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Farthest North

ARC60
Fridtjof Nansen
Modern Library
1999
544
0375754725
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The great Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen's classic account of the voyage of the Fram, originally published in 1897, interspersed with dozens of original photographs.
$27.00

The Towers of Trebizond

TKY15
Rose MacAulay, Jan Morris (Introduction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2012
277
159017058X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Mixing high farce, archaeology, history and lively travel writing, Rose MacAulay's impossibly witty short novel is back in a new edition. Originally published in 1956, the book follows the adventures of English missionaries traipsing across Turkey from Is
$16.00

Dersu the Trapper

SIB24
V.K. Arseniev, Malcolm Burr (Editor)
1996
358
0929701496
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
Captain Arseniev's mesmerizing account of adventure, exploration and friendship in the Russian Far East, source for the Kurosowa film.
$16.00

Ecuador, A Travel Journal

EDR16
Henri Michaux, Robin Magowan (Translator)
Northwestern
2001
144
0810160919
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
A brief, querulous and entirely wonderful narrative of the modernist painter Michaux's travels with the poet Gangotena, strong on color and personality. Its many pleasures include an unbeatable description of Quito's accursed mountain weather.
$17.95

The Steel Bonnets

SCT04
George MacDonald Fraser
Skyhorse
2008
416
160239265X
PAPER
History
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
MacDonald Fraser captures the celebrated mayhem, blood and glory of the Anglo-Scottish border raids in rich and entertaining detail.
$17.99

Tent Life in Siberia

RUS142
George Kennan, Larry McMurtry (Introduction)
Skyhorse
2011
425
1602390452
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Kennan's spirited account of his adventures among the people, little-known cultures and snow-capped volcanoes of Kamchatka and the Russian Far East, originally published in 1871.
$17.95

Independent People, An Epic

ICL01
Halldor Laxness
Vintage Books
1997
480
0679767924
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
Rich in local color, this great mock-epic by the Icelandic Nobel Prize-winner features the indelible Bjartur of Summerhouses, a hard-headed, independent-minded sheep farmer.
$17.00

The Egg and I

PNW51
Betty MacDonald
HarperCollins
2008
287
0060914289
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MacDonald's uproarious tale of raising chickens and children on a dilapidated 40-acre farm on the rainy, remote Olympic Peninsula.
$13.99

Winter Wheat

RKY75
Mildred Walker
Bison Books
1992
386
0803297416
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A classic novel of family life and love on a 1940s-era farm in Central Montana.
$14.95

The Galapagos Affair

GPS69
John Treherne
Gardners Books
2002
240
0712668233
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Colorful early settlers including Dr. Ritter, Baroness Wagner von Bosquet and her three lovers and sturdy Margaret Wittmer enliven John Trehorne's riveting, real-life tale of murder in paradise.
$29.95

Letters on Cezanne

FRN300
Rainer Maria Rilke, Joel Agee (Translator)
North Point Press
2002
84
086547639X
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
1
0
0
This brilliant meditation on Paris, art, and life takes the form of a series of short letters by the great poet Rilke to his wife Clara. The book chronicles Rilke's daily pilgrimage to a Cezanne exhibition at a Paris gallery.
$14.00

The Naturalist on the River Amazons

AMZ07
Walter Henry Bates
John Beaufoy Publishing
2016
424
1909612774
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A spell-binding early account of the river and its environs, first published in 1863. This classic chronicle of Bates's scientific adventures, part natural history and part travelogue, has inspired generations of tropical biologists.
$19.95

Weird and Tragic Shores: The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer

ARC63
Chauncey Loomis, Andrea Barrett (Introduction)
Modern Library
2000
350
037575525X
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The tale of 19th-century Arctic explorer Charles Francis Hall, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his untimely death somewhere in Greenland.
$19.00

A Fortune-Teller Told Me, Earthbound Travels in the Far East

SEA35
Tizanio Terzani
Crown
2002
371
060980958X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A peripatetic journalist sets off to Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, Mongolia, China, Japan and other far-flung destinations in this warm, anecdotal account.
$16.00

A Time of Gifts

CEU30
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2005
384
1590171659
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation
$16.95

A Visit to Don Otavio, A Mexican Journey

MEX126
Sybille Bedford, Bruce Chatwin (Introduction)
NYRB
2016
384
158243171X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A tale of a leisurely journey to Mexico after World War II, the first book by the marvelous Sybille Bedford. Bruce Chatwin called it "the most perfect travel book of the 20th century."
$18.95

A Winter in Arabia, A Journey Through Yemen

ARB58
Freya Stark
Overlook Press
2010
336
1590206460
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A classic account of Stark's 1937-8 expedition in what is now Yemen, rich in incident.
$17.00

Between the Woods and the Water

CEU31
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2005
320
1590171667
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this sequel to A Time of Gifts (CEU30), Leigh Fermor's classic account of his adventure on foot to Constantinople in 1933, Paddy relates his youthful travels in Hungary and Romania, culminating with his arrival at the Iron Gates on the Danube.
$15.95

Beyond the Chestnut Trees

CZH53
Maria Bauer
Overlook Press
1986
224
087951244X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Bauer interweaves recollections of her youth in Prague with an account of a return visit 40 years later in this affectionate, classic memoir.
$19.95

Farewell to Salonica

GRE236
Leon Sciaky
Paul Dry Books
2003
299
1589880021
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
In this affectionate memoir, and portrait of a city now changed forever, Sciaky looks back the thriving, polyglot Salonica of his youth.
$16.95

Hindoo Holiday

IDA115
J.R. Ackerley
NYRB
2000
300
0940322250
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Ackerley traipses across India as the English tutor to a handsome and extravagantly homosexual maharajah in this comic, beautifully written novel masquerading as a travelogue.
$18.95

Lords of the Atlas

MRC35
Gavin Maxwell
Sickle Moon
2005
316
0907871143
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
1
0
A classic account of the tribal warlords of the Atlas Mountains -- and of life in French colonial Morocco. A rousing tale and excellent introduction to Marrakech.
$35.00

Mani, Travels in Southern Peloponnese

GRE27
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2006
320
1590171888
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Fermor weaves anecdote, magnificent description, classical references, history and commentary into an absorbing portrait of place.
$15.95

Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar

EAF44
Emily Ruete
Dover Publications
2009
244
0486471217
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Born Princess Salme in the Sultan's court on Zanzibar, the author wrote this book for her children in the 1800s as a tribute to the island. It is rich in details of a long-lost way of life, recalling the time when the sultans reigned on Zanzibar.
$10.95

Old Calabria

ITL475
Norman Douglas
St. Martins
2010
357
1848851138
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A classic account of adventures in southernmost Italy, first published in 1915.
$21.00

Peking Story

CHN264
David Kidd
NYRB
2003
208
1590170407
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A wry tribute to a lost way of life and time in Beijing. Kidd writes with humor and sweet nostalgia of the privileged and eccentric Lu family in the years around the 1948 Communist Revolution.
$15.95

Roumeli, Travels in Northern Greece

GRE249
Patrick Leigh Fermor
NYRB
2006
260
159017187X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Extending his travels to the north, Fermor visits with the Sarakatsans and Kravarites, two remote peoples (ethnography was among his many interests), and chases off to Missolonghi to retrieve a pair of Lord Byron's shoes.
$16.95

The Innocent Anthropologist, Notes from a Mud Hut

CAF14
Nigel Barley
Waveland Press
2000
190
1577661567
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
British anthropologist Barley's refreshingly candid, witty account of the perils of fieldwork among the Dowayo of northern Cameroon.
$17.95

The Long Walk, The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

SIB13
Slavomir Rawicz
Lyons Press
2016
288
149302261X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This remarkable tale follows the odyssey of cavalry officer Rawicz and six fellow prisoners from their capture in Moscow under Stalin to a prison camp in Yakutsk and escape across Siberia and the Gobi to Tibet and over the Himalayas to India. Originally published in 1956.
$16.95

The Oysters of Locmariaquer

FRN152
Eleanor Clark
HarperCollins Publishers
2006
203
0060887427
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Winner of the 1965 National Book Award, this paper edition of Clark's pleasurable portrait of the hardy oystermen and byways of coastal Brittany is introduced by Mark Kurlansky.
$13.99

The Skeptical Romancer, Selected Travel Writing

TVL484
W. Somerset Maugham
Vintage Books
2012
256
030747318X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Pico Iyer introduces this choice edition of Somerset Maugham's razor-sharp travel writing, set in Spain, China, Burma and Southeast Asia, including a long excerpt from Gentleman in the Parlour, a vivid account of travels from Rangoon to Haiphong by canoe, riverboat, rickshaw and pony.
$15.00

The Venetian Empire, A Sea Voyage

ITL70
Jan Morris
Gardners Books
1990
200
0140119949
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Morris reconstructs the whole of the glittering dominion of the Venetian Republic in this evocative account of a journey by sea along historic trade routes to the Adriatic and beyond.
$24.95

The Way of the World

TVL137
Nicolas Bouvier, Patrick Leigh Fermor (Foreword)
NYRB
2009
256
1590173228
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Subtitled Two Men in a Car from Geneva to the Khyber Pass, Bouvier's classic account of hard travel in a battered Fiat across Asia with artist friend Thierry Vernet in the 1950s is a cult classic.
$16.95

Love in a Fallen City

CHN387
Eileen Chang, Karen S. Kingsbury (Translator)
NYRB
2006
338
1590171780
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A major 20th-century Chinese writer, little known in the U.S. (these sparkling translations will go far to change that), Chang wrote these four fascinating novellas and two glittering stories in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in the 1940s. Her work is a revelation, poised tellingly between Confucian tradition and Western modernity.
$15.95

Memed, My Hawk

TKY57
Yasar Kemal
NYRB
2005
192
159017139X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
From Turkey's master storyteller comes this deceptively simple tale of a rebellious boy in the Taurus Mountains of rural Turkey.
$16.95

Pedro Paramo

MEX09
Margaret Sayers Pedén (Translator), Juan Rulfo
Grove Press
1994
124
0802133908
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This poetic novel is an early, great example of magic realism set in Rulfo's native Jalisco. In a complicated series of flashbacks, the prodigal son returns to his birthplace, now an abandoned village haunted by ghosts. Originally published in Mexico in 1
$16.00

Sleepless Nights

NYC21
Elizabeth Hardwick
NYRB
2001
128
0940322722
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Harwick's luminous 1979 novel of longing, desolation, New York City and Billie Holiday, thankfully returned to print. Read it for the extraordinary language, the flavor of 1940s New York.
$14.00

The Discovery of Slowness

ARC59
Sten Nadolny, Ralph Freedman (Translator)
Paul Dry Books
2005
325
1589880242
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A late 20th century fictional biography of the 19th century polar explorer Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), a man who makes history by discovering the power of his own slowness.
$18.95

The Radetzky March

AST17
Joseph Roth, Joachim Neugroschel (Translator)
Overlook Press
2002
331
1585673269
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Magnificently set against the backdrop of the twilight of the Habsburg Empire, Roth's family saga takes in the sweep of history and empire in Central Europe. The richly textured novel opens at the battle of Solferino, when young Lieutenant Trotta saves the life of the Emperor.
$16.95

The Siege of Krishnapur

IDA240
J.G. Farrell
NYRB
2004
344
159017092X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Farrell evokes the folly and hubris of empire in this splendidly detailed tale, which takes place during the bloody revolt of 1857 that set Indian military recruits against the Raj.
$16.95

The Singapore Grip

SGP13
JG Farrell
NYRB
2005
572
1590171365
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
One of a trio of remarkable historical novels by J.G. Farrell, its centerpiece is the Japanese invasion of British-ruled Singapore. Ranging all over the colony from the slums to posh clubs and cricket fields, it's an evocative portrait of the colonial city in peace and war.
$18.95

Troubles

IRE171
J.G. Farrell
NYRB
2002
459
1590170180
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set on the eve of the Irish Rebellion, this first novel in Farrell's remarkable series illuminates the British Empire's decline in Ireland to hilarious, haunting effect. Winner of the Man Booker Prize.
$17.95

Varieties of Exile

CND267
Mavis Gallant, Russell Banks (Introduction)
NYRB
2003
400
1590170601
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Wonderful stories set mostly in Gallant's native Montreal, a city starkly divided between working-class French Catholics and genteel English Protestants.
$16.95

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In Morocco

MRC02
Edith Wharton
John Beaufoy Publishing
2016
144
1909612596
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Wharton's enjoyable account of her month-long journey through Morocco after WWI captures the landscapes, architecture and many aspects of Muslim culture and history with emphasis on the cities of Rabat, Fez and Marrakech.
$9.95

My Journey to Lhasa

TBT26
Alexandra David-Neel
HarperCollins Publishers
2005
317
0060596554
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Dressed as a humble pilgrim and traveling under the cover of night, the indomitable 55-year-old David-Neel and her young companion climbed mountains and tricked soldiers in order to ultimately reach Tibet's forbidden capital. Originally published in 1923, this account stands as a riveting portrait of early 20th-century Tibet.
$14.99

Ask the Dust

CAL14
John Fante, Charles Bukowski (Introduction)
Black Sparrow Press
2006
165
0060822554
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Fante's oft-forgotten classic novel of Arturo Bandini, a confused young man trying to make it as a writer in L.A.
$15.99

Enchanted April

ITL316
Elizabeth Von Arnim, Cathleen Schine (Introduction)
NYRB
2007
361
1590172256
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this delightful book, four Englishwomen are awakened by self-discovery and the power of their friendship on a stay in the Italian countryside in the 1920s. Inspired by Countess Arnim's travels, this book captures the rhythm and magic of Portofino.
$14.95

Iceland's Bell

ICL22
Halldor Laxness, Philip Roughton (Translator)
Vintage Books
2003
425
1400034256
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An Icelandic novel in the spirit the medieval saga by Iceland's Nobel Laureate. Set in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, the novel evokes the atmosphere of Iceland and of Denmark with epic, memorable characters.
$16.95

Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana

RUS242
Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Random House
2004
416
0812967607
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The offbeat memoirs of a Texan who spent four years as a volunteer in Moscow, a propaganda officer in Beijing, and a belly dancer in Havana.
$16.00

Under the Glacier

ICL24
Halldor Laxness, Magnus Magnusson (Translator)
Vintage Books
2005
256
1400034418
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Laxness brings the full range of his wit, humor, humanity and imagination to this strange, rather slight and amusing book, in which a Church of Iceland envoy travels inland to investigate the strange goings-on in a remote parish.
$15.95

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

SCN35
Edgar D'Aulaire, Ingri D'Aulaire, Michael Chabon (Introduction)
NYRB
2005
160
159017125X
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
The D'Aulaireses vividly recreate the characters and Norse landscapes of Odin the All-father, Thor the Thunder-god, Loki, Bragi and the Valkyries in this beautifully illustrated volume. For the whole family.
$29.95

Down The Garden Path

GBR598
Beverly Nichols
Storey Publishing
2005
296
0881927104
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This facsimile edition of Nichols' 1932 ode to the pleasures and perils of gardening is an entertaining account of creating a garden, which asks the question: Why Garden?
$24.95

The Summer Book

SCN56
Tove Jansson
NYRB
2008
176
159017268X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A modern Scandinavian classic, Jansson's sweet, slender novel follows a young girl and her grandmother as they while away a summer on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland.
$14.00

Rock Crystal

ALP36
Adalbert Stifter, Marianne Moore (Translator)
NYRB
2008
76
159017285X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This 1945 tale of a brother and sister lost on Christmas Eve in the Austrian Alps is among the most moving and memorable of holiday tales.
$12.95

Granite Island

MED157
Dorothy Carrington
Gardners Books
2008
368
0141442271
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Carrington's indelible account of the history and people, myths and magic of rugged Corsica.
$24.95

Green Thoughts, A Writer in the Garden

GRD23
Eleanor Perenyi
Modern Library
2002
320
037575945X
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A classic collection of 72 essays, alphabetically arranged, on topics ranging from Annuals and Artichokes to Weeds and Wildflowers.
$21.00

Siren Land: A Celebration of Life in Southern Italy

ITA128
Norman Douglas
St. Martins
2010
216
1848850018
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
1
0
0
Douglas (Old Calabria) writes lovingly about the people, folklore and past of his adopted home in this classic account, first published in 1911.
$17.00

The Big Red Train Ride

RUS140
Eric Newby
Gardners Books
1989
267
1888173890
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
Newby's marvelous account of speeding across Russia with wife Wanda on the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Khabarovsk recalls the joys, frustrations and oddities of remote Russia during the Brezhnev years.
$24.95

An Egyptian Journal

EGY06
William Golding
Gardners Books
1985
270
0571125476
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
Golding (of Lord of the Flies fame) captures the many pleasures of a leisurely journey down the Nile from Cairo to Aswan in this travel classic, including this helpful bit of wisdom from the captain, "he who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience."
$24.95

Attending Marvels: A Patagonian Journal

PAT83
George Gaylord Simpson
Little Brown and Company
1934
0809437279
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
Gaylord Simpson's witty account of fossil hunting adventures in Patagonia in the 1930s.
$7.95

Libby

ARC07
Libby Beaman, Betty John (Editor)
Council Oak
1998
206
157178067X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
1
1
From her storm-bound arrival in Alaska's Pribilof Islands to her reception by the local population, tales of fur seals and her near-death of cold and malnutrition, Libby Beaman's tale of a year in St. Paul in 1879 is a great story, brought to life by her granddaughter Betty John.
$16.95

Letters from Iceland

ICL49
W.H. Auden
Gardners Books
2002
256
0571132979
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
Written with fellow poet Louis MacNiece, this quirky, under-appreciated masterpiece captures the spirit of Iceland, its people and landscapes.
$24.95