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An Interview with Aaron Frankel
An interview with Managing Director of Groovy Map Aaron Frankel, who has lived in Bangkok for 40 years, growing up there and returning to start his own advertising company after college. Frankel discusses his map business, Groovy Map Co. Ltd., which he founded in 1999. Groovy Maps are easy-to-use, laminated map guides to cities and countries throughout Asia. Each map contains helpful listings, such as transportation options, cuisine, nightlife, shopping and local culture.
  Longitude. Window seat or aisle? Frankel. Window seat whenever possible.  My favorite activity on-board is comparing the on-board aircraft location maps to the real cities below.
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.
Best of 2014
Planning your travels for the new year? Dream of new destinations with the best travel books of 2014. Here are, in our humble opinion, the Year's Best Reads for the traveler -- carefully culled and reviewed for your reading pleasure -- including cultural portraits, memoir, photography and, of course, travelogues. The Broken Road.
Gift Books for the Holidays

Need a gift idea for the traveler in your life? Click here for our travel gift guide, sign up for our new fall catalog, then browse these lovely illustrated gift books!   The Best Places to Be Today. This useful catalog arranges the world's most exciting, fun and awe-inspiring events into 365 unforgettable days. The discerning editors at Lonely Planet introduce nature hikes through Patagonia, the Up Helly Aa festival in Scotland (where they actually burn a Viking longship) and the glittering Yamayaki, Japan's fire festival. A great way to plan, say, your next birthday?  (TVL596, $19.

The Golden Lands
Weighing in at nearly 4 ½ pounds, Golden Lands is a hefty book, but don’t let that scare you – it’s a gentle giant! Vikram Lall’s insights into the religious architecture of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam are invitingly well written and worth every ounce. Lall begins his treatment at Southeast Asia’s architectural beginning – as a humble chain of trading posts between India and southern China in which Buddhism spread and shrines were built as early as the 5th century. It wasn’t long before the stupas got taller, the pagodas got wider, more roofs appeared atop the wats and sprawls of Buddhist monuments blossomed in the deep jungle.