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Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads
by Paul Theroux
“Theroux’s eye for landscape remains as sharp as ever . . . It’s Theroux’s remarkable gift for getting strangers to reveal themselves that makes going along for this ride worthwhile.” — New York Times Book Review   Paul Theroux has spent the past fifty years roaming the globe, describing his encounters with remote...
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The Great Railway Bazaar
by Paul Theroux
First published more than thirty years ago, Paul Theroux's strange, unique, and hugely entertaining railway odyssey has become a modern classic of travel literature. Here Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains -- the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the...
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Figures in a Landscape: People and Places
by Paul Theroux
"A portrait of an optimist with curiosity and affection for humanity in all its forms." — The New York Times Book Review   "Theroux is at the top of his game with his third collection of essays, a magisterial grouping of intimate remembrances, globe-trotting adventures, and incisive literary critiques." — Publishers Weekly...
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Riding the Rails with Paul Theroux: The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and Ghost Train to the...
by Paul Theroux
Riding the Rails with Paul Theroux Three quintessential works from the legendary Paul Theroux are collected here for the first time. Let the master take you by train through Asia in 1975’s The Great Railway Bazaar , then cross the Americas in 1979’s The Old Patagonian Express , and round out your journey through Eastern...
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On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey
by Paul Theroux
Legendary travel writer Paul Theroux drives the entire length of the US–Mexico border, then goes deep into the hinterland, on the back roads of Chiapas and Oaxaca, to uncover the rich, layered world behind today’s brutal headlines. Paul Theroux has spent his life crisscrossing the globe in search of the histories and peoples that...
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The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari
by Paul Theroux
"Theroux is at his best when he tells [people’s] stories, happy and sad . . . Theroux’s great mission had always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself—and thus, to challenge us." — Boston Globe Paul Theroux’s best-selling Dark Star Safari chronicled his epic overland voyage from Cairo to...
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The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas
by Paul Theroux
Starting with a rush-hour subway ride to South Station in Boston to catch the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago, Theroux winds up on the poky, wandering Old Patagonian Express steam engine, which comes to a halt in a desolate land of cracked hills and thorn bushes. But with Theroux the view along the way is what matters: the monologuing Mr....
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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown
by Paul Theroux
In Dark Star Safari the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances. Gauging the state of affairs, he...
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The Lower River
by Paul Theroux
“[Hock] knows he is ensorcelled by exoticism, but he can’t help himself. And, as things go from bad to worse and the pages start to turn faster, neither can we. A .”— Entertainment Weekly When he was a young man, Ellis Hock spent four of the best years of his life with the Peace Corps in Malawi. So when his wife of forty-two...
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The Mosquito Coast
by Paul Theroux
In a breathtaking adventure story, the paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they've left. Fleeing from an America he sees as mired in materialism and conformity, he hopes to rediscover a purer life. But his utopian experiment...
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Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China
by Paul Theroux
Paul Theroux, the author of the train travel classics The Great Railway Bazaar and The Old Patagonian Express, takes to the rails once again in this account of his epic journey through China. He hops aboard as part of a tour group in London and sets out for China's border. He then spends a year traversing the country, where he pieces...
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Saint Jack: A Novel
by Paul Theroux
Jack Flowers knew he needed to shake things up when he jumped into the Straits of Malacca and hitched a ride to Singapore. Deftly identifying the fastest route to fame along the seedy port, Jack starts hiring girls out to lonely tourists, sailors, bachelors — anyone with some loose change and a wandering eye — soon making enough...
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The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
by Paul Theroux
"DAZZLING." --Time "[THEROUX'S] WORK IS DISTINGUISHED BY A SPLENDID EYE FOR DETAIL AND THE TELLING GESTURE; a storyteller's sense of pacing and gift for granting closure to the most subtle progression of events; and the graceful use of language. . . . We are delighted, along with Theroux, by the politeness of the Turks, amazed by the...
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My Secret History
by Paul Theroux
"Theroux's best novel in years." CHICAGO TRIBUNE MY SECRET HISTORY is Paul Theroux's tour de force. It is the story of Andre Parent, a writer, a world traveler, a lover of every kind of woman he chances to meet in a life as varied as a man can lead. From his days as an altar boy, to his job as a teenaged lifeguard, and then as a youth...
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The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
by Paul Theroux
Paul Theroux celebrates fifty years of wandering the globe by collecting the best writing on travel from the books that shaped him, as a reader and a traveler. Part philosophical guide, part miscellany, part reminiscence, The Tao of Travel enumerates “The Contents of Some Travelers’ Bags” and exposes “Writers Who Wrote about...
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My Other Life
by Paul Theroux
In the Washington Post Book World, Sven Birkerts called this exuberant novel "a complex and gripping work of invention and confession . . . I understood again how the prose of a true writer can bring us to a world beyond." The book spans almost thirty years in the life of a fictional "Paul Theroux," who moves through young bachelorhood...
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The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific
by Paul Theroux
In one of his most exotic and breathtaking journeys, the intrepid traveler Paul Theroux ventures to the South Pacific, exploring fifty-one islands by collapsible kayak. Beginning in New Zealand's rain forests and ultimately coming to shore thousands of miles away in Hawaii, Theroux paddles alone over isolated atolls, through dirty...
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Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories
by Paul Theroux
“Suave and accomplished . . . [The stories] are unsettling, resistant to tidy denouement and faintly misanthropic.” — Washington Post   “Beneath the deceptive elegance of these stories, land mines lurk, and Theroux detonates them with gusto.” — O, the Oprah Magazine   A family watches their patriarch transform...
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Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar
by Paul Theroux
Thirty years after the epic journey chronicled in his classic work The Great Railway Bazaar, the world’s most acclaimed travel writer re-creates his 25,000-mile journey through eastern Europe, central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, China, Japan, and Siberia. Half a lifetime ago, Paul Theroux virtually invented the modern travel...
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The Elephanta Suite
by Paul Theroux
A master of the travel narrative weaves three intertwined novellas of Westerners transformed by their sojourns in India. This startling, far-reaching book captures the tumult, ambition, hardship, and serenity that mark today’s India. Theroux’s Westerners risk venturing far beyond the subcontinent’s well-worn paths to discover woe...
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Hotel Honolulu: A Novel
by Paul Theroux
In this wickedly satiric romp, Paul Theroux captures the essence of Hawaii as it has never been depicted. The novel's narrator, a down-on-his-luck writer, escapes to Waikiki and soon finds himself the manager of the Hotel Honolulu, a low-rent establishment a few blocks off the beach. Honeymooners, vacationers, wanderers, mythomaniacs...
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To the Ends of the Earth: The Selected Travels of Paul Theroux
by Paul Theroux
“There are those who think that Paul Theroux is the finest travel writer working in English. This collection can only enhance that reputation.”— The New York Times Book Review Author and travel writer Paul Theroux does what no one else can: he travels to the isolated, unusual, and fascinating spots of the world, and creates an...
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Siamese Nights (A short story from The Atlantic) (From the Archives of The Atlantic)
by Paul Theroux
Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts and has lived in London, Singapore, and Africa. His highly acclaimed novels include Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, Half Moon Street, The Mosquito Coast, and Saint Jack (the latter three were all made into films). His renowned travel books include Ghost Train to...
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Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings
by Paul Theroux
Paul Theroux's first collection of essays and articles devoted entirely to travel writing, FRESH AIR FIEND touches down on five continents and floats through most seas in between to deliver a literary adventure of the first order, with the incomparable Paul Theroux as a guide. From the crisp quiet of a solitary week spent in the...
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Kowloon Tong: A Novel of Hong Kong
by Paul Theroux
In this “moody thriller,” a family business is targeted for takeover as control of Hong Kong shifts from the British to the Chinese ( The New York Times ).   Ninety-nine years of colonial rule are ending as the British prepare to hand over Hong Kong to China. Betty Mullard and her son, Bunt, have lived here for years, mostly...
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Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents
by Paul Theroux
This heartfelt and revealing account of Paul Theroux's thirty-year friendship with the legendary V. S. Naipaul is an intimate record of a literary mentorship that traces the growth of both writers' careers and explores the unique effect each had on the other. Built around exotic landscapes, anecdotes that are revealing, humorous, and...
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Sunrise with Seamonsters: Travels & Discoveries, 1964-1984
by Paul Theroux
This collection of wide-ranging essays from the New York Times –bestselling travel writer is “a steamer trunk full of delights” ( Chicago Sun-Times ). This collection of decidedly opinionated articles, essays, and ruminations, by the author of My Other Life and Kowloon Tong , transports the reader not only to exotic...
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Murder in Mount Holly
by Paul Theroux
Paul Theroux, one of the world’s most popular authors, both for his travel books and his fiction, has produced an off-beat story of 1960s weirdos unlike anything he has ever written. During the time of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, Herbie Gneiss is forced to leave college to get a job. His income from the Kant-Brake toy factory...
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Blinding Light: A Novel
by Paul Theroux
Slade Steadman's lone opus, published twenty years ago, was Trespassing, a cult classic about his travels through dozens of countries without benefit of passport. With his soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend Ava in tow, Steadman sets out for Ecuador’s jungle in search of a rare hallucinogenic drug and the cure for his writer’s block. Amid a...
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Mother Land
by Paul Theroux
“Theroux possesses a fabulously nasty sense of humor.” — Stephen King, New York Times Book Review   To those in her Cape Cod town, Mother is an exemplar of piety, frugality, and hard work. To her husband and seven children, she is a selfish, petty tyrant. She excels at playing her offspring against each other. Her favorite...
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