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Good Reads... Travel: Foreign Escapes
Imaginary tales of traveling abroad.
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Title: Only in London
Author: Al-Shaykh, Hanan
ISBN: 0385721218
Notes: After the narrative's quirky foursome meet during a turbulent flight from Dubai, their lives slowly intermingle as they seek happiness, companionship, and prosperity with one another.

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Title: Voyage of the Narwhal
Author: Barrett, Angela
ISBN: 0393319504
Notes: In Philadelphia in 1855, naturalist Erasmus Darwin Wells, 40, unmarried and gripped by a despondent realization that his life is a failure, sees a last chance to make his reputation as he prepares to accompany his future brother-in-law, Zechariah Voorhees, on a voyage to the arctic in search of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition.

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Title: World Elsewhere
Author: Brooks, Peter
ISBN: 0684853337
Notes: Fleeing a life of civilized debauchery as well as romantic scandal and financial ruin, Prince Charles of Nassau-Siegen seeks fame and honor aboard the vessel Boudeuse. What he finds instead is a kind of earthly paradise. The Tahitians' native grace and spiritual ease calls into question all of Charles's assumptions about culture, even as he develops a rapport with a lovely island maiden named Ité.

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Title: Love in Idleness
Author: Craig, Amanda
ISBN: 0385507763
Notes: When a group of American and English friends gather at a house in Tuscany for a two-week vacation, they find more than they bargained for. On Midsummer Night, mysterious forces conspire to draw everyone into the woods and keep them all there. Or did they just get lost? Was this really magic, or just the effervescence of discovering life's possibilities in a new setting?

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Title: Everything Is Illuminated
Author: Foer, Jonathan Safran
ISBN: 0060529709
Notes: The fictional Jonathan Safran Foer, also a writer, travels to Eastern Europe after his junior year in college. His mission, as he ventures through the farmlands, is to find Augustine, who may have saved the grandfather he never knew from the Nazis.

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Title: Rules of the Wild
Author: Marciano, Francesca
ISBN: 0375703438
Notes: Twenty-something Esme, a beautiful Italian-American woman, searches for a sense of place and a sense of self amidst the serene beauty and searing horrors of Africa. Looking for the Kenya of Karen Blixen, Esme can't escape the present.

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Title: Lost in Translation
Author: Mones, Nicole
ISBN: 0385319444
Notes: China is Alice's spiritual home. She signs on as interpreter for archeologist Adam Spencer, who believes that the remains of Peking Man were hidden in the Mongolian desert during WWII by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Joined by two Chinese scientists, they venture into remote regions where the urgency of the search is paralleled by Alice's increasing attraction to Dr. Lin Shiyang, whose wife vanished from a labor camp in that region 20 years ago, and by the unfolding story of the relationship of Teilhard and an American woman who loved him.

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Title: Haarlem
Author: Neff, Heather
ISBN: 0767917502
Notes: Abel Paulus Crofton, the biracial son of an abusive, alcoholic saxophonist and a Dutch mother he never knew, confronts his past in a journey from Harlem, N.Y., to the neighborhood's titular Dutch namesake.

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Title: Elsewhere in the Land of Parrots
Author: Paul, Jim
ISBN: 0156029723
Notes: Reclusive David Huntington writes rigorously meaningless poetry to great acclaim. But he lives fearfully, sleeping and working with earplugs, rarely going outside, drawing his life more closely around him every day. A wild parrot, a gift from his father, becomes the breach in the dike: it has a jungle shriek, fierce eyes, and a beak that wreaks havoc. David finally throws the bird out the window-and follows it into the world. A love story with an ornithological spin, this novel leads its two protagonists deep into the hinterlands of South America.

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Title: Saving Fish From Drowning
Author: Tan, Amy
ISBN: 0399153012
Notes: On an ill-fated art expedition into the southern Shan state of Burma, eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas morning tour and disappear. Through twists of fate, curses, and just plain human error, they find themselves deep in the jungle, where they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of the leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages and destruction of the Myanmar military regime.