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A JOURNEY WITH A PILOT
Written by MARK VANHOENACKER

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-16971-4

In the twenty-first century, airplane flight— once a remarkable feat of human ingenuity—has been relegated to the realm of the mundane. In this mesmerizing reflection on flying, Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flying, helps us to reimagine what we—as pilots and as passengers—are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery. In a seamless fusion of history, politics, geography,...

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EXPERIENCES FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD
Written by GEOFF DYER

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87085-3

From “one of our most original writers” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes an expansive and exacting book—firmly grounded but elegant, often hilarious, and always inquisitive—about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves.
 
Geoff Dyer’s restless search—for what? is unclear, even to him—continues in this series of fascinating adventures and pilgrimages: with a tour guide who may not be a tour guide in the Forbidden City in Beijing; with...

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ADVENTURES OF AN AMERICAN IN BRITAIN
Written by BILL BRYSON

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 01/19/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53928-9

The hilarious and loving sequel to a hilarious and loving classic of travel writing: Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson’s valentine to his adopted country of England
 
In 1995 Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious...

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A JOURNEY WITH A PILOT
Written by MARK VANHOENACKER

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/02/2015

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35181-2

A poetic and nuanced exploration of the human experience of flight that reminds us of the full imaginative weight of our most ordinary journeys—and reawakens our capacity to be amazed. 

The twenty-first century has relegated airplane flight—a once remarkable feat of human ingenuity—to the realm of the mundane. Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flight, asks us to reimagine what we—both as pilots and as...

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Written by PHILIP HOARE

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 05/12/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19436-3

A yearlong adventure through the world’s oceans with Philip Hoare, the award-winning author of The Whale

In colorful prose and lively line drawings, Hoare sets out to rediscover the sea and its islands, birds, and beasts. Starting at his home on the shores of Britain’s Southampton Water and moving in ever widening circles—like the migration patterns of whales—Hoare explores London, the Isle of Wight, the Azores, Sri Lanka, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

As Hoare brilliantly weaves together...

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FROM THE IRON GATES TO MOUNT ATHOS

Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 01/20/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17779-2

In the winter of 1933, eighteen-year-old Patrick (“Paddy”) Leigh Fermor set out on a walk across Europe, starting in Holland and ending in Constantinople. Decades later, Leigh Fermor told the story of that life-changing journey in A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water, works now celebrated as among the most vivid, absorbing, and beautifully written travel books of all time.

The Broken Road is the account of the final leg of his journey, catching up with Paddy in the fall of...

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Written by VLADIMIR POZNER
Translator ALISON STRAYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 08/26/2014

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80531-9

Influential French novelist, screenwriter, pioneer in literary genre and Oscar nominee Vladimir Pozner came to the United States in the 1930s. He found the nation and its people in a state of profound material and spiritual crisis, and took it upon himself to chronicle the life of the worker, the striker, the politician, the starlet, the gangster, the everyman; to document the bitter, violent racism tearing our society asunder, the overwhelming despair permeating everyday life, and the...

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FROM THE IRON GATES TO MOUNT ATHOS

Format: Hardcover, 392 pages

Publisher: New York Review Books

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17754-9

In the winter of 1933, eighteen-year-old Patrick (“Paddy”) Leigh Fermor set out on a walk across Europe, starting in Holland and ending in Constantinople, a trip that took him almost a year. Decades later, Leigh Fermor told the story of that life-changing journey in A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water, two books now celebrated as among the most vivid, absorbing, and beautifully written travel books of all time.

The Broken Road is the long-awaited account of the final leg of...

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A JOURNEY AMONG THE CHRISTIANS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Written by WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/02/2012

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94889-2

In the spring of A.D. 587, John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist embarked on a remarkable expedition across the entire Byzantine world, traveling from the shores of Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. Using Moschos’s writings as his guide and inspiration, the acclaimed travel writer William Dalrymple retraces the footsteps of these two monks, providing along the way a moving elegy to the slowly dying civilization of Eastern Christianity and to the people who are struggling to...

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INDIAN TRAVELS & ENCOUNTERS
Written by WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/02/2012

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94890-8

From the author of The Last Mughal and Nine Lives: the classic stories he gathered during the ten years he spent journeying across the Indian subcontinent, from Sri Lanka and southern India to the North West Frontier of Pakistan. As he searched for evidence of Kali Yug, the “age of darkness” predicted by an ancient Hindu cosmology in a final epoch of strife and corruption, Dalrymple encountered a region that thrilled and surprised him. Venturing to places rarely visited by foreigners, he...

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FROM VENICE TO GREENLAND ON THE TRAIL OF THE ZEN BROTHERS
Written by ANDREA DI ROBILANT

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/07/2012

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-39066-0

A century before Columbus arrived in America, two brothers from Venice are said to have explored parts of the New World. They became legends during the Renaissance, and then the source of a great scandal that would discredit their story. Today, they have been largely forgotten.

In this very original work—part history, part travelogue—Andrea di Robilant chronicles his discovery of a travel narrative published in 1558 by the Venetian statesman Nicolò Zen. The text and its fascinating nautical...

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TRAVELS ON SOUTH AMERICA'S UNTAMED EDGE
Written by JOHN GIMLETTE

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/12/2012

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47362-2

Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana are among the least-known places in South America: nine hundred miles of muddy coastline giving way to a forest so dense that even today there are virtually no roads through it; a string of rickety coastal towns situated between the mouths of the Orinoco and Amazon Rivers, where living is so difficult that as many Guianese live abroad as in their homelands; an interior of watery, green anarchy where border disputes are often based on ancient Elizabethan...

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