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Natalia Rudiak


Pittsburgh District 4 City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak (D-South Hills) is a world traveler and a self-described "voracious reader." She sates her wanderlust on a steady diet of travel writing and fiction set in faraway places.

Councilwoman Rudiak recommends:

Kira Salak, Four Corners: A Journey Into the Heart of Papua New Guinea

An island whose beauty is rivaled only by its danger, Papua New Guinea is often considered the last outpost of adventure for seasoned solo travelers. And yet, in 2001 Kira Salak, then only twenty-nine years old—made the amazing trek across this arduous physical and cultural terrain. Four Corners is Salak's chronicle of this amazing journey.

National Geographic

Ian Frazier, Travels In Siberia

The author of Great Plains examines the unforgivable region of Siberia, including its geography, resources, native peoples and history, in a book full of Mongols, fur seekers, tea caravans, American prospectors, prisoners and exiles of every kind and so much more.


Robert Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Book Four of Robert A. Caro's monumental The Years of Lyndon Johnson displays all the narrative energy and illuminating insight that led the Times of London to acclaim it as "one of the truly great political biographies of the modern age. A masterpiece."


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