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By Barbara Crossette. 1998
In 1997 this New York Times journalist traveled across Asia, visiting the classic hill towns built by several colonial powers.… She recalls her journeys to these remote locations, discusses their history, and describes how each has evolved since being inherited by an independent nation. 1998.
By Robyn Davidson. 1996
An Australian woman recounts her travel experiences with a nomadic population in the desert of western India. She endures hardship… and discomfort to record a disappearing way of life. Despite being a foreigner, a woman, and ignorant of the local language, she forges enduring friendships. 1996.
By Judith Flanders. 2017
Nearly everything you know about Christmas is wrong. Do you think the proclaimed war on Christmas is a recent occurrence?… Do you think Santa is Dutch, or that his red suit was brought to you courtesy of Coca-Cola? Or are you merely dreaming of a Christmas like the one you used to know? You aren't alone: thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, a fourth-century archbishop was already complaining that his flock was spending the day dancing and feasting, not in religious observance. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically reminiscing about the vastly better Christmases in the old days. Some traditions of Christmas are relatively new--who would have thought gift-wrap was a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy's, nor even in the United States? Other elements, however, have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first known gag holiday giftbook, The Boghouse Miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s, while in 1805, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged--what else?--presents of underwear and socks. Christmas is different things to different people: a religious festival for some, a family celebration for others, or perhaps simply a time of seasonal eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood. 2017. Feast of the circumcision or Holy Name of Jesus -- Twelfth Night -- Epiphany -- Candlemas -- Lady day -- Midsummer -- Michaelmas -- All Saints' Day -- All Souls' Day -- St Martin -- St. Nicholas -- St Lucy of Syracuse -- St Thomas the Apostle -- Christmas day -- St Stephen -- St John the Evangelist -- Feast of the Holy Innocents -- Sylvester.
By George Woodcock. 1988
In 1987, the author toured through northern China visiting traditional Buddhist centres rarely visited by the non-Chinese. As he recounts… his journey, Woodcock also details Chinese geography, history, art, religion and society. 1988.
By Sandra Lynn Hutchison. 1996
Nine months before the Tiananmen Uprising, Sandra Hutchison travelled to Anhui Province in China to teach English literature. In "Chinese… brushstrokes," she tells of her journeys within China, her encounters with its people, and the Democracy Movement of 1989. 1996.
By Bobbie Kalman. 1989
A description of life in modern China, and of how conditions have changed there. Grades 3-6. Taped with: China, the… land by Bobbie Kalman. Covers the events and people that have shaped China's history. Grades 3-6. Taped with China, the culture by Bobbie Kalman. Records the achievements of China's 4,000 year old civilization. Includes the history of various festivities, recipes and activities. Grades 3-6. (The lands, peoples and cultures series)
By Jean Fritz. 1985
The author lived in China until she was 13 years old. In this book, she tells of her return to… Hankou, her home town, four decades later. Companion volume to "Homesick : my own story" (DC06014). For junior and senior high readers. c1985.
By Karen Connelly. 2009
Myanmar, 1996. Canadian poet, memoirist, and novelist Connelly describes a country in the throes of a military dictatorship, as she… travels to Burma for PEN Canada. Trying to gather information on political prisoners, Connelly gets caught up in violent street demonstrations and even interviews opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Then she meets and falls for Maung, a Burmese revolutionary leader, who shares his not uncommon story of becoming politicized after the unrest of 1988. Explicit descriptions of sex and violence, explicit strong language. Canada Reads 2012. 2009.
By Colin Thubron. 1987
Beyond the veil: the adventures of an American doctor in Saudi Arabia (Cornelia And Michael Bessie Bk.)
By Seymour Jerome Gray. 1983
By Jan Wong. 2017
Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking… in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the locals teach them how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who are part of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting--and occasionally clashing--over their mutual love of cooking. 2017.
By Wilfred Thesiger. 1984
Thesiger, the son of a British diplomat, was born in a mud hut in Addis Ababa in 1910. This is… the account of his travels from 1945 to 1950 during which he lived among the Bedouins and traversed the "Empty Quarter", a vast, arid desert. 1984.
By Jamaica Kincaid. 2007
Novelist Jamaica Kincaid chronicles her three-week trek through Nepal, the spectacular and exotic Himalayan land where she and her companions… seek to gather seeds for planting at home. She summons up a realm dominated by magnificent mountains and teeming with colourful life, spinning a tale that includes everything from edging by a herd of ungainly yaks on a perilous path to confronting unpredictable Maoist guerrillas who could erupt into violence at any time. 2007.
By Jason Elliot. 1999
An exploration of Afghanistan - its physical beauty, hospitality, religious variations, and long history. Elliot recounts events from his first… visit at nineteen in 1986 travelling with anti-Soviet mujahedin and another journey ten years later when the Taliban forces were building power. 2001, c1999.
By Paul William Roberts. 2004
Journalist Roberts, who was in Baghdad when the U.S. first attacked, but escaped to Jordan and returned to Iraq two… weeks later, details the ancient and recent history of the region, and provides on-the-ground reporting of the war. Strong language and descriptions of violence. 2004.
By Freya Stark. 1988
This journey takes the reader by bus, jeep, horseback, and on foot through country not frequently travelled in the author's… search to find out what Alexander the Great actually did on his march through Lycia and Pamphylia. 1988.
By Peter Jenkins. 1986
By Neil Sheehan. 1992
A journalist, who once believed that it was possible to understand the Vietnam War, presented his ideas in 1988's "A… Bright Shining Lie" but experienced a change of heart upon his later return to Vietnam. Sheehan describes daily life of a poverty-stricken but forgiving people still ravaged by a war over for two decades. c1992.
By Jason Goodwin. 1990
As a child, Goodwin was introduced to the ceremony and romance of tea by his two grandmothers. He recounts his… travels to Chinese and Indian tea plantations, ports and auction rooms, and discusses the history of tea. 1990.
By David Geraghty. 2001
The author taught English and travelled in Japan in the late 1990s. This book is an entertaining account of his… experiences. It offers cultural insights and intelligent discussion of issues in contemporary Japanese life. 2001.