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Coming Home to Tibet
TBT177“China drew a blanket of complete silence over Tibet,” writes Tsering Wangmo Dhompa of the twenty years following the 1959 Tibetan Uprising against Chinese presence in Tibet. Since that time, the country has gradually opened to travelers, who discover the formerly isolated state transformed by the Chinese intrusion. For those who have yet to access the border, Dhompa acts as an intermediary. The daughter of a prominent Tibetan nomadic family, born in exile and raised in Nepal and India and now residing in San Francisco, she effortlessly ushers readers across borders and between worlds. Dhompa’s circumstances also leave her at a loss, searching for home and identity in her mother’s country.
An Interview with Charlie Carroll
Inspired by a long-time obsession with Tibet, high school English teacher Charlie Carroll, took a sabbatical to explore the country of his dreams, contending with Chinese bureaucracy, struggling across harsh terrain and encountering breathtaking altitudes. At a teahouse on the border of China and Tibet, he met Lobsang, a Tibetan exile who crossed the Himalayas years before. Carroll discusses his decision to tell the story of both of their journeys in the volatile region in Peaks on the Horizon, Two Journeys in Tibet.
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Peaks on the Horizon
“Go to Tibet,” the Dalai Lama famously instructs, “and then tell the world about it.” Charlie Carroll has done just that with his new book Peaks on the Horizon: Two Journeys in Tibet. The two journeys, told in alternating chapters, are Carroll’s account of his lifelong fascination with Tibet that eventually drove him to visit “the roof of the world” and the re-imagined story of Lobsang, a Tibetan national who fled to Nepal at the age of five. The chapters carrying Carroll’s travelogue are nicely balanced between Tibetan history and descriptions of its landscape and people.
Spring Travel Titles
A recent issue of Publishers Weekly highlighted 60 titles to watch for this spring. From their list, we culled five forthcoming books of interest to the avid traveler. To see more books were excited to see published this season, click here.
Back in Print!
Here are some travel titles we're excited to see back in print! Handmade in India. Featuring 3500 color photos and organized by region, this sumputous album covers the diverse crafts of India with style and authority. (IDA579, $75.00) Harem, The World Beyond the Veil. A fascinating, illustrated look at the culture of the Harem -- particularly the well-known quarters at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
The Emperor Far Away
The Han Chinese comprise 92 percent of China’s population. This book is not about them. In The Emperor Far Away, Sunday Telegraph correspondent David Eimer instead sheds valuable light on the 100 million residents who belong to the 55 officially recognized minorities (there are another 400 unrecognized minorities). These residents tend to live in the borderlands, where “the mountains are high and the emperor far away,” as a popular Chinese proverb has it, describing Beijing’s tenuous grasp and weak influence, where superficial unity is imposed through the installation of uniform government buildings and streets named after cities in Eastern China.