Background reading: The Middle East

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Heading to the Middle East? Here’s a handy list of background reading: Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger “Wilfred Thesiger’s record of his extraordinary [1940s] journey through the parched ‘Empty Quarter’ of Arabia.” Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran by Laura Secor “Will stand as a classic of political reporting; an indelible […]

Background reading: Polar

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If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Antarctica or the Arctic, here’s a handy list of background reading: Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic by Jennifer Niven “In September 1921, four young men and Ada Blackjack, a diminutive 25-year-old Eskimo woman, ventured deep into the Arctic in a secret attempt […]

Background reading: Latin America

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Heading to South America or Central America? Here’s a handy list of background reading: The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics edited by Gabriela Nouzeilles and Graciela Montaldo “An invaluable resource for those interested in learning about Argentine history and culture, whether in the classroom or in preparation for travel in Argentina.” [Argentina] The Art of […]

Background reading: Europe

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Heading to Europe? Here’s a handy list of background reading: 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson “[This] mesmerizing novel transports readers to a sunny Portuguese town with a shadowy past—where two women, decades apart, are drawn into a dark game of truth and lies that still haunts the shifting sea marshes.” [Portugal] The Alchemist […]

Background reading: Asia

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  Heading to Asia? Here’s a handy list of background reading: An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro “Offers readers of the English language an authentic look at postwar Japan, “a floating world” of changing cultural behaviors, shifting societal patterns and troubling questions.” [Japan] Bangkok 8 by John Burdett “A thriller with attitude […]

Background reading: Africa

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  If you’re heading to Africa, here’s a handy list of background reading: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho “This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the […]