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  • This may be hard to believe but it is very likely that more people live in closer proximity to more wild animals, birds and trees in the eastern United States today than anywhere on the planet at any time in history. For nature lovers, this should be wonderful news -- unless, perhaps, you are one of more than 4,000 drivers who will hit a deer today, your childs soccer field is carpeted with goose droppings, coyotes are killing your pets, the neighbors cat has turned your bird feeder into a fast-food outlet, wild turkeys have eaten your newly-planted seed corn, beavers have flooded your driveway, or bears are looting your garbage cans.
    For 400 years, explorers, traders, and settlers plundered North American wildlife and forests in an escalating rampage that culminated in the late 19th centurys era of extermination. By 1900, populations of many wild animals and birds had been reduced to isolated remnants or threatened with extinction, and worry mounted that we were running out of trees. Then, in the 20th century, an incredible turnaround took place. Conservationists outlawed commercial hunting, created wildlife sanctuaries, transplanted isolated species to restored habitats and imposed regulations on hunters and trappers. Over decades, they slowly nursed many wild populations back to health.
    But after the Second World War something happened that conservationists hadnt foreseen: sprawl. People moved first into suburbs on urban edges, and then kept moving out across a landscape once occupied by family farms. By 2000, a majority of Americans lived in neither cities nor country but in that vast in-between. Much of sprawl has plenty of trees and its human residents offer up more and better amenities than many wild creatures can find in the wild: plenty of food, water, hiding places, and protection from predators with guns. The result is a mix of people and wildlife that should be an animal-lovers dream-come-true but often turns into a sprawl-dwellers nightmare.
    Nature Wars offers an eye-opening look at how Americans lost touch with the natural landscape, spending 90 percent of their time indoors where nature arrives via television, films and digital screens in which wild creatures often behave like people or cuddly pets. All the while our well-meaning efforts to protect animals allowed wild populations to burgeon out of control, causing damage costing billions, degrading ecosystems, and touching off disputes that polarized communities, setting neighbor against neighbor. Deeply researched, eloquently written, counterintuitive and often humorous Nature Wars will be the definitive book on how we created this unintended mess.

  • A family drama and coming of age story follows the lives of three sisters who create a magical world on their street to escape a tragedy that has changed them forever.

  • For fashionistas, astrology-devotees, or anyone who is starry-eyed about shoes, this fabulous illustrated gift book reveals what your birthday shoe says about you.
    Combining astrology with the chic art of shoe design, Shoestrology offers a trendy interpretation of your personality as defined by your birthday shoe. Astrologers Tali and Ophira Edut have identified 366 gorgeous shoes--from the Chanel ballet flat, to the Alexander McQueen Armadillo--and paired them with the personality type associated with each day of the year. Featuring original watercolors by noted fashion illustrator Samantha Hahn along with descriptions of the birthday shoes (and why they are fitting), this book provides insight and visual delight on every page.

  • Shares life lessons learned from the author's conversations with the former leader, describing the experiences that led Mandela to believe such edicts as keeping one's rivals close and courage being more than an absence of fear.

  • Clotilde Dusoulier, a native Parisian and passionate explorer of the city’s food scene, has won a tremendous following online with her insider reports and wonderful recipes on her blog, Her book, Chocolate and Zucchini, introduced her to a wider, equally enthusiastic audience. Now in Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris, Clotilde reveals her alltime favorite food experiences in her native city. She takes us on a mouthwatering tour of the restaurants, markets, and shops she loves the most: from the best places to go for lunch, tea, or a glass of wine, to “neo bistros” and the newest places to find spectacular yet affordable meals. Packed with advice on everything from deciphering a French menu to ordering coffee correctly, this book is like having Clotilde as a personal guide. A dozen tempting recipes are also included, shared or inspired by Clotilde’s favorite chefs and bakers.For firsttime visitors and seasoned travelers alike, Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris offers invaluable insider recommendations on eating and shopping with Parisian panache.The best of Paris, featuring 164 restaurants, bistros, wine bars, and salons de thé, as well as over 130 bakeries, pastry shops, cheese shops, bookstores, chocolate and candy shops, cookware and tableware stores, specialty shops, outdoor markets, and much, much more!

  • Renyes'>#233; Descartes (1596yes'>#8212;1650) is one of the towering and central figures in Western philosophy and mathematics. His apothegm yes'>#8220;Cogito, ergo sumyes'>#8221; marked the birth of the mindbody problem, while his creation of socalled Cartesian coordinates has made our intellectual conquest of physical space possible.But Descartes had a mysterious and mystical side, as well. Almost certainly a member of the occult brotherhood of the Rosicrucians, he kept a secret notebook, now lost, most of which was written in code. After Descartesyes'>#8217;s death, Gottfried Leibniz, inventor of calculus and one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, moved to Paris in search of this notebookyes'>#8211;and eventually found it in the possession of Claude Clerselier, a friend of Descartesyes'>#8217;s. Liebniz called on Clerselier and was allowed to copy only a couple of pagesyes'>#8211;which, though written in code, he amazingly deciphered there on the spot. Liebnizyes'>#8217;s hastily scribbled notes are all we have today of Descartesyes'>#8217;s notebook.Why did Descartes keep a secret notebook, and what were its contents? The answers to these questions will lead the reader on an exciting, swashbuckling journey, and offer a fascinating look at one of the great figures of Western culture.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Takes aim at the current global economic crisis and attempts to clear a path out of the rubble by providing a plan for remaking the economic markets.

  • Indonesian Ferry Sinks.yes'>#160; Peruvian Bus Plunges Off Cliff.yes'>#160; African Train Attacked by Mobs.yes'>#160; Whenever he picked up the newspaper, Carl Hoffman noticed those short news bulletins, which seemed about as far from the idea of tourism, travel as the pursuit of pleasure, as it was possible to get.yes'>#160; So off he went, spending six months circumnavigating the globe on the world's worst conveyances: the statistically most dangerous airlines, the most crowded and dangerous ferries, the slowest buses, and the most rickety trains.yes'>#160; The Lunatic Express takes us into the heart of the world, to some its most teeming cities and remotest places: from Havana to Bogotyes'>aacute; on the perilous Cuban Airways.yes'>#160; Lima to the Amazon on crowded night buses where the road is a washedout track.yes'>#160; Across Indonesia and Bangladesh by overcrowded ferries that kill 1,000 passengers a year.yes'>#160; On commuter trains in Mumbai so crowded that dozens perish daily, across Afghanistan as the Taliban closes in, and, scariest of all, Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., by Greyhound.The Lunatic Express is the story of traveling with seatmates and deckmates who have left home without American Express cards on conveyances that don't take Visa, and seldom take you anywhere you'd want to go.yes'>#160;yes'>#160; But it's also the story of traveling as it used to be a sometimes harrowing trial, of finding adventure in a modern, rapidly urbanizing worldand the generosity of poor strangers, from ear cleaners to urban bus drivers to itinerant roughnecks, who make up most of the world's population.yes'>#160; More than just an adventure story, The Lunatic Express is a funny, harrowing and insightful look at the world as it is, a planet full of hundreds of millions of people, mostly poor, on the move and seeking their fortunes.From the Hardcover edition.

  • From the man the Wall Street Journal hailed as "the guru of Revenue Management" comes revolutionary ways to recover from the after effects of downsizing and refocus your business on growth.Whatever happened to growth? In Revenue Management, Robert G. Cross answers this question with his groundbreaking approach to revitalizing businesses: focusing on the revenue side of the ledger instead of the cost side. The antithesis of slashandburn methods that left companies with empty profits and dissatisfied stockholders, Revenue Management overturns conventional thinking on marketing strategies and offers the key to initiating and sustaining growth.Using case studies from a variety of industries, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations, Cross describes notech, lowtech, and hightech methods that managers can use to increase revenue without increasing products or promotions; predict consumer behavior; tap into new markets; and deliver products and services to customers effectively and efficiently. His proven tactics will help any business dramatically improve its bottom line by meeting the challenge of matching supply with demand.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Yes'>#160;yes'>ldquo;Beautifully written and refreshingly originalyes'>hellip; makes us see [Paris] in a different light.yes'>rdquo; San Francisco Chronicle Book Reviewyes'>#160;Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris in 1986 on a oneway ticket, his head full of romantic notions. Curiosity and the legs of a crosscountry runner propelled him daily from an unheated, seventhfloor walkup garret near the ChampsElysées to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani, the tombs of Pyes'>egrave;reLachaise cemetery, the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens and the aristocratic yes'>Icirc;le SaintLouis midstream in the Seine.Downie wound up living in the chic Marais district, married to the Parisborn American photographer Alison Harris, an equally incurable walker and chronicler. Ten books and a quartercentury later, he still spends several hours every day rambling through Paris, and writing about the city he loves. yes'>#160;An irreverent, witty romp featuring thirtyone short prose sketches of people, places and daily life, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light ranges from the glamorous to the leastknown corners and characters of the world’s favorite city.yes'>#160;Photographs by Alison Harris.yes'>#160;yes'>ldquo;I loved his collection of essays and anyone who’s visited Paris in the past, or plans to visit in the future,will be equally charmed as well.yes'>rdquo; yes'>mdash;David Lebovitz, author of The Sweet Life in Parisyes'>#160;yes'>ldquo;[A] quirky, personal, independent view of the city, its history and its peopleyes'>rdquo;yes'>mdash;Mavis Gallant yes'>#160;yes'>ldquo;Gives fresh poetic insight into the cityyes'>hellip; a voyage into ‘the bends and recesses, the jagged edges, the secret interiors’ [of Paris].yes'>rdquo;yes'>mdash; DeparturesFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Treating animals just as any healer would treat human beings, Allen Schoen has become one of America’s most celebrated veterinarians. Kindred Spirits shares the transformative power of his remarkable methods, explores how alternative healing is revolutionizing his profession, and, in the tradition of James Herriot, shares heartwarming stories of animals and their caretakers who have deeply enriched each other’s lives. Through moving scenes–such as an ailing German shepherd who fights to stay alive so he can assist and comfort his ailing human companion–Schoen details the ways in which the humananimal bond can provide a wellspring of love and support, and outlines his own special prescription for improving the care we give our animals through adopting simple healing practices at home. A remarkable new synthesis of science and spirit, Kindred Spirits at last reveals the many ways our animal friends can help us lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • In her twenties, journalist Sarah Macdonald backpacked around India and came away with a lasting impression of heat, pollution and poverty. So when an airport beggar read her palm and told her she would return to India—and for love—she screamed, “Never!” and gave the country, and him, the finger.But eleven years later, the prophecy comes true. When the love of Sarah’s life is posted to India, she quits her dream job to move to the most polluted city on earth, New Delhi. For Sarah this seems like the ultimate sacrifice for love, and it almost kills her, literally. Just settled, she falls dangerously ill with double pneumonia, an experience that compels her to face some serious questions about her own fragile mortality and inner spiritual void. “I must find peace in the only place possible in India,” she concludes. “Within.” Thus begins her journey of discovery through India in search of the meaning of life and death. Holy Cow is Macdonald’s often hilarious chronicle of her adventures in a land of chaos and contradiction, of encounters with Hinduism, Islam and Jainism, Sufis, Sikhs, Parsis and Christians and a kaleidoscope of yogis, swamis and Bollywood stars. From spiritual retreats and crumbling nirvanas to war zones and New Delhi nightclubs, it is a journey that only a woman on a mission to save her soul, her love life—and her sanity—can survive.

  • David Bach has a plan to help you live and finish richyes'>#8212;no matter where you startSo you feel like youyes'>#8217;ve started late?You are not alone. What if I told you that right now as you flip through this book, 70% of the people in the store with you are living paycheck to paycheck?What if I told you that the man browsing the aisle to your left owes more than $8,000 in credit card debt? And the woman on your right has less than $1,000 in savings? See? Youyes'>#8217;re really not alone.Unfortunately, the vast majority of people whoyes'>#8217;ve saved too little and borrowed too much will never catch up financially. Why? Because they donyes'>#8217;t know how.You can start late and finish richyes'>#8212;but you need a plan.This book contains the plan. Ityes'>#8217;s inspiring, easy to follow, and is based on proven financial principles. Building a secure financial future for yourself isnyes'>#8217;t something you can do overnight. It will take time and it will take work. But you can do it. I know. Iyes'>#8217;ve helped millions of people get their financial lives togetheryes'>#8212;and I can help you. Spend a few hours with meyes'>#8212;and let me challenge you. Give me a chance to become your coach. Just because you started late doesnyes'>#8217;t mean you are doomed to an uncertain future. Whether youyes'>#8217;re in your thirties, forties, fifties, or beyond, thee is still time to turn things around. Ityes'>#8217;s never too late to live and finish rich. All it takes is the decision to start.yes'>#8212;David BachIs it too late for me to get rich?Over and over, people share their fears with David Bach, Americayes'>#8217;s leading money coach and the numberone national bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire. yes'>#8220;If only I had started saving when I was younger!yes'>#8221; they say. yes'>#8220;Is there any hope for me?yes'>#8221;There IS hope, and help is here at last!In Start Late, Finish Rich, David Bach takes the yes'>#8220;Finish Richyes'>#8221; wisdom that has already helped millions of people and tailors it specifically to all of us who forgot to save, procrastinated, or got sidetracked by lifeyes'>#8217;s unexpected challenges.Whether you are in your thirties, forties, fifties, or even older, Bach shows that you really can start late and still live and finish rich yes'>#8211; and you can get your plan in place fast. In a motivating, swift read you learn how to ramp up the road to financial security with the principles of spend less, save more, make more yes'>#8211; and most important, LIVE MORE. And he gives you the time tested plan to do it.The Start Late, Finish Rich promise is bold and clear:Even if you are buried in debt yes'>#8211; there is still hope.You can get rich in real estate yes'>#8211; by starting small.Find your yes'>#8220;Latte Factoryes'>#8221; yes'>#8211; and turbo charge it to save money you didnyes'>#8217;t know you had.You can start a business on the side yes'>#8211; while you keep your old job and continue earning a paycheck.You can spend less, save more and make more yes'>#8211; and it doesnyes'>#8217;t have to hurt.David Bach gives you stepbystep instructions, worksheets, phone numbers and website addresses everything you need to put your Start Late plan into place right away. And he shares the stories of ordinary Americans who have turned their lives around, at thirty, forty, fifty, even sixty years of age, and are now financially free. They did it, and now ityes'>#8217;s your turn. With David Bach at your side, ityes'>#8217;s never too late to change your financial destiny. Ityes'>#8217;s never too late to live your dreams. Ityes'>#8217;s never too late to be free.

  • Is Everything You Know Wrong?Set the record straight!Debunk myths!Learn the truth behind fallacies, falsehoods, hearsay, and lies!Isn';t it time you knew the honest-to-goodness truth? We';ve all come to believe hundreds of "false facts"--myths that we';ve blindly accepted as truth, misconceptions that we';ve ignorantly retold to others--Contrary to Popular Belief provides an instant remedy for your pounding head full of misinformation, giving you quick relief with enlightening and entertaining facts.Inside you';ll learn:George Washington was not the first president of the United States.Leap year does not occur every four years.The ostrich does not bury its head in the sand.Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb.Ship captains cannot perform marriages at sea.Sound does not travel at the speed of sound.The needle on a compass does not point to the North Pole.Leonardo da Vinci did not paint the Mona Lisa.And more than two hundred other bits of conventional "wisdom" that are completely bunk.

  • Why are people around the world so very different? What makes us live, buy, even love as we do? The answers are in the codes.In The Culture Code, internationally revered cultural anthropologist and marketing expert Clotaire Rapaille reveals for the first time the techniques he has used to improve profitability and practices for dozens of Fortune 100 companies. His groundbreaking revelations shed light not just on business but on the way every human being acts and lives around the world. Rapaille’s breakthrough notion is that we acquire a silent system of codes as we grow up within our culture. These codes—the Culture Code—are what make us American, or German, or French, and they invisibly shape how we behave in our personal lives, even when we are completely unaware of our motives. What’s more, we can learn to crack the codes that guide our actions and achieve new understanding of why we do the things we do. Rapaille has used the Culture Code to help Chrysler build the PT Cruiser—the most successful American car launch in recent memory. He has used it to help Procter & Gamble design its advertising campaign for Folger’s coffee – one of the longest lasting and most successful campaigns in the annals of advertising. He has used it to help companies as diverse as GE, AT&T, Boeing, Honda, Kellogg, and L’Oréal improve their bottom line at home and overseas. And now, in The Culture Code, e uses it to reveal why Americans act distinctly like Americans, and what makes us different from the world around us. In The Culture Code, Dr. Rapaille decodes two dozen of our most fundamental archetypes—ranging from sex to money to health to America itself—to give us “a new set of glasses” with which to view our actions and motivations. Why are we so often disillusioned by love? Why is fat a solution rather than a problem? Why do we reject the notion of perfection? Why is fast food in our lives to stay? The answers are in the Codes. Understanding the Codes gives us unprecedented freedom over our lives. It lets us do business in dramatically new ways. And it finally explains why people around the world really are different, and reveals the hidden clues to understanding us all.

  • A job is never just a job. It is always connected to a deep and invisible process of finding meaning in life through work.In Thomas Moore’s groundbreaking book Care of the Soul, he wrote of “the great malady of the twentieth century…the loss of soul.” That bestselling work taught readers ways to cultivate depth, genuineness, and soulfulness in their everyday lives, and became a beloved classic. Now, in A Life’s Work, Moore turns to an aspect of our lives that looms large in our selfregard, an aspect by which we may even define ourselves—our work. The workplace, Moore knows, is a laboratory where matters of soul are worked out. A Life’s Work is about finding the right job, yes, and it is also about uncovering and becoming the person you were meant to be.Moore reveals the quest to find a life’s work in all its depth and mystery. All jobs, large and small, longterm and temporary, he writes, contribute to your life’s work. A particular job may be important because of the emotional rewards it offers or for the money. But beneath the surface, your labors are shaping your destiny for better or worse. If you ignore the deeper issues, you may not know the nature of your calling, and if you don’t do work that connects with your deep soul, you may always be dissatisfied, not only in your choice of work but in all other areas of life. Moore explores the often difficult process—the obsacles, blocks, and hardships of our own making—that we go through on our way to discovering our purpose, and reveals the joy that is our reward. He teaches us patience, models the necessary powers of reflection, and gives us the courage to keep going.A Life’s Work is a beautiful rumination, realistic and poignant, and a comforting and exhilarating guide to one of life’s biggest dilemmas and one of its greatest opportunities.

  • Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly twodecade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood. But he soon discovered it's a different world en France.From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men's footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David's story of how he came to fall in love withyes'>#8212;and even understandyes'>#8212;this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.When did he realize he had morphed into un vrai parisien? It might have been when he found himself considering a purchase of men's dress socks with cartoon characters on them. Or perhaps the time he went to a bank with 135 euros in hand to make a 134euro payment, was told the bank had no change that day, and thought it was completely normal. Or when he found himself dressing up to take out the garbage because he had come to accept that in Paris appearances and image mean everything. The more than fifty original recipes, for dishes both savory and sweet, such as Pork Loin with Brown Sugaryes'>#8211;Bourbon Glaze, Braised Turkey in Beaujolais Nouveau wih Prunes, Bacon and Bleu Cheese Cake, ChocolateCoconut Marshmallows, Chocolate Spice Bread, LemonGlazed Madeleines, and Mochayes'>#8211;Cryes'>#232;me Frayes'>#238;che Cake, will have readers running to the kitchen once they stop laughing. The Sweet Life in Paris is a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.

  • Learning German Has Never Been Easier! Whether you are studying the language in school, planning a trip to Germany or Austria, or trying to learn the basics of the language closest to English, German Made Simple is the perfect book for any self-learner. Void of all nonessentials and refreshingly easy to understand, German Made Simple includes:
    - Basics of German grammar - Modern German vocabulary - German pronunciation guide - German reading exercises - German economic information - Common German expressions - Review exercises - Complete answer key - German-English dictionary From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Have you been attacked by a wolf-like creature in the last 30 days? Was it after the sun had set and under a full moon? If you answered, "yes" to both these questions, there's a very good chance that you were bitten by a werewolf. You now have less than a month before the full moon returns and with it your first transformation into a savage, bloodthirsty beast.
    Survival is an option, but first, know this:
    * Werewolves are real.
    * The majority of lycanthropes who do not have access to this book die during or shortly after their first transformations, generally due to heart failure, gunshot wounds, exposure, drowning or suicide.
    * Hollywood horror movies are NOT to be used as guides to living as a werewolf. Their goal is not to educate, but to entertain. As a result, they are largely ignorant of the realities of the condition.
    * Ignorance creates monsters; lycanthropy does not.
    * You are not a monster.
    The Werewolf's Guide to Life cuts through the fiction and guides you through your first transformation and beyond, offering indispensable advice on how to tell if you're really a werewolf, post-attack etiquette, breaking the news to your spouse, avoiding government abduction, and how to not just survive, but thrive. You cannot afford to not read this book. Your very life depends on it.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, factfilled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity.Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Reveals pervasive marketing practices used by some of the world's largest companies to manipulate consumers and argues that guerilla market techniques intentionally tap the public's deepest fears, vulnerabilities, and dreams.

  • Brian Keenan's fascination with Alaska began as a small boy while reading Jack London's wondrous Call of the Wild. With a head full of questions about its inspiring landscape and a heart informed by his love of desolate and barren places, Brian Keenan sets out for Alaska to discover its four geographical quarters from snowmelt in May to snowfall in September, and en route, finds a land as fantastical as a fairytale but whose vastness has a very peculiar type of allure...
    From dog-mushing on a frozen lake beneath the whirling colours of the aurora borealis to camping in a two dollar tent in the tundra of the arctic circle, Brian Keenan seeks out the ultimate wilderness experience and along the way, encounters hard-core survivalists who know what struggle and endurance mean from their daily battle with nature to exist.He discovers that true wilderness is as much a state of mind as it is a place.And ultimately to make Alaska home, one must surrender to the land.

  • The author the best-selling The Female Brain identifies gender differences in the brain, behavior, and hormones to reveal the fundamental characteristics of male realities, offering insight into such topics as the male problem-solving process, competitive aptitude and sexual drive.

  • The author who unforgettably captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany in bestselling travel memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself—and her readers—in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places. A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes—a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs. With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucía, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvilleadraped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with frieds, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archaeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditions of each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved Under the Tuscan Sun, A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak.