Machu Picchu - Mark Adams

Hiram Bigham III was an adventurer and explorer (some say he was the model for Indiana Jones) credited with “discovering” Machu Picchu in 1911. In Turn Right at Machu Picchu (Plume, $16), Mark Adams retraces Bingham’s journey on Peru’s Inca Trail, offering insights and historical and biographical stories along the way. Equally compelling is the author’s own story, as he leaves his New York office and laces up his hiking boots. Accompanied by a seasoned guide and local porters, Adams proves his mettle as he makes two separate trips to the sacred Inca site. Machu Picchu is an astonishing place, and Adams’s mixture of historical reporting and contemporary travel writing provides a fascinating vantage point.
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ISBN: 9780452297982
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Published: Dutton - April 24th, 2012

This Is a Book - Demetri Martin

Will every joke and funny story in Demetri Martin’s This Is a Book (Grand Central, $14.99) leave you writhing with laughter? No, probably not. The cumulative effect, though, of reading Martin’s observations, such as that “99.99% of all castles in America are located in fish tanks,” cartoons, palindromes, stories (one about a bee sting told from the points of view of the target, the bee, the rolled up newspaper, a squirrel, a tree, etc.), a scene detailing the arrival of an alien commander who refuses to speak with anyone except Miss Universe, lists, graphs, and many strikingly peculiar contributions, including an ingenious crossword puzzle where every answer is the same letter, will stimulate wonder, awe, a little head-scratching, and yes, very likely, a few laughs.
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ISBN: 9780446539692
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 10th, 2012

John Saturnall's Feast - Lawrence Norfolk

A rich, historical novel set in seventeenth century England, this is the story of a young man who takes refuge and employment in the kitchen of a castle after religious zealots accuse his mother of being a witch.  As John settles into the kitchen of Buckland Manor, it is soon apparent that his culinary gifts set him apart. When the Lord of the Manor goes to war with his kitchen staff in tow, John has a chance to prove his courage.  This marvelous piece of storytelling contains something for every reader: romance, battles, magic, courtly intrigue and some utterly original and creative recipes.

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ISBN: 9780802121738
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Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2013