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In the tradition of Iron and Silk and Touch the Dragon , Jamie Zeppa’s memoir of her years in Bhutan is the story of a young woman’s self-discovery in a foreign land. It is also the exciting début of a new voice in travel writing. When she left…

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Two young couples' adventures around the Himalaya by bike, truck, and foot.

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Winner of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Winner of the Whiting Writers' Award A Seattle Post-Intelligencer Best Book of the Year Catfish and Mandala is the story of an American odyssey-a solo bicycle voyage around…

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What's uni and how do you eat it? What are dancing shrimp" or tako yaki ? Do you pick it up with your fingers? Dip it in sauce? And just what is that sauce? Dining in Japan can be intimidating, but with Squeamish About Sushi you are bound to have endless eating…

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Learning Japanese is a challenge. And, as many students find out, memorizing sentence patterns, vocabulary, and lists of kanji doesn't necessarily make it easy to communicate with Japanese people. Barriers of culture and social etiquette can be just as difficult…

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Ranging from the poverty and exploding population of Bangladesh to the dazzling technology and ageing population of Japan, from the two most populous states of India and China to the tiny states of Singapore and the Maldives and to the emptiness of Siberia, Asia…

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A rare and illuminating look at one of the most fascinating places in the world--a place of tyranny and repression that is also a place of beautiful people who warmly welcome the visitor, of ancient cultural traditions that still thrive today, of great religious…

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Mohawk hair-cuts in Bali, yuppies in Hong Kong and Rambo rip-offs in the movie houses of Bombay are just a few of the jarring images that Iyer brings back from the Far East.

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Unlike any Vietnam coverage ever read, Fenton's reporting from the abandoned American embassy in Saigon is typical of his in-the-middle-of-it-all view of Cambodia, Siagon, the Philippines, and Korea.

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James Fisher combines the strengths of technical anthropology, literary memoir, and striking photography in this telling study of rapid social change in Himalayan Nepal. The author first visited the Sherpas of Nepal when he accompanied Sir Edmund Hilary on the…

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A brief history of the Great Wall of China, begun about 2,200 years ago to keep out Mongol invaders.

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Highly and colorfully illustrated, entices visitors to the only Hindu kingdom on the planet by describing its landscape, people, plant and animal life, and facilities. After going through the various routes and regions, examines special features and how to do…