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Thailand

Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Sightseeing: Stories by Rattawut Lapcharoensap. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jun 11, 2009 — Kao Kalia Yang's memoir is both a family chronicle and a history of the Hmong people.
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Jun 11, 2009 — Your reading this summer may involve brushing the sand off page five — or firing up your Kindle. However you do it, we have some reading suggestions for you, straight from independent booksellers around the country.
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Aug 21, 2007 — John Burdett's Bangkok is far more than the bizarre murders, corrupt cops and big-hearted bar girls of his novels. It's also the city as a living breathing, thing.
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Jun 8, 2007 — "Thailand, a complicated land of both the sacred and the profane, makes the perfect setting for John Burdett's compulsively readable series set in Bangkok's sleazy District 8," says bookseller Steve Shapiro. "Undercurrents involving government payoffs and otherworldly spirits combine to become a character in themselves."
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Mar 30, 2005 — In his book, Sightseeing writer Rattawut Lapcharoensap tries to bring readers images of Thailand that go beyond the exotic. The 26-year-old author writes about class struggles, street gangs and innkeepers who mistrust westerners.
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