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February 11, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

In Europe's shadow : two Cold Wars and a thirty-year journey through Romania and beyond

February 10, 2016
Kaplan, Robert D., 1952- author.
xxxvi, 287 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bucharest, 1981 -- Bucharest, 2013 -- Latin Byzantium -- The Bărăgan Steppe -- The great cemetery of the Jews -- The Pontic breach -- Crossing the Carpathians -- Fisherman's bastion.
"A history of Romania traces the author's intellectual development throughout his extensive visits to the country, sharing his observations about its reflection of European politics, geography and key events while exploring the indelible role of Vladimir Putin."--NoveList.

French Riviera, Côte d'Azur.

February 3, 2016
London : Dickens Press.
v. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Title from cover.
At head of title: -1997/98, English edition. Michelin ; <2001-2015> The Green guide.

A geek in Thailand : discovering the land of golden buddhas, pad Thai and kickboxing

February 3, 2016
Houton, Jody.
Tokyo ; Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, [2016]
159 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
A Geek in Thailand is a lighthearted look at Thailand from a young foreign visitor and resident's perspective. This alternative guide to Thailand offers a smart and concise take on Thai culture, entertainment, daily life--covering all the classics--but also revealing the path less traveled. In short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous, colorful photographs, it paints a revealing picture of Asia's most popular travel destination. A Geek in Thailand is for the holidaymakers who visit for two weeks every year and have a desire to learn about the culture, but are struggling to know where to begin. Sections on the food, drink, social scene, music, film and everyday Thai life are sure to appeal to them. It is also for those who wish to move to Thailand on a more permanent basis as it contains helpful information regarding purchasing property, setting up a company and applying for visas and work permits. Chapters on the Thai character and cultural dos and don'ts and faux pas will allow the reader to go beyond the Thai smile. Sections on politics, history, economy and the unique relationship between the Thai Nation, Religion and Monarchy will also be of interest to those who wish to delve into a deeper understanding of Thailand.

How to talk about places you've never been : on the importance of armchair travel

February 3, 2016
Bayard, Pierre, 1954- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xvi, 185 pages ; 21 cm
"Written in the irreverent style that made How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read a critical and commercial success, Pierre Bayard takes readers on a trip around the world, giving us essential guidance on how to talk about all those fantastic places we've never been. Practical, funny, and thought-provoking, How to Talk About Places You've Never Been will delight and inform armchair globetrotters and jet-setters, all while never having to leave the comfort of the living room. Bayard examines the art of the "non-journey," a tradition that a succession of writers and thinkers, unconcerned with moving away from their home turf, have employed in order to encounter the foreign cultures they wish to know and talk about. He describes concrete situations in which the reader might find himself having to speak about places he's never been, and he chronicles some of his own experiences and offers practical advice" -- provided by publisher.

The love of strangers : what six Muslim students learned in Jane Austen's London

February 3, 2016
Green, Nile, author.
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2016]
xvi, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introducing Mr. D'Arcy's Persians -- Knowledge -- In Search of a Teacher -- The Madrasas of Oxford -- Faith -- Among the Dissenters -- Evangelical Engagements -- Friendship -- Diplomatic Friendships -- The Love of Strangers -- Afterlives -- A Note on Sources and Method.
"In July 1815, six Iranian students arrived in London under the escort of their chaperone, Captain Joseph D'Arcy. Their mission was to master the modern sciences behind the rapid rise of Europe. Over the next four years, they lived both the low life and high life of Regency London, from being down and out after their abandonment by D'Arcy to charming their way into society and landing on the gossip pages. The Love of Strangers tells the story of their search for love and learning in Jane Austen's England. Drawing on the Persian diary of the student Mirza Salih and the letters of his companions, Nile Green vividly describes how these adaptable Muslim migrants learned to enjoy the opera and take the waters at Bath. But there was more than frivolity to their student years in London. Burdened with acquiring the technology to defend Iran against Russia, they talked their way into the observatories, hospitals, and steam-powered factories that placed England at the forefront of the scientific revolution. All the while, Salih dreamed of becoming the first Muslim to study at Oxford. The Love of Strangers chronicles the frustration and fellowship of six young men abroad to open a unique window onto the transformative encounter between an Evangelical England and an Islamic Iran at the dawn of the modern age. This is that rarest of books about the Middle East and the West: a story of friendships"-- Provided by publisher.

Walking the Nile

February 2, 2016
Wood, Levison, 1982- author.
338 pages, 16 unumbered pages of plates : illustrations (color), map (black and white), color portraits ; 24 cm
Maps on the lining paper.
First published in Great Britain in 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.
Bor, South Sudan -- Beginning at the end: the source of the Nile -- Kigali, new history: and old terrors -- Bandit country -- Africa's greatest leveller -- The road to Kampala -- Kingdoms of the lakes -- Into the wild -- The gathering dark -- The fog of war -- The impenetrable swamp -- A new beginning -- The great bend -- The sands of time -- The land of gold -- The mother of the world -- The long road home.
His journey is 4,250 miles long.He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers.He is passing through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert and lush delta oasis.He will cross seven, very different countries.No one has ever made this journey on foot.In this detailed, thoughtful, inspiring and dramatic book, recounting Levison Wood's walk the length of the Nile, he will uncover the history of the Nile, yet through the people he meets and who will help him with his journey, he will come face to face with the great story of a modern Africa emerging out of the past. Exploration and Africa are two of his great passions - they drive him on and motivate his inquisitiveness and resolution not to fail, yet the challenges of the terrain, the climate, the animals, the people and his own psychological resolution will throw at him are immense.The dangers are very real, but so is the motivation for this ex-army officer. If he can overcome the mental and physical challenges, he will be walking into history ...

Finding them gone : visiting China's poets of the past

February 2, 2016
Red Pine, 1943- author, translator.
viii, 387 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Ch'en Tzu-ang, Confucius, anonymous (Book of poetry), Li Pai, Tu Fu -- Li Ch'ing-chao, Hsin Ch'i-chi -- Ts'ao Chih -- Juan Chi, Ch'eng Tzu-an, Pai Chu-yi, Ou-yang Hsiu, Su Tung-p'o -- Wei Ying-wu, Meng Chiao, Han Yu, Tu Fu, Pai Chu-yi -- Lao-tzu, Li Shang-yin, Wnag Wei, Juan Chi, Liu Yu-hsi -- Wang Wei, Shih-wu (Stonehouse), Liu Tsung-yuan, Tu Fu, Han Yu, Tu Mu -- Wei Ying-wu -- Li Pai, Tu Fu -- Huseh T'ao -- Tu Fu, Ch'en Tzu-ang -- Chia Tao, Wu-k'o -- Tu Fu, Li Pai -- Ch'u Yuan, Saotan Poetry Society -- Pai Chu-yi, Su Tung-p'o, Ou-yang Hsiu -- Meng Hao-jan, Wang Wei, Li Pai -- Li Pai -- Su Tung-p'o -- Tu fu, Ch'u Yuan -- Hsieh Ling-yun, Huang T'ing-chien, Han-shan, Wang Wei -- Wei Ying-wu, Pai Chu-yi, T'ao Yuan-ming -- Wang An-shih, Hsin Ch'i-chi -- Hsieh T'iao, Li Pai -- Wang An-shih, Fan Ch'eng-ta -- Chiao-jan, Shih-wu (Stonehouse) -- Meng Chiao, Chu Shu-chen -- Su Tung-p'o, Pai Chu-yi, Lin Ho-ching -- Lu You -- Li Pai, Hsieh Ling-yun -- Han-shan, Feng-kan, Shih-te (Cold Mountain & friends) -- Lexicon.
Translator and independent scholar Bill Porter, also known by his Chinese name, Red Pine, takes a fast-paced pilgrimage to China during which he pays homage to dozens of China's greatest poets by visiting their graves, or trying to, and performing idiosynchractic rituals with small cups of Kentucky whiskey. Includes biographical informaton, history, travel writings, over 200 classical poems in Chinese with English translations, and over 100 photographs.

New England farmgirl : recipes & stories from a farmer's daughter

January 29, 2016
Robinson, Jessica (Event planner)
Salt Lake City : Gibbs Smith, [2015]
192 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.

The road to Little Dribbling : adventures of an American in Britain

January 28, 2016
Bryson, Bill, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
380 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bugger Bognor! -- Seven sisters -- Dover -- London -- Motopia -- A great park -- Into the forest -- Beside the seaside -- Day trips -- To the West -- Devon -- Cornwall -- Ancient Britain -- East Anglia -- Cambridge -- Oxford and about -- The Midlands -- It's so bracing! -- The Peak District -- Wales -- The North -- Lancashire -- The Lakes -- Yorkshire -- Durham and the Northeast -- To Cape Wrath (and considerably beyond).
"Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed--and what hasn't. Following a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today"--From book jacket.

George Washington's journey : the president forges a new nation

January 27, 2016
Breen, T. H.
xiii, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: untrodden ground: defining a new political culture -- The power of public opinion -- Inventing a new theater of politics -- The script: Washington's defense of the union -- Voices of the people -- The New England tour: triumphant moments -- Signs of trouble: the road south.

All monsters must die : an excursion to North Korea

January 18, 2016
Bärtås, Magnus, author.
Toronto : Anansi International, [2015]
276 pages : map ; 22 cm
Prologue: 1978 -- Day 1: To Pyongyang -- Day 2: Can You Imagine? -- Day 3: Strong Water -- Day 4: The Monster -- Day 5: The Hawaiian Good Luck Sign -- Day 6: The Perfect Film -- Day 7: Back and Forth Across the Border -- Day 8: Little Boy -- Epilogue: 2008-2014.
"Authors Magnus Bärtås and Fredrik Ekman chronicle their bizarre and heavily guided tour of North Korea in 2008, the sixtieth anniversary of the country's founding." -- Inside front cover.

The geography of genius : a search for the world's most creative places from ancient Athens to Silicon Valley

January 15, 2016
Weiner, Eric, 1963-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
353 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : Adventures with the Galton Box -- Genius is simple: Athens -- Genius is nothing new : Hangzhou -- Genius is expensive : Florence -- Genius is practical : Edinburgh -- Genius is chaotic : Calcutta -- Genius is unintentional : Vienna pitch-perfect -- Genius is contagious : Vienna on the couch -- Genius is weak : Silicon Valley -- Epilogue : Baking bread and hanging ten.
An acclaimed travel writer examines the connection between surroundings and innovative ideas, profiling examples in such regions as early-twentieth-century Vienna, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, and Silicon Valley. --Publisher

Edith Wharton's travel writing : the making of a connoisseur

January 14, 2016
Wright, Sarah Bird.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
xii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Edith Wharton as connoisseur, scholar, amateur, and traveler / The Cruise of the Vanadis -- From American to Europe: The Decoration of Houses -- Edith Wharton and Travel writing in the Gilded Age: Italian Villas and their gardens, Italian backgrounds -- The travel texts in the marketplace -- The Belle Epoque: a motor-flight through France -- "Sauvez, sauvez la France": World War I and its aftermath: Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort , French ways and their meaning -- "Something veil'd and abstracted": In Morocco -- Patterns of evolution: reading the travel texts -- Refracting the Odyssey: Edith Wharton's travel writing as the cultural capital of her fiction.

No baggage : a minimalist tale of love and wandering

January 13, 2016
Bensen, Clara, author.
288 pages ; 22 cm
"Newly recovered from a quarter-life meltdown, Clara Bensen decided to test her comeback by signing up for an online dating account. She never expected to meet Jeff, a wildly energetic university professor with a reputation for bucking convention. They barely know each other's last names when they agree to set out on a risky travel experiment spanning eight countries and three weeks. The catch? No hotel reservations, no plans, and best of all, no baggage. Clara's story will resonate with adventurers and homebodies alike--it's at once a romance, a travelogue, and a bright modern take on the age-old questions: How do you find the courage to explore beyond your comfort zone? Can you love someone without the need for labels and commitment? Is it possible to truly leave your baggage behind?,"

City of saints : a pilgrimage to John Paul II's Kraków

January 5, 2016
Weigel, George, 1951- author.
317 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : maps, illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.

The hollow of the hand

January 5, 2016
Harvey, Polly Jean, author.
London : Bloomsbury Circus, 2015.
231 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
Kosovo -- Afghanistan -- Washington DC.
Between 2011 and 2014, PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy set out on a series of journeys together to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C. Harvey collected words, Murphy collected pictures, and together they created an extraordinary chronicle of our life and times.

Crossing the plains with Bruno

December 31, 2015
Smith, Annick, 1936- author.
San Antonio : Trinity University Press, [2015]
xiv, 200 pages ; 22 cm
"Dogs, like humans, have memories, instincts, fears, and loyalties. But, as far as we know, dogs do not get swept up in nostalgia, speculation, or self-analysis. Although they have hopes, they are not driven by regrets. In Crossing the Plains with Bruno, Annick Smith weaves together a memoir of travel and relationship, western history and family history, human love and animal love centering around a two week road trip across the Great Plains she and her 95 pound chocolate lab, Bruno, took in the summer of 2003. It is a chain of linked meditations, often triggered by place, about how the past impinges on the present and how the present can exist seemingly sans past. Traveling from her rural homestead in Montana to pick up her nearly 100-year-old mother from her senior residence on Chicago's North Side and bring her to the family's beach house on a dune overlooking Lake Michigan, Smith often gets lost in memory and rambling contemplation. Bruno's constant companionship and ever present needs force her to return to the actual, reminding her that she, too, is an animal whose existence depends on being alert to the scents, sights, hungers, and emotions of the moment. Passing through wide open spaces, dying ranch towns, green cornfields, and Midwestern hamlets, Annick is immersed in memories of her immigrant Hungarian Jewish family, her childhood days in Chicago, her early marriage, and ultimate immigration west. Triggered by random encounters along the way, she's taken back to life as a young mother, her career as a writer and filmmaker who produced the classic A River Runs Through It, the death of her husband, and the thrill of a late romance. A lifetime of reflection played out one mile at a time, Crossing the Plains with Bruno is a story narrated by a woman beset by the processes of aging, living with the imminent reality of a parent's death, but it is the dog that rides shotgun, like Sancho Panza to Don Quixote, that becomes the reminder of the physical realities outside our own imaginations"-- Provided by publisher.

Paddlenorth : adventure, resilience, and renewal in the arctic wild

December 30, 2015
Kingsley, Jennifer, author.
Vancouver, BC : David Suzuki Foundation : Greystone Books, [2014]
231 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Tells the story of Jennifer Kingsley's 54-day paddling adventure on the Back River, in the northern wilderness, as she and her five companions battle raging winds, impenetratble sea ice, and treacherous rapids.

Great Britain & Ireland.

December 21, 2015
London : Michelin Tyre Co.
v. : col. ill., col. maps ; 20-21 cm.
Imprint varies: <1999-2000> Clermont-Ferrand, France : Pneu Michelin ; <2002-2016> Clermont-Ferrand, France : Michelin Travel Publications.
"The Michelin guide"--Cover, 2014.

The city at three p.m. : writing, reading, and traveling

December 17, 2015
LaSalle, Peter, author.
Ann Arbor, MI : Dzanc Books, 2015.
264 pages ; 22 cm.


December 11, 2015
Hawthorn, Vic., Australia ; Berkeley, CA : Lonely planet Publications,
v. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 19 cm.
At head of title: 1998-<2015> Lonely Planet.

The ghosts of K2 : the epic saga of the first ascent

December 10, 2015
Conefrey, Mick, author.
London, England : Oneworld, 2015.
xvii, 317 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
The mountain with no name -- The beast and the prince -- The Harvard boys -- A climbing party -- High ambition -- The fall out -- Unfinished business -- Teamwork -- Man down -- The old road -- The flowers of Italy -- The spoils of victory -- The base lie? -- Living up to your name?
"At 28,251 feet, K2 might be almost 800 feet shorter than Everest, but it is a far tougher proposition. Unlike Everest, there is no 'yak route' for commercial clients. It is hard climbing all the way from its base to its summit. K2 will kill you on the way up and kill you on the way down. Mick Conefrey tells the story of three extraordinary expeditions filled with riveting drama and unimaginable tragedy: Fritz Wiessner's controversial attempt of 1939, the disastrous American expedition of 1953, and the huge Italian expedition of 1954 on which K2 was first climbed. He captures the bold and eccentric characters-- their friendships and rivalries, their guilt and betrayals. At the center of the narrative is Charlie Houston, who led the failed 1953 exhibition, who was forced to give up his ambition of ever reaching the summit, and who was haunted for the rest of his life by the ghosts of the world's most beautiful and lethal mountain"-- Provided by publisher.

Life and death in the Andes : on the trail of bandits, heroes, and revolutionaries

December 8, 2015
MacQuarrie, Kim, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xx, 427 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The hunt for Pablo Escobar and the search for El Dorado (Colombia) -- Evolution and denial in the Galápagos (Ecuador) -- Death in the Andes : the capture of Peru's shining path leader, Abimael Guzmán (Peru) -- The rise and Ffall of Hiram Bingham, controversial discoverer of Machu Picchu (Peru) -- Ice maidens, volcanoes and Incas (Peru) -- The Kon Tiki voyage, white gods, and the floating islands of Titicaca Lake (Peru & Bolivia) -- The end of Che Guevara (Bolivia) -- The final days of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Bolivia) -- Darwin, thelLast Yámana, and the uttermost part of the Earth (Chile & Argentina).
"Unique portraits of legendary characters along South America's mountain spine, from Charles Darwin to the present day, told by a master traveler and observer. The Andes Mountains are the world's longest mountain chain, linking most of the countries in South America. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Kim MacQuarrie takes us on a historical journey through this unique region, bringing fresh insight and contemporary connections to such fabled characters as Charles Darwin, Pablo Escobar, Che Guevara, and many others. He describes the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, where people's lives depend entirely on a reed that grows there. He introduces us to a Patagonian woman who is the last living speaker of her language, as he explores the disappearance and sometimes surprising resiliency of indigenous cultures throughout the Andes. He meets a man whose grandfather witnessed Butch Cassidy's last days in Bolivia, tracks down the ballet dancer who once hid the leader of the brutal Shining Path in her home, and hears a harrowing story from the school teacher who gave Che Guevara his final meal. Through the stories he shares, MacQuarrie raises such questions as, where did the people of South America come from? Did they create or import their cultures? What makes South America different from other continents--and what makes the cultures of the Andes different from other cultures in South America? Why did Peru's Shining Path leader Guzman nearly succeed in his revolutionary quest while Che Guevara in Bolivia so quickly failed? And what so astounded Charles Darwin in South America that led him to conceive the theory of evolution? Deeply observed and beautifully written, Life and Death in the Andes shows us this land as no one has before"-- Provided by publisher.

South of the Clouds : travels in southwest China

December 7, 2015
Porter, Bill, 1943-
Berkeley : Counterpoint, 2015.
vi, 278 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"While flipping through the atlas of Chang Ch'i-yun, one of China's most famous geographers, distinguished translator Bill Porter (Red Pine) developed a curiosity about the southwestern province of China. Dubbed Yun-nan, 'South of the Clouds,' this was the last area modern China to come under Chinese control. Originally conquered by the Mongols and eventually introduced to foreigners as a vibrant setting for trade, Yun-nan became a critical crossroad connecting East and West. In 1992, Porter left his home in Hong Kong to tour the small towns and major cities of Yun-nan, studying each of their local cultures and larger impacts on the trajectory of Chinese history. Here, he shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the nation's beautiful legacy while introducing new insight about the province's landscapes, people, and recent state of affairs. He visited Bulang Mountain, where the local people had no written language of their own, so they sent their children to live as monks in nearby Tai temples to learn Tai script. He saw women in Lijiang who wore traditional sheepskin jackets that bore seven frogeyes without clear explanation. In Dali, a small town turned urban center, he recalls a massive museum built to show off the city's new wealth, only to have half of its halls left empty and unvisited. The first of a series of three China travel memoirs to be published by Soft Skull, Bill Porter's book tells the incredible story of a spread of land with a thousand years of human history. His remarkable insight and unparalleled understanding of China place this book at the forefront of East Asian travel literature"-- Provided by publisher.

Walking the Kiso Road : a modern-day exploration of old Japan

December 7, 2015
Wilson, William Scott, 1944- author.
xiv, 239 pages ; 22 cm
"Step back into old Japan in this fascinating travelogue of the famous Kiso Road, an ancient route used by samurai and warlords, which remains much the same today as it did hundreds of years ago. Travel with William Scott Wilson, esteemed translator of samurai philosophy, along Japan's famous Kiso Road (Kisoji in Japanese), an ancient and historic route that runs from north to south through the Kiso Valley in the Japanese Alps. The road was officially established in 1602, but ancient records show that it has been in use since at least 701, probably by merchants and hunters. In the seventeenth century, the road was a route for the daimyo (warlords) to travel on their biennial trips--along with their samurai and porters--to the new capital of Edo (now Tokyo). The natural beauty of the route is renowned--and famously inspired a series of woodblock prints by the artist Hiroshige. Walking the Kiso Road is a window into old Japan, and Wilson shares its rich history and lore, literary and artistic significance, cuisine and architecture. Wilson is a delightful and expert guide. His storytelling ability; vast knowledge of Japanese history, literature, and culture; and warm and readable writing style make this a book that will be treasured as much by armchair travelers as by tourists"-- Provided by publisher.

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