Writer for the New York Times and GQ, Mark Adams is also the acclaimed author of Mr. America. In this fascinating travelogue, Adams follows in the controversial footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, who’s been both lionized and vilified for his discovery of the famed Lost City in 1911—but which reputation is justified?
"Now I'm ready for Machu Picchu"
In a time like the present, three young people dream of the fabulous ruins of a decaying city somewhere in the distant future: the Kalpa. The dreams of Ginny and Jack overtake them without warning, leaving their bodies behind while carrying their consciousnesses forward.
"Not buying it."
Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at. Making walkability happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick.
Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in America. Throughout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: A revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at the age of thirty-four.
"A Multifaceted Gem"
On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.
"A good read"
White Americans have long been comfortable in the assumption that they are the cultural norm. Now that notion is being challenged, as white people wrestle with what it means to be part of a fast-changing, truly multicultural nation. Facing chronic economic insecurity, a popular culture that reflects the nation’s diverse cultural reality, a future in which they will no longer constitute the majority of the population, and with a black president in the White House, whites are growing anxious.
Meet "Carrie", the quintessential young writer looking for love in all the wrong places; "Mr. Big", the business tycoon who drifts from one relationship to another; "Samantha Jones", the 40-ish, successful, "testosterone woman" who uses sex like a man; not to mention "Psycho Moms", "Bicycle Boys", "International Crazy Girls", and the rest of the New Yorkers who inspired one of the most watched TV series of our time. You've seen them on HBO, now listen to the book that started it all.
Cati, the bold Watcher readers met in The Navigator, returns from the shadows of time to summon Owen and Dr. Diamond, for time is literally running out. The moon is coming closer to the earth, causing havoc with weather, tides, and other natural cycles; people fear the world will end. To discover what's gone wrong, Cati, Owen, and the Doctor must take an astonishing journey to the City of Time, where time is bought and sold. There, Owen begins to understand his great responsibility and power as the Navigator.
"Laser Scans Unveil a Network of Ancient Cities in Cambodia" is from the September 19, 2016 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Julia Wallace and narrated by Kristi Burns.
Missing his city cousin, Country Mouse invites him for a visit. However, from the moment he arrives, the flamboyant and arrogant City Mouse shows contempt for his less-privileged cousin by incessantly bragging about his home and good fortune. In fact, he won't even consider spending the night and convinces Country Mouse to return with him for a visit in the city. His cousin cheerfully accepts, but what follows illustrates the significance of a simpler, safer life.
On August 24 and 25 in the year 79 A.D., a Volcanic eruption from Mt. Vesuvius spewed fire, lava, smoke, and ash upon the city of Pompeii, burying it and many of its inhabitants. Before this catastrophe, the streets of Pompeii had been bustling with the activity of its people, busy with commerce supported by its shipping trade and its role as a link between interior Italy and the outside world. In Pompeii, based on the Time Life Books series Lost Civilizations, you'll visit this ancient, lost city as it was in its heyday and how it exists today, its ruins lying in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius.
"Perfect Pompeii Primer"
"Liberals Turn to Cities to Pass Laws Others Won't" is from the The Upshot section of The New York Times. It was written by Claire Cain Miller and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"Cities for Everyone" is from the April 03, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Paul Krugman and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"In City Built by Immigrants, Immigration Is the Defining Political Issue" is from the October 12, 2016 United States section of The New York Times. It was written by Binyamin Appelbaum and narrated by Caroline Miller.
"For New York City’s Homeless Children, Getting to School Is the Hard Part" is from the October 10, 2016 United States section of The New York Times. It was written by Elizabeth A. Harris and narrated by Caroline Miller.
"Chinese City Urges Comrades to Do Their Part and Reproduce" is from the September 23, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Didi Kirsten Tatlow and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"This City Is 78% Latino, and the Face of a New California" is from the October 11, 2016 United States section of The New York Times. It was written by Adam Nagourney and Jennifer Medina and narrated by Caroline Miller.
"Mexico City’s Organ Grinders, Once Beloved, Feel Shunned" is from the September 12, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Azam Ahmed and narrated by Caroline Miller.
"City Wages War on Zika in the Lab and on the Street" is from the August 21, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by Marc Santora and narrated by Kristi Burns.
"Chinese City Backs down on Proposed Nuclear Fuel Plant after Protests" is from the August 10, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Chris Buckley and narrated by Fleet Cooper.