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    The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America

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    Bill Bryson

     

    Funny as this wonderful book is, it is also a serious indictment of the American way of life and the direction in which it is going… he is genuinely shocked, as we are, by the statistics of affluence, poverty, crime and culture that he drops in hither and thither ― Irish Times

     

    A very funny performance, littered with wonderful lines and memorable images ― Literary Review

     

    Hilarious… he can be suave, sarcastic and very funny… not your typical travel writer ― Sunday Telegraph

     

    lost to him because he had become a stranger in his own land. Bryson’s acclaimed first success, The Lost Continent is a classic of travel literature – hilariously, stomach-achingly, funny, yet tinged with heartache – and the book that first staked Bill Bryson’s claim as the most beloved writer of his generation.

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  • Himalaya: Exploring the Roof of the World

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    John Keay

     

    Himalaya is one of the world’s most extraordinary geophysical, historical, environmental and social regions.

     

    More rugged and elevated than any other zone on earth, it embraces all of Tibet, six of the world’s eight major mountain ranges and nearly all its highest peaks. It contains around 50,000 glaciers and the most extensive permafrost outside the polar regions. Over an area nearly as big as Europe, the population is scattered, often nomadic and always sparse. Many languages are spoken, some are written and few are related.

     

    Religious and political affiliations are equally diverse. Borders are disputed, while jealous neighbours shy away from a common strategy for protecting an environment in which desert meets rainforest and temperatures can fluctuate between 30 and -30°C in the course of a single day.

     

    For centuries, Himalaya has captivated an illustrious succession of admirers, from explorers, surveyors and sportsmen, to botanists and zoologists, ethnologists and geologists, missionaries and mountaineers. Now historian John Keay introduces us to the myriad mysteries of this vast, confounding and utterly fascinating corner of the planet, and makes the case that it is one of our most essential – and endangered – wonders.

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    Istanbul: Memories and the City

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    Orhan Pamuk

     

    “Delightful, profound, marvelously origina…. Pamuk tells the story of the city through the eyes of memory.” —The Washington Post Book World

     

    “Far from a conventional appreciation of the city’s natural and architectural splendors, Istanbul tells of an invisible melancholy and the way it acts on an imaginative young man, aggrieving him but pricking his creativity.” —The New York Times

     

    From the Nobel Prize winner and acclaimed author of My Name is Red comes a portrait of Istanbul by its foremost writer, revealing the melancholy that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire. 

     

    A shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world’s great cities, by its foremost writer. Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy—or hüzün—that all Istanbullus share.

     

    With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus; from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and painters—both Turkish and foreign—who would shape his consciousness of his city. Like Joyce’s Dublin and Borges’ Buenos Aires, Pamuk’s Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.
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    The Happiness of Pursuit: Find the Quest that will Bring Purpose to Your Life

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    Chris Guillebeau

     

    • A New York Times Bestseller

     

    Chris Guillebeau is a rare combination of sage and adventurer, and The Happiness of Pursuit is both a distillation of his wisdom and a demonstration of his – and others’ – passion for the questing life. The passion Chris chronicles is infectious, and it becomes even more so as we read about life-focusing action delivering deep meaning. Even if you prefer never to leave your armchair, this book will inspire you to take a beautiful voyage – one that can be either physical or mental as you chase the thrill of steady accomplishment. — Susan Cain, Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of Quiet

     

    The Happiness of Pursuit is smart, honest, and dangerous. Why dangerous? Because it is as practical as it is inspiring. You won’t just be daydreaming about your quest – you’ll be packing for it! — Brene Brown, author of New York Times bestseller Daring Great

     

    It’s not easy to dream big – and it’s not easy to turn that dream into reality. The brilliant Chris Guillebeau provides the essential blueprint for those of us for whom the happiness of pursuit – such as Chris’s successful quest to visit every country in the world – is a key part of the pursuit of happiness — Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

     

    If you like complacency and mediocrity, do not read this book. It’s dangerously inspiring. It will make you want to do amazing things with your life. You may not end up visiting every country on Earth or directing a global protest from the top of a tree (I certainly won’t), but Chris made me want to dive into an adventure. The Happiness of Pursuit is a how-to guide for avoiding a boring life. — A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically

     

    The incredible quests Chris Guillebeau explores in The Happiness of Pursuit, including his own to visit every country, left me feeling exhausted. Of course, as a person who works from home, I limit my quests most days to taking a shower. Bottom line: these stories are inspiring-and very, very entertaining.” — Joel Stein, columnist for Time magazine and author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

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    Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

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    Jon Krakauer

     

    • #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER

     

    “[Krakauer] has produced a narrative that is both meticulously researched and deftly constructed. Unlike the expedition, his story rushes irresistibly forward. But perhaps Mr. Krakauer’s greatest achievement is his evocation of the deadly storm, his ability to re-create its effects with a lucid and terrifying intimacy.” —Alastair Scott, The New York Times Book Review

     

    “This is a great book, among the best ever on mountaineering.  Gracefully and efficiently written, carefully researched, and actually lived by its narrator, it shares a similar theme with another sort of book, a novel called “The Great Gatsby.” —The Washington Post

     

    The epic account of the storm on the summit of Mt. Everest that claimed five lives and left countless more—including Krakauer’s—in guilt-ridden disarray. 

     

    A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong.

     

    By writing Into Thin Air, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer’s highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber’s death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others’ actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself.

     

    This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.  “I have no doubt that Boukreev’s intentions were good on summit day,” writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. “What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev’s refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn’t the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients.” As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air‘s denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer’s tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb, Boukreev’s version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I.

     

    In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters–a prestigious prize intended “to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment.”  According to the Academy’s citation, “Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer.  His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind.”
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    A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trial

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    Bill Bryson

     

    • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

     

    “Bryson is . . . great company right from the start–a lumbering, droll, neatnik intellectual who comes off as equal parts Garrison Keillor, Michael Kinsley, and . . . Dave Barry.”  —The New York Times Book Review

     

    A Walk in the Woods is an almost perfect travel book.” —The Boston Globe

     

     

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    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

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    T. E. Lawrence

     

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of T.E. Lawrence – also known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ – of his service in the Arab Revolt during the First World War, published in Penguin Modern Classics. Although ‘continually and bitterly ashamed’ that the Arabs had risen in revolt against the Turks as a result of fraudulent British promises of self-rule, Lawrence led them in a triumphant campaign that revolutionized the art of war. Seven Pillars of Wisdom recreates epic events with extraordinary vividness.

     

    ‘Round this tent-pole of a military chronicle, Lawrence has hung an unexampled fabric of portraits, descriptions, philosophies, emotions, adventures, dreams’ — E. M. Forster

     

    ‘I am not much of a hero-worshipper, but I could have followed T.E. Lawrence over the edge of the world’ — John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps

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    Time Travel

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    James Gleick

     

    “Time Travel” by James Gleick is a fascinating exploration of the concept of time travel in science, literature, and popular culture. Gleick, a celebrated science writer and historian, traces the history of time travel from its earliest roots in ancient mythology to its modern incarnations in films and TV shows. Along the way, he explores the philosophical and scientific implications of time travel, delving into questions about causality, free will, and the nature of time itself. Through a combination of engaging storytelling and rigorous research, Gleick offers a thought-provoking and entertaining examination of one of the most enduring and tantalizing ideas in human history. Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or simply interested in the mysteries of time and space, “Time Travel” is a must-read.

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