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Death in the Floating City
Tasha Alexander

ALEXANDER

Entreated for help by a childhood nemesis who has been wrongly accused of murder, Lady Emily launches an investigation in Venice that takes her from elegant palazzi to slums, libraries and bordellos before she links the crime to a centuries-old puzzle.


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Arctic Chill: A Thriller
Arnaldur Indridason

MYS ARNALDUR INDRIDASON

The brutal murder of a young boy forces Erlendur of the Reykjavik police force to investigate simmering tensions beneath the surface of Icelandic society and confront a tragedy from his own past.


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The Draining Lake: A Thriller
Arnaldur Indridason

MYS ARNALDUR INDRIDASON

When the water level of an Icelandic lake suddenly falls following an earthquake to reveal a skeleton half-buried in its sandy bed, Inspector Erlendur, Elinborg, and Sigurdur Oli look into the long-unsolved disappearance of a young, left-wing student during the Cold War.


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Death of a Maid
M. C. Beaton

MYS BEATON

Less than delighted when he wins the maid services of Mrs. Gillespie, a notorious and malicious gossip, in the local church raffle, Hamish Macbeth suddenly finds himself investigating the death of the local cleaning woman.


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Talking to the Dead: A Novel
Harry Bingham

MYS BINGHAM

Rookie cop Fiona Griffiths, on the cusp of breaking her first big case, uncovers a dire conspiracy that takes her into a dark underworld that threatens her with her own personal demons.


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The Grave Gourmet
Alexander Campion

MYS CAMPION

Parisian policewoman Capucine LeTellier plunges into a uniquely Parisian affair of gastronomic delights and bureaucratic intrigue to close a case that could make her career… or kill it…


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Killer Critique
Alexander Campion

MYS CAMPION

When a killer targets food critics in the City of Light, Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier, a seasoned member of the Paris Police Judiciaire, must decide whether or not to use her husband, a famous food journalist, as irresistible bait.


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Bamboo and Blood: An Inspector O Novel
James Church

MYS CHURCH

In 1997 North Korea, Inspector O is working in Pyongyang as the country’s nuclear missile program begins to escalate and as the wife of a North Korean diplomat turns up dead in Pakistan under suspicious circumstances.


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Blue Lightning: A Thriller
Ann Cleeves

MYS CLEEVES

Bringing his fiancee to his island home to meet his parents, Inspector Jimmy Perez is embroiled in a case involving a murdered local celebrity only to discover that the chief suspects are people close to him.


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Killed at the Whim of a Hat
Colin Cotterill

MYS COTTERILL

Forced to relocate to rural Thailand with her eccentric family, crime reporter Jimm Juree fears that her career is over until the bodies of two hippies are discovered in a local farmer’s field and a Buddhist abbot is murdered, a case that implicates a monk and a nun.


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Kilt Dead
Kaitlyn Dunnett

MYS DUNNETT

As a professional Scottish dancer, Liss MacCrimmon has performed until a knee injury cuts her career short. Returning to her hometown, she decides to help her aunt run her Scottish emporium. But when murder rears its head in the idyllic village, Liss will have to add sleuthing to her repertoire.


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The Hand That Trembles
Kjell Eriksson

MYS ERIKSSON

Years after the mysterious disappearance of a Swedish county commissioner, a veteran police officer stumbles on a seemingly unrelated case while Ann Lindell investigates the murder of a woman in a housing development populated by single men.


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The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam
Chris Ewan

MYS EWAN

A novelist who moonlights as a thief for hire, Charlie Howard is suspicious when an enigmatic American offers to pay him to steal two small monkey figurines, a suspicion that becomes all too real when his employer is nearly beaten to death.


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The Good Thief's Guide to Paris
Chris Ewan

MYS EWAN

Fresh from a successful Paris book reading, mystery writer and professional thief Charlie Howard is hired by his fence to steal an oil painting from the apartment at which he had been demonstrating his larcenous skills a day earlier.


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Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder
Shamini Flint

MYS FLINT

Dispatched to Kuala Lumpur to solve a perplexing case involving a famous model on death row who swears she is innocent, bumbling Inspector Singh confronts challenging obstacles including formidable circumstantial evidence and police resistance.


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Faithful Place: A Novel
Tana French

MYS FRENCH

Detective Frank Mackey finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind twenty-two years ago when the suitcase belonging to his first love, Rosie Daly, shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place.


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A Secret and Unlawful Killing: A Mystery of Medieval Ireland
Cora Harrison

MYS HARRISON

Mara, the Burren’s Brehon Judge, must investigate the death of the MacNamara clan steward, who just raised the cost of tribute before his death, and a possible link to an alleged suicide that happens days later.


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Far Cry
John Harvey

MYS HARVEY

Years after the accidental death of her teenage daughter, Ruth is shattered when her second daughter disappears upon reaching her first daughter’s age, a situation that prompts investigating officer Helen Walker to seek a connection.


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Night Falls on Damascus: A Novel
Frederick Highland

MYS HIGHLAND

In 1930s Syria, Police Inspector Nikolai Faroun investigates the murder of the beautiful but controversial Vera Tamiri, following a trail that leads to a dark conspiracy from Syria’s troubled past and to a secret that may have cost Vera her life.


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The Disappearance at Pere-Lachaise: A Victor Legris Mystery (Victor Legris Mysteries)
Claude Izner

MYS IZNER

Approached by the maid of his former lover Odette, who has gone missing in her husband’s tomb, Victor Legris realizes a sinister agent is at work when the maid herself is murdered.


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The Montmartre Investigation
Claude Izner

MYS IZNER

When a young woman dressed in red is brutally murdered in 1891 Paris, bookseller sleuth Victor Legris and his assistant, Jojo, also investigate a mysterious red shoe found in his bookshop and a possibly related murder involving a Moulin Rouge performer.


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Murder on the Eiffel Tower: A Victor Legris Mystery
Claude Izner

MYS IZNER

When a woman collapses and dies while visiting the just opened Eiffel Tower during the 1889 World Exposition, Victor Legris launches a personal investigation into the death, which is complicated by the involvement of a host of suspects and an increasing number of mysterious deaths.


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The Paris Directive: A Novel
Gerald Jay

MYS JAY

When a hired hit gone wrong culminates in innocent deaths in a small village in southwestern France, Inspector Paul Mazarelle finds the case complicated by the arrival of the victims’ daughter, a New York City district attorney.


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The Hypnotist: A Novel
Lars Kepler

MYS KEPLER

Swedish Detective Inspector Joona Linna investigates the murders of three family members whose killing was witnessed by a fourth intended victim, a traumatized child whose shock Linna hopes to penetrate through hypnotism.


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The Beekeeper's Apprentice: A Novel
Laurie R. King

MYS KING

A chance meeting with an elderly beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when fifteen-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher.


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Bloody Harvests
Richard Kunzmann

MYS KUNZMANN

Searching for the killer responsible for leaving the mutilated body of a child in a ditch, Detective Harry Mason and his partner, Jacob Tshabalala, follow a trail of clues that takes them into the dark spiritual underworld of the Johannesburg slums.


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The Ice Princess
Camilla Lackberg

MYS LACKBERG

After she returns to home to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend’s past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.


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The Stonecutter: A Novel
Camilla Läckberg

MYS LACKBERG

The mysterious drowning of a little girl threatens to tear apart the resort town of Fjallbacka, as Patrik Hedstrom’s investigation begins to uncover dark secrets of past generations.


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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson

LARSSON

Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate.


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Random Violence: A Jade de Jong Investigation
Jassy Mackenzie

MYS MACKENZIE

Returning to South Africa after living in England for ten years following her policeman father’s murder, PI Jade de Jong agrees to help her father’s former partner investigate a series of carjacking cases and discovers a pattern that may have a link to her father’s death.


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Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel
G.M. Malliet

MYS MALLIET

His tranquility as the established vicar of a New Age village shattered by the murder of an unpopular woman, former MI5 agent Max Tudor struggles with past demons while trying to identify a killer in his peaceful community.


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The Man from Beijing
Henning Mankell

MYS MANKELL

In the aftermath of the 2006 massacre of nineteen people in a Swedish village, Judge Birgitta Roslin discovers the nineteenth-century diary of a gang leader that reveals the case’s eerie connections to the abuse of Chinese slave workers.


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The Dark Winter
David Mark

MYS MARK

Investigating a series of suspicious deaths and discovering that each victim was the sole survivor of a tragedy, Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy of the northern England port of Hull struggles to balance the demands of the case with the needs of his beloved family.


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Girl in a Box
Sujata Massey

MYS MASSEY

Taking a freelance assignment from a Washington, D.C., agency with possible ties to the CIA, Japanese-American investigator Rei Shimura goes undercover as a clerk in a big Tokyo department store to unmask a killer.


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The Blackhouse: A Novel
Peter May

MYS MAY

When a grisly murder occurs on a Scottish island, Edinburgh detective Fin Macleod must confront his past if he is ever going to discover if the killing has a connection to another one that took place on the mainland.


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Borderlands: An Inspector Devlin Mystery
Brian McGilloway

MYS MCGILLOWAY

When the corpse of a teenager turns up in the borderlands of Ireland, Inspector Benedict Devlin heads up an investigation whose only clues are a gold ring and an old photograph, but things are complicated by the killing of another teenager.


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Gallows Lane
Brian McGilloway

MYS MCGILLOWAY

Inspector Benedict Devlin investigates a series of increasingly violent murders in the Irish borderlands, a case of disturbing complexity that forces him to choose between his job and his young family.


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Dead Before Dying: A Novel
Deon Meyer

MEYER

In the wake of a series of murders by a killer who has been using a century-old German handgun, Cape Town police captain Mat Joubert struggles with personal demons while trying to identify a link between the three victims.


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The Redbreast
Jo Nesbo

MYS NESBO

A tale moving from the final months of World War II to the present, and from the Russian front to contemporary South Africa, follows the dual adventures of a freedom-seeking war martyr and an alcoholic police officer who is drawn into a mystery with past origins.


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The Snowman
Jo Nesbø

MYS NESBO

Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found on a mysteriously built snowman, a case that is complicated by subsequent abductions and a menacing letter.


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Dead Man in Barcelona
Michael Pearce

MYS PEARCE

Seymour goes to Barcelona to investigate the cold case of a successful English businessman, who suspiciously died in a Barcelona prison two years after “Tragic Week,” a series of riots between reserve troops and the Spanish army.


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Bury Your Dead
Louise Penny

MYS PENNY

Taking leave during Quebec’s Winter Carnival after a case gone wrong, a disgruntled Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is unable to avoid assisting a politically-charged investigation involving a historian’s murder during a search for a famous figure’s burial site.


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Still Life
Louise Penny

MYS PENNY

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of Canada’s Surete du Quebec is called to Three Pines, a tiny hamlet south of Montreal, just north of the U.S. border, to investigate the suspicious hunting “accident” that claimed the life of Jane Neal, a local fixture in the village.


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The Naming of the Dead
Ian Rankin

MYS RANKIN

Sent to man an abandoned police station during an international conference between the leaders of the free world, officer John Rebus investigates the suspicious falling death of a delegate at an Edinburgh banquet, a case he must race against time to solve.


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Samaritan's Secret
Matt Beynon Rees

MYS REES

After a member of an ancient Samaritan community has been murdered, and the millions of dollars of government money he controlled cannot be located, Omar Yussef is called in to solve the crime and locate the money.


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The Baker Street Letters
Michael Robertson

MYS ROBERTSON

Leasing office space on London’s Baker Street that was also once occupied by Sherlock Holmes, brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath discover a lease stipulation that they receive letters sent to the famous detective, an arrangement that turns dangerous when Nigel disappears.


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Three Seconds
Anders Roslund, Borge Hellstrom

MYS ROSLUND

Ex-convict Piet Hoffman—a family man, a rising member of Stockholm’s Polish mafia, and an undercover police informant—is sent to a maximum security prison to make himself the boss of the amphetamine trade so the police can shut it down.


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The Case of the Missing Books
Ian Sansom

MYS SANSOM

Israel Armstrong, a new Emerald Isle bookmobile attendant, discovers that the roving library’s 15,000 books have disappeared and that he cannot resign from his job until he finds them.


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The Paris Enigma: A Novel
Pablo De Santis

MYS SANTIS

Arriving in Paris for their inaugural meeting during the 1889 World’s Fair, an exclusive society of the world’s most renowned detectives wonders at the absence of its co-founding member, who has sent a secret message about a threat to the society.


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The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu: A Detective Kubu Mystery
Michael Stanley

MYS STANLEY

Aiding local police in an investigation involving the killings of two foreign guests at a Botswana bush camp, detective David “Kubu” Bengu learns that a dissident wanted by the government was involved and that one of the victims allegedly died decades earlier.


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Echoes from the Dead
Johan Theorin

MYS THEORIN

Twenty years after a little boy vanishes without a trace from the remote Swedish island of Oland, his grandfather receives a package containing the worn shoe of a child, sending his mother on a desperate quest to find her son.


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Snow Angels
James Thompson

MYS THOMPSON

Inspector Kari Vaara investigates the racially-charged murder of a Somali immigrant during a bitterly cold and dark Christmas season in Finland, a case that takes its toll on his marriage to his pregnant American wife.


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Ice Moon
Jan Costin Wagner

MYS WAGNER

After losing his wife, a distraught Detective Inspector Kimmo Joentaa returns to his job to investigate the death of a woman smothered with her pillow while she slept, and Kimmo soon begins to realize that a serial killer is at work.


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Or the Bull Kills You
Jason Webster

MYS WEBSTER

Chief Inspector Max Camara must navigate through the bullfighting community’s hostility, a politician’s stonewalling tactics, and shadows from his past while he investigates the brutal murder of a matador.


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Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year
Robert Michael Pyle

ANIMALS BUGS PYL

A Yale-trained ecologist’s travelogue recounts his efforts to spot eight hundred varieties of American butterflies in a single year, ventures marked by his tired car, regional locals, and fading wilderness regions.


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Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth
Hilary Spurling

BIOGRAPHY BUCK

A tribute to the life and work of the Pulitzer-winning author Pearl Buck, known for such works as The Good Earth, covering such topics as her fundamentalist upbringing, witness to the Boxer Revolution and two marriages.


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My Life in France
Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme

BIOGRAPHY CHILD

A memoir begun just months before Child’s death describes the legendary food expert’s years in France and her journey from a young woman who cannot cook or speak any French to the publication of her legendary cookbooks and her winning the hearts of America as “The French Chef.”


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All Over the Map
Laura Fraser

BIOGRAPHY FRASER

The author recounts her arrival in the South Pacific, where she struggled with her life on the go and perceptions of family life before embarking on a search for love in a variety of exotic locations.


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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Elizabeth Gilbert

BIOGRAPHY GILBERT

Traces the author’s decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce, a journey that took her to three places in her quest to explore her own nature and learn the art of spiritual balance.


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Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story
Sue Monk Kidd,Ann Kidd Taylor

BIOGRAPHY KIDD

The authors describe their introspective journeys to Greece and France, during which they reconnected while Sue grappled with midlife challenges and writer’s block and Ann struggled with heartbreak and post-college career questions.


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The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time
Jeff Deck, Benjamin D. Herson

SOCSCI DEC

A lively account of the authors’ haphazard cross-country effort to correct spelling and punctuation errors displayed on public signs relates how they discovered underlying truths about America’s educational history and racial heritage.


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Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Mark Adams

TRAVEL ADA

Traces the author’s recreation of Hiram Bingham III’s discovery of an ancient Andes Mountains cloud city, describing the author’s struggles with rudimentary survival tools and his experiences at the sides of local guides.


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The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.
Jennifer Baggett,Holly C. Corbett,Amanda Pressner

TRAVEL BAG

Three friends at a crossroads in their twenties quit their high pressure New York media jobs, leave their friends and everything familiar behind, and embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the world.


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First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life
Eve Brown-Waite

TRAVEL BRO

Follows the author’s journey from being a self-described “pampered city girl” to a Peace Corps volunteer, wife, and mother living in Ecuador and Uganda.


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Bicycle Diaries
David Byrne

TRAVEL BYR

A musician and visual artist describes his preference for traveling by folding bicycle throughout New York City, a choice that has enabled his discovery of the mode’s ensuing sense of freedom as well as his observations on the city’s inner workings and rhythms.


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The Conde Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys: Volume II: Great Writers on Great Places
Various

TRAVEL CON

This collection of travel writing from the award-winning magazine includes essays on the world’s most amazing places to visit penned by travel luminaries Robert Hughes, Russell Banks, E. L. Doctorow, and Pico Iyer.


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Radio Shangri-la: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth
Lisa Napoli

TRAVEL NAP

Describes how a midlife crisis and chance encounter prompted the author’s relocation to Bhutan, where she volunteered at the country’s first youth radio station and witnessed the rapid changes in the culture of a country just beginning to open up to the modern world.


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Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling through Scotland with Boswell and Johnson
William W. Starr

TRAVEL STA

Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster is a memoir of a twenty-first-century literary pilgrimage to retrace the famous eighteenth-century Scottish journey of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson,-two of the most celebrated writers of their day.


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The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
Paul Theroux

TRAVEL THE

A collection of writings from Paul Theroux’s fifty years of travel. Included are writings from other travelers such as Charles Dickens, Eudora Welty, Anton Chekhov, Ernest Hemingway and many others.


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The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle
Sara Wheeler

TRAVEL WHE

Assesses the Arctic as a political and ecological barometer of change, surveying the territories belonging to different nations to mark significant transformations and how they reflect the planet’s overall health.


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The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari
Paul Theroux

TRAVEL AFRICA THE

An acclaimed travel writer and novelist describes his journey across Africa, from Cape Town to Cape Province and into Namibia, riding elephants, meeting Bushmen, and discussing the changes that have taken place since his first visit fifty years ago.


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Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory
Peter Hessler

TRAVEL CHINA HES

In this penetrating narrative account, Hessler investigates China’s lurch into modernity as he survives the advent of the nation’s uniquely terrifying car culture, probes the transformation of village life, and explores China’s frantic industrialization.


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Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down
Rosecrans Baldwin

TRAVEL FRANCE BAL

An account of a Francophile’s haphazard relocation to Paris in spite of his lack of French fluency describes how the region considerably differed from his expectations and the ways in which he overcame cultural challenges.


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Paris Was Ours
Penelope Rowlands

TRAVEL FRANCE PAR

A collection of essays from more than 20 writers—including David Sedaris, Joe Queenan and Diane Johnson—on how they feel about the city of Paris, France.


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Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France
Vivian Swift

TRAVEL FRANCE SWI

A tribute to the American love of travel and the allure of France is an evocative assessment of life on the road that traces an idyllic French honeymoon trip while sharing lighthearted tips and advice on how to thrive as a traveler.


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The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads
Robert A. Kaster

TRAVEL ITALY KAS

Describes travel down the Appian Way while analyzing the meaning of the road in modern and ancient context.


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Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
Guy Delisle

TRAVEL MIDEAST GRAPHIC DEL

A travelogue in graphic novel format about life in the Holy City serves as a cultural roadmap of the city’s complexities and relevance while offering insight into the human impact of conflicts on both sides of the wall.


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Travels in Siberia
Ian Frazier

TRAVEL RUSSIA FRA

Examines the unforgivable region of Siberia, including its geography, resources, native peoples, and history, with stories of Mongols, fur seekers, tea caravans, American prospectors, prisoners, and exiles of every kind.


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Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River
Jeremy Seal

TRAVEL TURKEY SEA

A tour of the river evaluates its role as a cultural venue between the East and West, describing the author’s canoe trips along the river’s length to trace its history and the role of industrialization in transforming Turkey.


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Blue Highways Revisited
Edgar I. Ailor III

TRAVEL US AIL

In 1978, William Least Heat-Moon made a 14,000-mile journey on the back roads of America, visiting 38 states along the way. In 1982, the popular Blue Highways, which chronicled his adventures, was published. Three decades later, Edgar Ailor III and his son, Edgar IV, retraced and photographed Heat-Moon’s route.


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Alaskan Travels: Far-Flung Tales of Love and Adventure
Edward Hoagland

TRAVEL US AK HOA

Thirty years ago, celebrated American writer Edward Hoagland had a choice: a midlife crisis or a midlife adventure. He chose the adventure. Pencil and notebook at the ready, Hoagland set out to explore and write about one of the last truly wild territories remaining on the face of the earth: Alaska.


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