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Power & Civility (The Civilizing Process, Vol. 2)
Norbert Elias, Edmund F.N. Jephcott
The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
Paul Theroux
The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping and the Novel
Alain de Botton

What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng

What is the What - Dave Eggers Easily the best book I've read this year. It's a biography, a history of South Africa, a commentary on America, all rolled into one. Few writers can reach the level of honesty and richness which Eggers did with this dense memoir-cum-novel; together with Valentino Achak Deng, he has weaved a beautiful (hi)story of a proud and beautiful people who have, despite persistent efforts to erase them, shown us that it is possible to live and persist; to be proud of a story which does not deserve to be forgotten by them or anyone else.