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A Listmania! list by Murray Gunn (Sydney, Australia)
The list author says: "For me, travel is more about the people and lifestyle than about the scenery and tourist attractions. I prefer to spend time (years if possible) in one place getting to know the locals and living their life. I like travel stories that give me a similar experience. These are books about living with people from different cultures and coming to understand their joys and frustrations, their hopes and fears."
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
1.  Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull
The list author says:
  "A young Australian woman goes to Paris for a few weeks and stays for life.  She learns about fashion and dog training for people.  She battles with bureaucracy to be allowed to stay and only gets noticed at parties because of her mistakes.  In the end, Paris becomes home."
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Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan
2.  Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa
The list author says:
  "Jamie was in Bhutan at the time of upheaval in 1990.  She saw the daily life of native Bhutanese and their Southern Bhutanese (Nepali immigrants) overturned at a local level due to national political concerns."
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Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
3.  Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald
The list author says:
  "A young Australian woman follows her fiance to India only to be left on her own while he travels for work.  She uses the chance to experience every religion that she can find in the country."
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China: Portrait of a People
4.  China: Portrait of a People by Tom Carter
The list author says:
  "Photographs of people in every province of China going about their daily life."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

Dragon Bones: Two Years Beneath the Skin of a Himalayan Kingdom
5.  Dragon Bones: Two Years Beneath the Skin of a Himalayan Kingdom by Murray Gunn
The list author says:
  "Tourists are shown a country of soaring mountains, colourful temples perched on mountainsides and warm and welcoming people.  The author relates tales of interactions with the people over two years of living and working alongside them.  He uncovers a much deeper personality of a country struggling to create an identity and maintain its independence."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

In a Sunburned Country
6.  In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
The list author says:
  "One of the few Bryson books not smeared with condescension. His love for Australia is apparent and he discovers aspects of my country and my countrymen that I hadn't known."
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The Great Walk of China: Travels on Foot from Shanghai to Tibet
7.  The Great Walk of China: Travels on Foot from Shanghai to Tibet by Graham Earnshaw
The list author says:
  "The author walks west from Shanghai towards Tibet, documenting his experiences and conversations along the way.  His decades of living in China both get him out of a few scrapes and give him an insight into the thought behind the words."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Murray Gunn (Sydney, Australia)
Qualifications: global nomad, travel writer, student anthropologist
Last updated: 1/27/11
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