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TraveLit--A blog about travel literature. 

     Even with the best of maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys.

Books you might like: Reader recommendations

Ginna Vogt, who has written a memoir about living in Yemen, recommends Yemen: The Unknown Arabia, by Tim Mackintosh-Smith. "It is a lovely book," she says, "and is intriguing even for people with no particular interest in Yemen." A flaw of the book, she notes, is that the author "writes about the place as if it is a complete account of the country, even though women are completely absent from the story."

Nonetheless, "the book is clever and erudite, and made up of somewhat distinct chapters which cover specific regions or issues in some depth rather than being global and boring."
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