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The Goldfinch

NYC298
Donna Tartt
Back Bay Books
2015
784
0316055441
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

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

ITA373
Wallis Wilde-Menozzi
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2014
384
0374534314
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

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

SCN83
Michael Booth
Picador USA
2016
400
1250081564
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Indonesia, Etc., Exploring the Improbable Nation

INS121
Elizabeth Pisani
W. W. Norton & Company
2015
416
0393351270
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

Lenin's Tomb

RUS07
David Remnick
Random House
1994
588
0679751254
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

PNW326
Cheryl Strayed
Vintage Books
2013
315
0307476073
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Two Towns in Provence

FRN27
M. F. K. Fisher
Vintage Books
1983
208
0394716310
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
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.
$18.95

Out of Africa

EAF22
Isak Dinesen
Vintage Books
1985
466
0679724753
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
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.
$15.95

Waterfront, A Journey Around Manhattan

NYC113
Philip Lopate
Crown
2005
421
0385497148
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

A Moveable Feast

FRN26
Ernest Hemingway
Touchstone
1996
211
068482499X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

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

HML13
Jon Krakauer
Doubleday
1999
360
0385494785
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
In this bestseller, climber and journalist Krakauer reconstructs a minute-by-minute account of what went wrong on the great mountain in 1996.
$16.00

Empire Falls

USE220
Richard Russo
Vintage Books
2002
496
0375726403
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

IDA654
Katherine Boo
Random House
2014
304
081297932X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

USE244
Joseph J. Ellis
Vintage Books
2002
304
0375705244
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

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

OCE47
Nathaniel Philbrick
Viking
2001
302
0141001828
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Nicholas and Alexandra

RUS69
Robert Massie
Ballantine Books
2000
613
0345438310
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

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

RUS512
Michael Farquhar
Random House
2014
368
0812979052
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Edward Hopper's Maine

USE556
Kevin Salatino
Prestel
2011
176
3791351281
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$49.95

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

NOR35
Paul Watkins
Picador USA
2006
233
0312359411
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.00

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

AUS15
Robyn Davidson
Vintage Books
1995
256
0679762876
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

A Walk in the Woods

USE01
Bill Bryson
Broadway Books
1999
276
0767902521
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

Among the Russians

RUS106
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins Publishers
2001
224
0060959290
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.99

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

CHN780
Michael Meyer
Bloomsbury USA
2015
384
1620402882
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.00

John Adams

USE201
David McCullough
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2002
751
0743223136
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

Midnight in Siberia, A Journey into the Heart of Russia

RUS518
David Greene
W. W. Norton & Company
2015
336
0393351874
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Names for the Sea, Strangers in Iceland

ICL61
Sarah Moss
Counterpoint
2013
358
1619021226
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

Peaks on the Horizon, Two Journeys in Tibet

TBT168
Charlie Carroll
2015
368
1619024845
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

The Boy on the Back of the Turtle

GPS65
Paul Quarrington
Douglas & McIntyre
2003
247
1550547011
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

The Emperor Far Away, Travels at the Edge of China

CHN759
David Eimer
Bloomsbury USA
2015
336
1632862492
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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."
$19.00

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

NAF96
Hisham Matar
Random House
2017
256
0812985087
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Travels in Vermeer, A Memoir

ART161
Michael White
W. W. Norton & Company
2015
192
0892554371
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

Circling the Sun

EAF448
Paula McLain
Penguin Putnam
2016
400
0345534204
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Doctor Zhivago

RUS222
Boris Pasternak, Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
Pantheon Books
2011
544
0307390950
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Five Star Billionaire

CHN740
Tash Aw
Spiegel & Grau
2014
416
0812984811
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

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

NYC303
Sari Botton (Editor)
Seal Press
2013
269
1580054943
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Heart of Darkness, with Congo Diary

AFR46
Joseph Conrad
Penguin Putnam
2007
136
0140186522
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
One of the century's most important works, this short story tells of the harrowing journey Marlow takes into the Belgian Congo.
$11.00

Independent People, An Epic

ICL01
Halldor Laxness
Vintage Books
1997
480
0679767924
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
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.
$17.00

Pride and Prejudice

GRB116
Jane Austen
Penguin Putnam
2003
480
0141439513
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.00

Snowdrops

RUS467
A.D. Miller
Doubleday
2012
272
0307739473
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Shortlisted for the Booker, this psychological thriller follows the fate of a young British lawyer in casually corrupt contemporary Moscow.
$14.95

The Quiet American

VNM08
Graham Greene
Penguin
2004
180
0143039024
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
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.
$17.00

The Shining

RKY132
Stephen King
Doubleday
2012
659
0307743659
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$8.99

War and Peace

RUS391
Leo Tolstoy
Vintage Books
2008
1296
1400079985
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

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Neither Here Nor There, Travels in Europe

EUR25
Bill Bryson
HarperCollins
2001
254
0380713802
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Bryson deploys his famously cranky humor in this romp through European capitals. He's great fun to read and insightful on quirks of character.
$15.99

Wuthering Heights

GBR307
Emily Bronte
Penguin
2002
416
0141439556
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The Yorkshire moors have never been wilder or more conducive to tragedy than in this great romantic novel by Emily Bronte, which concerns an illicit and ill-fated love affair.
$8.00

The Corrections

EUR122
Jonathan Franzen
Picador USA
2002
592
0312421273
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A dazzling novel of life and love and family and holidays that follows the peregrinations of the Lamberts -- father, mother and offspring -- from New York to Philadelphia to Vilnius. It’s a madcap, tour de force of Christmas homecomings gone awry, cruise-ship follies, self-deluded academics, breast-obsessed screenwriters, stodgy old farts and edgy Tribeca bohemians equally at sea in their lives.
$18.00

Lolita

USA335
Vladimir Nabokov
Vintage Books
1989
317
0679723161
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Nabokov's brilliant tale includes a marvelously realized portrait of America's motels and byways.
$16.00

The Stray Bullet, William S. Burroughs in Mexico

MEX307
Daniel C. Schechter (Translator), Jorge Garcia-robles
University of Minnesota Press
2013
176
0816680639
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Garcia-Robles fleshes out the author’s counterculture experiences and friendships in the bohemian Roma district, vividly recreating the neighborhood where Burroughs began his life as a writer. Features previously unpublished letters penned by Burroughs.
$17.95

Kaleidoscope City, A Year in Varanasi

IDA725
Piers Moore Ede
Bloomsbury USA
2015
224
1608198685
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Whether he is attending Ramlila -- the city's annual performance of the Ramayana, talking to those who work the cremation ghats along the Ganges or simply searching for the best mithai ("sweets") in town, Ede presents a vibrant, kaleidoscopic portrait of contemporary Varanasi.
$26.00

Gone Girl

USM295
Gillian Flynn
Broadway Books
2014
422
0307588378
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The runaway bestseller, a twisted whodunit starring Nick and Amy Dunne set on the banks of the Mississippi in Carthage, Missouri.
$16.00

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

USM301
J. Ryan Stradal
Penguin Putnam
2016
320
0143109413
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Stradal’s debut novel follows the life of Eva Thorvald from birth to ascent as a celebrity chef through the eyes of the people in her life, a range of quirky characters representative of the great Midwest.
$16.00