In The Open Road: The Global Journey Of The Fourteenth Dalai Lama (Vintage, $14.95) Pico Iyer blends spiritual teaching with a personal account of the character of the man Tenzin Gyatso. Iyer charts how political circumstances and the Dalai Lama’s own intellectual and scientific curiosity have caused him to lead once-isolated Tibet in a direction unanticipated when Gyatso was born. Iyer simultaneously debunks the mythical hype and elaborates the mystical appeal of traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice, providing a complex portrait and fascinating historical study of an internationally influential and intriguing public figure.

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ISBN: 9780307387554
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Published: Vintage - March 10th, 2009

Alice Feiring, formerly the wine columnist with Time magazine, and a fervent blogger on vineyards and winemakers, is also very feisty in her crusade to topple the authority of Robert Parker and the Wine Spectator in their ratings of various vintages. In The Battle For Wine And Love (Mariner, $13.95) Feiring travels through the vineyards of California, Oregon, France, and Italy in search of the perfect, authentic wine. Along the way she breezily explains the whole winemaking process, including all the additives found in much of today’s wine.  Accompanying her on her tasting journeys are various lovers whose bouquets sometimes wear as thin as wines “emasculated by tannins.”

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ISBN: 9780156033268
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Published: Mariner Books - May 5th, 2009

The Billionaire’s Vinegar (Three Rivers, $14.95) is at once a captivating labyrinth of upper-crust secret-keeping, a deeply researched journalistic endeavor, and an exquisite glimpse into the tiny world of rare wine. Benjamin Wallace’s book begins with the sale of the world’s most expensive bottle of wine, purportedly owned (and mislaid) by Thomas Jefferson.  Much like Jefferson’s own wine-fueled orations on the merits of wine, The Billionaire’s Vinegar is incredibly wide-ranging and entertaining.  Wallace’s tale of oenophilic suspense leads us down a path of deception and fraud that shook the world’s wine cellars to their foundations.

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ISBN: 9780307338785
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Published: Crown - April 14th, 2009