"Civil wars, revolutions, invasions and fascist dictatorships formed the political backdrop that defined the works produced in Madrid over the centuries."
"White Fury tells a highly readable complete history of the once-powerful colonial Jamaican sugar economy through the letters of Simon Taylor, one of its greatest planters."
For those of us who are devotees of budget travel, Seth Kugel’s “Frugal Traveler” column often seemed the most readable contribution to the New York Times travel section.
Parts of this book might have been written by the American couple deliberately run over by a car driven by alleged ISIS supporters in Tajikistan this summer.
It is hard to go wrong in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Dave Eggers, the accomplished Northern California novelist, returns to nonfiction storytelling with this captivating account of a young Yemeni-American businessman who dreams of reviving his homela
Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s The Stowaway is the adventure of Billy Gawronski, a first-generation Polish-American living in Bayside, New York, who on the day of his graduation from high school at
The Canary Islands: A Cultural History is anything but a traditional guidebook. It is rather a fusion of literature, history and travel sure to prove both useful and inspiring.
The somnambulant city of Havana, long in a slumber of decay, now seems poised for a new chapter as the world starts “discovering” a new, open, thawing Cuba.
“a compelling story conveying a powerful social and cultural critique along with a marvelous portrait of the beauties and wonders of Kenya . . .”
This city has captured headlines again this past year. Turkey’s tumult reminds readers of the position it occupies between East and West.
“the explorer [tells] his own story, combining history, cartography, natural science, and a bit of a modern travelogue . . .”
Novelist Russell Banks admits to having a serious case of wanderlust for the better part of half a century. Now 76, his international reputation as a writer in the grand tradition is secure.
Plato asserted that “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” If so, it could be argued that the U.S.A. today honors computers, social media, and the iPhone.
There was a time, and it was not so very long ago, when because we had read the texts of modern philosophy that had suddenly appeared in print, we contemplated Buddhism while we tuned the engines o
As Peter Frankopan writes in The Silk Roads (reviewed in NYJB), islands are important for several reasons.
Girl meets boy through an online dating account, and they take off to see the world after only a few weeks of dating.
Billed as “a loving and hilarious, if occasionally spiky, valentine” to the author’s adopted country, Bill Bryson’s follow-up, two decades on, to his bestselling Notes from a Small Island,
Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir by Truman Capote is a book you can risk judging by its cover art: a black and white photograph of a lithe Truman circa 1958 leaning on the sleepy back porch rai
This book is disappointing.
“Because of their bold decision to wander the globe in search of adventure, ‘We are healthier, happier, and more in touch with our world and our own selves.’”
For three decades, Donna Leon has lived in Venice, the setting for her popular Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries, a series distinguished by its engrossing plots, nuanced characterization, and mu
“. . . stereotype . . . of the fusty Oxbridge academic harrumphing at a changing world that does not correlate with his own. . . . not particularly funny.”
“We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.” —R. D. Laing
“. . . an adventurous woman, willing herself to . . . push up against the outer boundaries of her comfort zone. . . . many comedic observations.”