of these networks that linked the Atlantic with the Pacific, the Mediterranean with India, and America with the Persian Gulf.
A collection of author-curated pieces celebrates the essayist's celebrated career and offers insight into her establishment of the "novelized nonfiction" form. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An American Childhood.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Unaccustomed Earth traces her enduring love affair with the Italian language that prompted her family's move to Rome, where her efforts to master the language as a writer shaped her feelings of belonging and exile. Translated by Ann Goldstein.
A sequel to Notes From a Small Island stands as the author's tribute to his adopted country of England and describes his riotous return visit two decades later to rediscover the country, its people and its culture.
A journalist chronicles his journey down Amur River, one of Asia's great rivers that serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China, interspersing history, ecology and peoples throughout to show a region obsessed with the past — and what it means for the future.