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    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall - (K) Humorous and thorough history and science behind ultrarunners and long-distance running
    *****
    Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela - (K) An autobiography covering his childhood, years as a freedom fighter and incarceration. Inspiring and informative
    *****
    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - (K&T) A mystery set in Barcelona involving an old book, a failed writer and murder
    *****
    Lush Life by Richard Price - A Lower East Side tale of cops, drugs and drinking
    ***
    The Chinese by Jesper Becker - (K&T) Modern history of my peeps, from the cultural revolution to the many failed economic and social attempts to move the country forward
    ***
    Setting the Table by Danny Meyer - A "how-to" on hospitality and business acumen by the restaurateur behind such NY institutions as the Shake Shack and Union Square Grill
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    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama - Obama lays out what is wrong with the current government and how, vaguely, to change it.
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On the Camera

I thought I should follow-up with the camera story. The end result wasn’t so bad. Before leaving for our trip, Kelly and I both purchased travel insurance from World Nomads. When we lost the camera, we contacted them, sent in the receipts and even that email thread from Bali.

They laughed at the last bit, told us they wouldn’t make us pay any ransom and sent us a check for the full cost of the camera which we had already replaced while we were in Sydney (and at a bit of a discount as it was missing the charger – which we already had).

And despite a little stress, it all worked out in the end…

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