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Life in a Medieval City (Medieval Life Book 1)
by , Joseph Gies

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

July 18, 2010

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<p>From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of their classic book on day-to-day life in medieval cities, which was a source for George R.R. Martin’s <em>Game of Thrones</em> series.</p><p>Evoking every aspect of city life in the Middle Ages, <em>Life in a Medieval City</em> depicts in detail what it was like to live in a prosperous city of Northwest Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The year is 1250 CE and the city is Troyes, capital of the county of Champagne and site of two of the cycle Champagne Fairs—the “Hot Fair” in August and the “Cold Fair” in December. European civilization has emerged from the Dark Ages and is in the midst of a commercial revolution. Merchants and money men from all over Europe gather at Troyes to buy, sell, borrow, and lend, creating a bustling market center typical of the feudal era. As the Gieses take us through the day-to-day life of burghers, we learn the customs and habits of lords and serfs, how financial transactions were conducted, how medieval cities were governed, and what life was really like for a wide range of people.</p><p>For serious students of the medieval era and anyone wishing to learn more about this fascinating period, <em>Life in a Medieval City</em> remains a timeless work of popular medieval scholarship.</p>
(Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living
by Mark Greenside

Language

English

Pages

276

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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Every year upon arriving in Plobien, the small Breton town where he spends his summers, American writer Mark Greenside picks back up where he left off with his faux-pas–filled Francophile life. Mellowed and humbled, but not daunted (OK, <I>slightly</I> daunted), he faces imminent concerns: What does he cook for a French person? Who has the right-of-way when entering or exiting a roundabout? Where does he pay for a parking ticket? And most dauntingly of all, when can he touch the tomatoes?<BR><BR> Despite the two decades that have passed since Greenside’s snap decision to buy a house in Brittany and begin a bi-continental life, the quirks of French living still manage to confound him. Continuing the journey begun in his 2009 memoir about beginning life in France, <I>(Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living</I> details Greenside’s daily adventures in his adopted French home, where the simplest tasks are never straightforward but always end in a great story. Through some hits and lots of misses, he learns the rules of engagement, how he gets what he needs—which is not necessarily what he thinks he wants—and how to be grateful and thankful when (especially when) he fails, which is more often than he can believe. <BR><BR>Introducing the English-speaking world to the region of Brittany in the tradition of Peter Mayle’s homage to Provence, Mark Greenside’s first book, <I>I’ll Never Be French</I>, continues to be among the bestselling books about the region today. Experienced Francophiles and armchair travelers alike will delight in this new chapter exploring the practical and philosophical questions of French life, vividly brought to life by Greenside’s humor and affection for his community.
From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
by Tembi Locke

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

April 30, 2019

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<b>A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK</b><BR> <BR><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><BR> <b>A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour.</b><BR><BR>It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro’s traditional Sicilian family did not approve of him marrying a black American woman, an actress no less. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, forges on. They build a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships and the love of their lives: a baby girl they adopt at birth. Eventually, they reconcile with Saro’s family just as he faces a formidable cancer that will consume all their dreams.<BR> <BR> <i>From Scratch </i>chronicles three summers Tembi spends in Sicily with her daughter, Zoela, as she begins to piece together a life without her husband in his tiny hometown hamlet of farmers. Where once Tembi was estranged from Saro’s family and his origins, now she finds solace and nourishment—literally and spiritually—at her mother in law’s table. In the Sicilian countryside, she discovers the healing gifts of simple fresh food, the embrace of a close knit community, and timeless traditions and wisdom that light a path forward. All along the way she reflects on her and Saro’s incredible romance—an indelible love story that leaps off the pages.<BR> <BR> In Sicily, it is said that every story begins with a marriage or a death—in Tembi Locke’s case, it is both. Her story is about loss, but it’s really about love found. Her story is about travel, but it’s really about finding a home. It is about food, but it’s really about chasing flavor as an act of remembrance. <i>From Scratch </i>is for anyone who has dared to reach for big love, fought for what mattered most, and needed a powerful reminder that life is…delicious.
My Grape Escape: (The Grape Series Book 4)
by Laura Bradbury

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

November 16, 2013

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In My Grape Escape, twenty-six-year-old Laura steps off the path to a prestigious legal career in London and into a Revolutionary-era ruin in the Burgundian town of Beaune with her new husband, Franck. Is this split-second, life-altering decision profoundly wise or utterly insane?<br /><br />Laura's idealistic visions of bicycling through French vineyards with fresh baguettes under her arm had not included steaming plates of veal brains for breakfast or taming an electrician named Tin Tin. Still, as Laura learns the art of bartering for antique furnishings and rekindles her romance with Franck, she gains a newfound perspective. Will running from the law to the vineyards of France trump the expectations she has long held for herself? Find out in My Grape Escape, book two in Laura's popular Grape Series.<br /><br />PRAISE FOR LAURA BRADBURY<br />“Bradbury’s Grape Series feels like a series of honest and funny letters sent from a friend about her fascinating (and sometimes baffling) life in France. A beautiful read.”<br />—Janice MacLeod, New York Times bestselling author of Paris Letters and A Paris Year<br /><br />“Bradbury’s Grape Series takes the reader on a romantic adventure into the heart, soul, and people of la belle France. Filled with delicious food, love, and laughter, Bradbury’s writing proves that you have to dare to follow your heart wherever it leads you…and that sometimes we have to step outside our comfort zone to truly live.”<br />—Samantha Vérant, author of How to Make a French Family and Seven Letters from Paris<br />
Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages
by Gaston Dorren

Language

English

Pages

305

Publication Date

December 01, 2015

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<B>Six thousand years. Sixty languages. One “brisk and breezy” whirlwind armchair tour of Europe “bulg[ing] with linguistic trivia” (<I>The Wall Street Journal</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> Take a trip of the tongue across the continent in this fascinating, hilarious and highly edifying exploration of the many ways and whys of Euro-speaks—its idiosyncrasies, its histories, commonalities, and differences.<BR />  <BR /> Most European languages are descended from a single ancestor, a language not unlike Sanskrit known as Proto-Indo-European (or PIE for short), but the continent’s ever-changing borders and cultures have given rise to a linguistic and cultural diversity that is too often forgotten in discussions of Europe as a political entity. <I>Lingo</I> takes us into today’s remote mountain villages of Switzerland, where Romansh is still the lingua franca, to formerly Soviet Belarus, a country whose language was Russified by the Bolsheviks, to Sweden, where up until the 1960s polite speaking conventions required that one never use the word “you.”<BR />  <BR /> “In this bubbly linguistic endeavor, journalist and polyglot Dorren thoughtfully walks readers through the weird evolution of languages” (<I>Publishers Weekly</I>), and not just the usual suspects—French, German, Yiddish, irish, and Spanish, Here, too are the esoteric—Manx, Ossetian, Esperanto, Gagauz, and Sami, and that global headache called English. In its sixty bite-sized chapters, Dorret offers quirky and hilarious tidbits of illuminating facts, and also dispels long-held lingual misconceptions (no, Eskimos do <I>not</I> have 100 words for snow). Guaranteed to change the way you think about language, <I>Lingo</I> is a “lively and insightful . . . unique, page-turning book” (<I>Minneapolis Star Tribune</I>).
Chernobyl 01:23:40: The Incredible True Story of the World's Wors...
by Andrew Leatherbarrow

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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At 01:23:40 on April 26th 1986, Alexander Akimov pressed the emergency shutdown button at Chernobyl’s fourth nuclear reactor. It was an act that forced the permanent evacuation of a city, killed thousands and crippled the Soviet Union. The event spawned decades of conflicting, exaggerated and inaccurate stories.<br /><br />This book, the result of five years of research, presents an accessible but comprehensive account of what really happened. From the desperate fight to prevent a burning reactor core from irradiating eastern Europe, to the self-sacrifice of the heroic men who entered fields of radiation so strong that machines wouldn’t work, to the surprising truth about the legendary ‘Chernobyl divers’, all the way through to the USSR’s final show-trial. The historical narrative is interwoven with a story of the author’s own spontaneous journey to Ukraine’s still-abandoned city of Pripyat and the wider Chernobyl Zone.<br /><br />Complete with over 45 pages of photographs of modern-day Pripyat and technical diagrams of the power station, Chernobyl 01:23:40 is a fascinating new account of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
Rick Steves Italy 2019
by Rick Steves

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English

Pages

1242

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta: with Rick Steves on your side, Italy can be yours! Inside<i> Rick Steves Italy 2019 </i>you'll find:</b><br /><ul><li><b>Comprehensive coverage </b>for planning a <b>multi-week trip</b> to Italy</li><li><b>Rick's strategic </b>advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites</li><li><b>Top sights and hidden gems</b>, from the Colosseum and Michelangelo's David to corner trattorias and that perfect scoop of gelato</li><li><b>How to connect with local culture</b>: Walk in Caesar's footsteps of through the ruins of the Forum, discover the relaxed rhythms of sunny Cinque Terre, or chat with fans about the latest soccer match (<i>calcio</i>, to locals) </li><li><b>Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps</b> with Rick's candid, humorous insight</li><li><b>The best places to eat, sleep, and experience</b> <b><i>la dolce far niente</i></b></li><li><b>Self-guided walking tours</b> of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums</li><li><b>Vital trip-planning tools</b>, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place </li><li><b>Detailed maps</b>, including a <b>fold-out map</b> for exploring on the go</li><li><b>Useful resources</b> including a packing list, Italian phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading</li><li><b>Over 1,000 bible-thin pages</b> include everything worth seeing without weighing you down</li><li><b>Annually updated information </b>on Venice, Padua, The Dolomites, Lake Country, Milan, Italian Riviera, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Hill Towns of Central Italy, Siena, Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and much more</li></ul><b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with <i>Rick Steves Italy 2019.</i></b><br /><br />Planning a one- to two-week trip? Check out <i>Rick Steves Best of Italy</i>. Want to explore off-the-beaten-path Italy instead? Pick up <i>Rick Steves Sicily</i>.<br />
Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History
by Robert D. Kaplan

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 01, 2014

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<p>From the assassination that triggered World War I to the ethnic warfare in Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia, the Balkans have been the crucible of the twentieth century, the place where terrorism and genocide first became tools of policy. Chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by <i>The New York Times</i>, and greeted with critical acclaim as "the most insightful and timely work on the Balkans to date" (<i>The Boston Globe</i>), Kaplan's prescient, enthralling, and often chilling political travelogue is already a modern classic.</p><p>This new edition of <i>Balkan Ghosts</i> includes six opinion pieces written by Robert Kaplan about the Balkans between 1996 and 2000 beginning just after the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords and ending after the conclusion of the Kosovo war, with the removal of Slobodan Milosevic from power.</p>
Rick Steves Paris 2019
by , Gene Openshaw

Language

English

Pages

713

Publication Date

October 23, 2018

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<div><b>Explore every centimeter of Paris, from the top of the Eiffel Tower to the ancient catacombs below the city: with Rick Steves on your side, Paris can be yours! Inside <i>Rick Steves Paris 2019</i> you'll find:</b></div><div><ul><li><b>Comprehensive coverage</b> for spending <b>a week or more</b> exploring Paris</li><li><b>Rick's strategic advice</b> on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites</li><li><b>Top sights and hidden gems,</b> from Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the Palace of Versailles to where to find the perfect croissant</li><li><b>How to connect with culture:</b> Stroll along the Seine, marvel at the works of Degas and Monet, and sip <i>café au lait</i> at a streetside café</li><li><b>Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps</b> with Rick's candid, humorous insight</li><li><b>The best places to eat, sleep, and relax</b> with a glass of <i>vin rouge</i></li><li><b>Self-guided walking tours</b> of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums and churches</li><li><b>Detailed maps, </b>including <b>a fold-out map</b> for exploring on the go</li><li><b>Useful resources </b>including a packing list, French phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading</li><li><b>Over 700 bible-thin pages </b>include everything worth seeing without weighing you down</li><li><b>Annually updated information</b> on the Historic Core, Left Bank, Opera Neighborhood, Champs-Elysees, the Marais, Montmartre, and more, plus day trips to Versailles, Chartres, Giverny, and Auvers-sur-Oise</li></ul></div><div><b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with <i>Rick Steves Paris 2019</i>.</b></div><div><br /></div><div>Spending just a few days in the city? Try <i>Rick Steves Pocket Paris</i>.</div>
Under the Tuscan Sun: 20th-Anniversary Edition
by Frances Mayes

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

August 26, 2003

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<p><b>A CLASSIC FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF <i>UNDER MAGNOLIA</i></b><br /><br />Frances Mayes—widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer—opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which she includes in the book. Doing for Tuscany what M.F.K. Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion.<br /><br />Now with an excerpt from Frances Mayes's latest southern memoir, <i>Under Magnolia</i></p>

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