books about life changing trips

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A hero or heroine embarks on a voyage and in the process is transformed: It's the oldest story we tell. Whether it's the tragedies of the African diaspora, a scientist decoding the mysteries of medicine while unearthing family secrets, or a gourmand's gastronomical quest among the cities and villages of China, these enthralling titles explore how personal journeys can mirror dramatic developments in the world and in our hearts.