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Photos from Manchuria.

Photos: Expat Writer Documents Life in a Chinese Village Called Wasteland

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Kerri Miller recommends "My Several Worlds" is you plan to travel to Manchuria.

My Several Worlds

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Michael Meyer says "In China, Pearl S.. Buck is admired but not read. In the United States, Pearl S. Buck is read but not admired."

Pearl S Buck Books International Humanitarian Child Advocate

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WSJ: "‘In Manchuria’ is not a typical book about China. It is not about the booming of cities, the nouveau riche or the holders of power. It has no investment advice to offer and does not predict whether China will take over the world. It contains gripping anecdotes from the past, but it is not a work of history. "

The Frozen Northeast

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"In Manchuria" was written by Minnesota native, Michael Meyer.

In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China

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Michael Meyer, author of "In Manchuria", says that the Great Wall ends on with just a door to the wilderness.

Great Wall of China History & Facts

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Justin Marozzi, author of "Baghdad": "This (current era) has to be one of the low points in the city's history, but if you go back across the centuries, you read the descriptions of what conquerors like Hulagu, who is Genghis Khan's grandson, did to the city in 1258. He razed it the ground. Only 150 years later, when the city was just slowly recovering from this apocalypse, along came Tamerlane, the Turkish warlord, who sacked the city again and cut off 90,000 heads of the city's inhabitants."

Gertrude Bell AKA "Queen of the Desert" by John Singer Sargent.

BBC - Your Paintings - Gertrude Bell

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Book recommended by those who travel to Baghdad: "Desert Queen" by Janet Wallach. It's a biogrpahy of Gertrude Bell, a woman adventurer.

"Baghdad" by Justin Marozzi: "From 762 to 1258, it was a very cosmopolitan place where you have Jews, Christians and Muslims all together in the same city, in this great melting pot. Although violence was a constant in the history of Baghdad, it seems to me it was a much more tolerant place in its earliest incarnation where different faiths rubbed up against each other, more or less peacefully. Different opinions were tolerated, there were vigorous philosophical and religious debates."

Roaming and Reading: Baghdad

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Paul Bowles on Taprobane Island from the Paris Review: "(It's) about two acres. A beautiful tropical forest on an island. Originally it had been owned by a French landscape gardener. Sixty or seventy years ago he’d brought back trees, shrubs, vines, and flowers from all over Southeast Asia and the East Indies. It was a wonderful botanical display. But as I say, I never felt I owned it."

Taprobane Island. Аренда острова

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Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka was formerly the estate of writer Paul Bowles. You can spend the night! (But you have to book the whole island for $1700 per night. Gather your friends and go.)

Taprobane Island

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Michael Ondaatje's "Running in the Family"

Running in the Family

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Wave. True story of one woman's loss and survival in the 2004 Tsunami. Sounds sad, but powerful, to keep on going after losing your parents, husband and children, everything...

Interview: Sonali Deraniyagala, Author Of 'Wave' : NPR

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Weligama Bay Beach in Weligama, Southern Sri Lanka

Weligama Bay Beach

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A room in Paul Bowles's former estate on Taprobane.

In Sri Lanka, an Island of Detachment and Desire

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Taprobane Island. Sri Lanka

"Ringed by gleaming boulders and topped by a cloud-white villa, Taprobane is now a landmark in Sri Lanka. Created in the 1920s by a Frenchman who claimed to be an aristocrat, the property was once owned by the writer Paul Bowles."

In Sri Lanka, an Island of Detachment and Desire

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Books about Los Angeles: "Walking L.A."

Best Books About Los Angeles

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Books about Los Angeles: "The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory" by Norman M. Klein

Books about Los Angeles: "Mildred Pierce" by James M Cain

Satia's Reviews: Mildred Pierce by James M Cain

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Books about Los Angeles: "Southern California: An Island on the Land" by Carey McWilliams

Books about Los Angeles: "Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies" by Reyner Banham (The Architect and Society Series). Classic work from the 1970s. The fact that many more of his sterling examples of L.A. architecture of that time have disappeared only adds to the poignance. Highly recommended to those interested in the subject.

Books about Los Angeles: "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" by Joan Didion

Books about Los Angeles. "White Oleander" by Janet Fitch.

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

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    Lee Zimbelman

    LOVED this book. Made me cry, hard!

"Murder on Bamboo Lane" by Naomi Hirahara: "The first in a new series featuring LAPD bicycle cop Ellie Rush! Bike cop Ellie Rush dreams of becoming a homicide detective, but it’s still a shock when the first dead body she encounters on the job is that of a former college classmate."

LA Times Book Critic David Ulin's books that tell the story of Los Angeles: • "Murder on Bamboo Lane" by Naomi Hirahara • "White Oleander" by Janet Fitch • "Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies" by Reyner Banham • "Southern California: An Island on the Land" by Carey McWilliams • "Mildred Pierce" by James M. Cain • "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" by Joan Didion • "The History of Forgetting" by Norman Klein

The Alluvian Spa, Greenwood, Mississippi.

The Alluvian : Photo Gallery

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Bob Dylan in Greenwood, Mississippi 1963.

Cali Legitness. — ventureandvirtue: Bob Dylan Greenwood,...

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A Day Trip to Greenwood, Mississippi

Day Trip: Greenwood, Mississippi

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Turnrow Books in Greenwood, MS

Turnrow Book Co. Independent Booksellers - Greenwood, MS

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We travel to Greenwood, Mississippi with Jamie Kornegay. He is the owner of the independent bookstore Turnrow Book Co. located in the Mississippi Delta, and is coming out with his debut novel, "Soil."

Roaming and Reading: Jamie Kornegay's Mississippi Delta

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Travel writer Pico Iyer has a new book "The Art of Stillness" about why he, a man who loves to roam, also loves to stay in one place.

Travel, for me, is a

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Pico Iyer, travel writer, talks about the joy of sitting still and the joy of travel. "Travel, for me, is a little bit like being in love, because suddenly all your senses are at the setting marked "on." "

Pena Castle, Sintra, Portugal

6006PX Fun Place: Pena Castle, Sintra, Portugal

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Top 5 Pins: Fall Traveler’s Bucketlist

Top 5 Pins: Fall Traveler's Bucketlist

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BBC Arts - Secret Life of Books: Marvels of the Manuscript - BBC

BBC Arts - Secret Life of Books: Marvels of the Manuscript - BBC

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Listen to Dylan Thomas read: www.youtube.com/....

There is a 36-hr reading of Dylan Thomas's poetry on Oct. 26-27 in Swansea.

The Dylathon - To celebrate 100 Years since Dylan Thomas' birth

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Dylan Thomas

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Stunning views: Rhossili Bay in Wales enjoys a glorious vista of the Worm's Head and across the sea to North Devon.

Dylan Thomas's favourite beach in Wales scoops top award

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Dylan Thomas was born 100 years ago this year. In tribute, we are Roaming and Reading in Wales.

Roaming and Reading: Dylan Thomas' Wales

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The Moon Come to Earth by Philip Graham. "Still, I’m happy just to be here. I love Lisbon.I don’t know why I love Lisbon"

Miguel Torga, Portuguese writer.

Poet Fernando António Nogueira Pêssoa was born in Lisbon, Portugal.

Fernando Pessoa : The Poetry Foundation

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Amália Rodrigues, Queen of Fado ( Rainha do Fado )

Moorish Castle, Sintra, Portugal

Moorish tower of Palacio Nacional de Pena in Sintra, a Magic Castle - Lisbon, Portugal

Alfama, a hillside neighborhood in Lisbon.

ALFAMA District, Lisbon

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A volunteer fills up boxes with fruit and vegetables at the "Fruta Feia" (Ugly Fruit) in Lisbon

Roaming and Reading: Richard Zimler's Lisbon

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Kerri recommends reading "Band of Angels" by Robert Penn Warren. It was made into a movie starring Clark Gable and Sidney Poitier.

Band of Angels (1957)

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Frances Mayes's new memoir "Under Magnolia" about growing up in the South.

Author Frances Mayes on growing up in the South

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Cleopatra: A Life By Stacy Schiff. Kerri Miller recommends it to anyone who travels to Egypt.

22 Books for the Armchair Traveler

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Kerri recommends Toby Wilkinson's The Nile.

Roaming and Reading: Toby Wilkinson's Nile

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Travels with Casey

Joe Cinque's Consolation, A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law

Cloud Street - Tim Winton

Cloudstreet: A Novel by Tim Winton - EbookNetworking.net

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The Brindabella Ranges that surround Canberra

View from Mount Ainslie, Canberra

Mount Ainslie - Canberra - Australia

Captain Cook Monument, Canberra

Jims-Life-Log | A blog of interesting stuff in Jim's life

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36 hours in Canberra from the NYT.

36 Hours in Canberra, Australia

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Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, Australia

Canberra Balloon Fiesta

Roaming and Reading in Australia: Kerri picked "The Light Between Oceans" by first-time novelist M.L. Stedman. The book is set on an island off the western coast of Australia after World War I and follows the life of a lighthouse-keeper and his wife when a long-desired child comes into their lives.

Roaming and Reading: Canberra, Australia

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Kerri recommends "A Death in Brazil" by Peter Robb for those traveling to Brazil. Description of the book from Bloomsbury Press: "Delving into Brazil's baroque past, Peter Robb writes about its history of slavery and the richly multicultural but disturbed society that was left in its wake when the practice was abolished in the late nineteenth century."

A Death in Brazil

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Kerri recommends reading The Lost City of Z by David Grann if you are traveling to Brazil.

Travel literature review: The Lost City of Z - Lonely Planet

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Kevin Raub recommended the Pantanal.

Pantanal, South America

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Kevin Raub recommends going to Bonito.

Mentioned on the air: "It seems like every culture with a coastline has their version of a seafood stew. The French have bouillabaise, the Portuguese bacalhoada, New England “chowdah” and San Francisco cioppino. In Brazil, they make moqueca (pronounced “mo-KEH-kah”), a stew made with fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, and in the northern state of Bahia, coconut milk."

Moqueca – Brazilian Fish Stew

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For this week's Roaming and Reading, we're traveling to Brazil, just in time for the World Cup. Kevin Raub is co-author of Lonely Planet's Brazil Guide and author of the Brazil section of Lonely Planet's South America on a Shoestring.

Roaming and Reading: Brazil

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The Wonders of Life on Earth inspired listener Ben to travel to the Galapagos Islands.

William Smith's map that "changed the world."

The Geological Society

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The story of the map that kicked off the science of geology and how it changed how we saw the world.

The Map That Changed The World | Simon Winchester

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J.J. Connolly book admired by Rudy Maxa.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Celebrating Memorial Day at WWI's Western Front

Celebrating Memorial Day, ‘Over There’

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On a bright and blustery morning in February, I stepped out my front door and walked until I reached the north bank of the River Liffey, where I crossed a bridge and stopped in front of a dark gaunt house on Usher’s Island. The house stood a little back from the street, as though in quiet reproach of its surroundings, the only Georgian redbrick in a row of humbler buildings facing the river...

100 Years After Dubliners, James Joyce’s Dublin—and Mine

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James Joyce's Dublin

Roaming and Reading: James Joyce and Maya Angelou

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Mompós, Colombia, the town that time forgot

Mompós, Colombia, the town that time forgot

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La Albarrada is the avenue that runs along the river, the prettiest section, of Mompos.

Travel writer Nicholas Gill takes us to Gabriel García Márquez's Mompós, Columbia

A Remote Colombia City That Really Does Exist

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the famous cafè Florian in Venice | photo from The world's best cultural destinations at www.telegraph.co....

The world's best cultural destinations - Telegraph

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Tomb of Shakespeare, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK Shakespeare's tomb lies in the chancel, a privileged position bestowed upon him when he became a lay rector in 1605. Alongside his grave are those of his widow Anne and other members of his family

Everywhere: Photos: Tomb of Shakespeare

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Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare's Globe in London undertaking a worldwide tour of "Hamlet." They plan to bring the play to every country in honor of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birthday.

Roaming and Reading: The worldwide 'Hamlet' tour

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"Walk down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City (now a section of Tampa, Florida) and feel yourself transported to a place in another time. Brick streets are lined with sidewalks of hexagonal concrete pavers and old-fashioned, cast-iron street lamps."

Ybor City: Cigar Capital of the World

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The Hotel Ponce de Leon opened January 10, 1888.

Henry Morrison Flagler Biography

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An extensive Native American village in the middle of downtown Miami...likely one of the most significant prehistoric sites in the United States. The archaeologists...have so far painstakingly dug up eight large circles comprised of uniformly carved holes in the native limestone that they believe to be foundation holes for Tequesta Indian dwellings dating as far back as 2,000 years.

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Diana Abu-Jaber's "Birds of Paradise" is set in Miami. She is not a Florida native, but thinks that she was meant to live here all here life.

Diana Abu-Jaber : Official Web site : Birds of Paradise

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Kerri suggest you explore Tampa and Florida through Dennis Lehane's "Live by Night."

Roaming and Reading: Dennis Lehane's Tampa

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Doug Lansky recommends checking TimeOut for listings of events outside of the city center. Find a county fair to visit.

Museum mentioned by Kerri: L'Orangerie.

When Kerri spoke to Doug Lansky about Paris, her book pick was Joan DeJean's "How Paris Became Paris."

Roaming and Reading: Joan DeJean's Paris

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5 books that will transport you to Paris.

5 books that will transport you to Paris

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Our guest for our segment on Seville was Abigail King. Her site, Inside the Travel Lab, has beautiful photographs of the city.

The Christmas holiday season in Seville lasts into January. From the Exploresville page: "Like many countries the shopping period is starting earlier and earlier every year. Most people give their gifts on January 6th instead of December 25th, pushing the mad rush of buying into the new year. New Year's, the Día de la Inmaculada Concepción and the Día de Santos Inocentes are other days where you'll see some holiday activity or just a little joking around."

"Just inside the Cathedral door of Seville’s massive cathedral stands a monument to Christopher Columbus. His tomb is held aloft by four allegorical figures representing the four kingdoms of Spain during Columbus’ life, Castille, Aragon, Navara and Leon."

Tomb of Christopher Columbus

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Convento de San Leandro: " Many nuns in the convents of Sevilla earn their living selling sweets and confections. Their recipes come from the times of the Romans and Moors, which they have preserved over the ages."

From the NYT's 36 Hours in Seville: "SEVILLE is easily Spain's most flamboyant city. As a former Moorish capital, its streets are awash in a sultry jumble of Christian-Muslim architecture, with many grand buildings in need of a fresh coat of paint."