Culture/travel books about author's observation of everyday life in foreign city
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New Song in a Strange Land - Esther Warner
She wrote about five books on living in Africa, all great.
Village in the Sun - Dane Chandos
He wrote books about living in Mexico, all great
Cross Creek - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - Famous for The Yearling, but Cross Creek is about her life in rural Florida and the people there.
All three of these authors put present day authors to shame in their empathy and sensitivity to the surrounding cultures.
A favourite for vivid insights to place and time, without the usual tourist sights travelogue, is Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast - a fantastic short read about his Paris days.
Colin Thubron's In Siberia is probably one of my favourite books and I would place him in a similar vein to Paul Theroux. He really gets into the local stream of life and many of his other books are just as enthralling.
Set in Sarajevo during the 3 year siege in the 90's, Bill Carters book Fools Rush In: A True Story of Love, War, and Redemption I another favourite of mine. It recounts his time in the city during the Yugoslav wars, and is an adventure/moral dissection of humanity and inhumanity. I even sent him a fan letter after reading it :) It's one of those books that really stuck with me after I finished it.
Finally one other classic book which I would recommend is Red Dust: A Path Through China by Ma Jian. It is a fantastic Chinese book, banned in China still I think (?), written by a Chinese exile. He paints a wonderful, edgy picture of his travels across the country and it is a book that does not hold back. This book has a hedonistic flavour while being very descriptive and reflective on the writers situation within an oppressed society.