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The Other Side of the Tiber, Reflections on Time in Italy

The Other Side of the Tiber, Reflections on Time in Italy

by Wallis Wilde-Menozzi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An ardent Midwesterner transplanted to Parma, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi returns to the Rome of her youth in this soulful meditation on the people, places, ruins, statues and allure of the Eternal City. She's particularly astute on art, but it is her ability to conjure the life of the city that sets the book apart. (ITA373, $16.00)

The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

by Michael Booth

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Guardian journalist Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait. (SCN83, $17.00)

Indonesia, Etc., Exploring the Improbable Nation

Indonesia, Etc., Exploring the Improbable Nation

by Elizabeth Pisani

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Though she traveled 26,000 miles around the 13,500 islands that comprise Indonesia, journalist Pisani goes far beyond the numbers to explore what holds the impossibly disparate nation together. Along her journey, she debates corruption and cannibalism, navigates impossibly strange traditions and sleeps in a volcano. (INS121, $17.95)

Lenin's Tomb

Lenin's Tomb

by David Remnick

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 588 PAGES
  • COMING IN APRIL

A gripping eyewitness tale of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Remnick, the Washington Post reporter on the scene, combines fine historical scholarship with great storytelling. (RUS07, $18.00)

Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES

The dramatic and uplifting account of a young woman's lone trek through California and Oregon to the border of Washington state along the Pacific Crest Trail. Strayed's intrepid journey would challenge and frustrate but ultimately strengthen and heal the young hiker on a quest for self-reinvention. (PNW326, $15.95)

Two Towns in Provence

Two Towns in Provence

by M. F. K. Fisher

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Celebrated food writer M.F.K. Fisher contrasts village life in Aix-en-Provence with bustling Marseilles, evoking these two favorite places with anecdote and loving description. (FRN27, $18.95)

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

by Isak Dinesen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 466 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The perennially best-selling tale of a naive young woman who leaves Denmark for East Africa, Dinesen's (AKA Karen Blixen) autobiography draws us into life on a struggling coffee plantation. It's a moving story inspired by a love for Kenya and its people. Includes the novella Shadows on the Grass. (EAF22, $15.95)

Waterfront, A Journey Around Manhattan

Waterfront, A Journey Around Manhattan

by Philip Lopate

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 421 PAGES

A consummate New Yorker, Lopate pulls together history, ecology, archaeology, literature and urban planning in this delightful, discursive account of his rambles along the coast of Manhattan. (NYC113, $16.95)

A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast

by Ernest Hemingway

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 211 PAGES

A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness. (FRN26, $16.00)

Into Thin Air, A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Into Thin Air, A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

by Jon Krakauer

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

In this bestseller, climber and journalist Krakauer reconstructs a minute-by-minute account of what went wrong on the great mountain in 1996. (HML13, $16.00)

Empire Falls

Empire Falls

by Richard Russo

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel lovingly set in a fictitious Maine mill town. Russo has composed an entertaining and poignant portrait of what lies beneath the facade of small-town New England life. (USE220, $16.95)

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 784 PAGES

At 13, Theo Decker's life changes forever when his mother dies in a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he takes off with The Goldfinch, a priceless Dutch painting by Carel Fabritius. This epic Dickensian novel follows Theo from New York to Las Vegas to Amsterdam asking, in the words of reviewer Woody Brown, the essential life question: "How can we? And yet, we do." Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Literature. (NYC298, $20.00)

 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind the Beautiful Forevers


by Katherine Boo

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and writer at The New Yorker, Boo turns her four years among the people of a Mumbai slum into an absorbing tale of the clash of India, new and old, prosperous and disenfranchised. (IDA654, $17.00)

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation


by Joseph J. Ellis

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country. (USE244, $15.95)

In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex


by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

A seafaring tale of fearsome whales, cannibalism and sturdy 19th-century Nantucketers. The story depicts true events which inspired Melville to write Moby Dick. A fascinating history of 19th-century society in Nantucket. (OCE47, $17.00)

Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas and Alexandra


by Robert Massie

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 613 PAGES

This entertaining and well-researched history traces the royal relationship and explores how a disease determined the destiny of rulers, the disintegration of the empire and the course of Russian history. (RUS69, $20.00)

Secret Lives of the Tsars, Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder and Madness from Romanov Russia

Secret Lives of the Tsars, Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder and Madness from Romanov Russia


by Michael Farquhar

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A scandalous tell-all about Russia's ruling class. Farquhar skips over the dryer parts of history to deliver the jaw-dropping morsels about Catherine the Great's affinity for young lovers and Peter the Great's proclivity for beheading his subjects. (RUS512, $16.00)

Edward Hopper's Maine

Edward Hopper's Maine


by Kevin Salatino

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

An overview of the works the great American painter made during summer vacations to Maine from 1914 to 1929. Included in this collection of over 100 plates are numerous recreations of the Maine landscape, including his famous lighthouses and 32 oils the artist made plein-air on Monhegan Island. (USE556, $49.95)

The Fellowship of Ghosts, Travels in the Land of Midnight Sun

The Fellowship of Ghosts, Travels in the Land of Midnight Sun


by Paul Watkins

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 233 PAGES

A captivating travel memoir in which novelist Paul Watkins interweaves his own experiences in Norway with those of early eccentric visitors. Along the way, Watkins offers vivid, evocative accounts of the country's majestic mountains, dramatic landscapes and expansive snowfields. (NOR35, $19.00)

Tracks, A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

Tracks, A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback


by Robyn Davidson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The true story of a woman's trek across the Australian Outback -- an adventurous tale shot through with a feel for the landscape and empathy for the Aborigines she meets along the way. (AUS15, $15.95)

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods


by Bill Bryson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

The entertaining account of Bryson's hike up the Appalachian trail, combining biting satire with a certain warmth. A fond memoir and a very entertaining read. (USE01, $15.99)

Among the Russians

Among the Russians


by Colin Thubron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The marvelous account of a 10,000-mile journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia in 1981. A gifted writer and intrepid traveler, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity in this lyrical book. (RUS106, $14.99)

In Manchuria, A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China

In Manchuria, A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China


by Michael Meyer

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Meyer blends narrative nonfiction, memoir and reportage for an honest look at rural China (Dongbei, formerly known as Manchuria). He gives voice to a phenomenon that is sweeping China as villages shift from communes to company towns while also traveling the region, searching for traces of its banished history. (CHN780, $19.00)

John Adams

John Adams


by David McCullough

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 751 PAGES

A Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling biography of the second president. McCullough reveals the great Adams as a figure on par with (his presidential book-ends) Washington and Jefferson. (USE201, $20.00)

Midnight in Siberia, A Journey into the Heart of Russia

Midnight in Siberia, A Journey into the Heart of Russia


by David Greene

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

In this eye-opening travelogue, the former NPR Moscow bureau chief takes a 6,000-mile ride on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, capturing the soul of contemporary Russia. (RUS518, $15.95)

Names for the Sea, Strangers in Iceland

Names for the Sea, Strangers in Iceland


by Sarah Moss

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A stranger in a strange land, British novelist Sarah Moss captures the spirit of Iceland in this tale of a year in Reykjavik with her husband and two children. (ICL61, $17.95)

Peaks on the Horizon, Two Journeys in Tibet

Peaks on the Horizon, Two Journeys in Tibet


by Charlie Carroll

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Two men recount their personal relationships with the volatile and awe-inspiring country of Tibet: an English teacher who, acting on a lifelong obsession, explores the region during sabbatical and a Tibetan exile stranded at the border as he strives to reunite with the love of his life. (TBT168, $16.95)

The Boy on the Back of the Turtle

The Boy on the Back of the Turtle


by Paul Quarrington

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Humorist, novelist and family man on a quest, Quarrington offers an entertaining account of a Galapagos voyage in the company of his seven-year-old daughter and 70-year-old father. (GPS65, $14.95)

The Emperor Far Away, Travels at the Edge of China

The Emperor Far Away, Travels at the Edge of China


by David Eimer

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Far from China's major cities in the Islamic areas of the Xinjiang province, in the "forbidden zone" of Tibet and along insecure borders that China shares with Russia and India, Eimer explores the old Chinese adage: "The mountains are high and the emperor far away." (CHN759, $19.00)

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between


by Hisham Matar

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

One man's personal journey to uncover the fate of his father, a brave dissident who stood up to the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, becomes the story of Libya, a nation torn apart by violence and oppression. (NAF96, $26.00)

Travels in Vermeer, A Memoir

Travels in Vermeer, A Memoir


by Michael White

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

In the wake of a vengeful divorce, an American poet travels to Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, London, Washington and New York to find solace and inspiration in the paintings of Johannes Vermeer. (ART161, $17.95)

Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun


by Paula McLain

  • LITERATURE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

In this work of historical fiction bestselling author McLain reimagines 1920s Kenya and the extraordinary life of aviatrix Beryl Markham. Her drama delivers the story of Markham's rough childhood and high-profile love triangle, as well as her passion for horses and flight. (EAF448, $16.00)

Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago


by Boris Pasternak | Richard Pevear | Larissa Volokhonsky

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

From the acclaimed translators of War and Peace (RUS391), Anna Karenina (RUS81) and The Death of Ivan Illyich (RUS391) comes a stunning new translation of Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning masterpiece, last translated in 1958. (RUS222, $16.95)

Five Star Billionaire

Five Star Billionaire


by Tash Aw

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

The celebrated Malaysian author brings his characters together in gritty, glamorous and very cosmopolitan 21st-century Shanghai to wheel and deal and make their fortunes. A harrowing piece of contemporary literature. (CHN740, $16.00)

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York


by Sari Botton

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 269 PAGES

Drawing inspiration from Joan Didion's classic personal essay "Goodbye to All That," 28 women share their own experiences falling in and out of love with New York City in this moving collection. (NYC303, $16.00)

Heart of Darkness, with Congo Diary

Heart of Darkness, with Congo Diary


by Joseph Conrad

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 136 PAGES

One of the century's most important works, this short story tells of the harrowing journey Marlow takes into the Belgian Congo. (AFR46, $11.00)

Independent People, An Epic

Independent People, An Epic


by Halldor Laxness

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Rich in local color, this great mock-epic by the Icelandic Nobel Prize-winner features the indelible Bjartur of Summerhouses, a hard-headed, independent-minded sheep farmer. (ICL01, $17.00)

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice


by Jane Austen

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

One of the charms of Austen's masterpiece, published 200 years ago and one of the most popular novels of all time, is its depiction of real-life locations throughout Bath, Derbyshire and surroundings. She depicts the comedy, drama and heartache of high-society English courtship with the prejudiced Ms. Bennet and the proud Mr. Darcy. (GRB116, $8.00)

Snowdrops

Snowdrops


by A.D. Miller

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Shortlisted for the Booker, this psychological thriller follows the fate of a young British lawyer in casually corrupt contemporary Moscow. (RUS467, $14.95)

The Quiet American

The Quiet American


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule. (VNM08, $17.00)

The Shining

The Shining


by Stephen King

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 659 PAGES

Stephen King drew his inspiration for this notorious thriller from a stay at the Stanley Hotel, a prestigious resort nestled at the foot of the Colorado Rockies in the picturesque Estes Park. (RKY132, $8.99)

War and Peace

War and Peace


by Leo Tolstoy

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 1296 PAGES

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky restore Tolstoy's texture and rhythm for English speakers in this major new translation of his masterpiece. They've won three PEN awards and acclimation for translations that also include Gogol, Dostoyevsky and Bulgakov. (RUS391, $20.00)

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