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"Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads" is Paul Theroux's tenth travel book. Mr. Theroux is perhaps best known for "The Great Railway Bazaar," first published in 1975.

Four Great New Travel Books

These new books take us from the backroads of the American South to the complex traditions of the Middle East.

Here are four #TripLit reads that will transport you to a faraway place:

> Deep South, by Paul Theroux

Driving along rural roads, past cotton fields and boarded-up towns, stopping at diners and booming blues fests, Theroux brings his penetrating eye to the American South. Steve McCurry’s haunting and hopeful photos accompany the text.

> One Wild Song, by Paul Heiney

After his son commits suicide at age 23, Heiney sets off on a sea voyage his sailor son would have loved, solo from England to the treacherous waters of Cape Horn. The wilds of ocean, island, and glacier offer danger and wonder on this 18,000-mile pilgrimage.

> The Diamond Caper, by Peter Mayle

Daring jewel heists propel the plot in this signature celebration of rosé, renovation, and the sensual splendors of sunny Provence.

> The Bamboo Stalk, by Saud Alsanousi

In this rare Kuwaiti novel translated into English, a half-Filipino, half-Kuwaiti outcast navigates Kuwait‘s intricate hierarchies and strictures in his search for acceptance.

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