In 1975, at the height of Indira Gandhi’s “Emergency,” V. S. Naipaul returned to India, the country his ancestors had left one hundred years earlier. Out of that journey he produced this concise masterpiece: a vibrant, defiantly unsentimental portrait of a society traumatized by centuries of foreign conquest and immured in a mythic vision of its past.
Drawing on novels, news reports, political memoirs, and his own encounters with ordinary Indians–from a supercilious prince to an engineer constructing housing for Bombay’s homeless–Naipaul captures a vast, mysterious, and agonized continent inaccessible to foreigners and barely visible to its own people. He sees both the burgeoning space program and the 5,000 volunteers chanting mantras to purify a defiled temple; the feudal village autocrat and the Naxalite revolutionaries who combined Maoist rhetoric with ritual murder. Relentless in its vision, thrilling in the keenness of its prose, India: A Wounded Civilization is a work of astonishing insight and candor.
Bear Grylls - Facing the Frozen Ocean
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2004, this is the compelling account of the most recent adventure of the bestselling author of "Facing Up". It started out as a carefully calculated attempt to complete the first unassisted crossing of the frozen north Atlantic in an open rigid inflatable boat, but it became a terrifying battle against storm-force winds, crashing waves and icebergs as large as cathedrals. Starting from the remote north Canadian coastline, Grylls and his crew crossed the infamous Labrador Sea, pushed on through ice-strewn waters to Greenland and then found themselves isolated in a perfect storm 400 miles from Iceland. Compelling, vivid and inspirational, "Facing the Frozen Ocean" will appeal to all Bear Grylls' many readers and win him many more.
Claudia Roden - Arabesque
In the 1960s Claudia Roden introduced Americans to a new world of tastes in her classic A Book of Middle Eastern Food. Now, in her enchanting new book, Arabesque, she revisits the three countries with the most exciting cuisines today—Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon. Interweaving history, stories, and her own observations, she gives us 150 of the most delectable recipes: some of them new discoveries, some reworkings of classic dishes—all of them made even more accessible and delicious for today’s home cook. From Morocco, the most exquisite and refined cuisine of North Africa: couscous dishes; multilayered pies; delicately flavored tagines; ways of marrying meat, poultry, or fish with fruit to create extraordinary combinations of spicy, savory, and sweet. From Turkey, a highly sophisticated cuisine that dates back to the Ottoman Empire yet reflects many new influences today: a delicious array of kebabs, fillo pies, eggplant dishes in many guises, bulgur and chickpea salads, stuffed grape leaves and peppers, and sweet puddings. From Lebanon, a cuisine of great diversity: a wide variety of mezze (those tempting appetizers that can make a meal all on their own); dishes featuring sun-drenched Middle Eastern vegetables and dried legumes; and national specialties such as kibbeh, meatballs with pine nuts, and lamb shanks with yogurt. Claudia Roden knows this part of the world so intimately that we delight in being in such good hands as she translates the subtle play of flavors and simple cooking techniques to our own home kitchens.
Ellen DeGeneres - Seriously... I'm Kidding
I've experienced a lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?
Neil Wilson - Alan Murphy - Scotland
Scotland is deliciously wild and woolly, full of raucous festivals, remote islands, tempestuous weather, bucolic golf courses and cities bursting their seams with galleries, cafes and rich Scottish spirit. You don't do this place in half-measures. Full-colour chapters uncover Scotland's regions and highlights Resident author gives a personal insight into this beautiful country Well-worn or off-the-beaten track? We've got itineraries to suit The pick of accommodation in Scotland - no sleeping in thistles for you!
Mary Schramski - What to Keep
She'd never had a real home... So it had never been about "what to keep" in her life; she'd not experienced that luxury. Then Juliette Carlton got a call, one that said she'd inherited a fortune -- and could she please claim it? Juliette didn't know what to do. She was a down-on-her-luck Las Vegas card dealer with $38 in her bank account. Had she hit the jackpot? Or was it just another loss? At first it seemed the latter. The "fortune" was a dilapidated 140-year-old antebellum house that belonged to an uncle she barely remembered. Beneath layers of dust, every inch of the ancestral home was shrouded in secrets -- secrets that would put in doubt everything Juliette ever thought she knew. She would have to decide what to give away. But along the way, she found what to keep....
Karla Zimmerman - Caroline Sieg - Ryan Ver Berkmoes - Amsterdam City Guide
Amsterdam is a city of surprising beauty. A stroll along the western canals, through the lanes of the Jordaan or beneath the greenery of the Plantage can lead straight into a trance. As can a visit to a magnificent museum or an infamous coffeeshop. Be enchanted. * With pull-out map * Three authors, over 700 recommendations, five neighbourhood walks, three bike * Colour Architecture chapter on the city's buildings, old and new * Comprehensive Day Trips chapter includes Leiden, Utrecht and Haarlem * New index of sustainable travel listings
David Atkinson - Neil Wilson - Wales
Better than ever! We've reinvented this guidebook with a Highlights section, itineraries, expanded listings, a culture chapter and a practical directory. Lose yourself in timeless rural scenery laced with glistening lakes and jagged peaks. Amble from festivals of food and opera to celebrations of art and ecology. Gorge yourself on medieval castles. Join the adrenaline junkies in a quest for the ultimate adventure. Whatever you want from Wales, this inspiring guide will help you find it. TAKE YOUR PICK - highlights and itineraries help you make the most of your trip to Cymru GET AWAY FROM IT ALL - comprehensive coverage allows you to explroe Wales' untouched countryside, remote villages and little-known islands DISCOVER THE GREAT OUTDOORS - practical information on outdoor activities, from walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to scaling Snowdon LUXURIATE - new gastropubs and boutique country hotels revealed and reviewed, to help you escape in style CUT LOOSE IN CARDIFF - find the best restaurants, bars and clubs in Wales' cosmopolitan capital with our expert listings
Damien Simonis - Barcelona City Guide
This guidebook is expected in-stock in all regions by 15th November. Once in our warehouse, we will dispatch within 48 hours.Whether you want to spend your time puzzling over Barcelona’s eccentric architecture, or chilling out with a mojito at a hip beachfront bar, our local author dishes out all the best tips and secrets. Packed with insider tips from residents Over 500 hours of research and more than 200 eating and drinking recommendations Comprehensive information on day trips from the city
Aravind Adiga - The White Tiger
A brutal view of India's class struggles is cunningly presented in Adiga's debut about a racist, homicidal chauffer. Balram Halwai is from the Darkness, born where India's downtrodden and unlucky are destined to rot. Balram manages to escape his village and move to Delhi after being hired as a driver for a rich landlord. Telling his story in retrospect, the novel is a piecemeal correspondence from Balram to the premier of China, who is expected to visit India and whom Balram believes could learn a lesson or two about India's entrepreneurial underbelly. Adiga's existential and crude prose animates the battle between India's wealthy and poor as Balram suffers degrading treatment at the hands of his employers (or, more appropriately, masters). His personal fortunes and luck improve dramatically after he kills his boss and decamps for Bangalore. Balram is a clever and resourceful narrator with a witty and sarcastic edge that endears him to readers, even as he rails about corruption, allows himself to be defiled by his bosses, spews coarse invective and eventually profits from moral ambiguity and outright criminality. It's the perfect antidote to lyrical India.
Elif Shafak - The Forty Rules of Love
An American housewife is transformed by an intriguing manuscript about the Sufi mystic poet Rumi In this lyrical, exuberant follow-up to her 2007 novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, acclaimed Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives- one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz-that together incarnate the poet´s timeless message of love. Ella Rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married when she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent. Her first assignment is to read and report on Sweet Blasphemy, a novel written by a man named Aziz Zahara. Ella is mesmerized by his tale of Shams´s search for Rumi and the dervish´s role in transforming the successful but unhappy cleric into a committed mystic, passionate poet, and advocate of love. She is also taken with Shams´s lessons, or rules, that offer insight into an ancient philosophy based on the unity of all people and religions, and the presence of love in each and every one of us. As she reads on, she realizes that Rumi´s story mirrors her own and that Zahara-like Shams-has come to set her free.
Elif Shafak - The Flea Palace
Shafak uses the narrative structure of A Thousand and One Nights to construct a story-within-a-story, as the mystery of the apartments stolen garbage is considered from a variety of perspectives. There is the narrator, a womanizing, raki-swilling academic with a penchant for Kierkegaard; Hygiene Tijen, the clean freak , and her lice-ridden daughter Su; madly flamboyant Ethel, a lapsed Jew in search of true love, and the charmingly naive Blue Mistress whose personal secret is just one of many hidden within the confines of the building. Add to this a strange, intensifying stench, the cause of which is revealed at the end of the book, and we have a metaphoric conduit for the cultural and spiritual decay at the heart of Istanbul.
Jennifer Malott Kotylo - The Everything Thai Cookbook
Sumptuous Thai dishes you can make at home! Thai cuisine creates a harmonious blend between spicy hot and comparatively bland ingredients from age-old Eastern and relatively new Western foods. Featuring both outstanding traditional recipes and cutting-edge crowd-pleasers such as Spicy Fried Rice Sticks, Salmon Toast, Chicken Satay, and Thai Crab Cakes, The Everything® Thai Cookbook guides you through preparing meals as good as you’d find in your favorite Thai restaurant. The Everything® Thai Cookbook is perfect for both vegetarians and meat-eaters, offering an eclectic range of spices, flavors, and aromas. Whether you want to prepare a meal for one—or an entire feast—The Everything® Thai Cookbook will have you serving up tasty fare to tempt even the most critical food connoisseur. Featuring mouthwatering recipes for: ·Banana Fritters ·Chicken-Vegetable Rice ·Coconut Curried Chicken ·Fresh Oranges in Rose Water ·Pad Thai ·Pumpkin Rice Custard ·Spicy Rice and Shrimp Salad
H. V. Morton - Middle East
Never have the countries of the Middle East been of more interest or importance. H. V. Morton knows these well and in MIDDLE EAST has selected from three famous travel books - IN THE STEPS OF THE MASTER, IN THE STEPS OF ST. PAUL and THROUGH LANDS OF THE BIBLE - those passages which deal in the most general way with countries in the Middle Eastern theatre of war, together with much new writing about Greece and Turkey.
Agatha Christie - One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Even the great Poirot harbours a deep and abiding fear of the dentist, so it is with trepidation that he arrives at the celebrated Dr Morley’s surgery for an examination. Yet even Poirot couldn’t have guessed that only hours later he would be examining the dentist, dead in his surgery – an apparent suicide. Why would a successful dentist choose to kill himself on such a busy day? Poirot turns to the other patients for answers – but only finds other, darker questions. ‘A swift course of unflagging suspense leads to complete surprise.’ New York Times
Sarah Andrews - Josephine Quintero - Stuart Butler - Anthony Ham - Damien Simonis - John Noble - Miles Roddis - Arpi Armenakian Shively - Spain
Got an appetite for art and architecture, food and festivities? Spain's a taste sensation. Tapas in Madrid bars, artful graffiti in Barcelona streets, Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, beaches, ski slopes - hungry yet? * Expert chapter on the Camino de Santiago * Dedicated section on green getaways * Detailed maps * Full-colour sections on Spanish food and drink * Accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets
Neal Bedford - Marika McAdam - Steve Fallon - Tim Richards - Poland
Get a thirst for bison-grass vodka as you dive into the cellar bars and thriving alleys of dynamic Kraków. Get off the tourist trail and head for the Eastern Marches or revel in the grandeur of Wawel Castle. Locals and resident authors show you how to get on board for the new Poland. * Itineraries to get you zooming through the regions * New Activities chapter covering trekking, skiing and kayaking * Interviews with local cartoonists, museum curators and film festival directors * The pick of Poland accommodation
William Dalrymple - City of Djinns
In the course of 12 months in Delhi, Dalrymple peels back the successive layers of history, using material and human remains of each of the eight cities of Delhi, interlacing stories with the present and ending with the Delhi creation myth contained in the great Indian epic "The Mahabharata".
H. G. Wells - A bűvészbolt / The Magic Shop
''Hogy milyen kitűnően írt ez a huszadik századi mindenes, talán novelláiban érzékelhető leginkább. (...) A hatalmas, heterogén életmű összemosódó masszájából határozott, éles kontúrokkal, a megjelenítés nappali fényében emelkedik ki egy-egy remekbeszabott elbeszélés tömör érzékletessége, mesteri realizmusa, néhány felejthetetlenül jellegzetes figurája. Kis elejtett remekművek ezek.'' - Görgey Gábor
Dalai Lama XIV - Howard C. Cutler - The Art of Happiness
An updated edition of a beloved classic, the original book on happiness, with new material from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler. Nearly every time you see him, he?s laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He?s the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and a hugely sought-after speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending only a few minutes in his presence you can?t help feeling happier. If you ask him if he?s happy, even though he?s suffered the loss of his country, the Dalai Lama will give you an unconditional yes. What?s more, he?ll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that ?the very motion of our life is toward happiness.? How to get there has always been the question. He?s tried to answer it before, but he?s never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand. The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology. Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life?s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings. After being in print for ten years, this book has touched countless lives and uplifted spirits around the world.
Noam Chomsky - Occupy
'Occupy is the first major public response to thirty years of class war.' Since its appearance in Zuccotti Park, New York, in September 2011, the Occupy movement has spread to hundreds of towns and cities across the world. No longer occupying small tent camps, the movement now occupies the global conscience as its messages spread from street protests to op-ed pages to the highest seats of power. From the movement's onset, Noam Chomsky has supported its critique of corporate corruption and encouraged its efforts to increase civic participation, economic equality, democracy and freedom. Through talks and conversations with movement supporters, Occupy presents Chomsky's latest thinking on the central issues, questions and demands that are driving ordinary people to protest. How did we get to this point? How are the wealthiest 1% influencing the lives of the other 99%? How can we separate money from politics? What would a genuinely democratic election look like? How can we redefine basic concepts like 'growth' to increase equality and quality of life for all? Occupy is another vital contribution from Chomsky to the literature of defiance and protest, and a red-hot rallying call to forge a better, more egalitarian future.