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World on a Shelf

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!—and shipwrecks, romantic escapades, and faraway kingdoms. It's all the stuff of Penguin Books Great Journeys (us.penguingroup.com; $10 each), a 10-title series of classic travel writing being reissued in paperback this fall. Dispatches from Marco Polo (Asia), Mark Twain (the Mediterranean), and Isabella Bird (the Rocky Mountains) make for inspirational armchair reading, as does Ernest Shackleton's Escape from the Antarctic (climb under a thick blanket for that one).

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