Praise for Cafe Neandertal "Award-winning writer Bahrami is a delightful guide in this thoroughly enjoyable look into the research and recovery of a group of Neandertal remains in the French Dordogne region. With a background in archaeology, she is certainly qualified, but her wide interests in travel, memoir, food, wine, and more make this exceedingly engaging title more like a French version of Under the Tuscan Sun (1996) with an origins-of-humanity spin than the expected scholarly tome... Highly rmended for archaeology and prehistory buffs and armchair travelers."Booklist Starred Review "Written with all the flair and enthusiasm of an experienced writer eager to share her love of her subject." --Kirkus "Ms. Bahrami has written a very readable book, blending personal travel experience and history in a relatively off-the-radar swath of France. She seamlessly marries archeology and Gallic culture that brings the region's people and history to life." --David Farley, author of An Irreverent Curiosity "We need to understand who we were in order to know where we are headed. In the caves and forests of France's Dordogne region, Beebe Bahrami guides us on a haunting encounter with what may be our earlier selves, a creature whose passions and powers and motives we have only begun to fathom. A fascinating read for anyone who claims to be human." --Peter Stark, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire; A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival "We need to understand who we were in order to know where we are headed. In the caves and forests of France's Dordogne region, Beebe Bahrami guides us on a haunting encounter with what may be our earlier selves, a creature whose passions and powers and motives we have only begun to fathom. A fascinating read for anyone who claims to be human." --Peter Stark, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire; A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival. [A] beautifully crafted book... Bahrami is a wonderful writer who brings many of the attributes of the novel to a clear and compelling narrative that encapsulates a snapshot of the state of our current knowledge about Neanderthals. Peopled with a vast cast of fascinating characters, from village locals to queru-lous scientists, it brings to life the excitement of unearthing the past and de-scribes the "new, more enlightened era in studies of human evolution" that is dawning." --Cosmos Magazine Praise for Historic Walking Guides Madrid: "Beebe Bahrami's Historic Walking Guides Madrid offers a refreshing change to typical mainstream travel guides. While you get must-see museum and monument stops around Madrid, you also get an amazing slice of rich history...Bahrami's stories about significant writers and artists influential to Madrid's past give a sense of being in these people's shoes by weaving in the day-to-day human element - a detail that many mainstream travel guides seem to lack." --Matador Network "What I like about this book is the fact that it reveals the rich history of Madrid in a lively and engaging manner, without being dry or overly didactic...Bahrami demonstrates her intimate knowledge of the city as she describes walks that introduce visitors to much more than Madrid's most famous tourist attractions. Her knowledge of its history and her vivid descriptions of the sights bring Madrid's past to life. Walking through the city's historic districts not only allows you to visit important historic buildings and monuments, but you also offer a deeper understanding of how Madrid came to be the way it is today." --Transitions Abroad "With a pilgrim's reverence and a scientist's exactitude, Bahrami captures the textures, smells, and sounds of the excavation sites and adjacent towns... At the heart of this story is Bahrami's trek through densely overgrown pre-historic territory in search of a visceral connection to and deeper understanding of all humankind." Publishers Weekly Gender: unisex.