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Galen Rowell, A Retrospective

PHT21
Sierra Club (Editor), Galen Rowell (Photographer)
University of California Press
2008
288
1578051592
PAPER
Art & Architecture
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A tribute to the traveler, photographer and friend, by a host of contributors and the editors of Sierra Club books, featuring a stunning sampling of Rowell's magnficent color photographs, including the Himalayas, Antarctica and the Arctic.
$39.95

Historical Atlas of the United States

USA150
Derek Hayes
University of California Press
2006
280
0520250362
HARD COVER
Reference
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0
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Geographer Hayes assembles an impressive array of original maps in this stunning visual history of America from European discovery and exploration through western expansion, railroads, the growth of cities to Interstates and the Cold War.
$47.95

The Middle Sea

MED98
John Julius Norwich
Vintage Books
2007
720
1400034280
PAPER
History
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0
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A marvelous writer who has already written on Byzantium, Venice and the Sahara, Norwich spins his magic in this story of culture, trade and politics, royalty and rulers, wars and religion in the Mediterranean.
$21.00

The Classical World

GRE293
Robin Lane Fox
Hachette
2008
656
0465024971
PAPER
History
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0
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0
From Homer to Hadrian, Fox conjures tyrants, conquerors and enthralling personalities in this marvelously written history of ancient Greece and Rome.
$22.99

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

ITL718
Beppe Severgnini
Broadway Books
2007
288
0767914406
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
1
0
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Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. The book opens with a snapshot of Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.
$15.00

Reluctant Mr. Darwin, An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution

NAT94
David Quammen
W. W. Norton & Company
2007
304
039332995X
PAPER
Natural History
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Quammen hits just the right note in this sprightly tale of the man, his ideas and their impact, weaving well-chosen anecdote, solid science and travel.
$15.95

The Places in Between

MDE100
Rory Stewart
Harvest Books
2006
336
0156031566
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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Rory Stewart illuminates the absurdity, plight and peril of war-ravaged Afghanistan in his thrilling, poignant account of a walk across the country from Herat to Kabul in the dead of winter.
$15.99

Overthrow, America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

USA148
Stephen Kinzer
Henry Holt and Company
2007
384
0805082409
PAPER
History
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0
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In this compelling review of American adventures overseas, Kinzer crisply outlines the events, politics and personalities of 14 cases in which America has brought down foreign governments over the last 110 years.
$19.99

The Naked Tourist, In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall

SEA50
Lawrence Osborne
North Point Press
2007
256
0865477094
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
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New York Times Magazine writer Lawrence Osborne takes off on a six-month journey from the fabricated islands of Dubai to India, Bangkok, Bali and Papua New Guinea. Along the way, he is funny and insightful about the Western mind, the exotic and primitive, asking: "Why travel at all?"
$20.00

A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife

ARC190
Richard Sale
Firefly Books
2006
464
1770851291
PAPER
Natural History
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0
0
0
This stunning primer features hundreds of spectacular color photographs, range maps and descriptions of 200 birds and 77 mammals.
$35.00

Oracle Bones

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Peter Hessler
HarperCollins
2007
512
0060826592
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
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In this fine portrait of tumult and tradition, Hessler (River Town) finds clues to modern China's realities in the personal stories of peasants, scholars, day laborers and activists.
$15.99

The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca

MRC66
Tahir Shah
Bantam Doubleday
2006
343
0553383108
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
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A great storyteller, of Afghan descent and English-raised, Shah leads us through Moroccan society and culture with deft portraits of ordinary neighbors and craftsmen as he and his wife transform a crumbling palace in old Casablanca.
$16.00

The Inheritance of Loss

IDA303
Kiran Desai
Grove Press
2006
336
0802142818
PAPER
Literature
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Alternating between a once grand household in northern India and the life of the cook's son in New York, this novel by the marvelous and wise Desai skewers the aspirations and reality of both worlds.
$14.95

Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania

EAF143
Chris McIntyre, Philip Briggs
Bradt Publications
2013
430
1841624578
PAPER
Guidebook
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0
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A compact, practical overview of the history, wildlife and attractions of the Serengeti and surrounding parks, including Zanzibar.
$25.99

A Commonwealth of Thieves, The Improbable Birth of Australia

AUS177
Thomas Keneally
Doubleday
2007
384
140007956X
PAPER
History
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0
0
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Keneally illuminates the birth of New South Wales with drama and flair, richly evoking the social conditions in London, long sea voyage and the conditions in Australia.
$16.00

Mysteries of the Middle Ages, And the Beginning of the Modern World

EUR239
Thomas Cahill
Doubleday
2008
343
0385495552
PAPER
History
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Cahill deftly evokes the historic glories of the major medieval figures (and the places they frequented) in this illuminating overview of philosophy, art and literature.
$22.00

The Reindeer People, Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia

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Piers Vitebsky
Houghton Mifflin Company
2006
496
0618773576
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
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Vitebsky captures the hardships, challenges and routines of the nomadic Eveny people who live on the Siberian taiga. A portrait and tribute to a culture in symbiosis with reindeer.
$26.95

The Spice Route, A History

ASA52
John Keay
University of California Press
2007
288
0520254163
PAPER
History
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John Keay draws on ancient logs, traveler's accounts and maps for this rousing history of trade in cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pepper, gums, resins and other costly goods from antiquity to the 17th century.
$29.95

The Cave Painters

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Gregory Curtis
Alfred Knopf
2007
288
1400078873
PAPER
Art & Architecture
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In this tale of art, paleontology and discovery, Curtis introduces the masterworks of cave art in France and Spain, visiting Altamira, Lascaux, Les Trois-Freres, Cosquer, Chauvet and others.
$16.95

Climbing the Mango Trees, A Memoir of a Childhood in India

IDA327
Madhur Jaffrey
Vintage Books
2007
320
1400078202
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
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0
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An actress and food writer, Jaffrey combines her warm tale of coming-of-age in a sprawling homestead in Old Delhi with 32 recipes.
$15.95

My Life in France

FRN596
Julia Child
Doubleday
2007
317
0307277690
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
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0
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Child's characteristically ebullient record of Paris and Provence, her many friends, family and memorable meals, in the years after WWII, turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci (as husband Paul).
$16.00

Scott of the Antarctic, A Life of Courage and Tragedy

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David Crane
Alfred Knopf
2007
608
1400031419
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
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In this balanced and dramatic biography, Crane looks at Robert Falcon Scott afresh in the context of Edwardian exploration and empire, showing him to a be flawed hero but a hero nonetheless.
$16.95

Under The Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader, North Korea and the Kim Dynasty

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Bradley K. Martin
St. Martin's Press
2006
876
0312323220
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
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A detailed portrait of Kim Il Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il, their monstrous egos, appetites and monuments, and of the relationship of North Korea to the rest of the world, by a Newsweek bureau chief.
$25.99

Absurdistan

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Gary Shteyngart
Random House
2007
333
0812971671
PAPER
Literature
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Shteyngart, a young Russian immigrant himself, riffs on the privilege and behavior of the new breed of Russian oligarchs along with many more less politically correct targets in this outrageous first novel set in the Bronx, St. Petersburg and oil-besotted Absurdsvani.
$16.00

Measuring the World, A Novel

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Daniel Kehlmann, Carol Brown Janeway (Translator)
Vintage Books
2007
272
0375424466
PAPER
Literature
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Kehlman interweaves the lives and adventures of explorer Alexander Von Humboldt and mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss with wit and invention in this surprise bestselling novel of South American travel, science and ideas.
$16.00

Russian Short Stories

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Robert Chandler (Editor)
Penguin
2006
396
0140448462
PAPER
Literature
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This fine collection of tales captures the sweep and soul of Russian literature, including works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tolstoy along with lesser-known greats.
$20.00

The Night Watch

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Sarah Waters
Riverhead Books
2007
450
159448905X
PAPER
Literature
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Waters gradually reveals her characters in this intricately plotted, atmospheric novel set in London in the 1940s.
$17.00

The Ruby in Her Navel, A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century

ITL760
Barry Unsworth
W. W. Norton & Company
2007
416
0393330826
PAPER
Literature
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Unsworth transports the reader to the 12th century in this richly imagined novel of love and intrigue set in Norman Sicily, where Christian knights, Anatolian belly dancers, Jews and Arabs mix and mingle.
$23.95

The Secret River

AUS179
Kate Grenville
Canongate
2007
334
1841959146
PAPER
Literature
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Inspired by the history of her own family, Kate Grenville evokes all the bravado, trickery and conflict over the settlement of New South Wales in her tale of a Thames boatsman banished to the new colony in 1806.
$16.00

The Whistling Season

RKY94
Ivan Doig
Harcourt Books
2007
352
0156031647
PAPER
Literature
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Doig's richly textured novel of the Old West revolves around a rancher, a new housekeeper (can't cook but doesn't bite) and her scholarly, mysterious brother, who takes over as schoolteacher in Marias Coulee, Montana.
$14.95

The World of the Polar Bear

ARC50
Norbert Rosing
Firefly Books
2010
204
1554071550
PAPER
Natural History
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0
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Rosing provides all-new photography for this paper edition of his sumptuous and informative book, showcasing not only the photogenic bears and their cubs but also the sly Arctic fox, sleek seals, ungainly walruses, myriad seabirds and glimmering aurora borealis.
$29.95

Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World

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Hadoram Shirihai, Brett Jarrett (Illustrator)
Princeton University Press
2006
320
0691127573
PAPER
Field Guide
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This eye-catching Princeton Field Guide by Shirihai and illustrator Jarrett is noteworthy for its 450 excellent color photographs, range maps and text, all bundled in a compact package.
$24.95

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Life, A Journey Through Time

NAT110
Frans Lanting
Taschen
2012
303
3822839949
HARD COVER
Exploration
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From fiery eruptions, geysers and stark geology, through single-celled organisms and fish, to the rise of amphibians and reptiles, birds, flowering plants and mammals, this is a splendid tale of biodiversity and wonder.
$59.99

Worth Looking For

Cross Country

USA135
Robert Sullivan
Bloomsbury USA
2007
416
1596911379
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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Sullivan's marvelously digressive chronicle of a cross-country car trip, the history of the Interstate system, fast-food, variety of to-go coffee cup lids, the marvels of the roadside attraction and many, many other subjects.
$14.95

Burton Holmes Early Travel Photography

TVL116
Genoa Caldwell (Editor)
Taschen
2010
288
3836521407
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
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From the boulevards of Paris to the pyramids of Egypt, China's Great Wall and bustling Marrakech, Burton Holmes was there at the turn of the 20th century, turning these hand-tinted lantern slides into iconic images.
$29.95