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More Businesses Prefer Office on Wheels,” SF Chronicle
In the July/August issue, we ran a piece about customizing Airstream trailers. Turns out some people are turning them into mobile offices. —Jeremy Saum

Masha,” Travelers’ Tales
I’m working my way through the list of travel articles that won Lowell Thomas awards this year, and this silver-medal winner by Marcia DeSanctis has stuck with me. DeSanctis tells the story of how a simple interaction with a dejournaya (house keeper/caretaker) in Soviet-era Moscow turned into a hunt for a woman who could have been the Russian version of herself. It reminds me of people I’ve spent time with on the road (if only for a few days) that have made a lasting impact. —Serena Renner

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià‘s elBulli
I finally got around to finishing AFAR contributing writer Abend’s splendidly reported and absorbingly written book (out now in paperback, Free Press) about the unpaid stagiares in the world’s most famous (and now-closed) restaurant. If you’ve never been able to get your head around avant-garde cooking (or “molecular cuisine,” as no one in these pages likes to call it), with its foams and gels and masquerades and hifalutin equipment, chapter five, “October, or Expression,” brings it down to earth. Abend weaves the personal story of French chef/apprentice Gaël Vuilloud into a clear, level-headed—and remarkably accessible—explanation of the passion that impels these cooks to create “magic.” You can practically taste it. —Derk Richardson

Micronation Master: Prince Leonard of Hutt River,” Bloomberg Businessweek
A great read about Leonard Casley, aka Prince Leonard, who rules over the “micronation” of Hutt River, in western Australia. —Laura Simkins

British Museum Gets the Manga Treatment,” New Scientist
I was just in London and visited the British Museum. While there, I picked up a copy of Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure, a graphic novel about a plot to steal artifacts from the museum. —Ji Kim

Obama’s Way,” Vanity Fair
From the basketball court to the Situation Room, author Michael Lewis takes readers into the life of President Barack Obama, revealing how one compelling man approaches what has to be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Some interesting post-debate reading perhaps? —Serena Renner

The Throne of Zion,” The Believer
In “The Throne of Zion” Emily Raboteau visits the oldest slave castle in Ghana. Her disappointing pilgrimage explores the culture clash between locals and visitors who have come to mourn their ancestors, and what makes a memorial mean something to a visitor. She captures well the complicated feelings of visiting sites of remembrance. —Ariel Ramchandani

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Names on the Land: A Historical Account of Place-Naming in the United States
Even though I just recently started this book, I know that it will sit for quite a long time half read on my coffee table, and for that I’m excited. It’s page after page of geeking out about the names of places in the US, written in a plummy, after school Disney special tone. Also, I may alienate all my friends by repeating the stories of the names of places. —Evan Arnold

At Home in the World,” Wall Street Journal
Fascinating piece about war hero—and travel writing hero—Patrick Leigh Fermor. —Davina Baum

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