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Bookshelf: Travelers’ Tales of Southern Italy

Our writer recommends three books about Mezzogiorno, the southern region of Italy, written during the 19th and 20th centuries by travelers to the area.

Romania Bookshelf: Travelogues by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Two of the best travelogues ever penned, "A Time of Gifts" and "Between the Woods and the Water," make a perfect read before, during or after a trip to Romania.

Hamburg Bookshelf: Thomas Mann’s “Buddenbrooks”

Thomas Mann's novel "Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family" is a masterpiece. It would be enjoyable for anyone, but especially those traveling to Hamburg.

Key West Reading List

Key West has long been a refuge and an inspiration for writers. Not all the books on this list constitute high literature, but each is well worth reading.

Bookshelf: Dordogne's Neanderthal History

Author Beebe Bahrami offers an excellent introduction to Dordogne's Neanderthal history in her new book "Cafe Neandertal."

Ecuador Bookshelf: 'The Beak of the Finch'

Jonathan Weiner enjoyed the benefit of hindsight when he came to write "The Beak of the Finch," for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995.

Bookshelf: 'Shadows in the Vineyard'

In this true crime story, Maximillian Potter relates the attempt to extort 1 million euro from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti by poisoning its best vineyards.

Bookshelf: Buenos Aires, The Biography of a City

I especially enjoyed this new work by James Gardner, published in 2015, which examines the history of Buenos Aires through the lens of its architecture.

An Antarctic Reading and Viewing List

The books and DVDs I found most useful and enjoyable in preparing for our Antarctic trip, and while there.

Bookshelf: 'The Birth of Sydney'

Rather than produce a dry history of the city, in "The Birth of Sydney," editor Tim Flannery assembles a fascinating collection of firsthand descriptions.

Cambodia | Recommended Reading and Films

To fully appreciate the warmth of the Cambodian people, it is valuable to recall the agonies that the country suffered from 1975 to 1979 under Pol Pot.