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In tracing the outer geographic limits of Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey, Kassabova also explores the rich metaphorical meanings of “border,” starting with her sense of the region as a place where “miracles felt as inevitable as disasters.” Watching the crises of history meet those of the present as Cold War checkpoints are reactivated to handle the flood of Middle Eastern refugees, Kassabova looks back over centuries of expulsions and repatriations, a heritage she is part of. She grew up in Bulgaria and her family emigrated to New Zealand in 1992. Returning to find her roots in this place of uprootings, she says “opened some Pandora’s box in” her psyche, and her search for something deeper than landscapes and curiosities makes her book not just fine travel writing but a compelling personal odyssey, one full of stories in addition to her own. She talked to everyone—easy, perhaps, in villages with populations of seven to thirteen. She notes the stark poverty and lack of services, as well as the thriving folk-culture. People fear the evil eye, respect cursed tombs, see a mysterious ball of fire in the hills. What Kassabova is writing is really nonfiction magic realism—an intriguing crossroads of several literary borders.
 
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977863
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

My trip to Paris would have been a lot less delicious without Clotilde Dusoulier's handy, expert little guide. In addition to detailed descriptions of favorite restaurants in each arrondissement (recommendations that read like friendly confidences), Clotilde points you to the best markets, grocers and specialty stores. She's also sensitive to a range of budgets and dietary needs. Get pain au chocolat from Eric Kayser and macarons from Pierre Hermè. Indulge with crepes at Breizh Cafe and a prix fixe at Bistro Paul Bert. Picnic at Lutèce after picking up cheese, meats and baguettes from the outdoor market on rue Monge. And when you get home, re-create these meals with recipes from Clotilde's excellent Parisian cooking blog, Chocolate & Zucchini.
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$18.99
ISBN: 9780767926133
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Published: Clarkson Potter - April 22nd, 2008

They say travel broadens the mind. For Burton Holmes that was certainly true. He began traveling with his family as a small child. By the time he died in 1958, he had traveled the world over many times. He’s the man many believe responsible for the travelogue. He would travel to China or Spain and come back with pictures and present lectures about his travels. There’s a wonderful picture of Japanese schoolchildren in 1940 looking at a book called Burton Holmes and the Travelogue. He bought one of the first movie cameras so he could film his travels. There are hundreds of photos in this book, some of them stunning. Each one is a step back in time, from the Kaiser in the trenches to the beautiful Feluccas on the Nile in 1906. It’s great fun

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$59.99
ISBN: 9783822848159
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Published: Taschen - September 1st, 2006

Burton Holmes Travelogues: Cities of the Barbary Coast. Oases of the Algerian Sahara. Southern Spain... Cover Image
$32.75
ISBN: 9781249793205
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Published: Saraswati Press - October 1st, 2012