One of the most impressive debuts – Cynthia Bond’s novel “Ruby”, is among the finalists for the prestigious PEN Literary Awards. This book has become a bestseller since it has been included in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.

The organization is an affiliate of the global literary and human rights institution. The U.S branch announced the nominees for the 2015 Awards edition. “Ruby” will compete in category Debut Fiction with the “The UnAmericans” by Molly Antopol; “Redeployment” by Phil Klay, “The Dog” by Jack Livings; and “Love Me Back” by Merritt Tierce. The winner will be prized with $25,000.

The other category is for nonfiction novels. The prize is available for authors who published their works in 2013-2014. Among this edition’s finalists are Sheri Fink`s “Five Days at Memorial”, Danielle Allen’s “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality” and “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein.

The shortlist for Art of essay, Science writing and Biography includes authors such as Joshua Horwitz, Ian Buruma, Charles D’Ambrosio, Leslie Jamison and Elizabeth Kolbert.

The winners will be announced on 13th May. The official ceremony will be held on 8th June. The writers in the fields of literature, translation or poetry will receive awards of more than $150,000.

About PEN American Center

The non-profit organization was founded in 1922. Nowadays, it is considered the largest PEN center in the world. The global institution has branches in 101 countries. The center supports free expression and promotes cultural diversity.

Lonely Planet Thailand Travel GuideMore than 24 million tourists visit Thailand every year. At least half of them need a relevant advice where to go to this top travel destination; what to see and what to avoid.

The Lonely Planet`s guide on Thailand issued in 2014 is considered a best seller. The latest edition features useful and updated information. The travel companion is part of a series containing more than 500 titles about different countries.

The book was written by Lonely Planet`s contributors China Williams, Austin Bush, and Tim Bewer. Mark Beales, David Eimer, Celeste Brash and Adam Skolnick were also part of the team.


The Thailand Travel Guide contains following chapters:

  • Plan your trip
  • Welcome to Thailand
  • Thailand’s Top 20
  • Need to know
  • First time in Thailand
  • What’s new
  • If You like
  • Month by month
  • Eat & drink like a local
  • How to choose your beach
  • Travel with children
  • Regions at a glance

The guide includes more than 120 great color maps and more than 240 pictures. The book begins by suggesting how to work out the details of your vacation according to your personal interests. Thailand has something for everyone – ancient architecture and culture; exotic cuisine; great beaches and diving spots; thrilling nightlife and many more. You might want to explore Buddhist temples, enjoy beach resorts or experience the world famous Thai massage. The Thailand Travel Guide helps you to find the right place and activity for you in order to save time and money. You will find in this guide Thailand`s top 20 destination worth visiting as well as advice to avoiding crowds and dangerous places. Travelers who already purchased this comprehensive guide to the Asian destination, claim that it is perfect for both visiting popular sights and explore Thai hidden gems.

Grand Palace Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Palace Bangkok, Thailand. Image credit: Tom Jutte

This travel companion can help you to get around Thailand like a local. It is worth reading tips in “Eat & Drink” chapter. Here you will find restaurant reviews for all budgets. Moreover, it contains essential info about places to sleep, excursions and shopping.

The book covers many Thailand provinces such as Phuket Island, Andaman Coast, Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, Bangkok, Ko Samui and more. This photo-rich book is mainly focused on Phuket with its beaches Patong, Kata and Karon. The authors strongly recommend exploring the Andaman Coast of Thailand and its highlights – the limestone cliffs of Krabi; Phi-Phi Islands and the other coral fringed islands; the exotic Ko Lanta; the diving attraction Similan Islands and the marine national Park Phang-Nga.

The travel guide provides fresh feedback on hotels, resorts, activities and festivals. With this guide in your pocket you can begin your journey in Thailand! All essential information is at your fingertips – important websites, phone numbers, transportation itineraries and prices.

Lonely Planet Media Company

The company was found in 1973. Since then, it has become a trusted publisher. Lonely Planet`s travel guides are known for their up-to-date content, genuine feedbacks from real travelers. The guidebooks cover both the popular spots and off-beaten routes. They offer a comprehensive look at the local cultures and habits. The series is a great resource for learning all about planning the trip. There are also valuable tips on wildlife, natural wonders, architectural design and food spots.

The Chinchilla Handbook 2015, Barrons BooksThe Chinchilla Handbook is part of the Barron’s Pet Handbooks series. There are 47 titles dedicated to pet care but only this edition is related to the rear small animal – chinchilla. It is always useful when the author is not only a good writer but an excellent veterinary expert. Thankfully, Dr. Sharon Vanderlip is a veterinarian with great experience. The author knows almost everything about the exotic mammals.

It might be difficult to take care of a chinchilla since this animal is native to Latin America. It is known for the soft, velvet fur but few people are aware what the chinchilla pet is?

The Chinchilla Handbook contains information on pet`s behavior, housing, feeding, health, and breeding. The manual also includes charming photos and illustrations, as well as detailed easy-to-follow advice from pet owners, breeders, and vets.

This pet care guide covers everything related to the fascinating world of this exotic mammal. Dr. Vanderlip focuses on chinchilla anatomy, cages, food, and the way of acting, colors and reproduction. The book provides basic knowledge of the chinchilla`s need for exercise and interaction. There are special chapter devoted to the unique bonds between pet parents and the exotic rodent.

This comprehensive yet compact book is very helpful for small animal lovers and veterinary students. This addition to the Barron’s series of pet handbooks starts by describing some important facts on charming chinchilla and how remarkable rodent it is. You will be able to learn if chinchillas are the right pets for your lifestyle. “No two alike!” Is the title of a special part of the book where the prominent author explains the uniqueness of these pets. If you already ask yourself a question where to buy a chinchilla and how many rodents to keep in one cage, you will find the answers in this manual. There are few recommendations how to choose the specific coat color of the pet.

Dr. Sharon Vanderlip` book tells you exactly what you need to know about chinchilla natural habitat and housing; environmental consideration; as well as chinchilla cage design and materials. Future pet owners will learn a lot about strictly vegetarian diet. The handbook book offers advice about feeding. It will help you to choose the right type of dry grass, pellets, and treats. Many pet parents really need information on what kinds of seeds, dry fruits and herbs chinchilla can have. You will find how many human foods can be harmful for your little friend. When it comes to pet daily care, The Chinchilla handbook is very helpful.

In addition to food regimen, pet parents can get more information on supplements, feeders and hayracks.

The Chinchilla Handbook is your guide when selecting a veterinarian or preparing for the trip. The book is full of essential facts about chinchilla health care, prevention and first aid supply. In this guide you will find practical advice about avoiding the most common health problems such as digestion disorders, depression and weight loss.

There is a special chapter in the chinchilla care guide on interaction with covering topics such as understanding your chinchilla; the social chinchilla; behavior; and communication with this affectionate companion. The comprehensive guide contains overview of how these animals communicate with each other through sounds.

Many people who have read The Chinchilla Handbook were very pleasantly surprised. They claim that they highly recommend it. After this guide hit shelves, it has been considered a great reference for any chinchilla pet. Every beginner should read it cover to cover. The handbook encourages pet parents to properly care for their exotic friends and makes them feel confident.

Among the best features of the Baron`s handbook is the well-organized table structure, tip boxes and summaries. They visualize the most important facts and information about chinchillas related to nutrition, choosing a cage (another good guide), grooming, exercising, and daily activities. The writer has put together a lot of helpful graphic information.

About the Author

Dr. Sharon Vanderlip is an experienced veterinarian. The doctor is specialized in surgery; reproductive medicine; breeding as well as exotic mammal health care. The veterinarian expert has written more than 20 books and many articles in scientific journals. Recently, Dr. Vanderlip has written three more books – Shetland Sheepdog Breed Bible; Rabbit Pet Owners Manual and Rat Pet Owners Manual.

Best books like The Chinchilla Handbook

There are few books on the same topics such Chinchillas (Animal Planet Pet Care Library) by David Alderton. This pet care guide is for anyone who wants to know how to develop a healthy routine for the exotic mammal. It also contains information on keeping the chinchilla healthy, properly fed and groomed.

Another ultimate manual to superior exotic pet care is Chinchillas: A Guide to Caring for Your Chinchilla by Donna Anastasi. This title is an introductory pet guide about the rodents. It features detailed chapters about chinchilla housing and care, feeding, nutrition and daily care.

The Guinea Pig Handbook 2015 CoverThis is the second edition of the iconic The Guinea Pig Handbook. Many exotic pet owners have read the first 2003 edition of the Barron’s Educational Series. The updated guide provides detailed information on guinea pig anatomy, lifespan, habits and healthy routine. You will find in this book advice on pet care, caging, nutrition, and reproduction. There are more pages with more extensive explanations of each topic. The author of the book is Dr. Sharon Lynn Vanderlip has been providing exotic animal’s health care for 30 years.

The brand new book will help pet owners to know how to understand guinea pig personality, habits and requirements.

The experienced writer starts the book by asking the question: What is a guinea pig and what does the curious name mean? In fact, this animal is not a pig. It has nothing to do with pigs. The cute, tiny animal is a rodent native to South America. Their cousins are chinchillas whose habitat is also Latin America.

Unlike chinchilla, the guinea pig has been domesticated for thousands of years. In the Middle Ages Indian tribes used these animals as a food source or in sacrifice ceremonies. The historians claim that the name of the animal comes from the similar appearance of its meat when it is roasted with pork.

The guinea pig is a popular pet because of its good character and temper. It is an affectionate creature. Thanks to its portable size, this animal is considered an excellent companion.

This book gives information on normal pet appearance and characteristics – weight, dimensions and capabilities. You will learn how a baby guinea pig looks like and how does it change when it becomes an adult. The author describes how these exotic animals communicate with sounds. Another interesting fact is that they have a constant need to chew. Guinea pigs as the other rodents – chinchillas, rats and mice, feature continuous growth of their teeth. Unlike chinchillas, guinea pigs have white not orange incisors.

This is only a small amount of the facts and insights you need to know in order to keep your rodent pet happy and healthy. You will learn when to purchase this pet, how to care about it, how to choose a safe and comfortable housing. Other issues discussed are breeding and behavior.