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The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Katherine Streeter, Sarah Vowell
The Age of Edison
Ernest Freeberg
Tales of the Alhambra
Washington Irving
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey
Alison Gernsheim
The Collected Plays of Theodore Dreiser
Frederic E. Rusch, Keith Newlin
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships
Peter Hurd, N.C. Wyeth
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra: A Discussion, Vol 1
Haruo Suda Katsuji Saito, Takanori Endo, Daisaku Ikeda
Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights
Jon Winokur
Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town - Paul Theroux Excellent. Travel with the author from Cairo to Cape Town.

He traveled about 10 years after my 1990 college trip to Egypt (considered by many to not be a part of Africa). It was really interesting reading his take on the changes there, after the gulf war riled the region up and made it much less safe for tourists.

Other than visiting the pyramids, I've never had much interest in places I consider hot and dry (probably due to Lyme disease and headaches). Africa fell into that category for me, though I should know better than to generalize. This book was both educating and entertaining. From his recommendations I added many African works to my "want to get" list. Definitely expanded my horizons!