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Behold the Dreamers
behold dreamers coverCameroonian writer Imbolo Mbue has lived in New York City for more than a decade. Her experiences in the city and the stories she’s gathered from other immigrants have given her plenty of material for her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers. An ambitious effort, the novel tells the tale of two Cameroonians living in New York City while taking baby steps to achieve the holy grail--American citizenship--on their way towards the American Dream. The novel starts in 2007, as the economy is gearing up to collapse, and follows Jende Jonga, a cab driver working illegally, and his wife Neni, a community college student who dreams of a future as a pharmacist.
An Interview with Olivia Laing
Olivia Laing’s books are not easily categorized. To the River is a survey not only of the Ouse River and the English countryside that spreads from its banks, but of the entire landscape of English literature, from Kenneth Grahame and Iris Murdoch to Virginia Woolf, whose complicated relationship to the river in which she drowned is delicately excavated and explored. In The Trip to Echo Spring she examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six American writers, traveling to the places that defined their lives. With 
The Lonely City
Independent travelers understand that exploring the world alone can be an enriching experience, leading to unique encounters and new perspectives. Alone, the traveler is free to reflect on what they see and more likely to engage with the strangers around them. But while solitary travel can be enriching, it can often be lonely, wrought with feelings of discomfort and isolation. For anyone who has experienced the alienation of being alone in a new place, Olivia Laing’s new book The Lonely City will be a welcome companion.
Lonely Planet Make My Day Guides
Introducing Lonely Planet’s new Make My Day series, comprised of city guides designed for the traveler who wants to easily create custom itineraries. With a spiral binding and flip cards, each book offers more than 2,000 possible itineraries for each day -- morning, afternoon and evening. Just flip through to plan the perfect day. The profiles of each attraction are supplemented by nearby restaurants, bars and places of interest, and each book comes with a folded city map. The first cities made available this month include Paris,
Sidewalks
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City, grew up in South Africa, has lived in India, became a resident of Venice and now lives in New York City. But it is her birthplace that leaves the most indelible impression on the reader of her recent collection of essays, Sidewalks. While she calls writing about Mexico City a “task doomed to failure,” Luiselli’s unhurried observations (she writes at the pace of a flaneur on a bike) and lyrical reflections on the city’s architecture, plazas, streets and sidewalks allow her to construct a powerful portrait of Mexico City out of several disparate images and impressions.