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Atlas Maior

MAP22
Peter van der Krogt (Editor)
Taschen
2010
626
3836524112
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The richly embellished, gloriously annotated Baroque masterpiece by Joan Blaeu, one of the finest and most expensive atlases ever produced. Apart from the sheer beauty and exquisite cartographic marvels (including distinctive title art and foldout panels), the atlas opens a window onto the world of the 17th century.
$69.99

Finding George Orwell in Burma

BMA40
Emma Larkin
Penguin Putnam
2006
304
0143037110
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An American journalist fluent in Burmese, Larkin (a pseudonym) masterfully interweaves her travels in the footsteps of the British colonial officer and writer with interviews and an astute, moving history of modern Burma.
$17.00

Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

GEN324
Jared Diamond
Viking
2011
575
0143036556
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Diamond tackles nothing less than the history and fate of civilization in this compelling book with case studies of failed societies. For example, to the fate of the Norse settlements in Greenland and the builders on Easter Island.
$20.00

The Gods Drink Whiskey

CBD46
Stephen T. Asma
HarperCollins
2006
288
0060834501
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his year-long stint teaching at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh. His account is both an overview of Theravada Buddhism and a down-to-earth portrait of contemporary Cambodia.
$14.99

The Fate of Africa

AFR154
Martin Meredith
Hachette
2011
792
1610390717
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Ambitious in scope, immensely readable -- and as big as a doorstop -- Martin Meredith's blockbuster country-by-country overview of the tumult in Africa since independence is now revised and updated to reflect recent events.
$23.99

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

GEN333
Tom Standage
Bloomsbury USA
2005
240
0802715524
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A highly enjoyable chronicle of the prestige, power, politics and pleasures of key beverages through the ages. Standage argues that the drinks that have mattered, since the Stone Age, are, in chronological order: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola. Each chapter is a vivid history of politics, prestige, colonialism, commerce and society.
$17.00

Why Birds Sing, A Journey Through the Mystery of Bird Song

BRD23
David Rothenberg
Hachette
2006
272
0465071368
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Rothenberg, a jazz clarinetist and philosopher with a strong interest in the interconnectedness of things, weaves music, poetry and science in this intriguing series of essays on the meaning and pleasure of birdsong. This new edition comes with a 63-minute CD.
$19.95

The City of Falling Angels

ITL644
John Berendt
Penguin Putnam
2006
414
0143036939
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Berendt's masterful mix of damp aspirations, intrigue and eccentric personalities conveys a certain essence of what it's like to live in modern Venice.
$18.00

Hungry Planet, What the World Eats

WLD65
Peter Menzel
Ten Speed Press
2005
287
1580086810
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Bhutan, Bosnia, China, Chad, Egypt, Greenland the Philippines and the United States, this mind-expanding book documents families around the world -- and what they eat, each photographed with a week's worth of food. With facts about each country, recipes (seal stew anyone?). Maps and a few paragraphs on each family, it's a terrific introduction to world geography.
$40.00

Istanbul, Memories and the City

TKY99
Orhan Pamuk
Random House
2006
320
1400033888
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Nobel Prize-winner Pamuk writes with dazzling grace of the city of his birth, a magical place of crumbling mansions and Ottoman riches.
$16.95

AA Gill is Away

TVL76
A. A. Gill
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2005
307
0743276671
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A hilarious collection of tales by the acerbic British columnist and personality. The range is staggering -- included are reports from famine-plagued Sudan, Tokyo, Scotland, Tanzania and the Kalahari, and Los Angeles where he investigates the adult-film (AKA porn) industry.
$17.00

Understanding Iraq

IRQ14
William Polk
HarperCollins
2006
221
0060764694
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A brisk, well-informed analysis of the present situation in Iraq in the context of Iraqi history from Babylonian and Assyrian antecedents, Mongol invasion, British rule, to U.S. policy.
$14.99

Why Geography Matters, More Than Ever

MAP20
Harm de Blij
Oxford University Press
2012
320
0199913749
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
A professor at Michigan State, Harm de Blij calls for a renewed focus on geography -- and geographical littracy -- in this engaging, personal overview of today's geopolitical challenges. With chapters on topics including mapping, population, climate change, the rise of China, Russian sword rattling and the future of Afria.
$16.95

The Devil's Picnic, Around the World in Pursuit of Forbidden Fruit

TVL83
Taras Grescoe
Bloomsbury USA
2006
256
1582346151
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
An entertaining, enlightening journey through the world of forbidden pleasure from gum in Singapore to coca tea, bull's testicles, baby eels and Cuban cigars (in San Francisco).
$14.95

A Crack in the Edge of the World, America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

CAL193
Simon Winchester
HarperCollins
2006
448
0060572000
PAPER
History
12/3/2014
0
0
0
0
Geologist, master storyteller, traveler and journalist, Simon Winchester succeeds again in this fast-paced, utterly fascinating account of the great 1906 earthquake that devastated San Francisco.
$15.99

A Little History of the World

REF12
E. H. Gombrich
Yale University Press
2013
304
0300197187
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This splendidly readable, sweeping history for younger readers -- excellent for reading aloud -- covers the history of the world from the Stone Age until the dawn of the atomic age in 40 concise chapters. With 200 color illustrations, this new illustrated edition of Gombrich's classic is as handsome as it is engaging.
$25.00

Bury the Chains, Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves

WLD69
Adam Hochschild
Houghton Mifflin Company
2005
468
0618619070
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Hochchild's riveting history of the remarkable British abolition movement in the late 18th century in which a few dedicated Englishmen (and women) precipitated the end of slavery in the British Empire.
$16.95

Postwar, A History of Europe Since 1945

EUR195
Tony Judt
Penguin Putnam
2006
896
0143037757
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A keenly observed, lively history of Europe, its politics, society and ambitions since WWII.
$24.00

The Last Gentleman Adventurer

ARC173
Edward Beauclerk Maurice, Lawrence Millman (Introduction)
Lightning Source
2006
416
0618773584
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Maurice's poignant tale of coming-of-age with the Hudson Bay Company in the Canadian Arctic during the 1930s. Posted to Pangnirtung as a remarkably unlikely 17-year-old recruit, Maurice grew into a man with the fur traders and Inuit of Baffin Island, earning the name of Issumatak (One Who Thinks).
$19.99

The Lost Painting

ITL676
Jonathan Harr
Random House
2006
271
0375759867
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The absorbing account of the rediscovery of Caravaggio's Taking of Christ (painted in 1602 and famously lost to history until 1990) by a young graduate student at the University of Rome. The book is appealing on many levels, not least as a police procedural (with the benefit of being all true). Harr provides masterful detail not just on the search but also the art historians, scholars and others on the trail.
$17.00

Assassination Vacation

USA119
Sarah Vowell
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2005
272
0743260031
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An irreverent tour of American history by way of its presidential assassinations by a popular NPR commentator and essayist. Informative and thoroughly enjoyable.
$16.00

Golden Boy, Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

HKG23
Martin Booth
Picador USA
2006
337
0312348177
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Booth writes with warmth of his youthful rambles in this sharp-eyed, affectionate memoir of coming of age in colonial Hong Kong. The book is a portrait of place, of a lost time, and most especially of his friends and family.
$23.00

Mao, The Unknown Story

CHN301
Jung Chang, John Halliday
Alfred Knopf
2006
814
0679746323
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
In this extraordinary biography Chang (Wild Swans) and her historian husband reveal Mao as a brutal, power-hungry monster with close ties to Joseph Stalin.
$20.00

Mark Twain On Travel

TVL77
Mark Twain, Terry Mort (Editor)
Globe Pequot Press
2007
278
1599210746
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A journalist, wanderer, opinionated and marvelously entertaining, Mark Twain wrote five well-received travel books over his long career. Editor Terry Mort handpicks choice selections for this satisfying anthology, organized geographically.
$15.95

On The Road with Francis of Assisi

ITL647
Linda Bird Francke
Random House
2006
256
0345469666
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Assisi wandered for 20 years, affording Newsweek editor Francke and her patient husband plenty to see and do in the piazzas, sanctuaries and chapels of Assisi, Siena, Bologna, Venice, Gubbio, Rome and other choice spots.
$17.00

Quicksands, A Memoir

GBR587
Sybille Bedford
Counterpoint
2006
384
1582433518
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
British novelist Bedford looks back at a long life, well lived, in this lyrical memoir.
$14.95

Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles

GBR561
Adam Nicolson
Lightning Source
2007
192
0060753447
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea.
$13.95

The Orientalist, Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life

CCS27
Tom Reiss
Random House
2006
286
0812972767
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A storyteller of the first order, Reiss weaves a wonderful tapestry of information about the cultures and religions in the Caucasus with this wonderful tale of the remarkable life of Lev Nussimbaum -- a fabulist, interpreter of cultures, novelist and rogue who reinvented himself as Kurban Said.
$17.00

Theatre of Fish, Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador

CND234
John Gimlette
356
2006
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1400078539
Vintage Books
0
0
0
0
A rollicking account of Gimlette's adventures in Newfoundland and Labrador on the trail of a great-great grandfather. It's a witty tale, soaked in fishy history, myth, lore and incident.
$16.95

Travels with My Donkey

SPN242
Tim Moore
St. Martin's Press
2006
328
0312320833
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this wickedly comic account of grand adventures on the 500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Campostela with a French-speaking donkey, Moore salts his anecdotes of fellow travelers and grand adventures with an account of the history and culture of the medieval Way of St. James.
$16.99

Where God Was Born, A Daring Adventure Through the Bible's Greatest Stories

MDE91
Bruce Feiler
HarperCollins Publishers
2007
416
0060574895
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
This third of Feiler's books on the Bible and the Middle East, takes him to Israel, Iraq and Iran. He interweaves his own spiritual quest with interviews and an account of travels with archaeologist Avner Goren.
$14.95

Saving Fish from Drowning

BMA44
Amy Tan
Ballantine Books
2006
474
034546401X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Tan interweaves history, incident and magic in this beguiling novel of Americans on tour who disappear into the jungles of Burma.
$17.00

Shalimar the Clown

IDA270
Salman Rushdie
Random House
2006
398
0679783482
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Rushdie's sprawling novel overflows with allusions, ideas, characters and commentary. As told through the life of Shalimar, it concerns the fate of Kashmir, Hindu and Muslim animosity, adultery and contemporary Los Angeles.
$16.00

Small Island, A Novel

GBR560
Andrea Levy
Picador USA
2010
448
0312429525
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A marvelous novel of family, displacement, belonging, race and empire, set in a Jamaican immigrant community in post-WWII London.
$17.00

The Lighthouse

GBR604
P. D. James
Vintage Books
2006
320
0307275736
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Set on an island off Cornwell, where you can almost hear the crashing of waves and the taste of the salt air, an unpleasant and famous novelist is bizarrely murdered. It's the classic whodunit by the reigning queen of the genre.
$15.95

The Turning, New Stories

AUS169
Tim Winton
Scribner
2006
321
0743279794
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
These 17 overlapping stories, steeped in everyday life on western Australia, follow the fates of a handful of characters in a small coastal town outside Perth. Winton, short-listed twice so far for the Booker Prize, has published a string of memorable novels, children's books and stories, all richly set in the working class milieu of the sparsely populated coastal desert.
$20.99

Chasing Neotropical Birds

SAM76
Vera and Bob Thornton
University of Texas Press
2005
254
0292795891
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A Neotropical sampler, featuring 116 color photographs of dazzling, rare and charming birds of Central and South America.
$34.95

Dancing at the Dead Sea, Tracking the World's Environmental Hotspots

TVL66
Alanna Mitchell
University of Chicago Press
2005
239
0226532003
HARD COVER
Science
0
0
0
0
Mitchell deftly combines the personal, political and scientific in this engaging report on scattered threatened habitats and places around the globe, including the Azraq Oasis in Jordan.
$25.00

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs

SCI102
Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart
Candlewick Press
2005
12
0763622281
HARD COVER
Science
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Sabuda and Reinhart turn their pop-up magic on dinosaurs in six double-page marvels of paper engineering. Each dramatic page is festooned with text, illustrations and smaller booklets, many with their own miniature pop-ups, 35 in all.
$34.99

National Geographic Illustrated Birds of North America, Folio Edition

USA122
Jonathan Alderfer (Editor)
National Geographic
2009
504
0792241754
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Both art book and reference, this spectacular book features thousands of exquisite illustrations, range maps and identification details.
$50.00

The Bedside Book of Birds

BRD31
Graem Gibson
Doubleday
2005
352
0385514832
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Gibson brings together literary excerpts, paintings, drawings, and essays for this terrifically illustrated ornithological miscellany.
$37.50

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Into a Paris Quartier, Reine Margot's Chapel and other Haunts of St. Germain

FRN491
Diane Johnson
National Geographic
2005
204
0792262085
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Novelist Diane Johnson (Le Divorce) writes with insight, verve and wit in this affectionate, personal portrait of St Germain-des-Prés, her neighborhood on the Left Bank.
$10.95