Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - It is, hansen writes, “a broken heart. Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her. It would take leaving her home to discover what she came to think of as the two Americas: the country and its people, and the experience of American power around the world.

Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul. Hansen arrived in istanbul with romantic ideas about a mythical city perched between East and West, and with a naïve sense of the Islamic world beyond. Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling in Greece, Afghanistan, and Iran, Egypt, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures and histories and politics.

Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World #ad - Winner of the overseas press club of america's cornelius ryan award • finalist for the pulitzer Prize in NonfictionA New York Times Book Review Notable Book • Named a Best Book of the Year by New York Magazine and The Progressive"A deeply honest and brave portrait of of an individual sensibility reckoning with her country's violent role in the world.

Hisham matar, the new york times Book ReviewIn the wake of the September 11 attacks and the U. S. Led invasion of iraq, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, Suzy Hansen, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. But the greatest, most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country—and herself, an American abroad in the era of American decline.

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Footprints in the Dust: Nursing, Survival, Compassion, and Hope with Refugees Around the World

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Pegasus Books #ad - But who are these people? images filter into our consciousness via dramatic photographs—but these photos only offer a glimpse into their stories. She called the aid organization featured in the news story and within two months, she was on her way. Footprints in the dust aims to share the real stories of refugees around the world in hopes of revealing the truth about their experience.

As a young er nurse in boston, Roberta was stopped cold by stark images of big-bellied babies with empty haunting stares in the news. The acclaimed author of lipstick in afghanistan weaves together the unforgettable stories of the people she helped heal in some of the most troubled places on Earth in a gripping memoir that celebrates our shared humanity.

Footprints in the Dust: Nursing, Survival, Compassion, and Hope with Refugees Around the World #ad - Roberta gately is a nurse and humanitarian aid worker who has served in war zones ranging from Africa to Afghanistan aiding refugees. Just the word refugee sparks conversation and fuel emotion. There are more than twenty-two million refugees worldwide and another sixty-five million who have been forcibly displaced.

. Roberta would soon learn that world into which millions of children around the globe were born was fraught with unspeakable horrors. The only certainties for so many of these children were, and remain to this day—disease and devastating injury. Footprints in the dust reveals the humanity behind the headlines, beginning where the newscasters end their reports.

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Sweet Land Stories

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Random House #ad - L. Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D. C. These superb short works are crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E. You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick townhouse in rural illinois “a house on the plains”, working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in California “Baby Wilson”, living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas “Walter John Harmon”, and sharing the heartrending cross-country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages to a kind of bruised but resolute independence “Jolene: A Life”.

Composed in a variety of moods and voices, these remarkable portrayals of the American spiritual landscape show a modern master at the height of his powers. And in the stunning “child, dead, in the rose garden, ” you will witness a special agent of the FBI finding himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White House security.

Sweet Land Stories #ad - One of america’s premier writers, the bestselling author of ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, and World’s Fair turns his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling explorations of who we are as a people and how we live. Two of these stories have already won awards as the best fiction of the year published in American periodicals, and two have been chosen for annual best-story anthologies.

Doctorow is famous.

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The Journey in Between: A Thru-Hiking Adventure on El Camino de Santiago

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#ad - If you like indulging your inner adventurer, and visiting foreign locations, taking the less popular fork in the road, then you’ll love Keith Foskett’s transformative tale. Pick up the journey in Between to take your first step today. Reviews'a thoroughly entertaining modern take on a well-worn Spanish Trail.

Spencer Vignes The Observer. Not only does he have astute observations about the people, places and scenery around him, he is adept at translating those observations into words, often making me laugh or nod in understanding. This is a rare talent. Awash with vivid descriptions and a cast of engaging real-life characters, the author delivers a humorous and mesmerizing tale of adventure and metamorphosis.

The Journey in Between: A Thru-Hiking Adventure on El Camino de Santiago #ad - The journey in Between is a daring travel memoir. Drifting aimlessly, he knew a piece was missing from his life. A man at a crossroads. A life forever changed. Keith foskett was the definition of restless. Can he find what he’s looking for and make it to the other side?Keith Foskett’s travelogues have been shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year multiple times by The Great Outdoors magazine.

A thousand-mile hike. Few authors can bring you to this level of understanding of life on the trail.

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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

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Penguin Books #ad - Both intellectually ambitious and compelling to read, thrilling in its scope and delightful in its small details, Postwar is a rare joy.  . Finalist for the pulitzer prizewinner of the council on foreign relations arthur Ross Book AwardOne of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the YearAlmost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world's most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement.

Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through thirty-four nations and sixty years of political and cultural change-all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel

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Hogarth #ad - When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. National bestseller • winner of the national book critics circle's john leonard award • longlisted for the national book awardnamed one of the ten best books of the year by the washington post and one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review • san francisco chronicle • new york • chicago tribune • kansas city star • gq • NPR • Christian Science Monitor • Cleveland Plain Dealer In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home.

He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. A 21st century War and Peace. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel #ad - Now with extra libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content from the author. Praise for a constellation of vital phenomena“here, in fresh, graceful prose, is a profound story that dares to be as tender as it is ghastly, a story about desperate lives in a remote land that will quickly seem impossibly close and important.

At the risk of raising your expectations too high, I have to say you simply must read this book.

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A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary

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Picador #ad - S. Spare and unpredictable, minutely observed and utterly free of self-pity" The Plain Dealer, A Woman in Berlin tells of the complex relationship between civilians and an occupying army and the shameful indignities to which women in a conquered city are always subject--the mass rape suffered by all, Cleveland, regardless of age or infirmity.

A woman in berlin stands as "one of the essential books for understanding war and life" A. With bald honesty and brutal lyricism" elle, as well as their cravenness, the anonymous author depicts her fellow Berliners in all their humanity, corrupted first by hunger and then by the Russians. Byatt, author of Possession.

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All This Talk of Love: A Novel

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Algonquin Books #ad - Writing with warmth and grace, Christopher Castellani delivers a seductive feast for readers. Now, and enough daily drama at home, with children and grandchildren, a successful family-run restaurant, Maddalena sees no need to open the door to the past and let the emotional baggage and unmended rifts of another life spill out.

But prima, antonio and maddalena's American-born daughter, was raised on the lore of the old country. It is an idea that threatens to tear the Grasso family apart, until fate deals them some unwelcome surprises, and their journey home becomes a necessary voyage. And as she sees her parents aging, she hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy--hoping to reunite Maddalena with her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland one last time.

All This Talk of Love: A Novel #ad - She locked those memories away, as if Santa Cecilia stopped existing the day she left. That was the last time she would see her parents, her sisters and brothers--everything she knew and loved in the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. All this talk of love is an incandescent novel about sacrifice and hope, loss and love, myth and memory.

. It's been fifty years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America.

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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

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Penguin Books #ad - War, and tragedy follow the family even as Nicola fights to hold on to her children, her land, hardship, her sanity. A story of survival and war, loyalty and forgiveness, cocktail hour under the tree of Forgetfulness is an intimate exploration of Fuller’s parents, fertile, whom readers first met in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight,  and of the price of being possessed by Africa’s uncompromising, love and madness, death-dealing land.

But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken by the continent she loves, it is the African earth that revives and nurtures her. Cocktail hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness is Fuller at her very best. Alexandra fuller is the author of several memoirs: Travel Light,  Leaving Before the Rains Come, Move Fast,  and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight.

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness #ad -  . We follow tim and nicola Fuller hopscotching the continent, restlessly trying to establish a home.

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Véra: Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov Modern Library Paperback

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Modern Library #ad - Vladimir nabokov—the émigré author of lolita; pale fire; and Speak, Memory—wrote his books first for himself, second for his wife, Véra, and third for no one at all. New york times bestseller winner of the 2000 pulitzer prize for biography and hailed by critics as both “monumental” The Boston Globe and “utterly romantic” New York magazine, Stacy Schiff’s Véra Mrs.

Stacy schiff's véra is a triumph of the biographical form. Without my wife, ” he once noted, “I wouldn’t have written a single novel. Set in prewar europe and postwar america, spanning much of the century, the story of the Nabokovs’ fifty-two-year marriage reads as vividly as a novel. Véra, both beautiful and brilliant, is its outsized heroine—a woman who loves as deeply and intelligently as did the great romantic heroines of Austen and Tolstoy.

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La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language

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Broadway Books #ad - This is how Dianne Hales began her journey. A celebration of the language and culture of italy, La Bella Lingua is the story of how a language shaped a nation, told against the backdrop of one woman’s personal quest to speak fluent Italian. But to truly become Italian, one must learn the language. She portrays how social graces remain woven into the fabric of Italian:  even the chipper “ciao, ” which does double duty as “hi” and “bye, ” reflects centuries of bella figura.

In the process the italian language became not just a passion and a pleasure, but a passport into Italy’s storia and its very soul. She invites readers to join her as she traces the evolution of Italian in the zesty graffiti on the walls of Pompeii, in Dante’s incandescent cantos and in Boccaccio’s bawdy Decameron.

For anyone who has been to Italy, the fantasy of living the Italian life is powerfully seductive. Like dianne, readers of la bella lingua will find themselves innamorata, addicted to its sound, fascinated by its saga, tantalized by its adventures, enchanted, by Italian, and ever eager to spend more time in its company.

La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language #ad - In la bella lingua, movies, music, she brings the story of her decades-long experience with the “the world’s most loved and lovable language” together with explorations of Italy’ s history, art, literature, lifestyle and food in a true opera amorosa — a labor of her love of Italy. Over the course of twenty-five years, she has studied Italian through Berlitz, private tutorials and conversation groups, CDs, podcasts,  books, most importantly, and, time spent in Italy.

And she exalts the glories of italy’s food and its rich and often uproarious gastronomic language:  Italians deftly describe someone uptight as a baccala dried cod, a busybody who noses into everything as a prezzemolo parsley, a worthless or banal movie as a polpettone large meatball.

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