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Best Travel Books of 2015
Looking for some book recommendations for 2016? As you begin planning you travels for the New Year, don't miss the top ten travel books of 2015. Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye. When her American father passes away, Marie Mutsuki Mockett seeks consolation in her mother's home country of Japan. Her relatives own a Buddhist temple near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and after the 2011 tsunami, radiation levels prohibit the burial of her grandfather.
A Quiet Refuge in the Heart of Rangoon
Kindly contributed by Rena Pederson, author of The Burma Spring, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of a Nation. The award-winning journalist delivers an inspiring biography of the charismatic Aung San Suu Kyi, whose life and work served as inspiration for Burma's first steps toward democracy. Drawing on exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from a 15-year house arrest, Pederson sheds new light on the hardships Suu Kyi and her people endured in their ongoing struggle for liberty.
  Burma -- renamed Myanmar by military rulers -- is a beguiling corner of the world.
Burma's Historic Elections
Many travelers' eyes were trained on Burma (Myanmar) Sunday for an election that has been seen as the most democratic in years. The National League for Democracy party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, gained a sweeping victory, winning a parliamentary majority. To understand the impact of these events, read more about "The Lady" and her country's journey toward democracy. For more even more recommendations, click here. Letters from Burma.
The Shwedagon of Yangon
Managing editor Jodie Vinson traveled to Yangon, Myanmar where she discovered a favorite spot in the golden glow of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

 

The Shwedagon of Yangon, Myanmar has been a favorite spot for over 2000 years, ever since eight strands of the Buddha’s hair were brought by merchants to King Okkalapa and enshrined beneath the a golden bell-shaped pagoda. Since 600BC the kings and queens of Burma have been adding gold and gems to the shrine, increasing their merit, as well as the merits of the Shwedagon as a destination that attracts travelers from around the world. Not only is the pagoda a place of pilgrimage and worship, the site is also a favorite place for locals to congregate for events ranging from pleasant picnics to political rallies.
The Burma Spring
Award-winning journalist Rena Pederson delivers an inspiring biography of the charismatic Aung San Suu Kyi, whose life and work has served as inspiration for Burma's first steps toward democracy. Drawing on exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from her 15-year house arrest, Pederson sheds new light on the hardships Suu Kyi and her people endured in their on-going struggle for liberty. The insightful biography opens with Pederson's secret interview with "The Lady" in 2003, revealing an intimate side to Burma's pro-democracy leader.
And the Winner is...
It's that time of year again, when the international literary community bestows honors upon its favored authors. This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature went to the French writer Patrick Modiano, "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” Suspended Sentences, Three Novellas. Although originally published separately, Patrick Modiano's three novellas (Afterimage, Suspended Sentences and Flowers of Ruin) form a single, compelling whole.
The Ubein Bridge
Kindly contributed by Scott Stulberg, with images from his just released book Passage to Burma.
"After traveling to Burma many times since 2001, it is easy to get attached to some of my favorite areas within the country. The unique Ubein Bridge, within the township of Amarapura, will always hold a special place in my heart. It is known as the longest wooden teak bridge in the world at 1.2km and links two villages to each other across Taungthaman Lake. It is one of the most breathtaking sights in all of Burma, especially at sunrise and sunset, when the low light gives the scene a moody and ethereal feeling.