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The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond

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by O'Shea, Stephen
Shortlisted for a 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award. The Alps have seen the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers and the dreams of engineers-and some 14 million people live among their peaks today. In The Alps, Stephen O'Shea takes readers up and down these majestic mountains, journeying through their 500-mile arc across France, Italy, Sw...
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The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

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by Mandela, Nelson
Arrested in 1962 as South Africa's apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, Mandela wrote hundreds of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials...
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God's Crucible - Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215

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by David Levering Lewis
Resonating as profoundly today as when it was first published to widespread critical acclaim a decade ago, God's Crucible is a bold portrait of Islamic Spain and the birth of modern Europe from one of our greatest historians. David Levering Lewis's narrative, filled with accounts of some of the most epic battles in world history, reveals how cosmopolitan, Muslim al-Andalus flourished-a beacon of cooperation...
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City of Light, City of Poison

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by Tucker, Holly
In the late 1600s, Louis XIV assigns Nicolas de la Reynie to bring order to the city of Paris after the brutal deaths of two magistrates. Reynie, pragmatic yet fearless, tackles the dirty and terrifying streets only to discover a tightly knit network of witches, poisoners and priests whose reach extends all the way to Versailles. As the chief investigates a growing number of deaths at court, he learns that ...
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The Science of Interstellar

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by Thorne, Kip
Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie's jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are grounded in real science. Thorne shares his experiences working as the sc...
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Odessa

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by Charles King
Odessa was the Russian Empire's gateway to the Middle East, its greatest commercial seaport and home to one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in all of Europe. Created as a model of enlightenment by Catherine the Great, and developed by colourful adventurers such as Grigory Potemkin, Jose de Ribas and Armand de Richelieu, Odessa became a magnet for the artistic and the ambitious - from Alexander Pushki...
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Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower

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by Lake, Roseann
Forty years ago in China, marriage was universal, compulsory and a woman's only means to a livelihood. Then the one-child policy resulted in China's first generations of urban only-daughters-girls who were pushed to study, achieve and succeed as if they were sons. Now, enough of these women have decided to postpone marriage-or not marry at all-to spawn a label: "leftovers". They struggle to find partners in...
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The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

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by Houston, Keith
In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages-of civilisations, empires, human ingenuity and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000 year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform table...
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Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

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by deGrasse Tyson, Neil
Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, ?Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble...
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The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers

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by Turner, Brian (Sierra Nevada College)
From Sioux Falls to Khartoum, from Kyoto to Darwin; from the panchayat forests to the Giant's Causeway; in taxis and at bus stops, in kitchens and sleigh beds, haystacks and airports-people are kissing one another.
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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

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by Williams, Florence
For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while walking over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. From forest paths in Korea to islands in Finland to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, ...
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Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

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by Dolin, Eric Jay
Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic history of American piracy's "Golden Age"-spanning the late 1600s through to the early 1700s-when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown and then violently opposed them. Through engrossin...
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The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond

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by O'Shea, Stephen
Shortlisted for a 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award. The Alps have seen the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers and the dreams of engineers-and some 14 million people live among their peaks today. In The Alps, Stephen O'Shea takes readers up and down these majestic mountains, journeying through their 500-mile arc across France, Italy,...
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The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue Des Martyrs

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by Sciolino, Elaine
Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris bureau chief of The New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favourite Parisian street. "I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs", Sciolino explains as she celebrates the area's rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the levelling effects of globalisation, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosync...
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Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca

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by Garcia Lorca, Federico
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The Shia Revival

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by Nasr, Vali
One of America's leading commentators on current events in the Middle East, Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr brilliantly dissects the political and theological antagonisms within Islam in this "smart, clear and timely" book (The Washington Post). Still essential and timely ten years after its original publication, The Shia Revival provides an objective understanding of the 1,400-year struggle between Shias an...
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Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why

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by Laurence Gonzales
With its mix of adventure narrative, survival science and practical advice, Deep Survival inspires readers on how to take control of stress, learn to assess risk and make better decisions under pressure.
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The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature: Writings from the Mainland in the Long Twentieth Century

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by Huang, Yunte (University of California,
This revelatory volume brings together significant works in translations from nearly fifty Chinese writers. It includes poems, essays, fiction, songs and speeches written in an astonishing array of moods and styles, from sublime lyricism to witty surrealism, poignant documentary to the ironic, the absurd, the transgressive and the defiant. Yunte Huang provides essential context in an opening essay and in he...
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Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

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by Watson, Paul
Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the Lost Franklin Expedition of 1845-whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice-with the tale of the incredible discovery of the flagship's wreck in 2014. Paul Watson, who was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story: Sir John Franklin and the crew of the HMS Erebus and Terror setting off ...
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The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah: Fear and Love in the Modern Middle East

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by Levinson, Adam Valen
Armed only with textbook Arabic and restless curiosity, Adam Valen Levinson set out to "learn about the world 9/11 made us fear". From a base in Abu Dhabi, he sets out to lunch in Taliban territory in Afghanistan, travels under the watchful eye of Aleppo's secret police, risks shipwreck en route to Somalia, investigates Yazidi beliefs in a sacred cave, cliff-dives in Oman, celebrates New Year's Eve in T...
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