Harry's Bar: The Life and Times of the Legendary Venice Landmark cover
Book Review

A lively, witty history of the iconic Italian drinking establishment, a meeting place for literary and artistic luminaries for nearly a century.
 
On the short list of the world’s most famous watering holes—Willi’s Wine Bar in Paris, Jo’s Bar in Prague, the Antico Caffè Greco in Rome—Harry’s Bar in Venice stands virtually without peer. Just off the Palazzo San Marco, Harry’s is known for its timeless decor and luxurious ambience, which have often been imitated but never duplicated. Though technically a restaurant—carpaccio was invented there in 1950—Harry’s has, since 1931, been the preferred place to “bend the elbow” for a diverse assemblage of writers, artists, models, actors, and business tycoons. Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, Sinclair Lewis, and Truman Capote are among the celebrity tipplers who have sampled its famous cocktails (most notably the now-ubiquitous Bellini, first concocted there sometime between 1934 and 1948).
 
Arrigo Cipriani’s colorful, anecdotal memoir gives us the view from behind the bar, blending stories from the life of his father, Giuseppe, legendary cofounder of Harry’s, with mixocological secrets and tales ...
Continue Reading
Rick Steves Iceland cover

Rick Steves Iceland html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review


Hike vast glaciers, marvel at steaming volcanic lakes, and explore the land of the midnight sun: with Rick Steves on your side, Iceland can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Iceland you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Iceland
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from the stunning northern lights to hidden hikes and cozy bookstores
  • How to connect with local culture: Soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, sample smoked fishes, and chat with locals in stark and lovely rural towns
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively Reykjavík and art and history museums, and a driving tour of the Great Ring Road
  • Detailed maps for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, an Icelandic phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended r...
    Continue Reading
The Backpacker's Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills cover
Book Review

When it was first published in 1998, The Backpacker's Field Manual set the standard for comprehensive backpacking books. Now exhaustively updated to offer a more complete view of backpacking today, it covers the latest developments in gear—such as Global Positioning Systems and ultralight hiking equipment—first aid, and Leave No Trace comping, and includes a chapter devoted to outdoor leadership resources and basics. Beginners and experienced hikers alike will find this book indispensable for trip planning strategies and also as a quick reference on the trail for:

BACKCOUNTRY SKILLS—how to forecast the weather, identify trees, bear-proof your campsite, wrap an injured ankle, and more--illustrated with more than 100 line drawings.

TRICKS OF THE TRAIL—time-tested practical lessons learned along the way

GOING ULTRALIGHT—downsizing suggestions for those who want to lighten up

Every traveler knows that space in a backpack is limited, so on your next trip, carry the only guide you'll ever need—this one—and take to the great outdoors with confidence.

Product Description

When it was first published in 1998, The Backpacke...
Continue Reading
Weight Watchers Instant Pot Cookbook: Enjoy Delicious Food With Easy 'Set And Forget' 2018 Weight Watchers Freestyle Instant Pot Recipes cover
Book Review

Try to lose weight but get no result? Love to eat good food but have no time to cook? Here is the best solution for you in this year - 2018 The Only Weight Watchers Instant Pot Cookbook For 2018 you should have.

This Weight watchers Freestyle and Flex instant pot recipes will help you save time and lose weight effortless and easy. It Features Healthy and tasty Weight Watchers Freestyle Recipes For the New 2018 Program, with many Zero Points recipes that will help you burn Fat Rapidly.

Unique Features of The Weight Watchers Instant Pot cook book •This Instant Pot cookbook contains 100% Original Weight Watchers Smart Points Recipes •Freestyle Recipes Comes with Freestyle Points, Nutritional Values and Serving Size •Most of the Meals can be prepared in 20min or Less •Discover the latest change with WW Freestyle Plan •Tips and Tricks to making Healthy & Delicious Weight Watchers Recipes with an Instant Pot Grab the book that change your life this year, you will be healthier, free and enjoy good food....
Continue Reading
The Songlines cover

The Songlines html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

International Bestseller: The famed travel writer and author of In Patagonia traverses Australia, exploring Aboriginal culture and song—and humanity’s origins.

Long ago, the creators wandered Australia and sang the landscape into being, naming every rock, tree, and watering hole in the great desert. Those songs were passed down to the Aboriginals, and for centuries they have served not only as a shared heritage but as a living map. Sing the right song, and it can guide you across the desert. Lose the words, and you will die.
 
Into this landscape steps Bruce Chatwin, the greatest travel writer of his generation, who comes to Australia to learn these songs. A born wanderer, whose lust for adventure has carried him to the farthest reaches of the globe, Chatwin is entranced by the cultural heritage of the Aboriginals. As he struggles to find the deepest meaning of these ancient, living songs, he is forced to embark on a much more difficult journey—through his own history—to reckon with the nature of language itself.
 
Part travelogue, part memoir, part novel, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin’s final—and most ...
Continue Reading
Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths About Air Travel Today cover
Book Review

"Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight," our pilots still intone. But who are they kidding?

In Full Upright and Locked Position, former FAA chief counsel and senior aviation policy official Mark Gerchick unravels the unseen forces and little-known facts that have reshaped our air travel experience since September 11, 2001. With wry humor and unique insight, Gerchick takes us past the jargon, technicalities, and all-is-well platitudes to expose the new normal of air travel: from the packed planes and myriad hassles of everyday flying to the alchemy of air fares, the airlines' endless nickel-and-diming, and the elusive hope of escape from steerage. We find out what pilots do in the cockpit, what's really worth worrying about when it comes to airline safety, and why we get sick on planes. Meanwhile, Gerchick ponders the jarring disconnect between our quaint expectations of "service with a smile" and the grim reality of cramped seats, no-free-lunch, and "watch-yer-knees.

"With sympathy for both fliers and airlines, Gerchick shows how the new "business-all-business" airline industry has finally learned to make money, even in the face of crushing fuel cos...
Continue Reading

Full Upright and Locked Position: The Insider's Guide to Air Travel cover
Book Review

"Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight," our pilots still intone. But who are they kidding?


Former FAA chief counsel and senior aviation policy official Mark Gerchick unravels the unseen forces and little-known facts that have reshaped our air travel experience since September 11, 2001.


With wry humor and unique insight, Gerchick takes us past the jargon, technicalities, and all-is-well platitudes to expose the new normal of air travel: from the packed planes and myriad hassles of everyday flying to the alchemy of air fares, the airlines’ endless nickel-and-diming, and the elusive hope of escape from steerage. We find out what pilots do in the cockpit, what’s really worth worrying about when it comes to airline safety, and why we get sick on planes. Meanwhile, Gerchick ponders the jarring disconnect between our quaint expectations of "service with a smile" and the grim reality of cramped seats, no-free-lunch, and "watch-yer-knees."


With sympathy for both fliers and airlines, Gerchick shows how the new "business-all-business" airline industry has finally learned to make money, even in the face of crushing fuel costs, and get m...
Continue Reading

Ay, Cuba!: A Socio-Erotic Journey cover
Book Review

A rare and intimate glimpse at life in Cuba at the end of the twentieth century
 
For NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu, reporting from Cuba on the eve of Pope John Paul II’s 1998 visit was an opportunity to understand the realities of life in a country that has long been the subject of stereotypes and misconceptions. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba was the last place to witness a “laboratory of pre-post-communism,” as it toed the line between its socialist past and its uncertain future.
 
On the streets of Havana and the beaches of Santiago de Cuba, Codrescu met people from all walks of life—from prostitutes and fortunetellers to bureaucrats and writers—eager to share their stories. Uncensored and compassionate, his interviews reveal a world where destruction and beauty, poverty and pride exist side by side. Traveling with photographer David Graham, whose powerful images illustrate the energy pulsing through everyday life in Cuba, Codrescu captures the humanity of a nation that is lost when it’s reduced to a political symbol. With the United States resuming relations with Cuba for the first time in decades, Ay,Cuba! Continue Reading
Paris Dreaming cover

Paris Dreaming html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

How the City of Light gave her lessons in life: an Australian beauty journalist shares her obsession with Paris - the city that has been her guide through a lifelong journey of self-discovery.

Katrina Lawrence first fell in love with Paris at the age of five, and since then her roads have continually led her back to this most beautiful of cities.

Taking us on a journey around Paris's most spectacular sights, hidden secrets and most beguiling nooks and crannies, Katrina tells us the story of why this city has been her constant inspiration through all stages of life. Musing on everything Parisian, from femininity to feminism, politics to perfume, and of course, those stylish Parisiennes who captivate us, from Brigitte Bardot and Madame de Pompadour to Simone de Beauvoir and Catherine de Medici, Katrina shares the essential life lessons that Paris has taught her.

Written with warmth, gaiety, elegance and insight, Paris Dreaming is the ultimate chic, personal and charming memoir - not just for women who love Paris, but for anyone in search of that elusive good life.

'A delightful memoir and ode to the City of Light, Paris Dreaming celebra...
Continue Reading

Into Thin Air  cover
Book Review

When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top.  No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning, he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were desperately struggling for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated.

Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of the bestseller Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside Magazine to report on the growing commercialization of the mountain, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the ...
Continue Reading
Into the Wild  cover
Book Review

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter....

Amazon.com Review

What would possess a gifted young man recently graduated from college to literally walk away from his life? Noted outdoor writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer tackles that question in his reporting on Chris McCandless, whose emaciated body was found in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992.

Described by friends and relatives as smart, literate, compassionate, and funny, did McCandless simply read too much Thoreau and Jack London and lose sight of the dangers of heading into the wilderness alone? Krakauer, whose own adventures have taken him to the perilous heights of Everest, provides some answers by exploring the pull the outdoors, seductive yet often dangerous, has had on his own life....
Continue Reading

Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World cover
Book Review

"Nearly every page has some crack piece of travel wisdom ... an accessible, inspiring journey." -Kirkus

The Sell-Your-House, See-the-World Life!

Reunited after thirty-five years and wrestling a serious case of wanderlust, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell their house and possessions and live abroad full-time. They've never looked back. With just two suitcases, two computers, and each other, the Martins embark on a global adventure, taking readers from sky-high pyramids in Mexico to Turkish bazaars to learning the contact sport of Italian grocery shopping. But even as they embrace their new home-free lifestyle, the Martins grapple with its challenges, including hilarious language barriers, finding financial stability, and missing the family they left behind. Together, they learn how to live a life-and love-without borders.

From glittering Georgian mansions in Ireland to the windswept coasts of Portugal, this euphoric, inspiring memoir is more than a tale of second chances. Recently featured on NPR's Here and Now, as well as in the New York Times, Home Sweet Anywhere is a road map for anyone who dreams of tu...
Continue Reading

In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement cover
Book Review

The remarkable story of one woman's search for a new life in Africa in the wake of World War II--a life that sparked a heroic career, but also hid a secret past.

Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of fifty years. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, the French-born Spoerry learned how to fly a plane at the age of forty-five and earned herself the cherished nickname, "Mama Daktari"--"Mother Doctor"--from the people of Kenya. Yet few knew what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa. Now, in the first comprehensive account of her life, Dr. Spoerry's revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname--this one sinister--working as a "doctor" in a Nazi concentration camp.
In Full Flight explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one's troubled past simply by doing good in the present. Informed by Spoerry's own journals, a trove of previously untapped files, and numerous interviews with those who knew her in Europe or Africa, John Heminway takes readers on a remarkable journey across a...
Continue Reading
North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail cover
Book Review

From the author of the bestseller Eat and Run, a thrilling new memoir about his grueling, exhilarating, and immensely inspiring 46-day run to break the speed record for the Appalachian Trail.

Scott Jurek is one of the world's best known and most beloved ultrarunners. Renowned for his remarkable endurance and speed, accomplished on a vegan diet, he's finished first in nearly all of ultrarunning's elite events over the course of his career. But after two decades of racing, training, speaking, and touring, Jurek felt an urgent need to discover something new about himself. He embarked on a wholly unique challenge, one that would force him to grow as a person and as an athlete: breaking the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. North is the story of the 2,189-mile journey that nearly shattered him.

When he set out in the spring of 2015, Jurek anticipated punishing terrain, forbidding weather, and inevitable injuries. He would have to run nearly 50 miles a day, every day, for almost seven weeks. He knew he would be pushing himself to the limit, that comfort and rest would be in short supply -- but he couldn't have imagined the p...
Continue Reading
Aerial Geology: A High-Altitude Tour of North America's Spectacular Volcanoes, Canyons, Glaciers, Lakes, Craters, and Peaks cover
Book Review

“Get your head into the clouds with Aerial Geology.” —The New York Times Book Review

Aerial Geology is an up-in-the-sky exploration of North America’s 100 most spectacular geological formations. Crisscrossing the continent from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to the Great Salt Lake in Utah and to the Chicxulub Crater in Mexico, Mary Caperton Morton brings you on a fantastic tour, sharing aerial and satellite photography, explanations on how each site was formed, and details on what makes each landform noteworthy. Maps and diagrams help illustrate the geological processes and clarify scientific concepts.

Fact-filled, curious, and way more fun than the geology you remember from grade school, Aerial Geology is a must-have for the insatiably curious, armchair geologists, million-mile travelers, and anyone who has stared out the window of a plane and wondered what was below.
...
Continue Reading
Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia cover
Book Review

Travels with NPR host David Greene along the Trans-Siberian Railroad capture an overlooked, idiosyncratic Russia in the age of Putin.


Far away from the trendy cafés, designer boutiques, and political protests and crackdowns in Moscow, the real Russia exists.


Midnight in Siberia chronicles David Greene’s journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 6,000-mile cross-country trip from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. In quadruple-bunked cabins and stopover towns sprinkled across the country’s snowy landscape, Greene speaks with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years.


These travels offer a glimpse of the new Russia—a nation that boasts open elections and newfound prosperity but continues to endure oppression, corruption, a dwindling population, and stark inequality.


We follow Greene as he finds opportunity and hardship embodied in his fellow train travelers and in conversations with residents of towns throughout Siberia.


We meet Nadezhda, an entrepreneur who runs a small hotel in Ishim, fighting through corrupt layers of bureaucracy every day. Greene spends a jo...
Continue Reading

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Japan cover
Book Review

Explore Japan's busy city streets, historic temples, and beautiful culture. Experience Tokyo, Kyoto, and the rest of Japan's exciting cities.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Japan.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder indexes for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Japan truly shows you this country as no one else can.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience th...
Continue Reading

Valentines Gifts for Her: Word Search Puzzle Book as a Valentines Day Gift for Her: Valentines Day Gifts for Girlfriend, Wife, or Mom cover
Book Review

Valentines Gifts for Her: Word Search Puzzle Book as a Valentines Day Gift for Her: Valentines Day Gifts for Girlfriend, Wife, or Mom

This is the perfect Valentine's gift. Your significant other or family member will enjoy this thoughtful gift! The fortunate recipient of your gift will have access to:

•Instructions
•Lots of Puzzles!
•Answer Key

There is an answer key for each and every puzzle so that they can check their completed puzzles or give themselves a hint when stumped. Never feel confused with this comprehensive and accurate answer key.

Anyone who loves word searches or a new challenge will love this book!...
Continue Reading
The Pilgrimage (Plus) cover
Book Review

Here Paulo Coelho details his journey across Spain along the legendaryroad of San Tiago, which pilgrims have travelled since Middle Ages. On this contemporary quest, he encounters a Chaucerian variety of mysterious guides and devilish opponents and learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life. The Pilgrimage holds an important place in Paulo Coelho's literary canon. His first book, it not only paved the way for his phenomenal novel The Alchemist , but it also fully expresses his humanist philosophy and the depth of his unique search for meaning.

Product Description

Here Paulo Coelho details his journey across Spain along the legendaryroad of San Tiago, which pilgrims have travelled since Middle Ages. On this contemporary quest, he encounters a Chaucerian variety of mysterious guides and devilish opponents and learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life. The Pilgrimage holds an important place in Paulo Coelho's literary canon. His first book, it not only paved the way for his phenomenal novel The Alchemist , but it also fully expresses his humanist philosoph...
Continue Reading

Frommer's EasyGuide to New York City 2018 (EasyGuides) cover
Book Review

Pauline Frommer's highly-personal guide to her own home city has, in previous editions, twice been named "Best Guidebook of the Year" by the North American Travel Journalists Association. It has been the best-selling guide to the city for the last four years. Though she deals with luxury choices as well as bargains, she makes a special effort to overcome New York's reputation for stratospheric prices, ferreting out scores of moderately-priced options in lodgings, meals, attractions, entertainment and more.



Like all Easy Guides, this annually-researched and popular best-seller is "Quick to Read, Light to Carry"―and colorfully written.



Fully updated yearly, and printed in large, easy-to-read type, the book contains:



Handy pull-out map and bulleted maps throughout



Self-guided walking tours



Exact prices and subway directions for every listing in the book



Opinionated advice on what to see and what to skip



Insightful discussions of New York’s history and culture

16-page photo guide Continue Reading

Travel as a Political Act cover
Book Review

Change the world one trip at a time. In this illuminating collection of stories and lessons from the road, acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves shares a powerful message that resonates now more than ever.

With the world facing divisive events and movements like the rise of nationalism, Trump, Brexit, Erdogan, and more, there's never been a more important time to travel.

Rick believes the risks of travel are widely exaggerated, and that fear is for people who don't get out much. After years of living out of a suitcase, he still marvels at how different cultures may find different truths to be self-evident. By sharing his experiences from Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, Rick shows how we can learn more about own country by viewing it from afar.

With gripping stories from Rick's decades of exploration, this fully revised edition of Travel as a Political Act is an antidote to the current climate of xenophobia. When we travel thoughtfully, we bring back the most beautiful souvenir of all: a broader perspective on the world that we all call home.

...
Continue Reading
Don’t Go There: From Chernobyl to North Korea—one man’s quest to lose himself and find everyone else in the world’s strangest places cover
Book Review

How much would you risk to change your life? After Spiegel bestselling-author Adam Fletcher is accidentally tear-gassed in street protests in Istanbul, he goes on a journey to change his humdrum life, taking his eccentric German girlfriend, Annett, along with him. Their quest to better understand themselves (and everyone else) threatens their world view, sanity, and relationship.

Don’t Go There is a hilarious travel memoir full of interesting characters, uncomfortable moments, unusual destinations, and British humour that will appeal to lovers of Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, and David Sedaris.

Whether freezing in a blizzard in China, ruining a mass dance in North Korea, experiencing the corruption of Soviet-breakaway Transnistria, pondering the apocalypse in Chernobyl, getting stopped by police boats on the way to the newest country in the world (libertarian utopia Liberland), or meeting the devil incarnate on a night bus in Moldova, Adam keeps his sense of humour and his fascination for the weird things people do to each other when they think no one is looking, in the places few of us ever go.

Take a trip with Adam Flet...
Continue Reading
1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (& the Young at Heart) cover
Book Review

A guidebook for kids and adults who are looking for adventure in Sacramento and beyond, bursting with 1,001 local activity ideas. Use this treasure trove as a jumping off point for exploring our rich, historic, cultural region and its rich, natural beauty and varied landscapes, not to mention the abundance of educational opportunities and museums. Local author Sabrina Nishijima uncovers all the hidden gems for kids in Sacramento (or people who want to feel like a kid!) and visitors who step into this magical region. Local illustrator Sarah Golden contributes charming kid-friendly artwork.

FROM BACK OF COVER:

Ready to create your family adventure bucket list for Sacramento?

Plan out the BEST YEAR EVER with this pocketful of creative ideas. 1,001 Things To Do In Sacramento With Kids (& The Young At Heart) is a comprehensive guide that lists everything kid-friendly in Sacramento--from all the everyday staples (parks, museums, theaters) to the eclectic and visionary.

Wanna go on a swan tour? #7
Bend through a laser maze? #382
Use a 3D printer or button maker for free? #671, #22


You can do it...
Continue Reading

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon cover
Book Review

“Rebecca West’s magnum opus . . . one of the great books of our time.” —The New Yorker
 
Written on the brink of World War II, Rebecca West’s classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern. A magnificent blend of travel journal, cultural commentary, and historical insight, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon probes the troubled history of the Balkans and the uneasy relationships among its ethnic groups. The landscape and the people of Yugoslavia are brilliantly observed as West untangles the tensions that rule the country’s history as well as its daily life.
 
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Continue Reading
The MILEPOST 2018: Alaska Travel Planner cover
Book Review

Described as the "quintessential reference" for Alaska travelers, The MILEPOST® offers mile-by-mile descriptions of more than 15,000 miles of road in Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Alberta. It's 700-plus pages detail accommodations, camping, sightseeing, attractions and services,as well as fascinating facts on the history and wildlife of the North. Trip planning help and answers to frequently asked questions are addressed in the Travel Planning section, with features on crossing the border, traveling with pets, the Alaska ferry system, driving conditions, railroads, tours and wildlife. Suggested itineraries are mapped out to help travelers plan their trips.

The 2018 edition of The MILEPOST® is the 70th edition of this classic travel guide, which was first published in 1949 as a 72-page guide to the recently opened Alaska ("Alcan") Highway. A history of the Alaska Highway is included in The MILEPOST.

The MILEPOST® has more than 100 city and road maps; the wildly popular pull-out Plan-A-Trip Map; more than 600 photos; and free access to a digital edition for print book buyers.

...
Continue Reading
Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From cover
Book Review

“An astonishing work.”
—Julian Fellowes, Creator and Executive Producer of “Downton Abbey”

“A book well worthy of marking the centenary of the crystal-clear night when the immense ship slid to her terrible doom.”
—Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman

It has been one hundred years since the sinking of the passenger liner Titanic in the North Atlantic, yet worldwide fascination with the epic tragedy remains as strong as ever. With Voyagers of the Titanic, Richard Davenport-Hines gives us a magnificent history of the people intimately connected with the infamous ship—from deal-makers and industry giants, like J.P. Morgan, who built and operated it; to Molly Brown, John Jacob Astor IV, and other glittering aristocrats who occupied its first class cabins; to the men and women traveling below decks hoping to find a better life in America. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the great disaster, Voyagers of the Titanic offers a fascinating, uniquely original view of one of the most momentous catastrophes of the 20th century.

...
Continue Reading
Rick Steves Great Britain cover
Book Review

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Great Britain.

With this guide, you'll explore the misty isle of Great Britain, from lively London to the lush green fields of Wales and the craggy beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Wander the sheep-dotted hillsides of the Lake District, and stroll the promenade at the kitschy beach resort of Blackpool. On Edinburgh's Royal Mile, ask a proud Scot about the local whisky. Trace Britain's history from prehistoric Stonehenge to Roman Bath, and from stout Welsh castles to Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax at a neighborhood pub, sharing a chat and a pint with a friendly local.

Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants in big cities and small villages. You'll learn how to travel by train, bus, or car and discover which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
...
Continue Reading
Fodor's Essential Australia (Full-color Travel Guide) cover
Book Review

Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Australia teems with cultural and natural treasures. Its diverse habitats are home to countless strange and amazing creatures, while its extensive coastlines include a wealth of beautiful beaches. With color photos throughout, Fodor's Essential Australia captures the country's stunning diversity, from vineyards to Outback adventures, from hikes through Tasmania to fine dining in Sydney, from tropical rainforests to majestic underwater reefs.
 
This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps 
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· Major sights such as Tasmanian Wilderness, Fraser Island, Sydney Opera House, and the Kakadu National Park
· Coverage of Sydney; New South Wales; Melbourne; Victoria; Tasmania; Brisbane and its beaches; the Great Barrier Reef; Adelaide and South Australia; the Outback; Uluru; Perth and Western Australia...
Continue Reading
Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story-How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War cover
Book Review

Gripping narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic story of a remarkable young Texan pianist, Van Cliburn, who played his way through the wall of fear built by the Cold War, won the hearts of the American and Russian people, and eased tensions between two superpowers on the brink of nuclear war.

In 1958, an unheralded twenty-three-year-old piano prodigy from Texas named Van Cliburn traveled to Moscow to compete in the First International Tchaikovsky Competition. The Soviets had no intention of bestowing their coveted prize on an unknown American; a Russian pianist had already been chosen to win. Yet when the gangly Texan with the shy grin took the stage and began to play, he instantly captivated an entire nation.

The Soviet people were charmed by Van Cliburn’s extraordinary talent, passion, and fresh-faced innocence, but it was his palpable love for the music that earned their devotion; for many, he played more like a Russian than their own musicians. As enraptured crowds mobbed Cliburn’s performances, pressure mounted to award him the competition prize. "Is he the best?" Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev demanded of the judges. "In that case . . . give h...
Continue Reading

The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica cover
Book Review

The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica.

It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet’s final frontier? There wouldn’t be another encounter with an unknown this magnificent until Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon.

Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning’s every stage. And then, the night before the expedition’s flagship set off, Billy Gawronski—a mischievous, first-generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business—jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard.

Could he get away with it?

From the soda shops of New York’s Lower East Side to the dance halls of sultry Francophone Tahiti, all the way to Antarctica’s blinding white and ...
Continue Reading
Our Bucket List: A Journal cover

Our Bucket List: A Journal html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Makes a perfect gift! This is a gift that would be useful for your special person, couple or family. This Journal has pages for you to fill in your Bucket list, Target date and a Tick box when it is complete. Beautiful black cover with 110 pages. Convenient size of 6 x 9 inches. Also available - My Bucket List, Bucket List for Couples & Bucket List....
Continue Reading
The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart cover
Book Review

NPR's Best Books of 2017
Best Books on Food of 2017, The Guardian
Best Food-Focused Memoirs, Eater
Top 10 Narrative Food & Drink Books, Booklist
20 Best Cookbooks, The Telegraph


In the tradition of Elizabeth Gilbert and Ruth Reichl, former New Yorker editor Emily Nunn chronicles her journey to heal old wounds and find comfort in the face of loss through travel, home-cooked food, and the company of friends and family.

One life-changing night, reeling from her beloved brother’s sudden death, a devastating breakup with her handsome engineer fiancé and eviction from the apartment they shared, Emily Nunn had lost all sense of family, home, and financial security. After a few glasses of wine, heartbroken and unmoored, Emily—an avid cook and professional food writer—poured her heart out on Facebook. The next morning she woke up with an awful hangover and a feeling she’d made a terrible mistake—only to discover she had more friends than she knew, many of whom invited her to come visit and cook with them while she put her life back together. Thus began the Comfort Food Tour.

Searching for a way forward...
Continue Reading
The Monk of Mokha cover
Book Review

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A gripping, triumphant adventure” (Los Angeles Times) from bestselling author Dave Eggers, the incredible true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war.


Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleaguered but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.

Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of February 2018: The Monk of Mokha is an unblinking, open account of a San Francisco-based Yemeni American’s success story. The sincerity and subject matter will make some cynics uneasy, and cynics would do well to avoid this book, or be less cynical. Following in the path of What is the ...
Continue Reading
Over The Edge: Death in Grand Canyon, Newly Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition cover
Book Review

This is a vastly expanded and revised edition of the 2001 classic that sold a quarter million copies, now updated after a decade,containing many gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World's Seven Natural Wonders. Also available as an very limite, signed and numbered editionof 380 hardcover copies, under a separate ISBN and order item listing....
Continue Reading
Italian Made Simple: Revised and Updated cover
Book Review

Whether you are planning a romantic Italian getaway, packing a knapsack for
your junior year abroad, or just want to engage your Italian business associate in everyday conversation, Italian Made Simple is the perfect book for any self-learner. Void of all the non-essentials and refreshingly easy to understand, Italian Made Simple includes:

* basics of grammar
* vocabulary building exercises
* pronunciation aids
* common expressions
* word puzzles and language games
* contemporary reading selections
* Italian culture and history
* economic information
* Italian-English and English-Italian dictionaries

Complete with drills, exercises, and answer keys for ample practice opportunities, Italian Made Simple will soon have you speaking Italian like a native.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Description

Whether you are planning a romantic Italian getaway, packing a knapsack for
your junior year abroad, or just want to engage your Italian business associate in everyday conversation, Italian Made Simple is the perfect book for any self-learner. ...
Continue Reading
Swinger's Vacation, The Swirl Resort cover
Book Review

Hold on to your seat! Get your popcorn! Be ready!



What happens when your best friends that you have know for years are swingers? You know them very well and they are really nice people and they invite you and your spouse to a Swinger's Week Vacation. What do you do?



If you're in the non swinging couple, what happens if your wife decides she kind of likes the idea and wants to give it a go? How do you go for that if you are a very jealous man? A very jealous man that has been cheating on his wife for many years.



What happens if you're the husband in the swinging couple, you have been swinging for years, but it's your wife that has become addicted to swinging and maybe you have had enough?



What happens if you are single, decide to go on vacation to one of the most beautiful resorts in the world, and when you get there, you find out it is a couples swinger's week at the resort? What do you do?

...
Continue Reading
A Year in Provence (Vintage Departures) cover
Book Review

National Bestseller 

In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.




From the Trade Paperback edition.

Amazon.com Review

Who hasn't dreamed, on a mundane Monday or frowzy Friday, of chucking it all in and packing off to the south of France? Provençal cookbooks and guidebooks entice with provocatively fresh salads and azure skies, but is it really all Côtes-du-Rhône and fleur-de-lis? Author Peter Mayle answers that question with wit, warmth, and wicked candor in A Year in Provence, the chronicle of his own foray into Provençal domesticity.

Beginning, appropriately enough, on...
Continue Reading

Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany cover

Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review


You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Florence and Tuscany.

With the self-guided tours in this book, you'll discover the geographic heart of Italy. Take the Renaissance Walk and tour the Uffizi Gallery to learn how Florence taught civilized living to the rest of Europe. Wander through the medieval city of Siena and find out what Pisa has to offer beyond the Leaning Tower. Relax in sunny Tuscan hill towns where you'll enjoy full-bodied wine, the world's best gelato, and the company of friendly locals.

Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You'll learn how to get around by train, bus, or rental car and get up-to-date advice on what's worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket....
Continue Reading
A Year in Provence cover
Book Review

National Bestseller 

In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

Amazon.com Review

Who hasn't dreamed, on a mundane Monday or frowzy Friday, of chucking it all in and packing off to the south of France? Provençal cookbooks and guidebooks entice with provocatively fresh salads and azure skies, but is it really all Côtes-du-Rhône and fleur-de-lis? Author Peter Mayle answers that question with wit, warmth, and wicked candor in A Year in Provence, the chronicle of his own foray into Provençal domesticity.

Beginning, appropriately enough, on New Year's Day with a divine luncheon in a quaint restaurant, Mayle...
Continue Reading

How To Be Your Own Bodyguard: Because the Will to Survive is Instinctive but the Ability is Learned. cover
Book Review

Why having your windows up in a mob surrounding your vehicle is not the best strategy.
Why riots and contact lenses don't mix
What four things do bad guys do right before they attack you?
Why RUN, HIDE & FIGHT during an active killer/shooter event is wrong and what is better.
Why soft skills constitute 75% of self-protection and what exactly they are.
A less than ten dollar security kit that will keep you safe in sketchy hotels.
Scams to avoid and tricks the pickpockets use so you don't lose your money to them.
ATM, Vehicles, Hotels, On Foot, In Planes and Airports...it's all covered.
Home security tips
Which martial arts work and which ones don't and how to pick a good instructor.
Resources used by the pros.

Self Defense tips for men and women from a lifetime of protecting clients in hostile environments. Includes avoidance and awareness skills of the professional protection agent as well as dynamic, pressure tested techniques.

The problem with the majority of self-defense books is they begin with the victim being attacked. "The bad guy...
Continue Reading
The Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around the Coast of Great Britain cover
Book Review

This “interesting, insightful book” by the author of Deep South reveals “a side of Britain few visitors see” (The New York Times Book Review).

After eleven years as an American living in London, the renowned travel writer Paul Theroux set out to travel clockwise around the coast of Great Britain to find out what the British were really like. The result is this perceptive, hilarious record of the journey. Whether in Cornwall or Wales, Ulster or Scotland, the people he encountered along the way revealed far more of themselves than they perhaps intended to display to a stranger. Theroux captured their rich and varied conversational commentary with caustic wit and penetrating insight.

“A sharp and funny descriptive writer . . . Theroux is a good companion.” —The Times (London)

Product Description

This “interesting, insightful book” by the author of Deep South reveals “a side of Britain few visitors see” (The New York Times Book Review).

After eleven years as an American living in London, the renowned travel writer Paul Theroux set out to travel clockwise around the coast...
Continue Reading
Among the Russians cover
Book Review

Here is a fresh perspective on the last tumultuous years of the Soviet Union and an exquisitely poetic travelogue.With a keen grasp of Russia's history, a deep appreciation for its architecture and iconography, and an inexhaustible enthusiasm for its people and its culture, Colin Thubron is the perfect guide to a country most of us will never get to know firsthand. Here, we can walk down western Russia's country roads, rest in its villages, and explore some of the most engaging cities in the world. Beautifully written and infinitely insightful, Among the Russians is vivid, compelling travel writing that will also appeal to readers of history and current events—and to anyone captivated by the shape and texture of one of the world's most enigmatic culture.

Product Description

Here is a fresh perspective on the last tumultuous years of the Soviet Union and an exquisitely poetic travelogue.With a keen grasp of Russia's history, a deep appreciation for its architecture and iconography, and an inexhaustible enthusiasm for its people and its culture, Colin Thubron is the perfect guide to a country most of us will never get to know firsthand. Here, we ...
Continue Reading

Top 10 Iceland (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide) cover
Book Review

Covering all of Iceland's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use top-10 lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you, this newly revised, updated, and redesigned pocket travel guide will lead you straight to the very best attractions. See stunning glaciers and geysers or the bewitching Northern Lights, visit the beautiful national parks, or experience the vibrancy of Reykjavik with DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Iceland.

Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Iceland. Key features include:

   • Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip to Iceland.
   • Expanded and far more comprehensive, the new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
   • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
   • New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like popular attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
   • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on ins...
Continue Reading
The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando 2018 (The Unofficial Guides) cover
Book Review

THE Comprehensive Guide to Universal Orlando

The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando by Seth Kubersky is packed with detailed, specific information on every ride, show, and restaurant in the resort, including insider details on Harry Potter's Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, as well as the new waterpark Volcano Bay.

Compiled and written by a former Universal Orlando employee, and based upon decades of research from a team whose work has been cited by such diverse sources as USA Today and Operations Research Forum, The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando provides step-by-step detailed touring plans that allow you to make the most of every minute and dollar during your Universal Orlando vacation.

The guide includes info on where to find the cheapest Universal Orlando admission tickets, how to save big on Universal on-site hotel rooms and skip the regular lines in the parks, when to visit Universal Orlando for the lightest crowds, and everything else you need to know for a stress-free Universal Orlando experience.
...
Continue Reading
Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia cover

Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling to Croatia and Slovenia.

With this guide, you'll explore charming towns and undiscovered natural wonders. Stroll atop the walls that encircle romantic Dubrovnik, wander through the Roman ruins in the heart of bustling Split, and set sail to the islands of Korcula and Hvar on the glimmering Adriatic. Feel the spray from the waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Drive mountain passes in Slovenia's idyllic Julian Alps, and take side-trips to Montenegro's dramatic Bay of Kotor and the Turkish-flavored city of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations on what's worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket....
Continue Reading
The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story cover
Book Review

After fifteen years of living like a vagabond on her reporter's schedule, Julia Reed got married and bought a house in the historic Garden District. Four weeks after she moved in, Hurricane Katrina struck. The House on First Street is the chronicle of Reed's remarkable and often hilarious homecoming, as well as a thoroughly original tribute to our country's most original city.

...
Continue Reading
New Zealand (National Geographic Adventure Map) cover

New Zealand (National Geographic Adventure Map) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

• Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel Map

National Geographic's New Zealand Adventure Map is an expertly researched, comprehensive map, designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers. With accurate and detailed information of the area, the map pinpoints hundreds of diverse and unique recreational, ecological, cultural, and historic destinations, including many lesser known ones. This information is not available in traditional road maps, such as areas for camping, surfing, skiing, playing golf and fishing, as well as airports and airfields, harbors, beaches, waterfalls and hot springs. In addition to this special content, the map also includes an index with the locations of cities and towns and a clearly marked road network complete with distances and designations for for roads and highways, as well as secondary routes for those seeking to travel off the beaten path.

The map covers the North and South Islands, Stewart Island and inset maps show many of the numerous outlying islands, including Chatham, Campbell, Antipodes, Kermadec and Auckland Islands. The North Island map includes Auckland, Bay of Islands, The Coromandel and Waitomo Caves, while th...
Continue Reading

Rick Steves France 2018 cover

Rick Steves France 2018 html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Wander the lavender fields of Provence, climb the Eiffel Tower, and bite into a perfect croissant: with Rick Steves on your side, France can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves France 2018 you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to France
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from Louvre and the Palace of Versailles to neighborhood restaurants and delicate macarons
  • How to connect with local culture: Stroll through open-air markets in Paris, or bike between rustic villages and local vineyards
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a vin rouge
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and museums
  • Vital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place
  • Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for exploring on the ...
    Continue Reading
The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica cover
Book Review

The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica.

It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet’s final frontier? There wouldn’t be another encounter with an unknown this magnificent until Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon.

Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning’s every stage. And then, the night before the expedition’s flagship set off, Billy Gawronski—a mischievous, first-generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business—jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard.

Could he get away with it?

From the soda shops of New York’s Lower East Side to the dance halls of sultry Francophone Tahiti, all the way to Antarctica’s blinding white and ...
Continue Reading
Rick Steves Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese cover
Book Review

Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (RickSteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 80 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.
...
Continue Reading
Epic Drives of the World (Lonely Planet) cover
Book Review

Buckle up for the next installment in our 'Epic' series and the follow-up to Epic Bike Rides of the World. Epic Drives of the World, a beautiful hardback, showcases 50 of the greatest road trips on Earth, from classic routes in America, Australia and Europe, to incredible adventures in Asia and Africa.

Organised by continent, each route features a first-hand account, awe-inspiring photographs, illustrated maps and practical advice on when to go, how to get there, where to stay and what to eat. From Hawaii's Hana Highway and Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh Road, to Utah's National Park Circuit and Germany's Black Forest High Road, Epic Drives of the World will inspire any motorist to hit the open road.

African and Middle East drives include:

  • The self-drive Safari (Zambia)
  • Crossing the Kalahari (Botswana)
  • Passing over the Panorama Route (South Africa)
  • Marrakesh to Taroudannt (Morocco)
  • Cruising Clarence Drive (South Africa)

The Americas drives include:

  • The Highway to Hana in Hawaii (USA)
  • The Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)
  • The Pacific Coast Highway (USA)
  • Cro...
    Continue Reading
Jewels: A Secret History cover
Book Review

Throughout history, precious stones have inspired passions and poetry, quests and curses, sacred writings and unsacred actions. In this scintillating book, journalist Victoria Finlay embarks on her own globe-circling search for the real stories behind some of the gems we prize most. Blending adventure travel, geology, exciting new research, and her own irresistible charm, Finlay has fashioned a treasure hunt for some of the most valuable, glamorous, and mysterious substances on earth.

With the same intense curiosity and narrative flair she displayed in her widely-praised book Color, Finlay journeys from the underground opal churches of outback Australia to the once pearl-rich rivers of Scotland; from the peridot mines on an Apache reservation in Arizona to the remote ruby mines in the mountains of northern Burma. She risks confronting scorpions to crawl through Cleopatra’s long-deserted emerald mines, tries her hand at gem cutting in the dusty Sri Lankan city where Marco Polo bartered for sapphires, and investigates a rumor that fifty years ago most of the world’s amber was mined by prisoners in a Soviet gulag.

Jewels is a unique and often exhilaratin...
Continue Reading
Fodor's Essential Ireland (Full-color Travel Guide) cover
Book Review

Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.



With an array of dazzling photographs, this book deftly guides the traveler through all the sights and experiences--from Connemara to Georgian Dublin to pub culture to Irish dance--that make the Emerald Isle one of Europe's most popular destinations.

 

This travel guide includes:

· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information

· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks

· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path

· In-depth breakout features on Dublin's literary heritage, Irish traditions from pub life to dance and music, shopping tips, and Belfast's Titanic history

· Major sights such as The Rock of Cashel, The Giant's Causeway, Newgrange, Book of Kells, The Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry, and Aran Islands

· Coverage of Dublin; The Midlands; The Southeast; County Cork; The Southwest; County Clare, Galway City, and the Aran Isl...
Continue Reading
Sunrise with Seamonsters: Travels & Discoveries, 1964-1984 cover
Book Review

This collection of wide-ranging essays from the New York Times–bestselling travel writer is “a steamer trunk full of delights” (Chicago Sun-Times).

The journeys of Paul Theroux take place not only in exotic, unexpected places of the world but in the thoughts, reading, and emotions of the writer himself. A gathering of people, places, and ideas in fifty glittering pieces of gold.

Product Description

This collection of wide-ranging essays from the New York Times–bestselling travel writer is “a steamer trunk full of delights” (Chicago Sun-Times).

The journeys of Paul Theroux take place not only in exotic, unexpected places of the world but in the thoughts, reading, and emotions of the writer himself. A gathering of people, places, and ideas in fifty glittering pieces of gold.
...
Continue Reading
Natural Disasters cover

Natural Disasters html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

This ISBN: 9780078022982 is a student textbook only. It will not come with online access code. Online Access code sold separately at ISBN: 9781259684692 Natural Disasters, 10th edition focuses on explaining how the normal processes of Earth concentrate their energies and deal heavy blows to humans and their structures. Students have a natural curiosity about natural disasters and why they occur. This text explains why natural disasters occur by interweaving the themes of Energy sources, Plate tectonics, climate change, Earth Processes, geologic time, the complexities of multiple variables operating simultaneously throughout the text. Detailed and interesting Case histories are also intertwined with current content to give students a broad historical understanding of our dynamic and evolving planet....
Continue Reading
Lonely Planet Malaysia Singapore & Brunei (Travel Guide) cover

Lonely Planet Malaysia Singapore & Brunei (Travel Guide) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Admire Kuala Lumpur from the glittering Petronas Towers, climb the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls in Langkawi, or glide through the water village of Kampung Ayer; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a ri...
    Continue Reading
Rick Steves Rome 2018 cover

Rick Steves Rome 2018 html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Rome is called the Eternal City, and ancient ruins and Renaissance masterpieces still dot this modern metropolis: with Rick Steves on your side, Rome can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Rome 2018 you'll find:


Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Rome
Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
Top sights and hidden gems, from the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel to corner trattorias serving crispy fresh pizza and that perfect scoop of gelato
How to connect with local culture: Savor a plate of cacio e pepe, celebrate with the locals at a festival, or chat with fans about the latest soccer (calico, to locals) match
Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
The best places to eat, sleep, and experience la dolce far niente
Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums
Detailed neighborhood maps and a fold-out city map for exploring on the go
Useful resources including a packing list, It...
Continue Reading
Best Ever Travel Tips: Get the Best Travel Secrets & Advice from the Experts (Lonely Planet) cover
Book Review

This illustrated and fully updated edition of Lonely Planet's pocket-sized bestseller contains our best-ever tips, tricks and trade secrets for stress-free travelling, all brought to life and made easy to understand with stylish, witty illustrations.

Find out where the best seats are on a plane, how to avoid bug bites and which essential gadgets you should never leave home without.

Featuring contributions from a range of travel writers, industry experts and staff, this book contains the ultimate insider secrets for travellers and ensures you stay safe and happy on the road.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, li...
Continue Reading

Costa Rica Curious: Redefining the American Dream cover
Book Review

Everyone dreams about quitting their job and moving to a tropical country. Greg and Jen Seymour did just that, leaving lucrative careers for a simplified life in the mountains of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Curious is part memoir, part travelogue, and part get off your ass motivation book. Learn how one couple left the earn-more spend-more treadmill that is dubbed the American Dream and found a more rewarding way to live. One where experiences are valued over things.

In addition to “why” they chose a move to Central America, Seymour shows “how” they moved including the couple’s decision making process and budget. Their adventure is not all rainbows and volcanos but through it all they learned a better way of life by redefining what is meant by the American Dream.

Written in a humorous style Costa Rica Curious is the perfect book for someone looking for a change or just interested in Central America travel....
Continue Reading
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride cover
Book Review

In April 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of emigrants led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors.

In this gripping narrative, New York Times best-selling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most infamous events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarah's journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.

...
Continue Reading
Lonely Planet San Antonio, Austin & Texas Backcountry Road Trips (Travel Guide) cover

Lonely Planet San Antonio, Austin & Texas Backcountry Road Trips (Travel Guide) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Whether exploring your own backyard or somewhere new, discover the freedom of the open road with Lonely Planet's San Antonio, Austin & Texas Backcountry Road Trips. Featuring four amazing road trips, plus up-to-date advice on the destinations you'll visit along the way, get to know Buddy Holly's Lubbock, visit a dance hall in Gruene, and hike Big Bend's scenic trails, all with your trusted travel companion. Jump in the car, turn up the tunes, and hit the road!

Inside Lonely Planet's San Antonio, Austin & Texas Backcountry Road Trips:

  • Lavish color and gorgeous photography throughout
  • Itineraries and planning advice to pick the right tailored routes for your needs and interests
  • Get around easily - easy-to-read, full-color route maps, detailed directions
  • Insider tips to get around like a local, avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road - local driving rules, parking, toll roads
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of...
    Continue Reading
Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land cover
Book Review

The history of Alaska is filled with stories of new land and new riches -- and ever present are new people with competing views over how the valuable resources should be used: Russians exploiting a fur empire; explorers checking rival advances; prospectors stampeding to the clarion call of "Gold!"; soldiers battling out a decisive chapter in world war; oil wildcatters looking for a different kind of mineral wealth; and always at the core of these disputes is the question of how the land is to be used and by whom.

While some want Alaska to remain static, others are in the vanguard of change. Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land shows that there are no easy answers on either side and that Alaska will always be crossing the next frontier.

...
Continue Reading
Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration cover
Book Review

"Gripping and superb. This book will steal the night from you." —Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival


On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.


Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"


This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.

...
Continue Reading
2018 Caribbean  Wall Calendar cover
Book Review

Bring home the beauty of the Caribbean. Lively and serene, the Caribbean is a stunning wealth of people and places that spread over 7,000 islands. Visit the sun-drenched beaches, colorful hillsides and turquoise waters without leaving home. This 2018, 12"" x 12"" wall calendar is a top-selling format and has thirteen full-color images with a 4-month bonus spread featuring January 2019 - April 2019....
Continue Reading
Ashley's Amish Adventures: Attending an Amish Wedding, Book 2 cover
Book Review

Ever wondered what it would be like to go inside an Amish home, make Amish friends, or go to an Amish wedding? In this sequel to Ashley's Amish Adventures: An Outsider Living With the Amish, now you can experience it all for yourself in this 100% true short read for middle grade readers and young adults.



Notice: This short read is a genuine journal written by a 20-year-old girl doing research in an Amish community, so it is NOT written like an Amish romance novel.

This series shows what day-to-day life is really like inside an Amish community.

In this second book of the series, bestselling author Ashley Emma returns to the Amish community of Unity, Maine to attend an Amish wedding and brings along her twelve-year-old dance student, Hailey. Because of this journal's 30+ incredible photos, you will literally get to see the places you are reading about as you read.

In the first book, twenty-year-old Ashley experiences the Amish way of life as she rides in buggies, attends church, makes cheese from scratch, helps make 100 quarts of applesauce, bakes Amish desserts in a bakery, learns Amish cus...
Continue Reading
Ashley's Amish Adventures: An Outsider Living With the Amish, Book 1: (Includes 25+ photos of inside the Amish community and letters from the author's Amish friends!) cover
Book Review

"If you are looking for insight into the REALITY of daily life in an Old Order Amish settlement then this personal journal is for you..." -Psl1721, Amazon Customer

This book will literally show how the Amish of Unity, Maine live their everyday lives with its fascinating photos.

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in an Amish community? Now you can experience what Amish life really looks like in this 100% true story for middle grade readers and young adults.



Please notice: The 2 books in this series are 100% authentic, actual journals written by a 20-year-old girl doing research in an Amish community, so they are NOT written like Amish novels.

Join bestselling author Ashley Emma as she travels to the Amish community of Unity, Maine and stays with three Amish families for a total of a week a half as part of her research for her Amish novels.

This unique journal's rare photos literally show you the places you are reading about--even what the inside Amish homes look like.

Come along on the fascinating journey as Ashley learns everything she can about the Amish as she rides ...
Continue Reading
Rick Steves Germany 2018 cover
Book Review

From fairy-tale castles and alpine forests to quaint villages and modern cities: with Rick Steves on your side, Germany can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Germany 2018 you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip through Germany
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from the towering Zugspitze and jagged Alps to rustic villages and perfect strudel
  • How to connect with local culture: Wander a Kristkindlemarkt full of artisan holiday gifts, chat with fans about the latest fussball match, or strike up a conversation over a glass of berlinerweisse
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and museums
  • Vital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place
  • Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for explori...
    Continue Reading
2018 Italy  Wall Calendar cover
Book Review

From the picture-perfect coastlines and waterways, lakes and mountains, to cities rich in history, you will quickly see all Italy has to offer. You may want to mark this one off your travel to-do list sooner than later! Location information provided. This 2018, 12"" x 12"" wall calendar is a top-selling format and has thirteen full-color photos with a 4-month bonus spread featuring January 2019 - April 2019....
Continue Reading
365 Days in France Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2018 cover
Book Review

France is the world’s #1 tourist destination with over 84 million visitors every year, and it’s no wonder with sights like these: The olive trees and purple lavender fields of Luberon. An idyllic villa overlooking the inviting waters of the Côte d’Azur. And, of course, the world-famous architecture of Paris—from Notre Dame Cathedral to the Louvre. Plus the dramatic white cliffs at Etretat, local wild oysters and mussels for sale in Cancale, and the charming Old Port of Bastia. With hundreds of stunning full-color photographs —one large image at the top of each page and smaller ones throughout the grids— and engaging text by James Beard Foundation Award Winner Patricia Wells, 365 Days in France offers a dreamy escape at every glance.
...
Continue Reading
See America! Wall Calendar 2018 cover
Book Review

A coast-to-coast celebration of America’s national treasures, inspired by the 1930s posters of the WPA and curated by the Creative Action Network’s See America project. Twelve bold, graphic posters celebrate the nation’s most glorious parks and historic landmarks: Stroll through the dense, sky-high trees of Olympic National Park. Breathe in the majestic serenity of Glacier Bay. And lose yourself in the magical wonders of Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. Each month is an invitation to reconnect with an iconic national treasure.

 
...
Continue Reading
MOST BEAUTIFUL  PLACES  IN THE  PHILIPPINES AND TRAVEL GUIDE cover
Book Review

I think we all have a beautiful place in our mind. I have a wonderful place that made me happy a lot of times, years ago. But sometimes I think that I am the only person who likes this place and I'm asking myself if this place will be as beautiful as I thought when I will go back to visit it again. Perhaps I made it beautiful in my mind.
...
Continue Reading
The Condor Prophecy: A Hiram Kane Adventure (The Hiram Kane Action Adventures Book 3) cover
Book Review

An uprising looms...
A revenge demanded by Inca Gods...
A prophecy must be fulfilled!


While on an expedition in the Andes to locate the lost Inca city of Vilcabamba, Hiram Kane’s team is infiltrated by not one but two different terrorist factions, each seeking the legendary Inca gold to fund nefarious strikes against their enemy.
Catholics against Incans.
The Eagle Alliance versus The Condor Uprising.
Hiram Kane must defeat them both.
The expedition soon devolves into the deadliest of treasure hunts, and amidst the wild Andean weather and lethal terrain, a dangerous race against time.

Win, and Hiram Kane can prevent a new holy war.
Lose, and the ancient prophecy will unleash catastrophic consequences the world over.


The Condor Prophecy is the second instalment of the rip-roaring Hiram Kane adventure series, and perfect for fans of fast-paced, international action thriller writers such as Clive Cussler, Russell Blake & Scott Mariani.
To dive into the breathtaking world of Hiram Kane, buy your copy of The Condor Prophecy TODAY!
...
Continue Reading
Anza Borrego Desert Region: Your Complete Guide to the State Park and Adjacent Areas of the Western Colorado Desert cover
Book Review

The Most Comprehensive Guidebook to the Anza-Borrego Desert Region

The Anza-Borrego and Western Colorado Desert Region is a vast, intriguing landscape that harbors a rich variety of desert plants and animals. For almost 40 years, Anza-Borrego Desert Region: Your Complete Guide to the State Park and Adjacent Areas of the Western Colorado Desert by Lowell and Diana Lindsay has been the most comprehensive guidebook for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP), Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, and the surrounding region, including federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) desert lands.

Desert enthusiasts can prepare for adventure with this comprehensive guidebook, providing everything from trail logs and natural history to a Desert Directory of agencies, accommodations, and facilities. It is the perfect companion for hikers, campers, off-roaders, mountain bikers, equestrians, history buffs, and casual visitors.

This easy-to-use guide includes a revised back-pocket map showing expanded boundaries for state park and state vehicular recreation areas, highway mileages, and comprehensive road and trail logs. The new 6th edition ...
Continue Reading

Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame cover
Book Review

A brilliant exploration of the rising phenomenon of megafires—forest fires of alarming scale, intensity, and devastation—that explains the science of what is causing them and captures the danger and heroism of those who fight them

In Megafire, a world-renowned journalist and forest fire expert travels to the most dangerous and remote wildernesses, as well as to the backyards of people faced with these environmental disasters, to look at the heart of this phenomenon and witness firsthand the heroic efforts of the firefighters and scientists racing against time to stop it—or at least to tame these deadly flames.

From Colorado to California, China to Canada, the narrative hopscotches the globe and takes readers to the frontlines of the battle both on the ground and in the air, and in the laboratories, universities, and federal agencies where this issue rages on. Through this prism of perspectives, Kodas zeroes in on a handful of the most terrifying and tumultuous of these environmental disasters in recent years—the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona that took the lives of nineteen elite “hotshot” firefighters, the Waldo Canyon Fire that ov...
Continue Reading
the Next EXIT 2018 cover
Book Review

The Next EXIT 2018 is the 27th updated edition of the iconic USA Interstate highway exit directory, which lists gas, food, lodging, shopping and many other services. The most complete directory ever printed, it will help you find everything you need in the windshield, not the rear view mirror....
Continue Reading
Paris Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2018 cover
Book Review

A mix of romantic black-and-white and sumptuous full-color photographs on coated paper, Paris Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar celebrates the known, the hidden, the lavish, the forgotten—all the corners of a city that lives as spectacularly in our imaginations as it does in the gleam of brass in a bustling bistro, the sheen of a rain-swept boulevard, the river light cast upward from the Seine, the fairytale colors of a macaron shop, the vibrant life of the Jardin du Luxembourg in full bloom, filled with people. A visual knockout.

The Rolex of calendars, the Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar elevates what a calendar can be, incorporating engaging content with the weight, style, and visual richness usually reserved for art books. A sophisticated gift for collectors, connoisseurs, and aficionados—and an aesthetic upgrade for any desktop.
...
Continue Reading
The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World's Most Creative Places cover
Book Review

Tag along on this New York Times bestselling “witty, entertaining romp” (The New York Times Book Review) as Eric Winer travels the world, from Athens to Silicon Valley—and back through history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In this “intellectual odyssey, traveler’s diary, and comic novel all rolled into one” (Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness), acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. A “superb travel guide: funny, knowledgeable, and self-deprecating” (The Washington Post), he explores the history of places like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. With his trademark insightful humor, this “big-hearted humanist” (The Wall Street Journal) walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bott...
Continue Reading
Travel Posters of the Future 2018 Wall Calendar cover
Book Review

Louis Friedman, author of Human Spaceflight From Mars to the Stars, has said, "Human space exploration will continue well into the future. It will be exciting, focused on the exploration and settlement of Mars."

The scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have spent many decades investigating our planets and the universe beyond and as a result have created some fantastic, imaginative travel destination posters bringing the idea of interplanetary travel to reality. Each page of Travel Posters of the Future 2018 Wall Calendar features a poster with a vision of the future that one day might just be a part of our brave new world. ...
Continue Reading
Ah, the Beach! 2018 Calendar cover
Book Review

Picture yourself on a sunlit, sugar sand beach before a turquoise sea. Now picture yourself on a different beach every month of the year! This “Wish You Were There!” calendar transports you to a tropical paradise all year long. You can almost hear the waves lapping at the sand in this large format calendar with its twelve dazzling full color photographs....
Continue Reading
An Ocean View 2018 Calendar cover
Book Review

“The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper,” wrote Annie Dillard, “I cannot quite make it out.” Watch the ocean in this full color, twelve month calendar featuring magnificent seascapes and hear it talk to you as well. The large format wall calendar features six bonus months of July through December 2017; daily grids with ample room for jotting reminders; moon phases; U.S. and international holidays....
Continue Reading
Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand cover
Book Review

From one of the most respected authorities on Thai cooking comes this beautiful and deeply personal ode to Bangkok, the top-ranked travel destination in the world.

Every year, more than 16 million visitors flock to Thailand’s capital city, and leave transfixed by the vibrant culture and unforgettable food they encounter along the way. Thai cuisine is more popular today than ever, yet there is no book that chronicles the real food that Thai people eat every day—until now.

 In Bangkok, award-winning author Leela Punyaratabandhu offers 120 recipes that capture the true spirit of the city—from heirloom family dishes to restaurant classics to everyday street eats to modern cosmopolitan fare. Beautiful food and location photography will make this a must-have keepsake for any reader who has fallen under Bangkok’s spell.

...
Continue Reading
A Field Guide to Getting Lost cover
Book Review

A stimulating exploration of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown from the author of Men Explain Things To Me

Written as a series of autobiographical essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.


From the Trade Paperback edition....
Continue Reading
Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness: The Complete Book of Hygge (Hygge Life, Hygge Books, Hygge Habits, Hygge Christmas, Hygge Lifestyle, Art of Happiness, ... Concept of Hygge) (Hygge Lifestyle Books 1) cover
Book Review

THE COMPLETE BOOK OF HYGGE! The fashion for everything Scandinavian once again swept the world. Now it has spread not only to minimalist furniture and designer clothes, but also to lifestyle. Career and personal growth is being replaced by the desire for comfort and small everyday pleasures. In the world, popularity of hygge is rapidly growing - the philosophy of a happy life that arose in Denmark. Hygge is a Danish word that denotes the state of comfort, peace of mind and security that we experience, when sitting by a fireplace, when the wind blows outside or it’s snowing. Warm, quiet lighting is also hygge, just as leisurely gatherings with friends or when you curl up with a book under the blanket. Mass interest in the phenomenon of hygge and the desire to be in a comfortable environment is a natural reaction to the increasingly troubled atmosphere in the world. Solving global problems is not so simple, but in the intervals between the salvation of the world you can enjoy the perfection of the little things. Hygge means the ability to appreciate the ordinary pleasures of life and enjoy the moment. Hygge is creating a warm atmosphere, enjoying good moments of life with yo...
Continue Reading
Hike It Forward: Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Strong, Safe, and in the Spirit cover
Book Review

The pages of Hike It Forward: Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Strong, Safe, and in the Spirit retell the experiences and adventures during a thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. The 2,186 mile hike encompassed fourteen states and involved over a hundred and fifty days of foot travel over the hills and mountains of the eastern part of the United States. From Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, Maine, this book records the author’s daily adventures and insights. The views from the top of fire towers in Tennessee, the peaceful ponds of the Maine wilderness, the extraordinary personalities of fellow hikers, and the wildlife of the trail combine to weave a story of victory and faith.
There are several travel-logs recounting the journeys of thru-hikers, but this volume focuses on specific aspects of the hike with chapters on trail names, animals, hostels, trail angels, and hiking gear. This book records the adversities, blessings, and disappointments that the trail presented during the spring, summer, and fall of 2014. Laughter is a large part of a successful hike so smiles are laced throughout the chapters including humorous trail lessons on the rocks of Pennsylvania...
Continue Reading
Seven Seasons in Siena: My Quixotic Quest for Acceptance Among Tuscany's Proudest People cover
Book Review

Siena seems at first glance a typical Italian city: within its venerable medieval walls the citizens sport designer clothes, wield digital phones, and prize their dazzling local cuisine. But unlike neighboring Florence, Siena is still deeply rooted in ancient traditions—chiefly the spectacular Palio, in which seventeen independent societies known as contrade vie for bragging rights in an annual bareback horse race around the central piazza.

Into this strange, closed world steps Robert Rodi. A Chicago writer with few friends in town and a shaky command of conversational Italian, he couldn’t be more out of place. Yet something about the sense of belonging radiating from the ritual-obsessed Sienese excites him, and draws him back to witness firsthand how their passionate brand of community extends beyond the Palio into the entire calendar year. Smitten, Rodi undertakes a plan to insinuate himself into this body politic, learn their ways, and win their acceptance.

Seven Seasons in Siena is the story of Rodi’s love affair with the people of Siena—and of his awkward, heartfelt, intermittently successful, occasionally disastrous attempts to bec...
Continue Reading
A Thru-Hiking Trilogy: Three Trails - Three Adventures - A Three Book Compilation (Outdoor Adventure Book 5) cover
Book Review

Amazing journeys begin with a single step, but only the dedicated keep walking.

Three books in one - Contains the first three thru-hiking adventures from Keith Foskett - Over 800 pages of adventure.

Two nominations for Outdoor Book of the Year from The Great Outdoors Magazine.

Book #1 - The Journey in Between

Sometimes, the best adventures happen by chance.

El Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way, is the fabled path that weaves 1,000 miles to its hallowed destination at Santiago de Compostella.

Keith Foskett found himself at a crossroads. Until a chance meeting with a stranger in a Greek bar, he didn’t know which path to take.

A week later, he found himself at the start of El Camino, and began a journey that would change him.

From the pain of blisters and extremes of temperature to encountering kleptomaniacs, fake faith healers and being threatened with arrest in Spain for 'not sleeping', his hike was far from normal.

This is the story of one man's walk, but it speaks to all who see life itself as a journey and are alive to the revelations that an escape to nature can bring. Writte...
Continue Reading

This Is It: 2 hemispheres, 2 people, and 1 boat cover
Book Review

They knew this moment would shape the rest of their cruising lives.

With their incurable curiosity and desire for adventure, they sold all their belongings and flew to America in search of a boat.

The pull of the ocean was too strong to ignore any longer. Four years prior, they circumnavigated the globe on their thirty-three foot boat, Mariah. Now they wanted a new challenge.

From the perils at Pitcairn to the grand statues of Easter Island, Jackie and Noel set sail south to the remotest inhabited island in the world.

Along the way, they lose a friend and come nail-bitingly close to losing their new boat, but they gained so much more: a voyage that left them breathless from fear and a journey of not only travel but of two truly nomadic gypsies.

This is a story of storms of emotions and oceans, travel, love and relationships, and two people figuring out life and fulfilling their need to move and be challenged....
Continue Reading
A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal cover
Book Review

Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters outside a Russian bath, Chef Bourdain travels the world over in search of the ultimate meal. The only thing Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling, and A Cook's Tour is the shotgun marriage of his two greatest passions. Inspired by the question, 'What would be the perfect meal?', Anthony sets out on a quest for his culinary holy grail. Our adventurous chef starts out in Japan, where he eats traditional Fugu, a poisonous blowfish which can be prepared only by specially licensed chefs. He then travels to Cambodia, up the mine-studded road to Pailin into autonomous Khmer Rouge territory and to Phnom Penh's Gun Club, where local fare is served up alongside a menu of available firearms. In Saigon, he's treated to a sustaining meal of live Cobra heart before moving on to savor a snack with the Viet Cong in the Mecong Delta. Further west, Kitchen Confidential fans will recognize the Gironde of Tony's youth, the first stop on his European itinerary. And from France, it's on to Portugal, where an entire village has been fattening a pig for months in anticipation of his arrival. And we're only halfway around...
Continue Reading
Travels with Rachel: In Search of South America cover
Book Review

Knee-deep in a swamp in the depths of the Bolivian jungle, hunting for anacondas in a pair of sandals, it occurred to George that perhaps he should have booked that all-inclusive honeymoon to the Maldives after all.

Join George and Rachel on their hilarious journey through the wilds of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, as they climb volcanoes, fish for piranhas, trek through the Amazon rainforest, take death-defying bus rides, sample some of the continent’s strangest delicacies, and try to get to Machu Picchu.

Armed only with a basic knowledge of Spanish, small backpacks, and bags of enthusiasm, they set off together on what promised to be a life-changing adventure....
Continue Reading
The Revised Vault of Walt: Unofficial Disney Stories Never Told (The Vault of Walt Book 1) cover
Book Review

Disney History at Its Best

No one knows Disney history, or tells it better, than Jim Korkis, who presents an inaugural set of 28 stories from his Vault of Walt. Whether it’s Disney films, Disney theme parks, or Walt himself, Jim’s stories will charm and delight Disney fans of all ages.

The best-selling Vault of Walt series has brought serious, but fun, Disney history to tens of thousands of readers. In this, its first volume, former Disney cast member and master storyteller Jim Korkis weaves his home-spun, entertaining tales, from the early years of Walt Disney to the present.

Step inside the vault with Jim to hear about:

  • Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones hated the four months he worked at the Disney Studio because the one job he wanted he couldn't get: Walt's
  • Renie Bardeau, Disneyland's chief photographer, who took shots of the famous and the powerful who visited the park
  • FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover's increasing distrust of Walt Disney—and Walt's growing FBI file
  • The unlikely collaboration between Walt and surrealist painter Salvador Dali
  • How Soviet Premier Nikita Khr...
    Continue Reading
A Goddess in the Stones: Travels in India cover
Book Review

A fascinating portrait of the eclectic tribes of India and the remote regions that they inhabit

In the 1990s, the fifty-four million members of India’s tribal colonies accounted for seven percent of the country’s total population—yet very little about them was recorded. Norman Lewis depicts India’s jungles as being endangered by “progress,” and his sense of urgency in recording what he can about the country’s distinct tribes results in a compelling and engaging narrative. From the poetic Muria people whose diet includes monkeys, red ants, and crocodiles, to the tranquil mountain tribes who may be related to the Australian Aborigines, to the naked Mundas people who may shoot, with bow and arrow, anyone who laughs in their direction, Lewis chronicles the unique characteristics of the many tribes that find their way of life increasingly threatened by the encroachment of modernity.
...
Continue Reading
Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon (Crown Journeys) cover
Book Review

Want to know where Chuck Palahniuk’s tonsils currently reside?

Been looking for a naked mannequin to hide in your kitchen cabinets?

Curious about Chuck’s debut in an MTV music video?

What goes on at the Scum Center?

How do you get to the Apocalypse Café?

In the closest thing he may ever write to an autobiography, Chuck Palahniuk provides answers to all these questions and more as he takes you through the streets, sewers, and local haunts of Portland, Oregon. According to Katherine Dunn, author of the cult classic Geek Love, Portland is the home of America’s “fugitives and refugees.” Get to know these folks, the “most cracked of the crackpots,” as Palahniuk calls them, and come along with him on an adventure through the parts of Portland you might not otherwise believe actually exist. No other travel guide will give you this kind of access to “a little history, a little legend, and a lot of friendly, sincere, fascinating people who maybe should’ve kept their mouths shut.”

Here are strange personal museums, weird annual events, and ghost stories. Tour the tunnels under downtown Portland. Visit swingers...
Continue Reading
Rick Steves London 2018 cover

Rick Steves London 2018 html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Explore London from the sacred stones of Westminster Abbey to the top of the London Eye: with Rick Steves on your side, London can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves London 2018 you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring London
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from Trafalgar Square and the Victoria & Albert to where to find the best tikka masala or fish and chips
  • How to connect with local culture: Catch a show in Soho, meet the ravens at the Tower of London, and end your day at the pub sharing a pint and chat with a friendly Londoner
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a cup of tea
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums
  • Detailed neighborhood maps and a fold-out city map for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, popul...
    Continue Reading
Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica cover
Book Review

As a first-hand account of the weird mysteries and horrors of voodoo, Tell My Horse is an invaluable resource and fascinating guide. Based on Zora Neale Hurston's personal experiences in Haiti and Jamaica, where she participated as an initiate rather than just an observer of voodoo practices during her visits in the 1930s, this travelogue into a dark world paints a vividly authentic picture of ceremonies and customs and superstitions of great cultural interest.

Product Description

As a first-hand account of the weird mysteries and horrors of voodoo, Tell My Horse is an invaluable resource and fascinating guide. Based on Zora Neale Hurston's personal experiences in Haiti and Jamaica, where she participated as an initiate rather than just an observer of voodoo practices during her visits in the 1930s, this travelogue into a dark world paints a vividly authentic picture of ceremonies and customs and superstitions of great cultural interest.

...
Continue Reading
Destination Earth: A New Philosophy of Travel by a World-Traveler (World Travel, Travel Writing, Travel Stories and Photos) cover
Book Review

Gold Medal Winner: International Book Award in the Travel Category, 2017

Gold Medal Winner: Independent Press Award in the Travel Category, 2017

Silver Medal Winner: Reader's Favorite Award in the Travel Genre, 2017

"In his book, Destination Earth, Nicos Hadjicostis shares the ultimate 'budget travel tip': how to make your travels transformational."Rick Steves, Travel Writer and TV Presenter

"An epic journey with a master philosopher."Daniel Klein, New York Times best-selling author

"I know a potential best seller when I see one. This will be soon! As a world traveler, I found Nicos's book to be spot on with his philosophies, introspection, and cultural experiences. It was delightful book to read."Tina Dreffin, Award-winning author of 'Bluewater Walkabout: Into Africa'

"Destination Earth conveys the fascinating journey of an exceptional world-traveler. Nicos not only writes in an engaging style that allows readers to share his experiences, but his philosophical reflections provide unique insights into the process and value of educ...
Continue Reading

100 Things Eagles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things...Fans Should Know) cover
Book Review

With pep talks, records, and Eagles lore, this lively, detailed book explores the personalities, events, and facts every Philadelphia fan should know. It contains crucial information such as important dates, player nicknames, memorable moments, and outstanding achievements by singular players. This guide to all things Eagles covers the team's improbable run to Super Bowl XV, the Hoagiegate fiasco, the 1943 team merge, and how to tailgate Philly-style.
...
Continue Reading
100 Things Steelers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things...Fans Should Know) cover
Book Review

In this ultimate guide, true fans of Pittsburgh Steelers football will learn the origins of the team’s iconic logo, the best place to tailgate before kickoff, and how the legendary Steel Curtain defense got its nickname. Whether a die-hard booster from the days of Jack Ham or a new supporter of head coach Mike Tomlin, fans need to know these 100 essential pieces of Steelers knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities. This updated edition includes the Steelers’ 2010 AFC championship squad and key moments and personalities from the team’s past three seasons. From games at Heinz Field to highlights of a young Terry Bradshaw, this is a must-have resource for a true fan of the franchise....
Continue Reading

America's Great Hiking Trails: Appalachian, Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, North Country, Ice Age, Potomac Heritage, Florida, Natchez Trace, Arizona, Pacific Northwest, New England cover
Book Review

INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards -- 2014 GOLD Winner for Adventure & Recreation

Society of American Travel Writers Eastern Chapter -- Gold Award

Society of American Travel Writers Foundation -- 2015 Lowell Thomas Travel Award for Best Travel Book

 A hiker’s dream bucket list is embodied in this lavishly illustrated celebration of more than 50,000 miles of America’s most iconic trails. Celebrating the forty most important trails in America, this volume takes the reader through forty-nine states and eight national parks. Literally tens of millions of tourists and hikers visit these trails each year, some of which wind through the country’s most scenic natural wonders and virtually every major ecosystem in America. Each featured trail has its own section, complete with a map and photo gallery, and the reader explores what makes it one of the most magnificent hiking experiences anywhere in the world. Trail histories accompany detailed hiker-friendly descriptions that highlight the most scenic spots, with suggestions for shorter weekend and day hikes. The stunning photographs take the reader on a visual adventure conducted by Bart Smith, the first pe...
Continue Reading
Zombie Road III: Rage on the Rails cover
Book Review

Book 3 of 3
The finale of the Zombie Road tale. It's been a month since the outbreak and the survivors of the zombie apocalypse have started a new life in a walled city. There are still a few enemies that need to be dealt with, the kind that can think and plan, and they can be more devastating than a horde of the undead....
Continue Reading
How to Read Nature: Awaken Your Senses to the Outdoors You've Never Noticed cover
Book Review

For those inclined to solve mysteries written into the landscape, this author’s lead is one they’ll want to follow.”—The Wall Street Journal

When most of us go for a walk, a single sense—sight—tends to dominate our experience. But when New York Times–bestselling author and expert navigator Tristan Gooley goes for a walk, he uses all five senses to “read” everything nature has to offer. A single lowly weed can serve as his compass, calendar, clock, and even pharmacist.

In How to Read Nature, Gooley introduces readers to his world—where the sky, sea, and land teem with marvels. Plus, he shares 15 exercises to sharpen all of your senses. Soon you’ll be making your own discoveries, every time you step outside!
...
Continue Reading
Ultimate Travel Coloring Book (Lonely Planet) cover
Book Review

Coloring has been proven to improve mindfulness and promote relaxation so color the world's 100 greatest places, as voted by travel experts at Lonely Planet, the world's leading travel publisher. There are 100 line drawings for you to color in, and at the back of the book, there are descriptions of each place so you can find out a little more about the most astounding places on earth. This book is guaranteed to exercise your creativity, focus your mind and inspire your inner traveller.

This is Lonely Planet's bucket list. These are the places we think you should experience. It's the most thrilling, memorable, downright interesting places on this planet - and what's more, we've ranked them in order of their brilliance.

How?

With a longlist of thousands, which was whittled down to a shortlist, which was then voted on by everybody in the Lonely Planet community. With a little mathematical alchemy, we ended up with a definitive ranking. (For the full list of the 500 best sights in the world, check out our Ultimate Travel List.)

This coloring book has sights that will humble you, amaze you and surprise you. And in these pages, these places are you...
Continue Reading

Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir cover
Book Review

Foreign correspondent Neely Tucker and his wife, Vita, arrived in Zimbabwe in 1997. After witnessing firsthand the devastating consequences of AIDS on the population, especially the children, the couple started volunteering at an orphanage that was desperately underfunded and short-staffed. One afternoon, a critically ill infant was brought to the orphanage from a village outside the city. She’d been left to die in a field on the day she was born, abandoned in the tall brown grass that covers the highlands of Zimbabwe in the dry season. After a near-death hospital stay, and under strict doctor’s orders, the ailing child was entrusted to the care of Tucker and Vita. Within weeks Chipo, the girl-child whose name means gift, would come to mean everything to them.

Still an active correspondent, Tucker crisscrossed the continent, filing stories about the uprisings in the Congo, the civil war in Sierra Leone, and the postgenocidal conflict in Rwanda. He witnessed heartbreaking scenes of devastation and violence, steeling him further to take a personal role in helping anywhere he could. At home in Harare, Vita was nursing Chipo back to health. Soon she and Tucker deci...
Continue Reading
Border Country: The Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene, 1906–1916 cover
Book Review

In the summer of 1906, a Milwaukee businessman set out with his young sons and some friends to canoe and camp in the north woods of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Canada. It was the first of several month-long journeys Howard Greene and “The Gang” would make over the years, each detailed in remarkable, handmade journals and documented in hundreds of large-format photographs. Reproduced here with a large selection of photographs and maps, these journals convey readers into a riverine world of outdoor adventure—a northland wilderness and way of life that were, even as Howard Greene charted their genuine charms, already vanishing. 

Introduced and annotated by Greene’s daughter, these observant narratives run rapids and portage and paddle lakes and rivers, including the Chippewa, Wisconsin, St. Croix, and Presque Isle as well as traveling in areas now in Quetico Provincial Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Along the way Greene, a skilled photographer, captures images of logging and mining operations, primitive dams and even more primitive camping, trading posts, and many remote Native American villages. Through it all runs the story of fami...
Continue Reading

World Executive [Poster Size and Tubed] (National Geographic Reference Map) cover
Book Review

National Geographic's World map is the standard by which all other reference maps are measured. The World map is meticulously researched and adheres to National Geographic's convention of making independent, apolitical decisions based on extensive research using multiple authoritative source,

The Executive style World map uses an antique-style color palette and stunning shaded relief that provide a richness perfect for any decor. Drawn in the Winkel Tripel projection, distortions are minimized and unlike many other World maps, Greenland is show the same size as Argentina and not as the size of all of South America.

Thousands of place names are carefully and artistically placed on the map to maintain legibility even in the heavily populated ares of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Details include clearly defined international boundaries, cities, physical features, rivers, and ocean floor features. Corner inset maps feature vegetation and land use, and population density as well as the north and south polar regions.

Poster sized maps make a perfect addition to any sized space. They are specially designed to maximize content in a smaller footprint...
Continue Reading

Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die: Outdoor Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations cover
Book Review

Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die is the latest offering in the bestselling Fifty Places series. Chris Santella, along with top expedition leaders, explores the world’s greatest walking adventures. Some, such as the Lunana Snowman Trek in Bhutan and the Kangshung Valley Trek in Tibet, are grueling multiweek adventures at high altitudes. Others, such as Japan’s Nakesando Trail, move leisurely from village to village, allowing walkers to immerse themselves in the local culture. Whether it’s climbing the Rwandan mountains to view mountain gorillas or strolling through bistros along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, there’s a memorable hike at everyone’s level within these 50 chapters. With commentaries from expert trekkers and insider tips that lead the reader off the beaten path, Santella has again captured the special characteristics that make these must-visit destinations.

...
Continue Reading
The New York Times: 36 Hours Europe, 2nd Edition cover
Book Review

Grand tour: Weekend wonders across Europe

This revised and updated edition of The New York Times 36 Hours Europe offers 130 expert itineraries to reveal the continent’s brightest gems and best-kept secrets. From Renaissance splendor in Florence to Flamenco in Seville, from luxurious Lake Como to easygoing Lisbon, you’ll find the antique and the cutting-edge, the renowned and the unexpected, and all distilled in neat 36-hour schedules, so you can transform your weekends into European adventures.

Through ancient wonders, world capitals, and tiny places with infectious personalities, Europe packs some serious travel punches. With more than 50 countries across its length and breadth, the world’s second-smallest continent makes up for size with its intricate cultures and abundant charms, boasting artistic masterpieces and architectural marvels as much as natural splendor.

Features:
  • More than 4,500 hours worth of insightful itineraries to make the most of your s...
    Continue Reading
Claridges: The Cookbook cover

Claridges: The Cookbook html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review


"...not that I intend to die, but when I do, I don't want to go to heaven, I want to go to Claridge's" Spencer Tracy

"I love to check myself into Claridge's now and then for a few nights - just to spoil myself" Jade Jagger

"When I pass through the revolving doors into the glamorous lobby of Claridge's in London, I always feel a thrill. You enter a world of sophistication and wonderful service... Claridge's is my ultimate treat." Lulu Guinness

An art deco jewel set in the heart of London's Mayfair, Claridge's - one of the world's best luxury hotels - has long been known for inspiring menus and exceptional dining from breakfasts and brunches, through lunch and afternoon tea, and on to drinks, dinner and the dessert cart. Claridge's: The Cookbook celebrates that heritage in style, with a collection of over 100 of the best-loved dishes and drinks from The Foyer, The ReadingRoom, the Bar and The Fumoir. With interludes ranging from the return of the "drunch" to the magic of Christmas, the extraordinary experience of dining at Claridge's is brought to life in book form.

Delve into delectable dishes ...
Continue Reading
Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die: Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations cover
Book Review

Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die is the ninth addition to the bestselling Fifty Places series by Chris Santella. Biking has grown increasingly popular in recent years, as both a leisure and an extreme exercise activity, and Santella covers trips for cyclists of every level. Fifty Places to Bike covers environments as varied as the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, the Indochina Trail in Vietnam, and the urban jungle of New York City. With a healthy mix of international and national locations, the 50 chapters capture the breathtaking vistas cyclists will enjoy around the world. As always, the places are brought to life with more than 40 stunning color photographs.

Praise for Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die:

“OMG views, killer hills and open road—the routes in Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die (in bookstores this month) have everything a pedal pusher could ask for.” —Fitness magazine

“If you know someone who can't view a landscape without visualizing themselves traversing it on two wheels, Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die is a sound gift choice.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

Fifty P...
Continue Reading
Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's MostMystifying Nation or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid cover
Book Review

The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals returns with a sharply observed, hilarious account of his adventures in China—a complex, fascinating country with enough dangers and delicacies to keep him, and readers, endlessly entertained.

Maarten Troost has charmed legions of readers with his laugh-out-loud tales of wandering the remote islands of the South Pacific. When the travel bug hit again, he decided to go big-time, taking on the world’s most populous and intriguing nation. In Lost on Planet China, Troost escorts readers on a rollicking journey through the new beating heart of the modern world, from the megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai to the Gobi Desert and the hinterlands of Tibet.

Lost on Planet China
finds Troost dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai; eating Yak in Tibet; deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as Cattle Penis with Garlic); visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead, very orange); and hiking (with 80,000 other people) up Tai Shan, China’s most revered mountain. But in addition to his trademark gonzo adventures, the book also delivers a telling look at a vast and complex...
Continue Reading
Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture cover
Book Review

In The Japanese Mind, Roger Davies offers Westerners an invaluable key to the unique aspects of Japanese culture.

Readers of this book will gain a clear understanding of what makes the Japanese, and their society, tick. Among the topics explored: aimai (ambiguity), amae (dependence upon others' benevolence), amakudari (the nation's descent from heaven), chinmoku (silence in communication), gambari (perseverance), giri (social obligation), haragei (literally, "belly art"; implicit, unspoken communication), kenkyo (the appearance of modesty), sempai-kohai (seniority), wabi-sabi (simplicity and elegance), and zoto (gift giving), as well as discussions of child-rearing, personal space, and the roles of women in Japanese society. It includes discussion topics and questions after each chapter.

All in all, this book is an easy-to-use introduction to the distinguishing characteristics of Japanese society; an invaluable resource for anyone—business people, travelers, or students—perfect for course adoption, but also for anyone interested in Japanese culture.
Continue Reading
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018 cover
Book Review

Our annual bestseller, Lonely Planet's Best in Travel, ranks the hottest, must-visit countries, regions and cities for the year ahead. Drawing on the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet's staff, authors, and online community, it presents a year's worth of inspiration to take travelers out of the ordinary and into the unforgettable - firmly setting the travel agenda for 2018.

As self-confessed travel geeks, our staff collectively rack up hundreds of thousands of miles each year, exploring almost every destination on the planet. And every year, we ask ourselves: Where are the best places in the world to visit right now? It's a very hotly contested topic at Lonely Planet and dominates more discussion than any other. Best in Travel 2018 is our definitive answer.

Now in a larger, hardback format, it makes for the perfect gift!

Inside, you'll discover the:

  • Top ten countries, regions and cities
  • Best value destinations
  • Best culture trips for families
  • Best new openings and experiences
  • Best new places to stay
  • Top destination races, from walks and marathons to cycles and swims
  • Top veget...
    Continue Reading
Atlas Obscura Wall Calendar 2018 cover
Book Review

At the intersection of compelling content and evocative illustration lies the Atlas Obscura wall calendar: it’s a year of wonder and wanderlust. From the people behind AtlasObscura.com and the New York Times #1 bestselling book comes a calendar that celebrates the thrill of discovery. Explore the world month by month with vintage-style travel posters of 12 strange, wondrous locations: the centuries-old root bridges of Cherrapunji, India, grown from tangled aerial tree roots; the Balls Pyramid of Australia, a barren sea spire in the South Pacific that is home to the world’s rarest insect; and 1,000 feet underground in Naica, Mexico, the Cave of the Crystals, some reaching up to 39 feet. Vibrant colors and a retro mid-century style make these posters instant wall upgrades for any bedroom, classroom, or office. Illustrated by Invisible Creature, the Seattle-based design studio whose clients range from LEGO to NASA. 
...
Continue Reading
Atlas of the World cover

Atlas of the World html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

The only world atlas updated annually, guaranteeing that users will find the most current geographic information, Oxford's Atlas of the World is the most authoritative atlas on the market. Full of crisp, clear cartography of urban areas and virtually uninhabited landscapes around the globe, the Atlas is filled with maps of cities and regions at carefully selected scales that give a striking view of the Earth's surface. It opens with a fascinating look at world statistics, a six-page special on "Land and Maritime Boudaries," and satellite images of earth, including 8-10 stunning new images sourced from NASA's latest Earth Observation Satellite, Landsat 8, launched in 2013. The extraordinarily extensive front matter continues with a "Gazetteer of Nations" that has been comprehensively checked and updated to include recent economic and political changes, and a 48-page "Introduction to World Geography," beautifully illustrated with tables and graphs on numerous topics of geographic significance, such as climate change, world religions, employment, industry, tourism, and travel. The hundreds of city and world maps that form the body of the Atlas have been thor...
Continue Reading
The Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide (Good Sams Rv Travel Guide & Campground Directory) cover
Book Review

Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide is the only print edition of RV parks and campgrounds in North America.
2018 Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide edition features an exclusive, expert rating system, with all evaluations completed in person by consultants in the field during the past 12 months, for privately owned parks. Plus, RVers enjoy detailed park listings including amenities, services, restrictions, camping rates, contact information, Good Sam Discount Locations, hundreds of dollars’ worth of Camping World savings, pages of helpful RVing information, and much more!
2018 Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide is a must-have travel resource for all RVers!...
Continue Reading
Italy Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2018 cover
Book Review

A gorgeous tribute in pictures to Bella Italia. More than 300 photographs—in sumptuous color and vintage black-and-white—transport viewers to Italy’s timeless wonders. Behold the exquisite marble facade of the Duomo in Florence. Wildflowers blooming along the Sardinian coast. Rainbow-hued houses in seaside Burano. Plus bottles of mouthwatering limoncello, the dramatic Trevi Fountain in Rome, and the snowy peaks of the Dolomites. It’s an elegant gift for admirers of Italy’s visual, cultural, and culinary richness.

The Rolex of calendars, the Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar elevates what a calendar can be, incorporating engaging content with the weight, style, and visual richness usually reserved for art books. A sophisticated gift for collectors, connoisseurs, and aficionados—and an aesthetic upgrade for any desktop.
...
Continue Reading
Watch Your F*cking Language Notebook: With A German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic Or Hindi Swear Word On Each Page (Books and Gifts for Men Who Have Everything) cover
Book Review

Increase Creativity, Memory, and Intelligence!

Scientist have f*cking studies that say swearing shows intelligence. Knowing that, are you the next Albert Einstein? Do you just need a little push and motivation to be a genius? Perhaps what's holding you back is the one dimensionality of your foul mouth. Why not learn how to tell someone how to "Go F*ck Off" in 8 different languages? Is that the only thing keeping you from your place in history along with Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein, Stephen Hawking? Not anymore! Imagine how much your vocabulary will improve after purchasing the Watch Your F*cking Language Notebook. How much stress will you relieve cursing out that a$$h0!e who cut you off on the freeway in 5 different languages? Now that's genius! If your language patterns routinely result in sailors blushing, mothers covering their children's ears, then you definitely need the Watch Your F*cking Language Notebook!

Increase Creativity
Writing by hand has been associated with boosting creativity. Whether you're searching for th...
Continue Reading

One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey cover

One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

This best-selling memoir from Richard Proenneke's journals and with firsthand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.  To live in a pristine land unchanged by man . . . to roam a wilderness through which few other humans has passed . . . to choose an idyllic site, cut trees by hand, and build a log cabin. . . to be self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available...to be not at odds with the world, but content with one's own thoughts, dreams and company.   Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. This book is a moving account of the day-to-day explorations and activities Dick carried out alone....alone in the wilderness...and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company.
...
Continue Reading
Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door: The Travel Skills Handbook cover
Book Review

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Europe, including how to:

  • Plan your itinerary and maximize your time
  • Pack light-and right
  • Find good-value hotels and restaurants
  • Travel smoothly by train, bus, car, and plane
  • Avoid crowds and tourist scams
  • Hurdle the language barrier
  • Understand cultural differences and connect with locals
  • Save money while enjoying the trip of a lifetime

    After 30 years of exploring Europe, Rick considers this travel skills handbook his life's work. He shares his favorite off-the-beaten-path towns, trails, and natural wonders. With this guidebook, you'll experience the culture like a local, spend less money, and have more fun.
...
Continue Reading
Incredible--and True!--Fishing Stories cover
Book Review

What’s almost as good as going fishing? Hearing, telling, and swapping great fish stories. Shaun Morey is a fisherman, a connoisseur of fish stories, and a journalist with a novelist’s eye (and vice versa) in this collection of over 100 incredible (and true!) fishing stories.

Here are Remarkable Catches—like the time Billy Sandifer caught a 1,000-pound tiger shark in the surf (he released it after nabbing a souvenir tooth). Grueling Battles—like Bob Ploeger’s record-breaking 37-hour fight with a Pacific salmon. Hilarious Feats of Bravery, like the exploits of Matt Watson, who leapt out of a helicopter to land on the back of a marlin. And, in what can only be considered poetic justice, Shocking Acts of Fish Aggression, like Mitchell Lee Franklin’s visit to the emergency room with a 5-pound catfish attached to his chest via an impaled dorsal fin. Includes illustrations, photos, and links to videos on the author’s website.

...
Continue Reading
Pothe Pothe: On the way (Galician Edition) cover
Book Review

Por que Kerala, por que non Karnataka ou Nagaland ou Jharkhand, dinos que Karnataka House era un lugar bizarro e por que Naglaand sabía que non quería ir e por que non quería comer litti, pero se o meu pai preguntoulle entón diría Non hai ningún factor. "Foi a Kerala Bhawan ese día porque foi escrito na súa fronte ese día no Kerala Bhawan". Canteen Cane Pay Writer Hai Khainewallo Ka Name ".

Oficina da casa Kerala no número tres na rúa na estrada moderna. A identidade é moi sinxela. Saín do metro de Patel Chowk e vimos a unha policía de Delhi. Eu sabería. O complexo é o cadrado máis perigoso de Delhi. Protesta, resistencia, folgas, bloqueos, a fame, a mente, sloganamichila, procesión de velas, sempre hai algo para facer, outros non.

A policía teme que o que ve? Eu tamén fago Calquera xente sa pode facelo. Especialmente se fosen a policía en Delhi. Chaphutiya todo, ve todo pulsos e pescozo coello-zócolo no seu pulso, pero imaxina o que acontecería se o seu corazón está tremendo. Pola contra, tampouco podemos esquecernos da educación da nai. Non hai mellor fonte que a policía para pedir a estrada.Eliminar pola forza e medo para a cabeza e foi para a va...
Continue Reading
SHORGER KACHE: Near heaven (Galician Edition) cover
Book Review

Maio Mes Inicio Lado Claro Converterse Estaba indo Isto Para visitar Ir A posibilidade Matrimonio Deixar Nada menos Entón entón En Delhi De volta Ven e vir Ambos Na oficina Experiencia Comezar Anuncio Converterse Foi alí Entón Un dos Alto Fin de semana Acerca de Nas montañas Para visitar Ir O plan Isto Será feito Non Isto tamén Entender Non puiden.



Así Dicir Que Vagando Saqueado Pagado É? A sala Non No Vagando Así Vagando non Uncle Chamar Fronte Colgado Empuñadura a man Flores Luchi Matrimonio Preparación Dhamadol No medio Rosa Pola mañá Levántase Eu son Unha vez Vostede mesmo Teña en conta que Será que isto Así Máis A "pm Días, a continuación, O outeiro Montañas, vacacións Deixar.



Entón, entón Somos Xusto Eu fixen Delhi Confío Vagando Solteo Mantelo Debería ser Será Non Bauvat Despois Aqueles Isto Tres días Folklore En todo Gardar Mantelo , É o Na sección de viaxes O custo Facelo Tirar Si Demasiado En Voivay Oferta Dar A nosa Asombro Facelo Con Ambos lados Nai - E El dixo: "Si, Si, saída Veña. De novo Cando Indo É Non É. Onde? Pode ser Algo Xusto Ten feito? "



Xusto Quero dicir Un dos Adiviña Así Tamén...
Continue Reading
New York City on Instagram cover
Book Review

From gorgeous skylines and jaw-dropping aerials to hidden treasures, this timely collection showcases 300 striking images of NYC by more than 40 acclaimed Instagram photographers. New York City has become the most photographed city in the world on Instagram, and at no time has its humming energy been more passionately and extensively captured than right now. This first-of-its-kind book brings the Instagram experience into a beautifully curated collection that reveals New York City in a vivid, new light—whether it's dramatic views of must-see icons like the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge, or glimpses of quintessential city moments like “Manhattanhenge” and autumn in Central Park.
 
The featured photographers, who range from hobbyists to professionals and collectively have millions of followers on Instagram, have made names for themselves through their distinctive styles and perspectives; together, their work paints a unique portrait of New York City rediscovered in the age of Instagram. Complementing the spectacular photography are lists for “Most Instagram-Worthy Spots” and “Most Instagram-Worthy Events”—the perfect guides for both photo enthusiasts ...
Continue Reading
A Year of Living Prayerfully: How A Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer Life cover
Book Review

Follow Jared on a 37,000-mile trip around the world as he...
* Dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn
* Discovers the 330-year-old home of Brother Lawrence
* Burns his clothes at the end of the Camino de Santiago
* Attends the world's largest church in Seoul
* Visits Westboro Baptist Church
* Tries to stay out of trouble in North Korea
* Meets the Pope and has lunch at the Vatican
* Attempts fire walking (with only minor burns) 
  
Watch the trailer: LivingPrayerfully.com 

While filming a documentary about sex trafficking, Jared and Michelle Brock felt a deep need for prayer in their personal lives. In an effort to learn more about prayer, the couple traveled the globe, exploring the great Judeo-Christian prayer traditions: in mountains and monasteries, in Christian communities and cathedrals, standing up and lying down, every hour and around the clock.

A Year of Living Prayerfully is a fascinating, humorous, globe-trotting exploration of prayer that will help you grow your own prayer life. Jared's witty reflections on his fast-paced journ...
Continue Reading
Aerial Geology: A High-Altitude Tour of North America’s Spectacular Volcanoes, Canyons, Glaciers, Lakes, Craters, and Peaks cover
Book Review

“Get your head into the clouds with Aerial Geology.” —The New York Times Book Review

Aerial Geology is an up-in-the-sky exploration of North America’s 100 most spectacular geological formations. Crisscrossing the continent from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to the Great Salt Lake in Utah and to the Chicxulub Crater in Mexico, Mary Caperton Morton brings you on a fantastic tour, sharing aerial and satellite photography, explanations on how each site was formed, and details on what makes each landform noteworthy. Maps and diagrams help illustrate the geological processes and clarify scientific concepts.

Fact-filled, curious, and way more fun than the geology you remember from grade school, Aerial Geology is a must-have for the insatiably curious, armchair geologists, million-mile travelers, and anyone who has stared out the window of a plane and wondered what was below.
...
Continue Reading
The Ugly Christmas Sweater Coloring Book For Adults: A Humorous Art Therapy Book for Relaxation and Calm (Fun, Hillarious and Unusual Ideas for White Elephant Gifts) cover
Book Review

EMBRACE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WITH HUMOR | GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR UNDER $10

There’s a popular song that proclaims Christmas to be the most wonderful time of the year. It may be the warm cozy feel you get after sipping a hot cup of cocoa on a cold day, the harmonious sounds of Christmas music that fill the air, or it may be the hypnotic view of snowflakes dancing carelessly in the wind as they fall from the heavens. Whatever it is, there’s something special about the Christmas season. One of the more “special” things you’ll find at this time of year is the ugly Christmas sweater. At no other time is it ok to step on the toes of fashion and proudly wear disdainfully tacky attire. However, as popular as they may be, some people just can’t seem to remove themselves from the throes of fashion. The Ugly Christmas Sweater Coloring Book For Adults allows these people to fully immerse themselves into unlimited ugly Christmas sweater revelry without sacrificing one’s fashion sense.

Do You Need A Laugh?
These hideous sweaters are ...
Continue Reading

National Geographic Night Vision: Magical Photographs of Life After Dark cover
Book Review

Celebrate the beauty of the world after dark—from starlit skies and glowing city streets to exquisite nocturnal creatures —with this magnificent new photography collection from National Geographic.

     The world is a different place after dark, and this breathtaking book illuminates the mesmerizing realm of all things nocturnal, with more than 250 glorious images. Page after page of vivid photographs explore the many nuances of night vision—from the sea by moonlight to night markets in Laos to the face of a child lit up by a screen in a darkened room. The range of images in these pages is breathtaking: A smoky jazz club. Flowers that bloom only at night. Phosphorescent fish. Lions photographed with infrared cameras. The Eiffel Tower, all lit up. Faces around a campfire. A stadium lit by floodlights. Earth from space. Elegant, sexy, and a little mysterious, this richly illustrated book is a stunning pathway to some of the world's most captivating sights....
Continue Reading
A Paris Year: My Day-to-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World cover
Book Review

Part memoir and part visual journey through the streets of modern-day Paris, France, A Paris Year chronicles, day by day, one woman’s French sojourn in the world’s most beautiful city. Beginning on her first day in Paris, Janice MacLeod, the author of the best-selling book, Paris Letters, began a journal recording in illustrations and words, nearly every sight, smell, taste, and thought she experienced in the City of Light. The end result is more than a diary: it’s a detailed and colorful love letter to one of the most romantic and historically rich cities on earth. Combining personal observations and anecdotes with stories and facts about famous figures in Parisian history, this visual tale of discovery, through the eyes of an artist, is sure to delight, inspire, and charm....
Continue Reading
The Voyeur's Motel cover
Book Review

On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of his landmark bestseller Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado. “Since learning of your long awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America,” the letter began, “I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book.” The man went on to tell Talese an astonishing secret, that he had bought a motel to satisfy his voyeuristic desires. He had built an attic “observation platform,” fitted with vents, through which he could peer down on his unwitting guests.

Unsure what to make of this confession, Talese traveled to Colorado where he met the man—Gerald Foos—verified his story in person, and read some of his extensive journals, a secret record of America’s changing social and sexual mores. But because Foos insisted on remaining anonymous, Talese filed his reporting away, assuming the story would remain untold. Now, after thirty-five years, he’s ready to go public and Talese can finally tell his story. The Voyeur’s Motel is an extraordinary work of narrative journalism, and one of the most talked about ...
Continue Reading
1,000 Places to See Before You Die Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2018 cover
Book Review

It’s a yearlong journey of a lifetime, and your expert guide is Patricia Schultz, author of the phenomenally successful 1,000 Places to See Before You Die® travel series. Each month, discover a new extraordinary location, from the Czech Republic to Buenos Aires to Italy’s glorious Amalfi Coast. Exceptional full-color photographs—one large image at the top of each page and smaller ones throughout the grids—are accompanied by detailed trip itineraries, maps, and captivating text that highlights local history, travelers’ tips, and more.
...
Continue Reading
365 Days in Italy Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2018 cover
Book Review

It’s a yearlong tour of Italy, the inimitable country that draws more repeat visitors than any other. From the lush vineyards and tall cypresses of Tuscany to the magnificent Aragonese Castle in Ischia Ponte, from the vista of Mt. Vesuvius at dawn to the architectural marvels of Rome, Italy comes alive in hundreds of gorgeous photographs by Steven Rothfeld  and detailed text by Patricia Schultz, author of the phenomenally successful 1,000 Places to See Before You Die series. With one large stunning image at the top of the page and smaller ones throughout the grids, it’s a full immersion in the singular beauty and culture of Italy,
...
Continue Reading
Elephant Dawn cover

Elephant Dawn html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

In 2001, Sharon Pincott traded her privileged life as a high-flying corporate executive to start a new one with the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe. She was unpaid, untrained, self-funded and arrived with the starry-eyed idealism of most foreigners during early encounters with Africa. For thirteen years - the worst in Zimbabwe's volatile history - this intrepid Australian woman lived in the Hwange bush fighting for the lives of these elephants, forming an extraordinary and life-changing bond with them.

Now remote from Robert Mugabe's rule, Sharon writes without restraint sequentially through the years, taking us on a truly unforgettable ride of hope and heartbreak, profound love and loss, adversity and new beginnings. This is the haunting, all-encompassing story we've been waiting for.

Powerfully moving, sometimes disturbing and often very funny, Elephant Dawn is a celebration of love, courage and honour amongst our greatest land mammals. With resilience beyond measure, Sharon earns the supreme right to call them family.

[The book includes 32 pages of colour photographs.]
...
Continue Reading
1636: The Vatican Sanction (Ring of Fire Book 24) cover
Book Review

Book #24 in the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series.

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, 1636

It’s spring in Burgundy. The flowers are out and so are the cardinals—of Pope Urban’s renegade papacy, now on the run from the Vatican’s would-be usurper Borja. Most of the Church’s senior leaders have converged upon the city of Besancon, where the Pope plans to offer an ecumenical olive branch to the other Christian denominations with which Rome has been at war.

Fortunately, Urban has up-time help. He can rely upon Cardinal-Protector Larry Mazzare’s theological savvy, Sharon Nichols’ medical skills, and her husband Ruy Sanchez’s keen-eyed experience as a body-guard-in-chief. And even though Urban has a new Papal Guard in the form of Owen Rowe O’Neill’s Wild Geese, Mike Stearns has loaned the Pope a small contingent of the Hibernian Battalion—just in case.

Which is prudent, since Urban and his peace initiative are not merely at risk from Borja’s assassins. There is another, more deadly, team of professional killers in town, directed by the man who almost killed the Pope before: lethal Spanish mastermind Pedro Dolor.

Dolor ...
Continue Reading
To Run Across the Sea: Selected Pieces cover
Book Review

An engrossing collection of travel essays from esteemed writer Norman Lewis

Auberon Waugh called Norman Lewis “the best travel writer of our age, if not the best since Marco Polo,” and here, Lewis’s trademark elegant prose is on display, along with his uncanny ability to travel to a place at an important cultural moment. Whether hunting for treasure in Bolivia, discovering forgotten pyramids, or feeding sharks, he draws us into what he calls “the seductions of travel” with ease, delivering cultural experiences with his usual depth, integrity, and elegance. 
...
Continue Reading
The Dresden Files Collection 1-6 (The Dresden Files Box-Set) cover
Book Review

The first six novels featuring Harry Dresden—Chicago’s only professional wizard—are a perfect introduction to the # 1 New York Times bestselling series that Entertainment Weekly describes as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”
 
STORM FRONT
FOOL MOON
GRAVE PERIL
SUMMER KNIGHT
DEATH MASKS
BLOOD RITES

Product Description

The first six novels featuring Harry Dresden—Chicago’s only professional wizard—are a perfect introduction to the # 1 New York Times bestselling series that Entertainment Weekly describes as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”
 
STORM FRONT
FOOL MOON
GRAVE PERIL
SUMMER KNIGHT
DEATH MASKS
BLOOD RITES...
Continue Reading
Blue Highways: A Journey into America cover
Book Review

Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.
William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi."
His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

Amazon.com Review

First published in 1982, William Least Heat-Moon's account of his journey along the back roads of the United States (marked with the color blue on old highway maps) has become something of a classic. When he loses his job and his wife on the same cold February day, he is struck by inspiration: "A man who couldn't make things go right could at least go. He could quit trying to get out of the way of life. Chuck routine. Live the real jeopardy of circumstance. It was a question of...
Continue Reading
100 Things to Do in Tucson Before You Die (100 Things to Do Before You Die) cover
Book Review

Surrounded by mountains, bathed in desert warmth and steeped in Old West history, Tucson conjures up images of towering cacti, Spanish missions, cattle ranches, and cowboys. With its year-round sunny climate, it excels in opportunities to hike, bike, golf, and ride horses. Yet this southern Arizona city just 70 miles north of Mexico is also perched on the cutting edge of cuisine, music, public art, and artisanship - often embellished with its own quirky styles. 100 Things to Do in Tucson Before You Die delves deep into the mix of what makes Tucsonans love their home and visitors long to return: its Sonoran Desert ambiance, its bubbling cultural stew, its lively festivals, its dynamic melding of frontier and future. Whether you seek the best and most authentic in Tucson food and drink, music and entertainment, sports and recreation, history and culture, or shopping and fashion including a host of hidden gems you'll find it in this informative, easy-to- peruse guide....
Continue Reading
The Reporter's Kitchen: Essays cover
Book Review

Jane Kramer started cooking when she started writing. Her first dish, a tinned-tuna curry, was assembled on a tiny stove in her graduate student apartment while she pondered her first writing assignment. From there, whether her travels took her to a tent settlement in the Sahara for an afternoon interview with an old Berber woman toiling over goat stew, or to the great London restaurateur and author Yotam Ottolenghi's Notting Hill apartment, where they assembled a buttered phylo-and-cheese tower called a mutabbaq, Jane always returned from the field with a new recipe, and usually, a friend.

For the first time, Jane's beloved food pieces from The New Yorker, where she has been a staff writer since 1964, are arranged in one place--a collection of definitive chef profiles, personal essays, and gastronomic history that is at once deeply personal and humane. The Reporter's Kitchen follows Jane everywhere, and throughout her career--from her summer writing retreat in Umbria, where Jane and her anthropologist husband host memorable expat Thanksgivings--in July--to the Nordic coast, where Jane and acclaimed Danish chef Rene Redzepi, of Noma, forage f...
Continue Reading

Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: A True Story of Bad Breaks and Small Miracles cover
Book Review

The Alaskan landscape—so vast, dramatic, and unbelievable—may be the reason the people in Haines, Alaska (population 2,400), so often discuss the meaning of life. Heather Lende thinks it helps make life mean more. Since her bestselling first book, If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name, a near-fatal bicycle accident has given Lende a few more reasons to consider matters both spiritual and temporal. Her idea of spirituality is rooted in community, and here she explores faith and forgiveness, loss and devotion—as well as raising totem poles, canning salmon, and other distinctly Alaskan adventures. Lende’s irrepressible spirit, her wry humor, and her commitment to living a life on the edge of the world resonate on every page. Like her own mother’s last wish—take good care of the garden and dogs—Lende’s writing, so honest and unadorned, deepens our understanding of what links all humanity.
...
Continue Reading
A Connecticut Christmas: Celebrating the Holiday in Classic New England Style cover
Book Review

Celebrate the Holiday Traditions of the Nutmeg State!

A Connecticut Christmas is a photographic journey celebrating classic New England traditions, beauty, spirit, and community surrounding the holiday. From light displays to decorated churches and inns, spectacular private homes, festivals, carolers, town greens, and picturesque villages, this beautiful book of images and accompanying essays takes readers on a magical holiday tour through the Nutmeg State.
...
Continue Reading
Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris cover
Book Review

New Yorker staff writer A.J. Liebling recalls his Parisian apprenticeship in the fine art of eating in this charming memoir, Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris.

Amazon.com Review

A man of Rabelaisian appetite, with the exquisite palate of the true gastronome and the literary flair to match, A.J. Liebling (1904-1963) was a formidable eater and a remarkable man, and his nostalgic recitation of his years and meals in Paris is a pleasure to read, dream on, and drool about.

Liebling treasured a good appetite as a prerequisite for writing about food, as his accounts of substantial meals (two portions of cassoulet, one steak topped with beef marrow, and a dozen or so oysters, for example) attest. For the poised, precise, literary, and humorous flavor of his writing, you need only crack open the book--any page will do. Liebling recounts how to dine superbly without being lead astray by too much money, and he digresses magnificently on the evils of abstemiousness ("No sane man can afford to dispense with debilitating pleasures; no ascetic can be considered reliably sane"). In this age of diets and pragmatic health care, it's refreshing t...
Continue Reading

If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska cover
Book Review

Tiny Haines, Alaska, is ninety miles north of Juneau, accessible mainly by water or air—and only when the weather is good. There's no traffic light and no mail delivery; people can vanish without a trace and funerals are a community affair. Heather Lende posts both the obituaries and the social column for her local newspaper. If anyone knows the going-on in this close-knit town—from births to weddings to funerals—she does.

Whether contemplating the mysterious death of eccentric Speedy Joe, who wore nothing but a red union suit and a hat he never took off, not even for a haircut; researching the details of a one-legged lady gold miner's adventurous life; worrying about her son's first goat-hunting expedition; observing the awe-inspiring Chilkat Bald Eagle Festival; or ice skating in the shadow of glacier-studded mountains, Lende's warmhearted style brings us inside her small-town life. We meet her husband, Chip, who owns the local lumber yard; their five children; and a colorful assortment of quirky friends and neighbors, including aging hippies, salty fishermen, native Tlingit Indians, and volunteer undertakers—as well as the moose, eagles, sea lions, and ...
Continue Reading
The Book of Everything: A Visual Guide to Travel and the World (Lonely Planet) cover
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*

Want to know how to wear a kilt, kiss a stranger, prevent a hangover, get out of a sinking car, eat a lobster, greet an alien, predict the weather, play croquet and much, much more? The Book of Everthing has it all. Open the book! Dive in! We guarantee you'll learn something new. And, equipped for a world of smart, safe and exciting travel, you can use your witty know-how to make friends wherever you go.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Nigel Holmes.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places where they travel.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times<...
Continue Reading

Secret Marvels of the World: 360 extraordinary places you never knew existed and where to find them (Lonely Planet) cover
Book Review

Featuring communist bunkers, burning gas craters and at least one sponge-rock fluorescent grotto built by Polish monks, this book reveals weird and wonderful sights the crowds don't reach.

  • We've all heard of India's Taj Mahal, but what about Karna Mata Temple? It's a building teeming with rats so revered they enjoy A-list treatment with daily offerings of milk and fruit.
  • It's no secret that visitors to Berlin can see parts of its infamous Wall still standing in the city. Not so many people know that segments of the wall have travelled all around the world and can be found in places including Los Angeles, Japan and Iceland.
  • Stonehenge is one of the UK's most popular tourist sites. So why not beat the crowds and head to Nebraska instead, where you can marvel at a Carhenge - a replica of the great monolith site constructed entirely from vintage cars.

This packed and fascinating title takes its readers on a journey through the world's lesser known marvels. Dive into an underworld of the planet's most surprising, fun, perplexing, kitsch and downright bizarre sights - and explore human stories and mysterious happenings that you won'...
Continue Reading

Two Old Fools in Turmoil cover
Book Review

When dark, sinister clouds loom, Victoria and Joe find themselves facing life-changing decisions. Happily, silver linings also abound in this, the fifth Old Fools chronicle.
A fresh new face joins the cast of familiar characters but the return of a bad penny may be more than some can handle. What does the future hold for the Spanish village of El Hoyo and the two old fools?

"Full of warmth, laughter, and some emotional tugs. I gave 5 stars before but Victoria just gets better, so how can I improve on that rating? 5 stars again but the BIGGEST, twinkliest stars." Julie Haigh, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer...
Continue Reading
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party cover
Book Review

From the #1 bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier

“An ideal pairing of talent and material.… Engrossing.… A deft and ambitious storyteller.” – Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review

In April of 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes, and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors.

In this gripping narrative, New York Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarah’s journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative. Continue Reading

The Costco Experience 2011 cover
Book Review

Ever wonder what it is really like to be a kid in a candy store? Go to a nearby Costco and you will find out.

The Costco Experience Revised and Updated Edition: An Unofficial Survivor’s Guide takes you to, in, through, and out of this amazing center of shopping frenzy. The book provides keen insight, valuable shortcuts, and common sense thinking on how to make warehouse shopping a successful endeavor.

But there’s more! Beyond helping you conquer Costco, The Costco Experience Revised and Updated Edition: An Unofficial Survivor’s Guide  provides organizational skills and techniques that you can use everywhere. Decision-making, prioritizing, negotiating, self-discipline, and other important attributes are applied to shopping at Costco in ways that help you live your life on your own terms. And the best part is that you transfer these skills to other parts of your daily routines. Costco is more than a warehouse store. Shopping at Costco is more than a purchasing exercise. Read the book and you will see why the Costco experience can be fun and profitable. It is almost therapy on the cheap, but a lot more entertaining.
...
Continue Reading
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil cover
Book Review

Soon after the fall of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as part of a group offering humanitarian aid to this war-torn nation. Surrounded by men and women whose skills–as doctors, nurses, and therapists–seemed eminently more practical than her own, Rodriguez, a hairdresser and mother of two from Michigan, despaired of being of any real use. Yet she soon found she had a gift for befriending Afghans, and once her profession became known she was eagerly sought out by Westerners desperate for a good haircut and by Afghan women, who have a long and proud tradition of running their own beauty salons. Thus an idea was born.

With the help of corporate and international sponsors, the Kabul Beauty School welcomed its first class in 2003. Well meaning but sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled through language barriers, overstepped cultural customs, and constantly juggled the challenges of a postwar nation even as she learned how to empower her students to become their families’ breadwinners by learning the fundamentals of coloring techniques, haircutting, and makeup.

Yet within the small haven of the beauty school, the line between teac...
Continue Reading
1,000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day Calendar 2018 cover
Book Review

Travel around the world in 365 days with Patricia Schultz, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, as your personal tour guide. Here are hundreds of world wonders in full color, from South Africa’s rugged Garden Route to India’s Palace of the Winds to Venezuela’s Angel Falls, the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world at a whopping 3,212 feet. Plus Global Intelligence quizzes, Traveler in the Know tips, and quotes to inspire
any traveler (actual and armchair).
...
Continue Reading
Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent cover
Book Review

Written by the founders of HoneyTrek.com, this inspiring book reveals hidden-gem destinations and insider tips for unforgettable couples travel.

In these informative pages, Mike and Anne Howard—officially the World's Longest Honeymooners and founders of the acclaimed travel blog HoneyTrek—whisk you away to journeys of a lifetime. Drawing on their experience traveling together across seven continents, they curate the globe and offer tested-and-approved recommendations for intrepid couples, bringing culture, adventure, and romance to any couple--no matter their age or budget.

Chapters are organized by type of destination (for example, beaches, mountains, and deserts) to help travelers discover new places and experiences based on their interests. Each entry focuses on a specific region, getting to the essence of each locale and its one-of-a-kind offerings. The authors reveal the best time to visit, the best places to stay, and recommended activities—each with their own adventure rating to illustrate level of intensity. Special features include funny and insightful stories from the Howards' own adventures, expert advice from other renowned traveling couples, an...
Continue Reading
Breaking Vases: Shattering Limitations & Daring to Thrive - A Middle Eastern Woman's Story cover
Book Review

Breaking Vases powerfully and vividly captures the rich heritage of one woman’s Middle East, along with its brutal realities, which followed Dima Ghawi from her native Jordan to her adopted country, the United States.

Brought up in a small, conservative Christian community in Amman, Dima learned to be quiet and subservient to her elders and to men. When she was just five, Dima’s beloved grandmother warned that a woman’s greatest responsibility was to preserve her image—one as fragile as a glass vase—and the honor of her family’s reputation. Anything less was shameful. Yet her grandmother also planted a seed: the simple hope that Dima could graduate from college and become the first formally educated woman in her family.

At nineteen, hoping to free herself from cultural constraints and her father’s turbulent temper, she accepted a traditional marriage proposal from an older, affluent, and seemingly Western-minded jeweler. Newly married and in a state of naïve love, she happily uprooted her life in Amman and moved with him to California. But San Diego’s “Little Middle East” was not her American dream. She soon realized that her husband was more traditi...
Continue Reading
New England's General Stores: Exploring an American Classic cover
Book Review

Explore the fabric of America over hot coffee and penny candy.

Step through the wooden doors of a New England general store and step back in time, into a Norman Rockwell painting and into the heart of America. New England’s General Stores offers a nostalgic picture of this colonial staple and, fortunately, steadfast institution of small towns from Connecticut to Maine. This is where children of each generation take their first allowance to buy their very own penny candy. Locals have swapped stories at these counters from gossip to whispers of revolution. In tough times, the general store treated customers like family, extending credit when no one else would. Stubborn as New Englanders themselves, the general store has refused to become a mere sentimental relic of an earlier age. ...
Continue Reading
Be Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service (Disney Institute Book, A) cover
Book Review

Exceeding expectations rather than simply satisfying them is the cornerstone of the Disney approach to customer service. Now, in honor of the tenth anniversary of the original Be Our Guest, Disney Institute, which specializes in helping professionals see new possibilities through concepts not found in the typical workplace, is revealing even more of the business behind the magic of quality service. During the last twenty-five years, thousands of professionals from more than thirty-five countries and more than forty industries have attended business programs at Disney Institute and learned how to adapt the Disney approach for their own organizations.
Be Our Guest highlights the successes many of these companies have achieved, plus the key processes and best practices that have made Disney a trusted and revered brand around the world for more than eighty-five years....
Continue Reading
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Atlas: Prima Official Guide cover
Book Review

Nintendo Switch Overview: Learn the details of every addition to the Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim.

Detailed Overworld Maps: We pinpoint all Hold Capitals, Strongholds, and important locations.

Maps for More Than 150 Locations: Our maps list related quests, enemies encountered, and items found for each location.

Over 300 Collectibles Located: We gather and detail Skill Books, Unique Items, Unusual Gems, and more for each Hold.

Free Mobile-Friendly eGuide: Includes a code to access the eGuide, a web-access version of the guide optimized for a second-screen experience.

...
Continue Reading
Jesus for Japan: Bridging the Cultural  Gap to Christianity (Bridging the Cultural Gap to Christianity in Japan Book 1) cover
Book Review

Christian growth in Japan has been slow. This book fills a cultural gap, bridging the messages of Jesus and Paul to our gospel mission in Japan. It is a collection of insights from Japanese literature, the arts, and religion. No other work to date has attempted to include this much information in one book, focusing on Japanese opinions, research and theology.
Not only those working in Japan, struggling with language, culture and frustrating questions will benefit from the insights presented here, but also missiologists, theologians and students of cross-cultural evangelism. They will find this ground-breaking book to be organized in such a way that they can easily utilise the principles and guidelines it offers in their own spheres of work and study.

...
Continue Reading
Score of a Lifetime: 25 Years Talking Chicago Sports cover
Book Review

For 25 years, Chicago sports fans invited Terry Boers into their homes, cars, and offices as one of the premier voices of WSCR radio. Covering the latest championships and trades, and always ready to offer up timely takes, Boers was a Windy City constant until his retirement in 2017. In his highly-anticipated memoir, Boers delivers a trove of lively anecdotes and personal reflections from his life and journey through sports media--from raucous banter with Mike Ditka during The Score's early days to the Cubs' World Series celebration in 2016. A must-read for any of the thousands of listeners who made Boers part of their daily routine, The Score of a Lifetime is a freewheeling, frank portrait of a man, a career, a station no one thought would survive, and a city that loves its sports.
...
Continue Reading
The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide, Second Edition: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail cover
Book Review

Whether you're a first-time backpacker, an occasional weekend warrior, or a seasoned long-distance trekker, this guide is a must for any backpacking, hiking, or camping trip. Supreme long-distance hiker Andrew Skurka—accomplished adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer—shares his knowledge in this essential guide to backpacking gear and skills. Skurka recounts what he's learned from more than 30,000 miles of long-distance hikes, including the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails, and the 4,700-mile Alaska-Yukon Expedition.

A show-and-tell guide to clothing, footwear, backpacks, shelter and sleep systems, camp stoves, and more, as well as tips on foot care, campsite selection, and hiking efficiency, this single book contains all the knowledge you'll need to hit the trail.

This second edition features 16 new pages (including food on the trail and other essentials), and updates all gear recommendations.


From the Trade Paperback edition....
Continue Reading
Rick Steves Paris 2018 cover

Rick Steves Paris 2018 html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in the City of Light-Paris.With the self-guided tours in this book, you'll explore the grand Champs-Elysées, the eye-popping Eiffel Tower, and the radiant cathedral of Notre-Dame. Learn how to save money and avoid the lines at the Louvre and Orsay Museums. Enjoy the ambience of Parisian neighborhoods, and take a day trip to the glittering palace of Versailles, or to the Champagne-soaked city of Reims. Then grab a café crème at a sidewalk café and listen to the hum of the city. You'll see why Paris remains at the heart of global culture.Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants in delightful neighborhoods. You'll learn how to navigate the Paris Métro, and which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket....
Continue Reading
MOSHAR BUDDI: Mosquito knowledge (Galician Edition) cover
Book Review

Os pasos do ser humano están a suceder paso a paso, se é o mesmo que o resto dos animais, ou porque non o é, a curiosidade de todos estes días son moitos dos meus días. Ao parecer, paréceme que era moi tímido. Si, quizais houbo un pouco máis grande de tamaño, ou a la tiña un pouco máis de pelo, pero iso é todo un cambio menor. Non estou falando sobre estes cambios. Ese é o cambio que tivemos, o ombreiro é recto, a mandíbula entrou. Estou falando dun gran cambio. No noso libro de historia, hai capítulos como a queima de lume, descubrimento de rodas, agricultura, que hai no libro de Baghsingh? Non o creo así. Por que non Cando souberon queimar o lume, non aprendemos del, pero parecía máis estraño, máis incrible para min. (É tan incrible que ás veces todos saben, non o sabemos, aínda non son capaces de borrar todos os estacas forestais, talvez hai tigres no bosque, o wifi da oficina, quizais moitas veces máis rápido que nós, o tamponado non é obxecto , A descarga está ao ollo do ollo. Con todo, o progreso dos tigres pode ser algo completamente diferente de nós. A conexión a internet rápida non é a única condición da civilización. (Non hai dúbida sobre iso de moitas maneiras)....
Continue Reading
Rick Steves Ireland 2018 cover

Rick Steves Ireland 2018 html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Wander rustic towns, emerald valleys, lively cities, and moss-draped ruins: with Rick Steves on your side, Ireland can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Ireland 2018 you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip through Ireland with deep dives into each region
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from the Rock of Cashel and the Ring of Kerry to distilleries making whiskey with hundred-year old recipes
  • How to connect with local culture: Hoist a pint at the corner pub, enjoy traditional fiddle music, and jump into conversations buzzing with brogue
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a Guinness
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and awe-inspiring museums
  • Vital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place
  • Detailed maps, including a fol...
    Continue Reading
Wanderlust 2018 Wall Calendar: Trekking the Road Less Traveled — Featuring Adventure Photography by Justin Bailie cover
Book Review

Celebrate the call of the open road with the Wanderlust: Trekking the Road Less Traveled wall calendar. Wanderlust illuminates the spirit of walking and the lure of adventures that await those who veer off the beaten path. Spectacular photographs of less-traveled paths by adventure photographer Justin Bailie are paired with quotes from great walking enthusiasts past and present, including Wendell Berry, John Muir, and Henry David Thoreau.

  • 12" x 12" wall calendar (12" x 24" open).
  • A year of spectacular nature photography from all over the world on your wall.
  • Frameable artbook-quality printing.
  • The perfect gift for the hiking and outdoor enthusiast.
  • Showcases spectacular photographs of less-traveled paths throughout the western United States.
  • Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.
  • Published by Amber Lotus, an independent carbon-negative US company that has planted more than half a million trees since 2008.
  • This calendar features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world's major religions. Continue Reading
A Beginner's Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America cover
Book Review

When my husband and I started full-time RVing, we knew nothing about RV living. We made it up as we traveled to all fifty states, constantly googling things like "how to RV" and "what is boondocking?" Meanwhile, we flooded the bathroom, took ice cold showers, and got stuck in the mud.

Now, we've been full-timing for over three years and we've learned the ins and outs of RVing America.

In this guide, I answer all of the most common questions we receive about RV living, from how to choose the right RV to how we get mail on the road, to how to find free camping.

This guide is for anyone exploring the RV lifestyle and looking for RVing books to help make the transition easier. Also, because I want to make sure this book is valuable for you, below you can see a few specific areas of RVing I cover.

A few topics I cover in the guide:
- How to find great internet on the road
- The costs of full-time RVing
- Whether or not to tow a car behind your RV
- What we do for health insurance while traveling
- The best RVing clubs and memberships
- Our favorite apps for RVers

A few topics I DON'T cover, ...
Continue Reading
Astros Strong: Houston's Historic 2017 Championship Season cover
Book Review

During three consecutive 100-loss seasons, Houston Astros management asked fans to be patient, promising them there was a plan in place that would result in success. That patience was rewarded with the ultimate prize in 2017, as the Astros knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers in thrilling fashion to claim the first World Series crown in team history. During the regular season they ran away with the American League West, winning the division by a massive 21 games. Anchored by a dynamic offense and boosted by the late-season acquisition of a resurgent Justin Verlander, this historic team would not be denied on their way to the long-awaited title. 
 
Packed with superb coverage and vivid color photography from the Houston Chronicle, Astros Strong: Houston's Historic 2017 Championship Season guides fans through the Astros' entire amazing journey – from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and resiliency of the Houston community, to the Astros' quick work of the powerful Red Sox in the ALDS; from their hard-fought ALCS win over the young Yankees, all the way through their incredible World Series triumph over the dominant Dodgers. This commemo...
Continue Reading
DESH DESANTOR: Country emigration (Galician Edition) cover
Book Review

Primitiva Basado en agricultura Na sociedade Principal Deus Estaba alí O mundo O mundo Grans O Vegetación Fonte Así Primitiva Na sociedade O mundo Converterse Te levabas A avoa(Primordial Nai). Así como Persoas Vistas, Mulleres Fillo O nacemento Dá. A - A Macho Introdución Sobre min Primitiva Sociedade Estaba alí Ignorante A xente cre Misterioso CreatividadeGloria Mulleres En orde A avoa Terra Peers O Contraparte Converterse Te levabas. Deste xeito Deus O Mulleres Poder reprodutivo Centro Facelo En media Te levabas Antigo Un Credo -urbaratabada (Fertilidade Cult). Del Comezar Foi feito Matrilineal Na sociedade Poder reprodutivo Como ama de casa A xente cre Fabuloso Foi feito Diferentes Feminidade Varios No país Varios Chamado. Nana, Anat, Allat, isatara, sibili, Isis, nai, nena, Artemis Etc. As mulleres son Usado para Ela Deus de Adorador Cum Sacerdote Sexualidade Estaba alí Festival de PujaÓrgano Con el tamén Sería Sacrificio animal.

Ao comezo Isto é A avoa Estaba alí Non casados Hermafrodita Despois Matrilineal Sociedade Cando Patriarcal Na sociedade Transformado Hall, o Feministas Mate Fabuloso É iso Seguinte Na era En orde En orde Son Deus masculina Co...
Continue Reading
History of Japan: Revised Edition cover

History of Japan: Revised Edition html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

A classic of Japanese history, this book is the preeminent work on the history of Japan.

Newly revised and updated, A History of Japan is a single-volume, complete history of the nation of Japan. Starting in ancient Japan during its early pre-history period A History of Japan covers every important aspect of history and culture through feudal Japan to the post-cold War period and collapse of the Bubble Economy in the early 1990's. Recent findings shed additional light on the origins of Japanese civilization and the birth of Japanese culture.

Also included is an in-depth analysis of the Japanese religion, Japanese arts, Japanese culture and the Japanese People from the 6th century B.C.E. to the present. This contemporary classic, now updated and revised, continues to be an essential text in Japanese studies. Classic illustrations and unique pictures are dispersed throughout the book.

A History of Japan, Revised Edition includes:
  • Archaic Japan—including Yamato, the creation of a unified state, the Nana Period, and the Heian period.
  • Medieval Japan— including rule by the military houses, the ...
    Continue Reading
1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die (1,000 Places to See in the United States & Canada Before You) cover
Book Review

Covering the U.S.A. and Canada like never before, and for the first time with full-color photographs, here are 1,000 compelling, essential, offbeat, utterly unforgettable places. Pristine beaches and national parks, world-class museums and the Just for Laughs festival, mountain resorts, salmon-rich rivers, scenic byways, the Oyster Bar and the country’s best taco, lush gardens and coastal treks at Point Reyes, rafting the Upper Gauley (if you dare). Plus resorts, vineyards, hot springs, classic ballparks, the Talladega Speedway, and more. Includes new attractions, like Miami’s Pérez Art Museum and Manhattan’s High Line, plus more than 150 places of special interest to families. And, for every entry, what you need to know about how and when to visit.

“Patricia Schultz unearths the hidden gems in our North American backyard. Don’t even think about packing your bag and sightseeing without it.” —New York Daily News
...
Continue Reading
French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief cover
Book Review

** New York Times bestseller **

"Exceptionally funny and entertaining book" - Romonko

Animals behaving badly, other people's misfortunes and the most bizarre true crime story ever. French Fried is the unfortunately true account of Chris Dolley's first eight months in France and has been described as 'A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.'

Just when Chris and Shelagh think nothing more could possibly go wrong, they discover that Chris's identity has been stolen and their life savings - all the money from their house sale in England that was going to finance their new life in France - had disappeared. A bank account had been opened in Chris's name in Spain to take the proceeds.

Then they're abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insist the crime belongs in someone else's jurisdiction. The French say it's an Irish crime as that's where the money was held. The Irish say it's French as that's where all the correspondence came from. The British say it's nothing to do with them even though forged British passports were used to open the bank account in Spain. And the Spanish are on holiday - and can't...
Continue Reading
Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel cover
Book Review

This beautiful journey through the Amazon invites readers to search their souls and follow Jesus wherever the river runs—experiencing the adventure of knowing the poor and forgotten people He loves.
In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a jungle adventure down a river teeming with piranhas, caymans, a beautiful people, and, especially, God’s presence. Her honest and engaging narrative pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating places on earth as well as on parts of the gospel we may be able to recite but have never fully believed.
For anyone feeling complacent in their American Christianity, Kelly’s story of the forgotten people of the Amazon and how they transformed her understanding of the gospel, is sure to inspire.
--
Kelly Minter is an acclaimed author, Bible teacher, and musician. Her bestselling Bible studies include Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break and Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy, and her books Water into Wine, No Other Gods, and The Fitting Room. She speaks to women around the world and partners with Justice and Mercy Amazon, an organi...
Continue Reading
A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food cover
Book Review

A Taste of Paris is a delectable culinary history of the gastronomic capital of the world, written by David Downie, the critically acclaimed author of Paris, Paris and A Passion for Paris.

“A joyous romp through time . . . The streets and tables of Paris will never be the same and I could not be more grateful.” ―Alice Waters

In his trademark witty and informative style, David Downie embarks on a quest to discover “What is it about the history of Paris that has made it a food lover’s paradise?” Long before Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake!” (actually, it was brioche), the Romans of Paris devoured foie gras, and live oysters rushed in from the Atlantic; one Medieval cookbook describes a thirty-two part meal featuring hare stew, eel soup, and honeyed wine; during the last great banquet at Versailles a year before the Revolution the gourmand Louis XVI savored thirty-two main dishes and sixteen desserts; yet, in 1812, Grimod de la Reynière, the father of French gastronomy, regaled guests with fifty-two courses, fifteen wines, three types of coffee, and seventeen liqueurs.

Following the contours of history and th...
Continue Reading

Paris to the Moon cover
Book Review

Paris. The name alone conjures images of chestnut-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafés, breathtaking façades around every corner--in short, an exquisite romanticism that has captured the American imagination for as long as there have been Americans.

In 1995, Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamour of the City of Light. Gopnik is a longtime New Yorker writer, and the magazine has sent its writers to Paris for decades--but his was above all a personal pilgrimage to the place that had for so long been the undisputed capital of everything cultural and beautiful. It was also the opportunity to raise a child who would know what it was to romp in the Luxembourg Gardens, to enjoy a croque monsieur in a Left Bank café--a child (and perhaps a father, too) who would have a grasp of that Parisian sense of style we Americans find so elusive.

So, in the grand tradition of the American abroad, Gopnik walked the paths of the Tuileries, enjoyed philosophical discussions at his local bistro, wrote as violet twilight fell on the arrondissements. Of course, as readers of Gopnik's belo...
Continue Reading
Practical Curiosity: The Guide to Life, Love & Travel cover
Book Review

Like Dim Sum for the curious mind.

Practical Curiosity delivers a collection of easily consumable insights into what it means to be a well rounded, curious and passionate individual. From carefully crafted professional advice to altering how you engage with your peers, Practical Curiosity is passionate, and unlike any other inspirational book you’ve read.

Alex Berger combines a series of grounded thought exercises with comical and insightful life advice drawn from first-hand experiences and tailored directly to explaining many of the key challenges that arise in the lives of driven individuals.

This is the perfect read for polymaths with a thirst for knowledge or if you’ve been attracted by the ideal of being a renaissance man or woman and often struggle with the complexities that result from being a highly driven generalist.

In Practical Curiosity, you will gain new ways of exploring and relating to key parts of a life well lived. At the same time, you will gain tools and strategies for explaining topics you’ve long struggled to communicate with friends, loved ones, and colleagues....
Continue Reading
Rick Steves Italy 2018 cover
Book Review

From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta: with Rick Steves on your side, Italy can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Italy 2018 you'll find:


Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to Italy
Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
Top sights and hidden gems, from the Colosseum and Michelangelo's David to corner trattorias and that perfect scoop of gelato
How to connect with local culture: Savor a delicious plate of cacio e pepe, discover the relaxed rhythms of sunny Cinque Terre, or chat with fans about the latest soccer match (calico, to locals)
Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
The best places to eat, sleep, and experience la dolce far niente
Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and museums
Vital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place
Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for exploring on the go
Useful ...
Continue Reading
Eat Pray Love 10th-Anniversary Edition: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia cover
Book Review

The 10th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves. Now, this beloved and iconic book returns in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition, complete with an updated introduction from the author, to launch a whole new generation of fans.
 
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.


From the Trade Paperback edition....
Continue Reading
First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life cover
Book Review

In this hilarious memoir, a pampered city girl falls head over little black heels in love with a Peace Corps poster boy and follows him— literally to the ends of the earth.

Eve Brown always thought she would join the Peace Corps someday, although she secretly worried about life without sushi, frothy coffee drinks and air conditioning.  But with college diploma in hand, it was time to put up or shut up. So with some ambivalence she arrived at the Peace Corps office, sporting her best safari chic attire, to casually look into the steps one might take to become a global humanitarian, a la Angelina Jolie.  But when Eve meets John, her dashing young Peace Corps recruiter, all her ambivalence flies out the window. She absolutely must join the Peace Corps and win John's heart in the process. After spending a year in the jungle in Ecuador, she runs back to the states, vowing to stay within easy reach of a decaf cappuccino for the rest of her days. 

Just as she's getting reacquainted with the joys of toilet paper, John gets a job with CARE and Eve must decide if she’s up for life in another third world outpost. Before you can say, "pass th...
Continue Reading
Bookshops: A Reader's History (Biblioasis International Translation Series) cover
Book Review

"Bookshops is the best kind of biblio-mystery, in which a cultivated and civilized detective guides us through the labyrinth of the world's stores, stopping to talk for a while, before plunging off on the next fascinating diversion. Jorge Carrion brings page-turning excitement to the extended essay form." ―Iain Sinclair

Jorge Carrion collects bookshops: from Gotham Book Mart and the Strand Bookstore in New York City to City Lights Bookshop and Green Apple Books in San Francisco and all the bright spots in between (Prairie Lights, Tattered Cover, and countless others). In this thought-provoking, vivid, and entertaining essay, Carrion meditates on the importance of the bookshop as a cultural and intellectual space. Filled with anecdotes from the histories of some of the famous (and not-so-famous) shops he visits on his travels, thoughtful considerations of challenges faced by bookstores, and fascinating digressions on their political and social impact, Bookshops is both a manifesto and a love letter to these spaces that transform readers’ lives.

Jorge Carrion is a writer and literary critic. His published works include essays, nov...
Continue Reading

Nomad's Land cover

Nomad's Land html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

A memoir of desert travel—by camel and horseback—from a beloved author

An internationally renowned writer of mystery fiction, Mary Roberts Rinehart knows her way around an exotic setting. When faced with the Pyramids, the Nile, and the sprawling Egyptian desert in her own life, she does not fall in with the crowd of tourists waiting in line at the tombs of the Pharaohs. Instead, she hikes up her skirt, plants her pumps in the sand, and hops on a camel. She has but one question: Where am I supposed to sit?

On a hundred-mile expedition into the Egyptian desert, Rinehart does her best to master the herky-jerk of this desert beast. But traveling with an entourage of well-mannered people, she finds that desert living is not completely stripped of the comforts of home. Upon returning to the United States, Rinehart makes an excursion out west, which, she finds, is where the true adventure begins.
...
Continue Reading
Jungle (Movie Tie-In Edition): A Harrowing True Story of Survival in the Amazon cover
Book Review

Four travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth, the four backpackers split up into two groups. But when a terrible rafting accident separates him from his partner, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the wildest backdrops on the planet. Stranded without a knife, map, or survival training, he must improvise shelter and forage for wild fruit to survive. As his feet begin to rot during raging storms, as he loses all sense of direction, and as he begins to lose all hope, he wonders whether he will make it out of the jungle alive.

The basis of an upcoming motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jungle is the story of friendship and the teachings of nature, and a terrifying true account that you won’t be able to put down.
...
Continue Reading
A Rose for Winter: Travels in Andalusia cover
Book Review

A passionate ode to the magic of Spain, composed by one of its most ardent admirers

Fifteen years after the events described in his acclaimed autobiographies, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Moment of War, Laurie Lee returned to Spain, the land of his youth and experience. He found a country bowed but not broken, where the heavy gloom of the recent past was shot through with the vibrant rays of tradition: the exquisite ecstasy of the flamenco, the pomp and circumstance of the bullfight, the eternal glory of Christ and church.

From the smuggler’s paradise of Algeciras to the Moorish majesty of Granada, Lee paints the wonders of Spain with a poet’s brush. To read A Rose for Winter is to be transported to one of the most enchanted places on earth.
...
Continue Reading
2018 National Parks Wall Calendar cover
Book Review

President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service on August 25, 1916. Celebrate thirteen striking photos of iconic points of interest throughout the year. This 2018, 12"" x 12"" wall calendar is a top-selling format and has thirteen full-color photos with a 4-month bonus spread featuring January 2019 - April 2019....
Continue Reading
MICHELIN Guide New York City 2018: Restaurants (Michelin Guide/Michelin) cover
Book Review

Looking for a great meal? Discover a selection of 855 scrumptious restaurants, all recommended, in the MICHELIN Guide New York City 2018. Trained anonymous inspectors use the famous Michelin food star rating system to create the ultimate restaurant guide to the city, offering a wealth of tasty cuisines for all budgets. Visitors and locals alike can rely on this annually updated guide with its helpful maps, handy thematic indexes and objective descriptions for a memorable culinary experience....
Continue Reading
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City cover
Book Review

From the New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen, a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.

Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city and after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he finally moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood. But he soon discovered it's a different world en France.

From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men's footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David's story of how he came to fall in love with—and even understand—this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.

When did he realize he had morphed into un vrai parisien? It might have been when he found himself considering a purchase of men's dress socks with cartoon characters on them. Or perha...
Continue Reading
The Art of Fully Living: 1 Man. 10 Years. 100 Life Goals Around the World cover
Book Review

Master the art of fully living, one life goal at a time.

Do you want to experience your one life—your whole life—to its fullest measure?

In this stirring book, author, blogger and lifestyle entrepreneur, Tal Gur offers his own transformational journey as an inspiring example and practical guide to implementing the art of fully living to its fullest potential. You’ll learn how to actualize your potential by forging all aspects of your life through the process built into your life goals.

Once you discover “the art of fully living,” there is no going back; it will feel unacceptable to settle for less than your dreams—and what’s more, you’ll dream even more wildly, aspiring to action with greater clarity of purpose, broader horizons of possibility, and holistic vision across all areas of your life.

The very structure of this book models Tal’s immersive approach to goal-driven living: each chapter of The Art of Fully Living is dedicated to a year of focus—socializing, fitness, freedom, contribution, love, adventure, wealth, relationship, spirituality, and creativity—and follows Tal’s endeavors as he works toward fulfilling 10...
Continue Reading
The Sweet Life in Paris: cover
Book Review

From the New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen, a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections.

Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city and after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he finally moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood. But he soon discovered it's a different world en France.

From learning the ironclad rules of social conduct to the mysteries of men's footwear, from shopkeepers who work so hard not to sell you anything to the etiquette of working the right way around the cheese plate, here is David's story of how he came to fall in love with—and even understand—this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city.

When did he realize he had morphed into un vrai parisien? It might have been when he found himself considering a purchase of men's dress socks with cartoon characters on th...
Continue Reading
Amazing MN: State Rankings & Unusual Information cover
Book Review

Amazing MN is a book for proud or homesick Minnesotans with 272 pages of state and city rankings, unusual information, stunning design, and a touch of whimsy.

With less than 2% of the nation's population, Minnesota is a model for prosperity, creativity, and quality of life. This is a book about Minnesota. It's not the usual tourism hype about Paul Bunyan or the best bed-and-breakfasts. It's about the fabric of the state its constant investment in the arts, its dedication to the environment, its balanced economy, its educational attainment, and, above all, its water. Water. In a world short of water. These 500-plus rankings and facts will surprise even the most well-read Minnesotans. Minnesota is home to: The largest Hindu and Buddhist temples in the nation. The quietest place on Earth. The largest sports complex in the world. The least likely place in the world for an earthquake. The safest drivers in the nation. If you're from Minnesota, send this to an out-of-state friend to explain why you put up with about 50 stinky days a year. If you're not a Minnesotan, come join us. We re the state of the future....
Continue Reading

Pensioners in Paradis cover
Book Review

Humour is a joyous thing. It enables us to recognise the ridiculous, and to empathise with life’s disasters.

Take the lives of a self-deprecating couple from England, steeped in life’s troubles, and whisk them across the Channel. Laugh with them as they encounter hilarious situations en France – from troublesome workmen, the infamous bureaucracy, and even sex à la française!

Take notes on this transition from English doom and gloom to la belle vie française, and follow the exploits of this oh-so-recognisable English couple.

What could possibly go wrong?
...
Continue Reading
The Bafut Beagles cover

The Bafut Beagles html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Travel to the wilds of Cameroon with the conservationist whose work inspired Masterpiece production The Durrells in Corfu on public television.

In 1949, Gerald Durrell embarks with fellow zoologist Kenneth Smith on an expedition to collect rare animals in the British Cameroons in West Central Africa. There, he meets the Nero-like local ruler, the Fon of Bafut, who likes a man who can hold his liquor—will Durrell be able to get on his good side?
 
In this unique memoir, set off on a journey with the famed British naturalist’s group of hunters and his pack of motley hunting dogs as they encounter an array of exotic creatures, including flying mice, booming squirrels, a frog with a mysterious coat of hair, and teacup-size monkeys; and witness the joys and problems of collecting, keeping, and transporting wild animals from Africa to England.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.
 
...
Continue Reading
Dories, Ho! cover

Dories, Ho! html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Travel with Matt and Karen as they float down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. In September 2016, they experienced the trip of a lifetime with 14 friends and a crew of 10 while traveling in wooden dories through the canyon. Dories, Ho! is a story of their adventure and discovery.

Similar to their first travel memoir Dear Bob and Sue, this book is as much about their relationship as it is their fantastic trip. Matt and Karen’s quirky writing style is both humorous and irreverent. It’s fun, laugh out loud, and an easy read.

While not intended to be a traditional guidebook, anyone contemplating a river trip through the Grand Canyon will benefit from this firsthand account. The reader will feel as if they’ve traveled with the authors on their journey to and through Grand Canyon National Park.

If you are looking for a story that will make you laugh and inspire you to get out and see our incredible national parks, Dories, Ho! is for you.
...
Continue Reading
TURNING 30: Coming of Age Memoir cover
Book Review

“My entire twenties had been heading toward destinations. Degrees. Capitol Hill. Peru. Now, I stared at thirty and life remained one great puzzle.” - Jerry Beller

There is something symbolic about turning thirty…. a silent coming of age that anoints you in the full crown of adulthood. People get married, find themselves in settled careers, buy houses and generally know where they are going in their lives.

For Jerry Beller, those staples and expectations went by the wayside. Life had taken a turn and all his carefully laid out plans shattered. Instead of joining his friends in the ‘real world,' Jerry went underground, finding in the nightlife and counterculture of Nashville a home he didn’t know he was missing.

1987 was a time of transformation for the entire world. Reagan ruled, and Thatcher filled the airwaves, inspiring Patriotism on both sides of the pond and resistance in young souls. Nowhere was the rebuttal to the societal norms felt more strongly than at Nashville’s Urban Lounge, a nightclub filled with the rejects of time – and the ones that would eventually change the world.

Turning 30 is a book for reb...
Continue Reading

Predators I Have Known cover
Book Review

An adrenaline-fueled travel memoir of life in the wild among the planet’s most ferocious and fascinating predators.

Over the last forty years, New York Times–bestselling author  Alan Dean Foster has journeyed around the globe to encounter nature’s most fearsome creatures. His travels have taken him into the heart of the Amazon rain forest on the trail of deadly tangarana ants, on an elephant ride across the sweeping green plains of central India in search of the elusive Bengal tiger, and into the waters of the Australian coast to come face-to-face with great white sharks.
 
Packed with pulse-pounding adventure and spiked with rapier wit, Predators I Have Known is a thrilling look at life and death in the wild.
...
Continue Reading
OFF THE GRID: Live in a Van, Truck, Trailer, or Motorhome cover
Book Review

The information that follows is based upon my own experiences living on the road, dating back to just after World War II. If you can imagine yourself in any of the following categories, this book is for you!

Save on Your Rent Payment

In hard times, one of the best ways to cut expenses quickly and for as long as you need relief, is to stop paying rent. True, even an old truck or cargo trailer will cost something, but often these pay for themselves in less than a year. A bonus is that when you sell it, you may get the major part of your money back.

Low-Cost Vacations

The cost of lodging, even on a three-week vacation, can easily run up to $2,000 or more. However, if you’ve got a light-weight fiberglass or converted cargo trailer—set up for cooking—even a two or three month holiday may be affordable.

Permanent living

Tens of thousands of Americans and Canadians live full time in a motorhome. There are prices for all budgets, from just over $2,000 to well over $1,000,000!

High Adventure

Travel up the Alaska Highway—a trip you will never forget!

Personal Privacy

The qu...
Continue Reading
Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life cover
Book Review

Warrior and writer, genius and crank, rider in the British cavalry’s last great charge and inventor of the tank—Winston Churchill led Britain to fight alone against Nazi Germany in the fateful year of 1940 and set the standard for leading a democracy at war.

Like no other portrait of its famous subject, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill is a dazzling display of facts more improbable than fiction, and an investigation of the contradictions and complexities that haunt biography. Gretchen Craft Rubin gives readers, in a single volume, the kind of rounded view usually gained only by reading dozens of conventional biographies.

With penetrating insight and vivid anecdotes, Rubin makes Churchill accessible and meaningful to twenty-first-century readers with forty contrasting views of the man: he was an alcoholic, he was not; he was an anachronism, he was a visionary; he was a racist, he was a humanitarian; he was the most quotable man in the history of the English language, he was a bore.

In crisp, energetic language, Rubin creates a new form for presenting a great figure of history—and brings to full realization the depiction of a ma...
Continue Reading
If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Red Wings: Stories from the Detroit Red Wings Ice, Locker Room, and Press Box cover
Book Review

The Detroit Red Wings are one of the most successful and unparalleled teams in the NHL, with 11 Stanley Cup victories and a perpetual playoff presence. Author Ken Daniels, as the longtime play-by-play voice for the Wings, has gotten to witness more than his fair share of that action up close and personal. Through singular anecdotes only Daniels can tell as well as conversations with current and past players, this book provides fans with a one-of-a-kind, insider's look into the great moments, the lowlights, and everything in between. Citizens of Hockeytown will not want to be without this book.
...
Continue Reading
The Incredible Voyage cover
Book Review

Follow the supreme adventurer, Tristan Jones, as he takes a solitary and intrepid six-year voyage on his small craft, The Sea Dart. Covering a distance twice the circumference of the globe, from the lowest body of water in the world--The Dead Sea--to the highest--Lake Titicaca in the Andes--Jones finds himself "a thousand times beyond the limit of endurance." With tenacity stronger than any obstacle, Jones refuses to give up his adventure, even after falling prey to several disasters that could have killed him. Struggling against the mighty current of the Amazon, hauling his boat over the Andes Mountains and capsizing off the Cape of Good Hope do not discourage him. This gripping story is a testament to his indomitable spirit and thirst for danger.

Product Description

Follow the supreme adventurer, Tristan Jones, as he takes a solitary and intrepid six-year voyage on his small craft, The Sea Dart. Covering a distance twice the circumference of the globe, from the lowest body of water in the world--The Dead Sea--to the highest--Lake Titicaca in the Andes--Jones finds himself "a thousand times beyond the limit of endurance." With tenacity str...
Continue Reading

Gulliver's travels cover

Gulliver's travels html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

"Gulliver's Travels" is a satire by Anglo-Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travellers' tales" literary subgenre. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature.

The author

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

Product Description

"Gulliver's Travels" is a satire by Anglo-Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travellers' tales" literary subgenre. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature.

The author

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin....
Continue Reading
Longitude and Latitude, with Attitude: One Man's Quest to See the Entire World cover
Book Review

Rufus McGaugh knew early on that he wanted to see the world—all of it. And, later on, he did just that. Longitude and Latitude, with Attitude chronicles Rufus’s 49 years of travels around the globe to every country in the world. It relates his experiences, both harrowing and humorous, in entertaining and amusing (sometimes even instructive!) vignettes. Rufus, a Vietnam vet who was awarded the Purple Heart in 1970, became a Vietnam vet against the war, got a college degree, and taught social studies at Brownell Middle School in the affluent Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe for 39 years. During that time—and before and after—he spent his summers, vacations, and retirement fulfilling a life-long dream to travel to every corner of the Earth. He has visited countries near and far, well known and obscure (including the closed regimes of North Korea and Libya). He has met interesting people, seen fascinating sights, and observed unusual events. He has been hassled by the authorities in Russia (twice in one day). He was arrested—and later stalked by a leopard—in Zimbabwe. He met Miss America (well, Miss South Carolina) in Vietnam, outfoxed (or so he thought) a tailor in Hong...
Continue Reading
My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley (French Illusions Book 1) cover
Book Review

"This is an engaging read, all the more because it is true." -Patricia Sands, award-winning author of The Promise of Provence

She told a futile lie. She knew she would be caught.

It's 1979 and twenty-one-year-old Linda needs to learn a language fast in order to fulfill her dream of becoming an international flight attendant.

Broke yet determined, she pushes aside feelings of guilt, pretends to speak French on her application and secures a nanny position for a wealthy family 5,000 miles from home. 

Will Linda be able to redeem herself once she arrives at the Château de Montclair? How will she communicate with the family, especially the children?

As she struggles to adapt to her challenging new environment, Linda signs up and attends language classes at the local university. 

When she encounters, Adam, a handsome young student, her life becomes more complicated - much more complicated.

You'll find this real-life story even more appealing because it's based on Linda's diaries. 

Pick up the first book in t...
Continue Reading
Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James cover
Book Review

Part adventure story, part cultural history, this “enjoyably offbeat travelogue” explores the phenomenon of the spiritual pilgrimage (Booklist).
 
Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises, David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques, then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths—a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela—“The Way” for short.
 
The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way.
...
Continue Reading
Bucket List Adventures: 10 Incredible Journeys to Experience Before You Die cover
Book Review

Writing down the things you’d like to see and do before you die can be a fun experience. But simply writing a Bucket List and never actually doing anything on the list is a lesson in futility and frustration with yourself. Why can’t you ever reach your goals?

Don't beat yourself up - get out there and live life! Author Annette White has made a second career out of writing her bucket list… and then crossing things off of it! One day this owner of a Michelin-recommended restaurant in Northern California decided to live her dream. On her popular blog, bucketlistjourney.net, she has chronicled her adventures on virtually every continent — from walking among wildebeests in Africa to climbing an active volcano in Guatemala to swimming in a lake in Palau surrounded by thousands of jellyfish. In Bucket List Adventures, she takes you along for the ride, and shows you how to live your adventures, too.

Bucket List Adventures is not only a practical travel book – sharing detailed information on lodging, helpful resources, etc. – but also an inspiration for people to step out of their comfort zones. In short, A...
Continue Reading
The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World's Happiest People cover
Book Review

In this inspiring book, Buettner offers game-changing tools for setting up your life to be the happiest it can be. In this illuminating book, you'll:

  • Meet the world's Happiness All-Stars - inspiring individuals whose ways of boosting well-being can influence your home and community as well.
  • Discover the three strands of happiness - pleasure, purpose, and pride - that weave together in different ways in the world's happiest places.
  • Use the Blue Zones Happiness Test to pinpoint areas in your life where change could bring more happiness - and then find practical steps to make those changes.
  • Learn what researchers on happiness consider the top ways to create personal and nationwide happiness, as revealed by a blue-ribbon panel of world experts convened for this book.
  • Boost your own happiness with the Happiness Power 9 - Buettner's final assessment of the most important lessons to be learned from the world's happiest people and places.

...
Continue Reading
Safari Ants, Baggy Pants And Elephants: A Kenyan Odyssey cover
Book Review

The long-awaited sequel to Susie Kelly's US Amazon Top 40 ranking memoir I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry

More than 40 years after leaving Kenya, Susie unexpectedly finds herself returning for a safari organised by an old friend.

With her husband Terry, Susie sets off for a holiday touring the game reserves, but what she finds far exceeds her expectations. In this, her seventh, travelogue, she takes readers from five star hotels to luxury tents in the wilderness, and to poverty in Nairobi's slums, describing a journey of joy, excitement, discovery, nostalgia, of new friendships and encounters of the very close kind with Kenya’s majestic wildlife. Forgotten memories come flooding back as she revisits the scenes of her childhood and adolescence, so movingly portrayed in her popular memoir I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry, many of them changed beyond recognition.

Written in her characteristic laid back style, this is a travel tale that will appeal to all those readers who have enjoyed Susie's previous books, as well as anybody who has lived in or dreams of visiting Kenya, the magical land Susie still thinks of as ‘home’.

Continue Reading
Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall cover
Book Review

"That Black Earth is an extraordinary work is, for anyone who has known Russia, beyond question."—George Kennan


"A compassionate glimpse into the extremes where the new Russia meets the old," writes Robert Legvold (Foreign Affairs) about Andrew Meier's enthralling new work. Journeying across a resurgent and reputedly free land, Meier has produced a virtuosic mix of nuanced history, lyric travelogue, and unflinching reportage. Throughout, Meier captures the country's present limbo—a land rich in potential but on the brink of staggering back into tyranny—in an account that is by turns heartrending and celebratory, comic and terrifying. A 2003 New York Public Library Book to Remember. "Black Earth is the best investigation of post-Soviet Russia since David Remnick's Resurrection. Andrew Meier is a truly penetrating eyewitness."—Robert Conquest, author of The Great Terror; "If President Bush were to read only the chapters regarding Chechnya in Meier's Black Earth, he would gain a priceless education about Putin's Russia."—Zbigniew Brzezinski "Even after the fall of Communism, most American reporting on Russia of...
Continue Reading
Lonely Planet Pocket Las Vegas (Travel Guide) cover

Lonely Planet Pocket Las Vegas (Travel Guide) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet's Pocket Las Vegas is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Gasp with delight at the Bellagio's Cirque du Soleil water show 'O', indulge like the Ancient Romans when you enter the Greco-Roman fantasyland of Ceasar's Palace and marvel at the Mirage's spectacular volcano erupting with a roar; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Las Vegas and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Pocket Las Vegas:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, conve...
    Continue Reading
Corfu Trilogy cover

Corfu Trilogy html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

The trilogy that inspired ITV's television series The Durrells. Three classic tales of childhood on an island paradise - My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods by Gerald Durrell - are available in a single edition for the first time in The Corfu Trilogy. Just before the Second World War the Durrell family decamped to the glorious, sun-soaked island of Corfu where the youngest of the four children, ten-year-old Gerald, discovered his passion for animals: toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and octopuses. Through glorious silver-green olive groves and across brilliant-white beaches Gerry pursued his obsession . . . causing hilarity and mayhem in his ever-tolerant family. Durrell's memories of those enchanted days gave rise to these three classic tales, loved by generations of adults and children alike, which are now available in one volume for the first time. 'He has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentrics' Sunday Telegraph 'A delightful book full of simple, well-known things: cicadas in the olive groves, lamp fishing at night, the complexities of fish and animals - but, above all, ...
Continue Reading
Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time cover
Book Review

A memoir of one young man's coming of age on a journey across America--told through the stories of the people of all ages, races, and inclinations he meets along the way.

Life is fast, and I've found it's easy to confuse the miraculous for the mundane, so I'm slowing down, way down, in order to give my full presence to the extraordinary that infuses each moment and resides in every one of us.

At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel headed out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, his copies of Whitman and Rilke, and a sign that read "Walking to Listen." He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn't know how. So he decided to take a cross-country quest for guidance, one where everyone he met would be his guide.

In the year that followed, he faced an Appalachian winter and a Mojave summer. He met beasts inside: fear, loneliness, doubt. But he also encountered incredible kindness from strangers. Thousands shared their stories with him, sometimes confiding their prejudices, too. Often he didn't know how to respond. How to find unity...
Continue Reading
Mary McCarthy's Italy: The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed cover
Book Review

Captivating portraits of two of the world’s most beguiling cities from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Group.

Mary McCarthy blends art, politics, religion, music, and history to create unique living portraits of two of Italy’s most enchanting cities in these enthralling books now available in one volume.
 
The Stones of Florence: The book Library Journal called “Mary McCarthy’s classic” takes readers on a timeless journey to the place where the Renaissance began. From Michelangelo to the Medicis, The Stones of Florence is McCarthy’s hymn to this immortal hub of art and commerce.
 
Venice Observed: McCarthy trains her gaze on the immortal City of Canals. At once a comprehensive travelogue and a powerful piece of reportage, Venice Observed contains “searching observations and astonishing comprehension of the Venetian taste and character” (New York Herald Tribune).
...
Continue Reading
Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die cover
Book Review

The remote and lush island of Ikaria in the northeastern Aegean is home to one of the longest-living populations on the planet, making it a "blue zone." Much of this has been attributed to Ikaria's stress-free lifestyle and Mediterranean diet-daily naps, frequent sex, a little fish and meat, free-flowing wine, mindless exercise like walking and gardening, hyper-local food, strong friendships, and a deep-rooted disregard for the clock.

No one knows the Ikarian lifestyle better than Chef Diane Kochilas, who has spent much of her life on the island. Part cookbook, part travelogue, Kochilas's Ikaria is an introduction to the food-as-life philosophy and a culinary journey through luscious recipes, gorgeous photography, and captivating stories from locals. Capturing the true spirit of the island, Kochilas explains the importance of shared food, the health benefits of raw and cooked salads, the bean dishes that are passed down through generations, the greens and herbal teas that are used in the kitchen and in the teapot as "medicine," and the nutritional wisdom inherent in the ingredients and recipes that have kept Ikarians healthy for so long.

Ikaria...
Continue Reading

Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir cover
Book Review

"Martha Gellhorn was so fearless in a male way, and yet utterly capable of making men melt," writes New Yorker literary editor Bill Buford. As a journalist, Gellhorn covered every military conflict from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam and Nicaragua. She also bewitched Eleanor Roosevelt's secret love and enraptured Ernest Hemingway with her courage as they dodged shell fire together.

Hemingway is, of course, the unnamed "other" in the title of this tart memoir, first published in 1979, in which Gellhorn describes her globe-spanning adventures, both accompanied and alone. With razor-sharp humor and exceptional insight into place and character, she tells of a tense week spent among dissidents in Moscow; long days whiled away in a disused water tank with hippies clustered at Eilat on the Red Sea; and her journeys by sampan and horse to the interior of China during the Sino-Japanese War.

Now including a foreward by Bill Buford and photographs of Gellhorn with Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Gary Cooper, and others, this new edition rediscovers the voice of an extraordinary woman and brings back into print an irresistibly entertaining classic. Continue Reading

Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918 (P.S.) cover
Book Review

A preeminent writer on Paris, John Baxter brilliantly brings to life one of the most dramatic and fascinating periods in the city’s history.

From 1914 through 1918 the terrifying sounds of World War I could be heard from inside the French capital. For four years, Paris lived under constant threat of destruction. And yet in its darkest hour, the City of Light blazed more brightly than ever. It’s taxis shuttled troops to the front; its great railway stations received reinforcements from across the world; the grandest museums and cathedrals housed the wounded, and the Eiffel Tower hummed at all hours relaying messages to and from the front.

At night, Parisians lived with urgency and without inhibition. Artists like Pablo Picasso achieved new creative heights. And the war brought a wave of foreigners to the city for the first time, including Ernest Hemingway and Baxter’s own grandfather, Archie, whose diaries he used to reconstruct a soldier’s-eye view of the war years. A revelatory achievement, Paris at the End of the World shows how this extraordinary period was essential in forging the spirit of the city beloved today. 

...
Continue Reading
The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World's Happiest People cover
Book Review

New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner reveals the surprising secrets of what makes the world's happiest places—and shows you how to apply these lessons to your own life.
     In this inspiring guide, you’ll find game-changing tools drawn from global research and expert insights for achieving maximum fulfillment. Along the way, you'll:
 • Discover the three strands of happiness—pleasure, purpose, and pride—that feature prominently in the world's happiest places.
 • Take the specially designed Blue Zones Happiness Test to pinpoint areas in your life where you could cultivate greater joy, deeper meaning, and increased satisfaction.
 • Meet the world's Happiness All-Stars: inspiring individuals from Denmark to the United States who reveal dynamic, practical ways to improve day-to-day living.
 • Discover specific, science-based strategies for setting up a “life radius” of community, work, home, and self to create healthier, happiness-boosting habits for the long-term....
Continue Reading
The Garden of the Gods (The Corfu Trilogy Book 3) cover
Book Review

Part of the trilogy of memoirs that inspired the television show The Durrells in Corfu: A naturalist’s adventures with animals—and humans—on a Greek island.

When his family moved to a Greek island, young naturalist Gerald Durrell was able to indulge his passion for wildlife of all sorts as he discovered the new world around him—and the creatures and people who inhabited it. Indeed, Durrell’s years growing up on Corfu would inspire the rest of his life.
 
In addition to his tales of wild animals, Durrell recounts stories about his even wilder family—including his widowed mother, Louisa, and elder siblings Lawrence, Leslie, and Margo—with undeniable wit and humor.
 
The final chapter in Durrell’s reflections on his family’s time in Greece before the start of World War II, The Garden of the Gods is a fascinating look at the childhood of a naturalist who was ahead of his time.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.
 
 
...
Continue Reading
Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World cover
Book Review

Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world’s 10,000 species of birds in one year.

In 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world’s birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species—by far the biggest birding year on record.

This is no travelogue or glorified checklist. Noah ventures deep into a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation, conservation triumphs, common and iconic species, and scores of passionate bird lovers around the globe. By pursuing the freest creatures on the planet, Noah gains a unique perspective on the world they share with us—and offers a hopeful message that even as many birds face an uncertain future, more people than ever are working to protect them.
 
...
Continue Reading
Through the Porthole: First Cruise: Queen Victoria cover
Book Review

Join Gary on a ten day cruising holiday aboard Cunard’s Queen Victoria.
Docking at La Coruña, Cádiz, Malaga, Tangier and Lisbon.

"Author, Gary cements growing reputation." ( Salina Patel, Hounslow Cronicle)

"Enjoyable and descriptive...very interesting." (J.Collins)

"A rollicking good read." (Amazon Customer)

AN EXTRACT FROM THROUGH THE PORTHOLE:
I want to go back to a time when travelling itself was the main focus. I don't need to get anywhere too fast. I point a finger of blame at the budget airlines. Flight should have remained a luxury - something special that you could look forward to and appreciate. Flying, in my opinion, has become the lowest form of travel. Getting a budget flight feels to me like getting a bus from a provisional town after the pubs and only club have all kicked out. It's either going to be a loud but good-humoured case of singing and banter on the way home, or it's all going to kick off after a drunken remark. "You looking at my bird, mate?"

When we took a coach to Lake Como, I enjoyed looking out the window along the way, seeing villages and sights that you miss when you fly. F...
Continue Reading
Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America cover
Book Review

In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible. With a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent. Their seven month journey took them across 11 states from California to Virginia, ocean to ocean.. As they left the pressing confinement of the city behind them, the pair experienced the isolation and loneliness of the southwestern deserts, the vastness of the prairie, and the great landscapes that make up America. Across hundreds of miles of empty land they slept with coyotes and wild horses under the stars, and in urban areas they camped alone in graveyards and abandoned shacks. Along the way John and Gizmo were transformed from inexperienced horse and rider to veterans of the trail. With his young horse as his spiritual guide John slowly began to comprehend his own place in the world and to find peace within himself. Full of heart and humor, Egenes serves up a tale that's as big as the America he witnessed, an America that no longer exists. It was a journey that could only have b...
Continue Reading
Lonely Planet Pocket Paris (Travel Guide) cover

Lonely Planet Pocket Paris (Travel Guide) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Pocket Paris is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Watch the sunset from the steps of Sacre Coeur; shop the flea markets and the Grands Boulevards; or start your day at the best patisseries, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Paris and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket Paris:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Paris map (included in print version), plus over 20 colour ...
    Continue Reading
From the Source - Japan (Lonely Planet) cover
Book Review

Lonely Planet presents Japan's most authentic dishes - direct from the kitchens where they were perfected.

From street-food vendors to Michelin-starred chefs, Japan's best local cooks share their passion for food and 60 of their region's classic recipes - from steaming soups and silky ramen noodles to fresh, hand-rolled sushi.

Recipes include:

  • Takoyaki - octopus balls
  • Sukiyaki - soy-simmered beef
  • Okonomiyaki - savoury pancakes
  • Torinabe - Chicken and vegetable hotpot
  • Iwashi sushi - Sardine sushi
  • Tonkatsu - deep-fried breaded pork cutlet
  • Teppo-jiru - miso soup with crab
  • Soki soba - Okinawan pork rib ramen with a pork broth
  • And more!

It would be easy to assume that Japanese cuisine is all about the food itself. But no. Or at least, it's not only about the food. The cuisine of this teeming archipelago of 3000 islands is a living part of its culture.

In Japan, it's believed that food should be devoured with all five senses: not just smell, taste and sight, but also touch (the texture of the ingredients, the smooth warmth of bamboo chopsticks), and even sound (a high-end ryotei is oddly qui...
Continue Reading

Lonely Planet Pocket Honolulu (Travel Guide) cover

Lonely Planet Pocket Honolulu (Travel Guide) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Pocket Honolulu is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Tour the beautifully restored Ioani Palace, eat and shop in Chinatown, or explore tropical gardens in the Upper Manoa Valley; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Honolulu and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket Honolulu:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Honolulu map (included in print version), plus over 14 color neighborhood maps...
    Continue Reading
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North cover
Book Review

A rich and revelatory memoir of a young woman reclaiming her courage in the stark landscapes of the north.

By the time Blair Braverman was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to carve out a life as a “tough girl”—a young woman who confronts danger without apology—she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her. 

By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube brilliantly recounts Braverman’s adventures in Norway and Alaska. Settling into her new surroundings, Braverman was often terrified that she would lose control of her dog team and crash her sled, or be attacked by a polar bear, or get lost on the tundra. Above all, she worried that, unlike the other, gutsier people alongside her, she wasn’t cut out for life on the frontier. But no matter how out of place she felt, one thing was clear: she was hooked on the North. On the brink of adulthood, Braverman was determined to prove that her fears did not define her—and so she resolved to embrace the ...
Continue Reading

Lonely Planet Central America on a shoestring (Travel Guide) cover

Lonely Planet Central America on a shoestring (Travel Guide) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

#1 best-selling guide to Central America *

Lonely Planet Central America on a shoestring is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, what hidden discoveries await you, and how to optimise your budget for an extended continental trip. Scale the Maya temples of Tikal, surf the smoothest and most uncrowded waves in Latin America, or explore the colonial charms of Granada; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Central America and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Central America on a shoestring:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Budget-oriented recommendations with honest reviews - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that mo...
    Continue Reading
View From Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World cover
Book Review

A NASA astronaut and distinguished space photographer who spent more than seven months off the planet presents his astonishing aerial images of Earth, along with captivating tales of life at the edge of the atmosphere.
 
Astounding photographs of our world from outer space and edge-of-your-seat stories of survival in orbit--including close collegiality with Russian cosmonauts--make this a dazzling, personal account of living on the space shuttle. Few people get the experience of seeing the world from outer space--and no one has taken as many pictures of Earth from above as Terry Virts. Celebrated NASA astronaut, pilot of the space shuttle, crew member on Soyuz, and commander of the International Space Station, Virts has spent more than 200 days in space--and very few of those days went by without his reaching for his camera. 

Now as never before, Virts shares the astronaut's view of the world, offering stunning aerial views of our planet and the vastness that surrounds it. The colors, shapes, details--and the stories they tell--are endlessly fascinating. Virts's book marries his exquisite photographs with glimpses of everyday life in orbit, including candid sh...
Continue Reading
The Wisdom of Walt:  Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland): Success Strategies for Everyone (from Walt Disney and Disneyland) cover
Book Review

PUT WALT TO WORK FOR YOU!

How do you go from dreaming of a theme park to building one? Walt Disney laid the blueprint. Learn how he did it, and how his wisdom can guide you toward achieving the things that you dream of.

The experts told Walt it'd never work. A giant theme park, where parents and children could play together? Crazy! So Walt put all of his money into this crazy dream of his. He put his reputation on the line. Anyone else would have quit, discouraged and disillusioned, but Walt built Disneyland. How did he go from dreaming to doing? And how can you do the same, no matter what your goal?

In The Wisdom of Walt, Professor Jeffrey Barnes distills Walt Disney's vision, his knowledge, and his methods into a series of actionable lessons. Through historical vignettes about Disneyland, as well as plentiful examples and exercises, Barnes creates a framework through which you can apply Walt's wisdom to improve your career, your company, and your life. Learn to:

•Listen to your "Walter ego" and start trusting yourself

•Go "beyond the berm" with the secrets of Disneyland's success

•Make a "Main Street impr...
Continue Reading
Epic Bike Rides of the World (Lonely Planet) cover
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bike in this beautifully illustrated book. From family-friendly, sightseeing urban rides to epic adventures off the beaten track. Destinations range from France and Italy, for the world's great bike races, to the wilds of Mongolia and Patagonia. These journeys will inspire - whether you are an experienced cyclist or just getting started.

The book is organised by continent. In the Americas we join a family bikepacking trip in Ecuador; we pedal the Natchez Trace Parkway and stop at legendary music spots; we ride the Pacific Coast Highway in Oregon and California; go mountain biking in Moab and Canada; and explore the cities of Buenos Aires and New York by bicycle.

European rides include easy-going trips around Lake Constance, along the Danube and the Loire, and coast-to-coast routes; routes in Tuscany, Spain and Corsica; and professional journeys up Mt Ventoux and around the Tour of Flanders.

In Asia, we venture through Vietnam's valleys; complete the Mae Hong Son circuit in northern Thailand; cross the Indian Himalayas; and pedal through ...
Continue Reading

Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches cover
Book Review

“I love everything about this hilarious book except the font size.” —Jon Stewart

Although his career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn’t seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now. 

 
Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him (and some day will); and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them.
 
Vacationland collects these real life wanderings, and through them you learn of the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison. There is also some advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god.
 
Though wildly, Hodgmaniacally funny as usual, it is also a poignant and s...
Continue Reading
Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen cover
Book Review

Thai takeout meets authentic, regional flavors in this collection of 100 recipes for easy, economical, and accessible Thai classics--from the rising star behind the blog She Simmers.

Who can say no to a delicious plate of Pad Thai with Shrimp; a fresh, tangy Green Papaya Salad; golden Fried Spring Rolls; or a rich, savory Pork Toast with Cucumber Relish? Thai food is not only one of the most vibrant, wonderfully varied cuisines in the world, it also happens to be one of the tastiest, and a favorite among American eaters.

The good news is, with the right ingredients and a few basic tools and techniques, authentic Thai food is easily within reach of home cooks. Take it from Leela Punyaratabandhu, a Bangkok native and author of the popular Thai cooking blog She Simmers. In her much-anticipated debut cookbook, Leela shares her favorite recipes for classic Thai fare, including beloved family recipes, popular street food specialties, and iconic dishes from Thai restaurant menus around the world.

All of Leela’s recipes have been tested and tweaked to ensure that even the busiest cook can prepare them at home. With cha...
Continue Reading
The Grand Tour Guide to the World cover

The Grand Tour Guide to the World html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

The world is a big place full of interesting things. And The Grand Tour has seen some of them. That’s why few people are better placed to lead you around this vast planet of ours than Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. As long as you don’t mind getting hot and lost. Welcome, everyone, to The Grand Tour Guide to The World.

In this indispensable guide, you will find an abundance of information, most of which is probably wrong and possibly dangerous. As well as occasionally accurate guides to the places visited on the show, you’ll find exclusive interviews with the presenters and discover their favourite locations for car-based cocking about.

As well as being a factually dubious encyclopaedia, The Grand Tour Guide to the World is also a travel companion for those of you who have been inspired by the Grand Tour circus. You’ll find tips on how to sing like a native in the Bahamas, how to speak Welsh (wrongly), and how to navigate the magic roundabout in Swindon. On top of all this, we reveal the world’s fastest cop cars and the greatest car makers. And there’s a picture of James May in an anorak.

...
Continue Reading
Rick Steves Spain 2018 cover
Book Review

Walk the Camino de Santiago, run with the bulls in Pamplona, or relax on Barcelona's beaches: with Rick Steves on your side, Spain can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Spain 2018 you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to Spain with deep dives into each city and region
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from El Escorial and the great mosque of Córdoba, to medieval bars serving house-made madroño liqueur
  • How to connect with local culture: Take in a flamenco show in Madrid, chat with fans about the latest fútbol match, or meander down winding streets in search of the best tapas
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a glass of sangria
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums
  • Vital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and ge...
    Continue Reading
Hemingway's Paris: A User's Guide (Kindle Single) cover
Book Review

In a way that's not true of any other American artist, Paris made Ernest Hemingway famous, while he contributed profoundly to the city's enduring fame.

What was Paris to Hemingway, and he to Paris? And how much of his city survives for us to visit and explore?

In Hemingway's Paris: A User's Guide, prize-winning author John Baxter (The Most Beautiful Walk in the World) evokes the French capital as it was between 1921 and 1926, when Hemingway lived there, and provides a unique insider's guide to the city he knew and loved.

John Baxter was born in Australia, but has lived in Paris for 25 years, most of that time in the building which Sylvia Beach made her home while running the famous Shakespeare and Company bookshop. As well as writing extensively about the city and its history, he leads literary walks around sites associated with James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.

More details on www.johnbaxterparis.com....
Continue Reading
Atlas Obscura Page-A-Day Calendar 2018 cover
Book Review

Discover the world's hidden wonders one day at a time with a calendar from the massively popular Atlas Obscura website and the #1 New York Times bestselling book. Full of hidden wonders, surprising stories, unexpected destinations and awe-inspiring color photographs, the Atlas Obscura Page-A-Day Calendar is 365 days of unbridled curiosity and exploration. Expect the unexpected on each page: from architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling sights, like Mexico’s Festival of the Exploding Hammers. Plus discoveries like an eccentric bone museum in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England. An inspired gift for curious citizens of the world.
...
Continue Reading
Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York cover
Book Review

From the #1 NYT bestselling author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast's new graphic memoir--a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan as only she could write it.


For native Brooklynite Roz Chast, adjusting to life in the suburbs (where people own trees!?) was surreal. But she recognized that for her kids, the reverse was true. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange world of Manhattan: its gum-wad-dotted sidewalks, honey-combed streets, and "those West Side Story-things" (fire escapes). Their wonder inspired Going into Town, part playful guide, part New York stories, and part love letter to the city, told through Chast's laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons.

...
Continue Reading
From Napa with Love: Who to Know, Where to Go, and What Not to Miss cover
Book Review

Napa Valley is a wonderland boasting beautiful weather, exquisite vistas, bespoke hotels, Michelin-rated restaurants, and world-class wineries. From Napa with Love is equal parts travel- and lifestyle-guide celebrating this famed and incredibly popular California destination. Featuring itineraries, interviews, sidebars, recipes, and entertaining 101s, this highly visual volume provides insider information about the best the area has to offer, as well as tips on how to bring home that much-envied Napa lifestyle. Each of the nine chapters offers up a distinct point of view (the Bohemian, the Oenophile, the Foodie, etc.), and these roles are filled by the region’s most notable residents, weekenders, and summer folk. Advice from Andy and Kate Spade, Thomas Keller, Ken Fulk, Carlo Mondavi, and Roman Coppola ensures you’ll learn the best and most authentic ways to enjoy the Napa experience that they all are so passionate about.
 
...
Continue Reading
Don't be a Tourist in Paris: The Messy Nessy Chic Guide cover
Book Review

  • Off-beat, eclectic guide to Paris from famed blogger Vanessa Grall - creator of MessyNessyChic.com
  • Nessy shows you how to walk Paris's streets like a local: find the most eccentric architecture, get cozy in hidden cafes, party in the catacombs, tour the city with a broken heart, and wander like a true bohemian
  • A lively, eccentric and esoteric guide to the hidden Paris of your dreams, from an outsider who's made it her home
Vanessa Grall is a London girl who moved to Paris and never looked back. Her blog Messy Nessy Chic is described as a 'chic cabinet of curiosities', and it records her bohemian adventures in the city. Her eye for style, both classic and kitsch, has won her a huge, dedicated following, with over 1.5 million unique visitors to her website per month, and 400,000 subscribers on social media.

In addition, Vanessa's charisma has seen her profiled in Porter, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller, and The Daily Mail.

Don't be a Tourist is Grall's off-beat guide to her adopted home, in which she looks past the cliches and tourist traps, and uncovers the true heart of Paris. Join her to walk in Hemingway's footsteps, to uncover ...
Continue Reading
Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses cover
Book Review

Both a heart-racing adventure and an uplifting quest, Walking the Bible describes one man's epic odyssey—by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel—through the greatest stories ever told. From crossing the Red Sea to climbing Mount Sinai to touching the burning bush, Bruce Feiler's inspiring journey will forever change your view of some of history's most storied events.

...
Continue Reading
Paris in Love: A Memoir cover
Book Review

“Exhilarating and enchanting . . . brims with a casual wisdom about life.”—Chicago Tribune

In 2009, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. This memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life—discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another. She copes with her Italian husband’s notions of quality time; her two hilarious children, ages eleven and fifteen, as they navigate schools—not to mention puberty—in a foreign language; and her mother-in-law’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as she overfeeds Milo, the family dog). Paris in Love invites the reader into the life of a most enchanting family, framed by la ville de l’amour.

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
“In this delightful charm-bracelet of a memoir, [Eloisa James shares] her adventures as an American sudden...
Continue Reading
China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power cover
Book Review

Route 312 is the Chinese Route 66. It flows three thousand miles from east to west, passing through the factory towns of the coastal areas, through the rural heart of China, then up into the Gobi Desert, where it merges with the Old Silk Road. The highway witnesses every part of the social and economic revolution that is turning China upside down.

In this utterly surprising and deeply personal book, acclaimed National Public Radio reporter Rob Gifford, a fluent Mandarin speaker, takes the dramatic journey along Route 312 from its start in the boomtown of Shanghai to its end on the border with Kazakhstan. Gifford reveals the rich mosaic of modern Chinese life in all its contradictions, as he poses the crucial questions that all of us are asking about China: Will it really be the next global superpower? Is it as solid and as powerful as it looks from the outside? And who are the ordinary Chinese people, to whom the twenty-first century is supposed to belong?

Gifford is not alone on his journey. The largest migration in human history is taking place along highways such as Route 312, as tens of millions of people leave their homes in search of work. He sees sign...
Continue Reading
Fodor's Essential Italy 2018 (Full-color Travel Guide) cover
Book Review

Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years.

Fodor's Essential Italy is the indispensable take-along companion to one of Europe's most enduringly popular destinations. With inviting full-color photos, this updated edition highlights everything that visitors adore--from Italy's great food and wine to art and architecture, as well as glorious Tuscan hill towns, shopping, and much more.

This travel guide includes:

  • Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout Rome map with essential information
  • Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
  • Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what's off the beaten path


  • In-depth breakout features on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, Naples-style Pizza, Tuscan Wine, the Cinque Terre, the Duomo, and Venice's Grand Canal
  • Coverage of Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, Lake Como, Tuscany, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Sicily, Emilia-Romagna, the Veneto, and more.

Planning to focus on just some Italy destinations? Check out Fodo...
Continue Reading

Miami cover

Miami html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

An astonishing account of Cuban exiles, CIA informants, and cocaine traffickers in Florida by the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West.

In Miami, the National Book Award–winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking looks beyond postcard images of fluorescent waters, backlit islands, and pastel architecture to explore the murkier waters of a city on the edge.
 
From Fidel Castro and the Bay of Pigs invasion to Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy assassination to Oliver North and the Iran–Contra affair, Joan Didion uncovers political intrigues and shadowy underworld connections, and documents the US government’s “seduction and betrayal” of the Cuban exile community in Dade County. She writes of hotels that offer “guerrilla discounts,” gun shops that advertise Father’s Day deals, and a real-estate market where “Unusual Security and Ready Access to the Ocean” are perks for wealthy homeowners looking to make a quick escape. With a booming drug trade, staggering racial and class inequities, and skyrocketing murder rates, Miami in the 1980s felt more like a Third World capital than a modern American ci...
Continue Reading
Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise Ports cover
Book Review

You've booked your Mediterranean cruise: now what? Explore Europe's magnificent coastal cities with Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise Ports!
  • Rick Steves' expertise on how to have a meaningful cultural experience when you only have a few hours in each city
  • Unlike other cruising guidebooks, Rick focuses on the main attraction: the grandest cities on the Mediterranean coast
  • Full coverage of 23 ports of call
  • One-day itineraries for exploring Barcelona, Marseille, the French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice, Dubrovnik, Split, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Istanbul, and Ephesus
  • The best local flavors, haunts, and landmarks from the top sightseeing destinations to hidden gems
  • Rick's reliable tips and candid humorous advice on how to beat the crowds, skip lines, and avoid tourist traps
  • Useful tools including logistics for getting from the cruise terminal to town, overviews of each country, maps, photos, and mini-phrasebooks
  • Travel strategies covering how to choose, book, and plan your trip, as well as how to save time and...
    Continue Reading
Montana Noir (Akashic Noir) cover
Book Review

"What could be a more unlikely breeding ground for noir fiction than Montana, whose wide-open landscapes seem the polar opposite of the mean streets of Los Angeles? Yet certain noir standbys prove both malleable and fertile in these 14 new stories...If Montana has a dark side, is anywhere safe from noir?"
--Kirkus Reviews

"Terrific...Montana Noir is one of the high points in Akashic's long-running and justly celebrated Noir series...Editors Grady and Graff's selections...are all sharply attuned to their settings and to the ways those varying landscapes reflect the darkness within the people who walk the streets or drive the country roads."
--Booklist

"Thirteen original stories plus a reprint by Thomas McGuane cover the Big Sky State in this thoroughly entertaining Akashic anthology, from desperate writing students in Missoula to a van of itinerant strippers working the Hi-Line paralleling the Canadian border."
--Publishers Weekly

"Who would have imagined that murder and mayhem could be so much fun? In Montana Noir, a new collection of hardboiled short stories, 14 writers jump with evident ...
Continue Reading

Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic cover
Book Review

The official companion book to the British Library exhibition and the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans!
As the British Library unveils a very special new exhibition in the UK, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, readers everywhere are invited on an enchanting journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, from Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology to Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, and more in this eBook uncovering thousands of years of magical history.

Prepare to be amazed by artifacts released from the archives of the British Library, unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, and incredible illustrations from artist Jim Kay.

Discover the truth behind the origins of the Philosopher’s Stone, monstrous dragons, and troublesome trolls; examine real-life wands and find out what actually makes a mandrake scream; pore over remarkable pages from da Vinci’s notebook; and discover the oldest atlas of the night sky.

Carefully curated by the British Library and full of extraordinary treasures from all over the world, this is an unforgettable journey exploring the history of the magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Continue Reading

Lonely Planet New Zealand's South Island (Travel Guide) cover

Lonely Planet New Zealand's South Island (Travel Guide) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet New Zealand's South Island is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Gaze upon the spectacular ice flows of Fox Glacier, commune with marine life at Kaikoura, and relive your adventures over dinner in Queenstown; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of New Zealand's South Island and begin your journey now!

  • Inside Lonely Planet New Zealand South Island:
  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding tr...
    Continue Reading
Getting Out Alive: The Chase Dellwo Story (True Stories of Survival Book 2) cover
Book Review

A true story…

Propelled from hunter to hunted, one Montana man will do whatever it takes to get out alive. Mauled repeatedly by a four hundred pound grizzly bear, alone and in a snow storm, it seems certain he will die.

This short story is a true account of a man’s resolve to survive. In 2015, Chase Dellwo inspired people the world over with his unforgettable tale of fending off a vicious attack in the Montana wilderness and his perilous trek back to safety.

Find out what it takes to be a survivor!...
Continue Reading
The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi: My Journey into the Heart of the Scriptural Faith and the Land Where It All Began cover
Book Review

As a lifetime student of scripture, Kathie Lee Gifford has been traveling to Israel since she was 17 years old. She even missed her high school graduation so she could attend the first Jerusalem Conference on Biblical Prophecy in 1971.

In a continuation of that love for this astounding land of faith, The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi is an examination of a decades-long desire to know more and understand more than the typical “Sunday School” teaching so prevalent in our churches today. 

With a father who was Jewish, Kathie Lee has always felt what she calls, “a deep resonance in my very being for the Jewish people and Land of the Covenant—Israel.”

But it wasn’t until she started studying the original texts in Hebrew and Greek and actually hiking the land herself with teachers who taught the messianic rabbinical way, that she finally began to find what her soul had been longing for.

Something profound happens when one follows along the ancient paths in the actual places that Jesus taught, healed, lived, died, was resurrected and ascended into Heaven. He is indeed the Rock, the Rabbi whom we follow on the Road, and when we are introduced to...
Continue Reading

Birnbaum's 2018 Walt Disney World For Kids: The Official Guide (Birnbaum Guides) cover
Book Review

In the 2018 edition, we'll tell young readers how to:
-Join the vacation-planning fun, with kid-friendly descriptions of all the theme park shows and attractions, including maps, photos, colorful illustrations, and more.
-Mingle with the Muppets in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square! Kermit and company present historic tales there every day. This park also has a new musical show at Cinderella Castle: Mickey's Friendship Faire!
-Experience Pandora-The World of AVATAR, the brand-new land at Disney's Animal Kingdom's. It features a magical boat ride and a thrilling attraction called AVATAR Flight of Passage. In it, guests of all ages fly on a Banshee over an alien world.
-Discover new theme park offerings-including Epcot's Colortopia, Soarin' Around the World, and Frozen Ever After; Disney's Animal Kingdom's new spectacular called Rivers of Light, a nighttime show with live performances, floating lanterns, and swirling animal images on giant screens of water!
-Meet favorite Disney characters and collect autographs from Mickey, Minnie, Anna, Elsa, Joy, Sadness, Goofy, and the gang-there are special au...
Continue Reading
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century cover
Book Review

The end of retirement?

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves “workampers.”

On frequently traveled routes between seasonal jobs, Jessica Bruder meets people from all walks of life: a former professor, a McDonald’s vice president, a minister, a college administrator, and a motorcycle cop, among many others―including her irrepressible protagonist, a onetime cocktail waitress, Home Depot clerk, and general contractor named Linda May.

In a secondhand vehicle she christens “Van Halen,” Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately. Accompanying Linda May and others from campground toilet cleaning to warehouse product scanning to desert reunions, ...
Continue Reading

A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters cover
Book Review

From adventurers and educators Dave and Amy Freeman, a passionate and beautifully illustrated account of a year in the Boundary Waters.



The Boundary Waters are one of our national treasures, yet their existence has been consistently threatened. When the Freemans learned of mining in the area’s watershed, they decided to take action―by spending a year in the wilderness. This book tells the story of their adventure in northern Minnesota: of loons whistling under a moonrise, of mushrooms cooked over a fire, of a pine marten stalking a hare through winter’s first snowfall. In visceral language and gorgeous photos, the Freemans show us the value of wilderness and why we must protect it.



With the magic―and urgent message―that have brought an international audience to the Freemans’ cause, A Year in the Wilderness is a rousing cry of witness activism and a stunning tribute to this special region....
Continue Reading
A Small Town Love Story: Colonial Beach, Virginia cover
Book Review

Part memoir, part oral history, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods gives us a rare and intimate look at Colonial Beach, Virginia.

Rich in narrative history and local color, A Small Town Love Story: Colonial Beach, Virginia is an homage to the town of Sherryl Woods’s summers, a place that stole her heart long ago and provided the basis for the many fictional small towns in her bestselling novels.

True to Woods’s signature style of focusing on characters who are at the center of their communities, here she has woven together the stories of the very real people who helped shape this seaside Virginia town. She takes us back to the days of her own family gatherings, artfully capturing the unique essence of Colonial Beach and making us yearn for small-town life.

Woods’s own memories frame the true stories she features—from the unique history of Colonial Beach itself to some firsthand accounts of the Oyster Wars that once consumed the community, to the stories of neighborhood merchants who made it a point to know just about every customer by name. From farmers to restauranteu...
Continue Reading
199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die cover
Book Review

A hauntingly beautiful travel guide to the world's most visited cemeteries, told through spectacular photography and their unique histories and residents.

More than 3.5 million tourists flock to Paris's Père Lachaise cemetery each year. They are lured there, and to many cemeteries around the world, by a combination of natural beauty, ornate tombstones and crypts, notable residents, vivid history, and even wildlife. Many also visit Mount Koya cemetery in Japan, where 10,000 lanterns illuminate the forest setting, or graveside in Oaxaca, Mexico to witness Day of the Dead fiestas. Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery has gorgeous night tours of the Southern Gothic tombstones under moss-covered trees that is one of the most popular draws of the city.

199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die features these unforgettable cemeteries, along with 196 more, seen in more than 300 photographs. In this bucket list of travel musts, author Loren Rhoads, who hosts the popular Cemetery Travel blog, details the history and features that make each destination unique. Throughout will be profiles of famous people buri...
Continue Reading
Van Life: Your Home on the Road cover
Book Review

Showcasing hundreds of funky vehicles, awe-inspiring landscapes, and cleverly designed interiors in tiny spaces from around the world, Van Life is perfect for who anyone daydreams about living on the open road.

More and more people-from millennials to baby boomers-are taking a break from conventional life for the freedom, tranquility, and adventure of being on the road and living in a converted vintage truck, camper, or van.
One of these vandwellers, Foster Huntington, created the #vanlife hashtag as he chronicled his adventures living in a van while driving it across the country. He tapped into a community of like-minded individuals looking to explore nature at their own pace and live a debt-free lifestyle.
Van Life showcases the best crowd-sourced photographs from Foster's tumblr account, van-life.net, many of which have never been posted. Organized into sections like Volkswagen vans, American vans, converted vans, school buses, and more, the hundreds of photos include shots of the unique vehicles, the beautiful locations they've been parked including stunning beaches, dramatic mountains and picturesque forests, fully designed interiors...
Continue Reading
The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium cover
Book Review

Uproarious antics and surreal situations take center stage in six tales from the celebrated British naturalist and author of the Corfu Trilogy.
 
The eccentric Durrell family sets off on an ill-fated excursion in “The Picnic” and embarks on a Greek cruise in “The Maiden Voyage.”
 
Next, things take a turn for the diabolical when a solo Durrell runs into a former flame in “The Public School Education”—and then finds trouble of a different sort in “The Havoc of Havelock.”
 
Finally, the typically jocular Durrell unexpectedly shifts to the macabre with the surprise cuisine of “The Michelin Man” and the spine-tingling horror of “The Entrance.”
 
With his knack for describing his often outlandish, always entertaining adventures, Gerald Durrell serves up an engrossing blend of genres in this intriguing collection of stories. Including both fiction and nonfiction, The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium reveals the wide-ranging talents of the famed naturalist and memoirist.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.
 
Continue Reading
Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg cover
Book Review

James M. McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, and arguably the finest Civil War historian in the world, walks readers through the Gettysburg battlefield -- the site of the most consequential battle of the Civil War.

In Hallowed Ground, McPherson makes stops at key locations, including Seminary Ridge, the Peach Orchard, Cemetery Hill, and Little Round Top. He reflects on the meaning of the battle, colorfully describes the events of those terrible three days in July 1863, and places the battle and war in the greater context of American and world history.

This is the first illustrated version of this groundbreaking and important book and includes vintage photographs, memorabilia, and maps, as well as full-color photography of the battlefields and historical landmarks as they stand today.

Sidebars written by contemporary soldiers, statesmen, and women of the day, as well as pieces by some of today's best-known historians and writers, add context to this engaging book.
...
Continue Reading
Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour cover
Book Review

“Shukert's sharp comic turns careen smack into the middle of our hearts."
Los Angeles Times

 

Everything Is Going to Be Great, is performer, playwright, comedian, and author Rachel Shukert’s hilarious memoir of traveling through Europe in her twenties. She chronicles her youthful navigation through the haphazard fun and debauchery of new freedoms, and the growing pains that ultimately accompany “adulthood.” Fans of Sloane Crosley and David Sedaris are going to love Shulkert’s story, and her sharp, smart humor Continue Reading

Arthur: The Dog who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home cover
Book Review

The epic true story of one man, a dog, and how they found each other

As seen on an ESPN SC Featured documentary

When you're racing 435 miles through the jungles and mountains of South America, the last thing you need is a stray dog tagging along. But that's exactly what happened to Mikael Lindnord, captain of a Swedish adventure racing team, when he threw a scruffy but dignified mongrel a meatball one afternoon.

When the team left the next day, the dog followed. Try as they might, they couldn't lose him—and soon Mikael realized that he didn't want to. Crossing rivers, battling illness and injury, and struggling through some of the toughest terrain on the planet, the team and the dog walked together toward the finish line, where Mikael decided he would save the dog, now named Arthur, and bring him back to his family in Sweden, whatever it took. In compelling prose, illustrated with candid photographs, Arthur provides a testament to the amazing bond between dogs and people.

...
Continue Reading
111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss (111 Places in .... That You Must Not Miss) cover
Book Review

  • The ultimate insider's guide to Chicago, fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographs
  • Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides
  • Part of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 170 titles and 1 million copies in print worldwide
  • Appeals to both the local market (9,5 million people call Chicago home) and the tourist market (over 60 million people visit Chicago every year!)
Chicago. City of the Big Shoulders. What started off as a small fur-trading settlement is today a bustling metropolis. Once considered the "hog butcher of the world, stacker of wheat, player with ...
Continue Reading
I Hear She's a Real Bitch cover
Book Review

“A terrific, beautifully written, frank, and funny memoir, and a compelling argument for pulling down the long outdated system of ‘bro’ culture that has dominated the industry since what feels like the beginning of time.” —Anthony Bourdain

From the moment she opened her first bar, Jen Agg knew she could only be her own boss from then on. I Hear She’s a Real Bitch tells the story of how she fought her way through the patriarchal service industry and made it happen, from getting her first job pouring drinks all the way to starting Toronto’s culinary revival and running some of Canada’s most famous restaurants. And she shares what she discovered through years of hard work and learning from her mistakes: how to run a great restaurant that’s also a great business.
 
Readers who loved Gabrielle Hamilton’s bestselling Blood, Bones, and Butter will devour this raw, uninhibited debut. Studded with Agg’s frank and often hilarious observations on an industry in which sexism has been normalized, I Hear She’s a Real Bitch is more than just a story about starting a restaurant: it is a rallying cry for a feminist revolution in the culinary world....
Continue Reading
The Score of a Lifetime: 25 Years Talking Chicago Sports cover
Book Review

For 25 years, Chicago sports fans invited Terry Boers into their homes, cars, and offices as one of the premier voices of WSCR radio. Covering the latest championships and trades, Boers was a Windy City constant until his retirement in 2017. In his highly-anticipated memoir, Boers delivers a trove of lively anecdotes and personal reflections from journey through sports media—from raucous banter with Mike Ditka during The Score's early days to the Cubs' World Series celebration in 2016. A must-read for any of the thousands who made Boers part of their daily routine, The Score of a Lifetime is a freewheeling, frank portrait of a man, a career, a station no one thought would survive, and a city that loves its sports.
...
Continue Reading
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition cover
Book Review

This fully revised edition of the best-selling North American bird field guide is the most up-to-date guide on the market. Perfect for beginning to advanced birders, it is the only book organized to match the latest American Ornithological Society taxonomy.

With more than 2.75 million copies in print, this perennial bestseller is the most frequently updated of all North American bird field guides. Filled with hand-painted illustrations from top nature artists (including the ever-popular hummingbird), this latest edition is poised to become an instant must-have for every serious birder in the United States and Canada. The 7th edition includes 37 new species for a total of 1,023 species; 16 new pages allow for 250 fresh illustrations; 80 new maps; and 350 map revisions. With taxonomy revised to reflect the radical new American Ornithological Society taxonomy established in 2016, the addition of standardized banding codes, and text completely vetted by birding experts, this new edition will top of the list of birding field guides for years to come....
Continue Reading
The Hotel: A Week in the Life of the Plaza cover
Book Review

A look inside New York’s icon of luxury: “We meet the managers, the chambermaids, the doormen, some of the guests, and the new owner, Donald Trump” (Library Journal).

When it opened its doors in 1907, the Plaza was considered the world’s finest luxury hotel. Since then, the grand building at the southern tip of Central Park has hosted kings and queens, the rich and famous, and countless world leaders. And like any hotel, it has seen its share of crimes, suicides, and drunken mayhem as well.
 
A fascinating read for fans of Stephen Birmingham’s Life at the Dakota or Justin Kaplan’s When the Astors Owned New York, this book combines Manhattan history with a guided behind-the-scenes tour, interviewing the hospitality industry employees who tote the luggage, change the light bulbs, and clean the rooms. From a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who has written for the New York Times and Rolling Stone, The Hotel offers the kind of day-to-day detail that brings the Fifth Avenue French Renaissance landmark to vivid, colorful life.
 
...
Continue Reading
Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg (Crown Journeys) cover
Book Review

James M. McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, and arguably the finest Civil War historian in the world, walks us through the site of the bloodiest and perhaps most consequential battle ever fought by Americans: the Battle of Gettysburg.

The events that occurred at Gettysburg are etched into our collective memory, as they served to change the course of the Civil War and with it the course of history. More than any other place in the United States, Gettysburg is indeed hallowed ground. It’s no surprise that it is one of the nation’s most visited sites (nearly two million annual visitors), attracting tourists, military buffs, and students of American history.

McPherson, who has led countless tours of Gettysburg over the years, makes stops at Seminary Ridge, the Peach Orchard, Cemetery Hill, and Little Round Top, among other key locations. He reflects on the meaning of the battle, describes the events of those terrible three days in July 1863, and places the struggle in the greater context of American and world history. Along the way, he intersperses stories of his own encounters with the place over several decad...
Continue Reading
Voices of the Old Sea cover
Book Review

Acclaimed travel writer Norman Lewis chronicles the last years of a traditional Spanish fishing culture on the brink of extraordinary change after the Second World War

Seeking solace in the everyday after his World War II army service, travel writer Norman Lewis returns to his beloved Spain, to the fishing village of Farol, in the hopes of recapturing a lost sense of home. It is a place he knows better than his native England, and he finds the Spanish countryside “still as nostalgically backward-looking as ever, still magnificent, still invested with all its ancient virtues and ancient defects.” He spends three seasons as a fisherman, basking in the simplicity of village customs.

Lovingly written and richly evocative, Voices of the Old Sea is an absorbing look at a centuries-old lifestyle in its final days, as the tide of modernization threatens to change it forever.
...
Continue Reading
Delirious Delhi: Inside India's Incredible Capital cover
Book Review

When the Big Apple no longer felt big enough, Dave Prager and his wife, Jenny, moved to a city of sixteen million people—with seemingly twice as many honking horns. Living and working in Delhi, the couple wrote about their travails and discoveries on their popular blog Our Delhi Struggle. This book, all new, is Dave’s top-to-bottom account of a megacity he describes as simultaneously ecstatic, hallucinatory, feverish, and hugely energizing. Weaving together useful observations and hilarious anecdotes, he covers what you need to know to enjoy the city and discover its splendors: its sprawling layout,some  favorite sites, the food, the markets, and the challenges of living in or visiting a city that presents every human extreme at once. Among his revelations: secrets that every Delhiite knows, including the key phrase for successfully negotiating with any shopkeeper; the most fascinating neighborhoods, and the trendiest; the realities behind common stereotypes; tips for enjoying street food and finding hidden restaurants, as well as navigating the transportation system; and the nuances of gestures like the famous Indian head bobble. Delirious Delhi ...
Continue Reading
The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between cover
Book Review

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The acclaimed memoir about fathers and sons, a legacy of loss, and, ultimately, healing—one of The New York Times Book Review’s ten best books of the year, winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY 
Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesThe Washington Post The Guardian • Financial Times

When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father went missing under mysterious circumstances. Hisham would never see him again, but he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. Twenty-two years later, he returned to his native Libya in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance. The Return is the story of what he found there.

The Pulitzer Prize citation hailed The Return as “a first-person elegy for home and father.” Transforming his personal quest for answers into a brilliantly told universal tale of hope and resilience, Matar has given us an un...
Continue Reading
Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto cover
Book Review

“An unusual and entertaining memoir.” —New York Times Book Review

At thirty-five, Leslie Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning from one of the most storied landscaping companies in Kyoto. Cutting Back recounts Buck’s bold journey and the revelations she has along the way. During her apprenticeship in Japan, she learns that the best Kyoto gardens look so natural they appear untouched by human hands, even though her crew spends hours meticulously cleaning every pebble in the streams. She is taught how to bring nature’s essence into a garden scene, how to design with native plants, and how to subtly direct a visitor through a landscape. But she learns the most important lessons from her fellow gardeners: how to balance strength with grace, seriousness with humor, and technique with heart.
...
Continue Reading
National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer cover
Book Review

This ultimate beer lover's guide to the world is filled with stunning photography, unique drinking destinations, little-known histories, and insider knowledge from brewers and bar owners around the globe. This cover has a vintage design and a slightly worn look is intentional.

     The most comprehensive beer atlas available, this richly illustrated compendium includes more beers and more countries than any other book of its kind. Including beer recommendations from Garrett Oliver, the renowned brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, and written by "beer geographers" Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson, this indispensable guide features more than 100 illuminating maps and 200 beautiful color photos. You’ll find beer history, trends, and tasting across six continents (and how to order a beer in 14 languages!). Travel tips include the best breweries, beer festivals, and pubs in each location. Smart, compelling, and practical, this essential guide will help you discover the best beer wherever you are....
Continue Reading
Webster's Dictionary & Thesaurus for Students, Second Edition cover
Book Review

The Best Classroom Resource Updated! This best-selling edition has been fully revised and expanded for 2011. The concise, clearly written definitions offered in the dictionary reflect the curricula for grades 3 through 6. The thesaurus provides synonyms, antonyms and related words that enrich vocabulary. The world atlas, created by the editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, is an invaluable aid to students in their studies of world events. 37,000 kid-friendly definitions in the dictionary. Updated for 2011, the 48 page, full-color atlas covers all the countries of the world. 122,000 synonyms, antonyms and related words, are alphabetically listed in the thesaurus...
Continue Reading
The Village Idiots: Part 3 - Plain Sailing cover
Book Review

The Village Idiots ‘Plain Sailing’ is the third and final book installment in this moving yet comical trilogy by Sara Alexi. As the story unfolds so too does a journey of self-discovery, as Spiros realises who his true friends are and where his real strengths lie.



Diaries belonging to the late Captain George found on board the wreckage proved to be worth their weight in gold, as the contents led not only to unravelling practical challenges, but also revealed that George was looking out for Spiros in ways he hadn’t noticed when George was alive.

And now Takis and Spiros finally have what they wanted from their surprise inheritance; some money! But it’s not long before the pair realise the cash is going to be used up in ways they’d rather not spend it.

As bills are piling up Spiros still counts his blessings as he finds himself with money in his pocket for the first time in his life, and uses what little he has to help his dear mother. But for Takis, the costs are a grievance too far, and his duplicitous ways continue to create strife and anxiety for Spiros. And so the tides begin to turn, as Spiros begins to see Takis for who he re...
Continue Reading
The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History cover
Book Review

An incredible true tale of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold War—a mix between The Hunt for Red October and Argo—about how the CIA, the U.S. Navy, and America’s most eccentric mogul spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal the nuclear-armed Soviet submarine K-129 after it had sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean; all while the Russians were watching.

In the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear ballistic missiles set sail from its base in Siberia on a routine combat patrol to Hawaii. Then it vanished.

As the Soviet Navy searched in vain for the lost vessel, a small, highly classified American operation using sophisticated deep-sea spy equipment found it—wrecked on the sea floor at a depth of 16,800 feet, far beyond the capabilities of any salvage that existed. But the potential intelligence assets onboard the ship—the nuclear warheads, battle orders, and cryptological machines—justified going to extreme lengths to find a way to raise the submarine.

So began Project Azorian, a top-secret mission that took six years, cost an estim...
Continue Reading
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir cover
Book Review

A funny, sexy, and ultimately poignant memoir about mastering the art of the "vacationship." 

Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses to wear to her friends' weddings and baby showers. Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals, men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed. 
Kristin introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Finnish poker players, sexy Bedouins, and Argentinean priests who helped her transform into "Kristin-Adjacent" on the road–a slower, softer, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling, candid reflection, and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling debut that will have readers rushing to renew their passports....
Continue Reading
Easy To Read: Florida State Map (Rand Mcnally Easy to Read!) cover
Book Review

Rand McNally's Easy To Read State Folded Map is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around Florida, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price. Our trusted cartography shows all Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways, along with clearly indicated parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and streets.
The easy-to-use legend and detailed index make for quick and easy location of destinations. You'll see why Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years.

Regularly updated, full-color maps
Larger map with a bigger type size than the Rand McNally Folded Map
Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways
Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and more
Mileage and driving times map

Detailed index
Convenient folded size

Coverage Area

Detailed maps of: Daytona Beach, Fort Myers/Cape Coral, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key West, Downtown Key West, Lakeland/Winter Haven, Melbourne/Titusville, Miami & Vicinity, Downtown Miami & Miami Beach, Naples, Orlando, Pensacola, St. Augustine,Tallahassee...
Continue Reading
Urban Trails: San Francisco: Coastal Bluffs/ The Presidio/ Hilltop Parks & Stairways cover
Book Review

Urban Trails San Francisco is the first ever guidebook on hiking in San Francisco. The book contains 100 full-color photos and covers 50 history- and nature-filled routes: 40 in San Francisco, 6 in Marin County, and 4 south of the San Francisco border.
 
Hikes are rated for fitness appeal to walkers, runners, and hikers, and with routes between 0.4 and 9 miles, there are options for people of all fitness levels. With this book, you will not only experience San Francisco's trails, but you'll also learn the history of the city and its famous sights.
 
Each hike contains trailhead directions, including public transit options, information for families and dog owners, plus trail distance, high point, estimated time, amenities, and more.

Urban Trails San Francisco was written and photographed by Alexandra Kenin, the founder of Urban Hiker San Francisco (urbanhikersf.com), an urban hiking tour company based in San Francisco....
Continue Reading
Prospero's Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu cover
Book Review

From a member of the real-life family portrayed in The Durrells in Corfu, this memoir of the idyllic Greek island is “among the best books ever written” (The New York Times).
 
Before Lawrence Durrell became a renowned novelist, poet, and travel writer, he spent four youthful years on Corfu, an island jewel with beauty to match the long and fascinating history within its rocky shores. While his brother, Gerald, was collecting animals as a budding naturalist, Lawrence fished, drank, and lived with the natives in the years leading up to World War II, sheltered from the tumult that was engulfing Europe—until finally he could ignore the world no longer. Durrell left for Alexandria, to serve his country as a wartime diplomat, but never forgot the wonders of Corfu.
 
In this “brilliant” journey through that idyllic time and place, Durrell returns to the land that made him so happy, blending his love of history with memories of his adventures there (The Economist). Like the blue Aegean, Prospero’s Cell is deep and crystal clear, offering a perfect view straight to the heart of a nation.
 
...
Continue Reading
The Riviera Set: Glitz, Glamour, and the Hidden World of High Society cover
Book Review

The author of the bestselling The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family brings her trademark brio and relish to the charming and fascinating world of the Château de l'Horizon on the French Riviera

The Riviera Set reveals the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Château de l'Horizon near Cannes, over the course of forty years from the time when Coco Chanel made southern French tans fashionable in the twenties to the death of the playboy Prince Aly Khan in 1960.

At the heart of dynamic group was the amazing Maxine Elliott, the daughter of a fisherman from Connecticut, who built the beautiful art deco Château and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, the Aga Khan, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and two very saucy courtesans, Doris Castlerosse and Daisy Fellowes, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill as he worked on his journalism and biographies during his 'wilderness years' in the thirties. After the War the story continued as the Château changed hands and Prince Aly Khan used it to entertain the Hollywood set, as well as launch his seduction of a...
Continue Reading
Three Ways to Capsize a Boat: An Optimist Afloat cover
Book Review

Three Ways to Capsize a Boat is travel writing at its best, crackling with Chris Stewart’s zest for life, irresistible humor, and unerring lack of foresight.

Chris Stewart had a long and eclectic list of jobs.  From some of the most glamorous careers--he was original drummer in Genesis--to the more offbeat--a sheep shearer and circus performer--he had done it all…or almost all.  So when he is offered the chance to captain a sailboat in the Greek islands one summer, something he had never done before, he jumped at the chance, even though he’d never actually sailed before.
 
So begins the hilarious and wild adventures of Three Ways to Capsize a Boat. From setting the boat on fire not once, but several times in the Aegean Sea to his not-so-grand arrival in Spetses to meet the owners of the boat (who says it isn’t graceful to plow into the docks as a means of coming to a stop?), Stewart quickly catches the sailing bug.

By the end of the summer, as he is facing the dreary prospect of going back to sheep shearing, he jumps at the chance to be part of a crew to follow Viking Leif Eiriksson’s historic journey across the Atlan...
Continue Reading
California Desert Trails cover
Book Review

In 1916, J. Smeaton Chase, embarked on a journey across the Mojave Desert.

Traveling upon horseback in one of the harshest deserts in the world, Chase rode alone for two years!



His fascinating California Desert Trails record in impeccable detail his journey and his observations.
Chase possessed the rare talent of seeing beauty where others perceived only serpents and sand. He found wisdom in unconventional places, with crazy hermits, wise Indians, and fellow wanderers adrift in the desert.

Riding through this spectacular landscape Smeaton Chase brings alive to the reader the exotic animals, stunning fauna, and wonderful people he met along the way.

California Desert Trails is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of equestrian travel in early twentieth century, and of the beauty of the Mojave desert. It will also appeal to anyone wishing to take their own journey along the route that Smeaton Chase took over one hundred years ago.

J. Smeaton Chase was an English-born American author and traveler. He has become an integral part of California literature: re...
Continue Reading
Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East cover
Book Review

Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognize same-sex marriage. But as the child of immigrants, he's also curious about how different life might have been had he grown up in Asia. So he sets off to meet his fellow Gaysians. Law takes his investigative duties seriously, going nude where required in Balinese sex resorts, sitting backstage for hours with Thai ladyboy beauty contestants, and trying Indian yoga classes designed to cure his homosexuality. The characters he meets — from Tokyo's celebrity drag queens to HIV-positive Burmese sex workers and Malaysian ex-gay Christian fundamentalists to Chinese gays and lesbians who marry each other to please their parents — all teach him something new about being queer in Asia. At once entertaining and moving, Gaysia is a wild ride and a fascinating quest by a leading Australian writer....
Continue Reading
Rules for Modern Life: A Connoisseur's Survival Guide cover
Book Review

Do gentlemen wear shorts? What are the rules regarding interior decor in a high-security prison? Is it ever acceptable to send Valentine's cards to one's pets? The twenty-first century is an age of innumerable social conundrums. Around every corner lies a potential faux pas waiting to happen. But if you've ever struggled for the right response to an unwelcome gift or floundered for conversation at the dinner party from hell, fear not: help is at hand. In Rules for Modern Life, Sir David Tang, resident agony uncle at the Financial Times, delivers a satirical masterclass in navigating the social niceties of modern life. Whether you're unsure of the etiquette of doggy bags or wondering whether a massage room in your second home would be de trop, Sir David has the answer to all your social anxieties - and much more besides....
Continue Reading
Collins World Atlas: Paperback Edition cover
Book Review

This great value contains all the world maps you need in a budget atlas, for family, study and business use. It offers fully revised, detailed reference maps of the world; a map of the world's countries and physical features; an introductory section with facts on all the countries of the world, including flags, area, population, capital city, languages, religions and currency; a map of the world s time zones; and over 10,000 index entries."...
Continue Reading
Essentials of World Regional Geography, 3rd Edition cover

Essentials of World Regional Geography, 3rd Edition html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Essentials of World Regional Geography, 3e gives readers an approach that combines fundamental geographical elements, internal regional diversity, and contemporary issues. This approach allows serious discussion of cultural and environmental issues, as well as political and economic issues. White Essentials of World Regional Geography, 3e encourages students to consider what it means to be part of a global community and to develop their geographical understandings of world events.

Essentials of World Regional Geography has chapter openings with a physical features map of the region, which includes short accounts of people or events to provide a personal flavor of the region, an outline of the chapter contents, and a short section placing the region in its wider global context. Each regional chapter is consistently organized by three sections. The first section summarizes the distinctive physical and human geographies of the region; the second section explores the internal diversity of the region at subregional, selected country, and local levels. The third section focuses on a selection of contemporary issues that are important to the people of...
Continue Reading

Goode's World Atlas (22nd Edition) cover
Book Review

Goode’s World Atlas has been the world’s premiere educational atlas since 1923, and for good reason. It features over 250 pages of maps, from definitive physical and political maps to important thematic maps that illustrate the spatial aspects of many important topics. The 22nd Edition includes 160 pages of new, digitally produced reference maps, as well as new thematic maps on global climate change, sea level rise, CO2 emissions, polar ice fluctuations, deforestation, extreme weather events, infectious diseases, water resources, and energy production.

 

...
Continue Reading
The Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee cover
Book Review

In this captivating book, Stewart Lee Allen treks three-quarters of the way around the world on a caffeinated quest to answer these profound questions: Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history? From the cliffhanging villages of Southern Yemen, where coffee beans were first cultivated eight hundred years ago, to a cavernous coffeehouse in Calcutta, the drinking spot for two of India’s three Nobel Prize winners . . . from Parisian salons and cafés where the French Revolution was born, to the roadside diners and chain restaurants of the good ol’ U.S.A., where something resembling brown water passes for coffee, Allen wittily proves that the world was wired long before the Internet. And those who deny the power of coffee (namely tea-drinkers) do so at their own peril....
Continue Reading
Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogers cover
Book Review

Legendary investor Jim Rogers gives us his view of the world on a twenty-two-month, fifty-two-country motorcycle odyssey in his bestselling business/adventure book, Investment Biker, which has already sold more than 200,000 copies.

Before you invest another dollar anywhere in the world (including the United States), read this book by the man Time magazine calls “the Indiana Jones of finance.”

Jim Rogers became a Wall Street legend when he co-founded the Quantum Fund. Investment Biker is the fascinating story of Rogers’s global motorcycle journey/investing trip, with hardheaded advice on the current state and future direction of international economies that will guide and inspire investors interested in foreign markets.

NOTE: This edition does not include a photo insert.

Amazon.com Review

Jim Rogers became a Wall Street legend when he and George Soros founded the Quantum Fund. This is the fascinating story of his 1990 investing trip around the world by motorcycle, with many tidbits of hard-headed advice for investing in foreign markets.

Product Description

Legendary investor Jim Rogers...
Continue Reading
Introduction to Geography cover

Introduction to Geography html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Getis Introduction to Geography 14e is written to clearly and concisely convey the nature of the field of geography, its intellectual challenges, and the logical interconnections of its parts. Even if students take no further work in geography, they will have come into contact with the richness and breadth of Geography and have new insights and understandings for their present and future roles as informed adults. This new edition provides students content and scope of the subfields of geography, emphasize its unifying themes, and provide the foundation for further work in their areas of interest.

A useful textbook must be flexible enough in its organization to permit an instructor to adapt it to the time and subject matter constraints of a particular course. Although Getis Introduction to Geography is designed with a one-quarter or one-semester course in mind, this text may be used in a full-year introduction to geography when employed as a point of departure for special topics and amplifications introduced by the instructor or when supplemented by additional readings and class projects....
Continue Reading

2018-2019 Tropical Beaches 2-Year Pocket Planner cover
Book Review

You'll want to walk on this beach and feel the sand under your toes and take in the vibrant sun-drenched sky with this Tropical Beaches 2-year pocket planner. Spanning the months of January 2018 through December 2019, this planner comes with unlined, grid space allowing generous planning area. The checkbook size of 3.5"" x 6.5"" makes this a perfect size for a purse, briefcase or backpack and comes with a durable, premium textured cover. The monthly spreads come with notes sections plus bonus phone and address pages....
Continue Reading
International Management: Culture, Strategy, and Behavior cover
Book Review

International Management: Culture, Strategy, and Behavior reflects new and emerging developments influencing international managers. With integrated real-world examples, research, and practical applications, students understand how to adjust, adapt, and navigate the changing global business landscape and respond to global challenges - making it a market - leader.
The authors retain research and practices over the past decades, and incorporate new and emerging developments affecting international managers to increase students' effectiveness in managing across cultures....
Continue Reading
Mastering ArcGIS (WCB Geography) cover

Mastering ArcGIS (WCB Geography) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Price: Mastering ArcGIS is an introductory GIS text that is designed to offer everything you need to master the basic elements of GIS. The author's step-by-step approach helps students negotiate the challenging tasks involved in learning sophisticated GIS software. An innovative and unique feature of Mastering ArcGIS is its accompanying narrated video clips that show students exactly how to perform chapter tutorials before attempting an exercise on their own....
Continue Reading
Patagonian Road: A Year Alone Through Latin America cover
Book Review

Spanning four seasons, 10 countries, three teaching jobs, and countless buses, Patagonian Road chronicles Kate McCahill's solo journey from Guatemala to Argentina. In her struggles with language, romance, culture, service, and homesickness, she personifies a growing culture of women for whom travel is not a path to love but to meaningful work, rare inspiration, and profound self-discovery. Following Paul Theroux's route from his 1979 travelogue, McCahill transports the reader from a classroom in a Quito barrio to a dingy room in an El Salvadorian brothel, and from the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires to the heights of the Peruvian Andes. A testament to courage, solitude, and the rewards of taking risks, Patagonian Road proves that discovery, clarity, and simplicity remain possible in the 21st century, and that travel holds an enduring capacity to transform.
...
Continue Reading
Blue Thirst: Tales of Life Abroad cover
Book Review

A pair of lectures from one of the twentieth century’s most mesmerizing speakers

Lawrence Durrell was in his early twenties when, tired of the stiffness of London life, he took his family to live in Corfu. Interwar Greece, whose hard beds and mosquito swarms Durrell documented so tenderly in Prospero’s Cell, was no more. In the first of this pair of lectures, given during a 1970s visit to California, Durrell recalls those days, talking of family, poetry, and the joy of the islands as no other writer can.
 
When war came to the Mediterranean, Durrell was swept into diplomatic service, an adventure he recounts in his second lecture. Though a diplomat of the modern world, he served under men whose experience stretched back to the days before the telephone, when solutions for crises had to be devised by the ambassador, and not phoned in from London. These two lectures on long-vanished worlds are an elegant demonstration of the evocative power of Durrell’s unmatched storytelling.
...
Continue Reading
Shadow of the Silk Road cover
Book Review

To travel the Silk Road, the greatest land route on earth, is to trace the passage not only of trade and armies but also of ideas, religions, and inventions. Making his way by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart, and camel, Colin Thubron covered some seven thousand miles in eight months—out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey—and explored an ancient world in modern ferment.

...
Continue Reading
Shadow of the Silk Road (P.S.) cover
Book Review

Shadow of the Silk Road records a journey along the greatest land route on earth. Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran and into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron covers some seven thousand miles in eight months. Making his way by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart and camel, he travels from the tomb of the Yellow Emperor, the mythic progenitor of the Chinese people, to the ancient port of Antioch—in perhaps the most difficult and ambitious journey he has undertaken in forty years of travel.

The Silk Road is a huge network of arteries splitting and converging across the breadth of Asia. To travel it is to trace the passage not only of trade and armies but also of ideas, religions and inventions. But alongside this rich and astonishing past, Shadow of the Silk Road is also about Asia today: a continent of upheaval.

One of the trademarks of Colin Thubron's travel writing is the beauty of his prose; another is his gift for talking to people and getting them to talk to him. Shadow of the Silk Road encounters Islamic countries in many forms. It is about changes in C...
Continue Reading

How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip cover
Book Review

It’s time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time. Your journey starts here.
 
When you travel, the journey is just as important as the destination—and packing is the first step. In How to Pack, Hitha Palepu, a former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world, shows that what and how you pack are who you are. Confidence and comfort inspire success upon arrival, whether you’re exploring a new city, hoping to nail a job interview, or relaxing on a beach. In How to Pack, you’ll learn about:
·         Power Pieces vs. Fantasy Pieces: How clothing earns its place in your suitcase
·         The Accessory Math Secret: The precise formula for all you need to finish off your outfits
·         Folding versus Rolling: What’s right for which items
·         Globetrotter Gorgeous: Editing your beauty routine while still looking great
·         The Packing Timeline: How to avoid “I’m forgetting something” syndrome
·         Pack Perfect Lists: Samples and blanks for any kind of trip...
Continue Reading
If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Blackhawks: Stories from the Chicago Blackhawks' Ice, Locker Room, and Press Box cover
Book Review

Led by stars like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook, the Chicago Blackhawks are a modern NHL powerhouse, as much a part of Chicago as the Willis Tower or The Bean at Millennium Park. In If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus chronicles the team's rise from the dark ages of the 2000s to the golden age of the 2010s through never-before-told stories from inside the dressing room, aboard the team plane, at the players' homes, and — especially in the case of the rowdy 2009-2010 team that started it all — in countless Chicago bars. If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Blackhawks will bring readers closer to their favorite players than ever before. It's a book Hawks fans won't want to be without.
...
Continue Reading
The Backpacker's Handbook, 4th Edition (International Marine-RMP) cover
Book Review

What you need to know before you hit the trails



Whether you are backpacking for the first time or a veteran follower of the trails, this enormously practical guide includes everything you need to know, from essential techniques such as map and compass work to the skills needed for more remote wilderness journeys. The Backpacker's Handbook also gives you the latest information on gear. You'll find the last word on:



  • How to choose packs and footwear—and make sure they fit


  • What clothing to take on the trail


  • Tents, tarps, stoves, water purifiers, and other gear


  • GPS, cell phones, and other electronic devices


  • And much more




Reviews from previous editions

"The most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to equipment and technique available anywhere."

--Backpack (UK)

"A clear and comprehensive primer on backpacking gear. Townsend's knowledge is immense."

--Sierra

"Belongs in every bookcase dealing with outdoor topics. . . . Chockablo...
Continue Reading

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: A Memoir (The Autobiographical Trilogy Book 2) cover
Book Review

The second volume in Laurie Lee’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy, an unforgettable glimpse of Spain on the eve of its civil war.

On a bright Sunday morning in June 1934, Laurie Lee left the village home so lovingly portrayed in his bestselling memoir, Cider with Rosie. His plan was to walk the hundred miles from Slad to London, with a detour of an extra hundred miles to see the sea for the first time. He was nineteen years old and brought with him only what he could carry on his back: a tent, a change of clothes, his violin, a tin of biscuits, and some cheese. He spent the first night in a ditch, wide awake and soaking wet.

From those unlikely beginnings, Laurie Lee fashioned not just the adventure of a lifetime, but one of the finest travel narratives of the twentieth century. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, written more than thirty years after the events it describes, is an elegant and irresistibly charming portrait of life on the road—first in England, where the familiar landscapes and people somehow made Lee feel far from home, and then in Spain, whose utter foreignness afforded a new kind of comfort.<...
Continue Reading
Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Law, 7th Edition cover

Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Law, 7th Edition html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

For students and practicing professionals in hospitality, travel and tourism as well as specialized paralegal work, Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Law: A Preventative Approach, 7th Edition, addresses legal issues confronted by managers in the hotel, restaurant, travel and casino industries. The emphasis is on prevention of legal violations. By reading the book, managers can appreciate and identify what actions and precautions are necessary to avoid, or at least minimize, the number of lawsuits. The book uses the case method, long recognized as a helpful approach to learning the often-complicated discipline of law. Readers will study decisions from actual cases in which hospitality establishments were sued, as well as what legal precedents were cited....
Continue Reading
Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development (6th Edition) cover

Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development (6th Edition) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

For Introductory World Regional Geography/Regional Geography Courses.

Students learn to think outside of the map


Diversity Amid Globalization takes students on a journey into the connections and diversity between people and places–the contrasting regions of the world–within thematically organized regional chapters. With an arresting visual layout and new and updated content and maps throughout, the text maintains and strengthens its hallmark thematic organization and focus on globalization, while encouraging students to participate in the material using a number of stimulating, interactive learning tools.

Available with MasteringGeography, the most effective and widely used online tutorial, homework, and assessment system for the sciences, Diversity Amid Globalization, Sixth edition offers the most complete and integrated world regional program available today.

This program presents a better teaching and learning experience for you and your students by providing Continue Reading

Introduction to Geography: People, Places & Environment (6th Edition) cover
Book Review

Introduction to Geography: People, Places, & Environment, Sixth Edition introduces the major tools, techniques, and methodological approaches of the discipline through new applied visual features that engage students and reinforce real-world connections.

 

The authors emphasize the integration of various aspects of geographic processes and systems by discussing what happens in one set of geographic processes and how that affects others. For example, what happens in economic systems affects environmental conditions; what happens to climate affects political dynamics. The Sixth Edition has been tightly integrated with MasteringGeography, Pearson’s online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts.

 

Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; My_Lab/Mastering does not come packaged with this content. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and My_Lab/Mastering search for ISBN-10: 03218433...
Continue Reading

California Government and Politics Today (14th Edition) cover
Book Review

Updated in its 14th edition, California Government and Politics Today focuses on ethnic and cultural diversity, the global economy’s impact on California (and vice versa), and the emphasis on political involvement as an essential component of achieving the California Dream. This new edition continues a tradition of scholarly and practical coverage of California government.
...
Continue Reading
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test cover
Book Review

Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test ushered in an era of New Journalism, "An American classic" (Newsweek) that defined a generation. "An astonishing book" (The New York Times Book Review) and an unflinching portrait of Ken Kesey, his Merry Pranksters, LSD, and the 1960s.

Amazon.com Review

They say if you remember the '60s, you weren't there. But, fortunately, Tom Wolfe was there, notebook in hand, politely declining LSD while Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters fomented revolution, turning America on to a dangerously playful way of thinking as their Day-Glo conveyance, Further, made the most influential bus ride since Rosa Parks's. By taking On the Road's hero Neal Cassady as his driver on the cross-country revival tour and drawing on his own training as a magician, Kesey made Further into a bully pulpit, and linked the beat epoch with hippiedom. Paul McCartney's Many Years from Now cites Kesey as a key influence on his trippy Magical Mystery Tour film. Kesey temporarily renounced his literary magic for the cause of "tootling the multitudes"--making a spectacle of himself--and Prankster Robert Stone had to flee Kesey'...
Continue Reading
A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There cover
Book Review

First published in 1949 and praised in The New York Times Book Review as "a trenchant book, full of vigor and bite," A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.

Written with an unparalleled understanding of the ways of nature, the book includes a section on the monthly changes of the Wisconsin countryside; another part that gathers informal pieces written by Leopold over a forty-year period as he traveled through the woodlands of Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Sonora, Oregon, Manitoba, and elsewhere; and a final section in which Leopold addresses the philosophical issues involved in wildlife conservation. As the forerunner of such important books as Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and Robert Finch's The Primal Place, this classic work remains as relevant today as it was forty years ago.
...
Continue Reading
Tourism: Principles, Practices, Philosophies cover

Tourism: Principles, Practices, Philosophies html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

The 12th Edition of Tourism: Principles, Practices, Philosophies explores major concepts in tourism, what makes tourism possible, and how tourism can become an important factor in the wealth of any nation. Written in global terms, it provides an overview of the principles, practices, and philosophies that affect the cultural, social, economic, psychological, and marketing aspects of human travel and the tourism industry. Among the topics given expanded coverage in this edition are: B&Bs, time shares, meetings and conventions, sustainable tourism, climate change, social media, and mobile marketing....
Continue Reading
Goode's World Atlas (23rd Edition) cover
Book Review

For all geography courses.


Expand your geographic literacy with the gold standard in academic atlases

 

Goode’s World Atlas by Rand McNally helps students navigate through global and regional landscapes with ease. With color-coded headings and charts, brief introductions to each section, and more than 60 new reference and thematic maps, the 23rd edition gives you a comprehensive view of the world and its changing population and physical characteristics. Available soon in Pearson eText and Pearson Custom Library formats. Goode’s World Atlas has been the world’s premiere educational atlas since 1923, evolving with the world that shapes its content, and allowing for a deeper, more global understanding of geography.


...
Continue Reading
World Regions in Global Context: Peoples, Places, and Environments (6th Edition) cover

World Regions in Global Context: Peoples, Places, and Environments (6th Edition) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

For courses in world regional geography.


Conceptual Exploration of World Regions and the Myriad Issues Critical to Geography Today

World Regions in Global Context presents a strong global sensibility and an emphasis on current events, with examples of interdependent development, spatial and social inequality, and questions of spatial justice. The authors maintain that regions are the outcomes of the twin forces of globalization and regionalization. Therefore, each regional chapter stresses the global systems of connection that drive unique regional processes, making regions different. By studying regions, students not only learn the critical elements of different places, but also come to understand the fundamental processes that drive change.

 

The 6th Edition is a briefer, more visual text that still maintains its conceptual rigor by addressing today’s critical geographic themes, incorporating deeper focus on sustainability issues, new human stories from the regions, cu...
Continue Reading

GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook, 10.3 Edition (GIS Tutorials) cover
Book Review

GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook is a top-selling introductory text for learning ArcGIS 10.3.x for Desktop. The workbook presents GIS tools and functionality, including querying interactive maps, collecting data, and running geoprocessing tools. Incorporating proven teaching methods in detailed exercises, "Your Turn" sections, and homework assignments, this book is suited to learning GIS in a classroom. The latest edition includes a new chapter about analyzing street network data to solve routing and facility location problems using ArcGIS Network Analyst. Data for completing the exercises and a 180-day free trial of ArcGIS are available for download at esripress.esri.com/bookresources. Instructor resources are also available....
Continue Reading
Remembering Diana: A Life in Photographs cover
Book Review

Twenty years after her death, this dazzling photography collection with a foreword by bestselling author Tina Brown celebrates Princess Diana’s poignant life in more than 100 iconic images.

     For the millions who adored the People's Princess, this lavish book presents Diana Spencer's life in glorious color. Page after page of inside photos document the royal's most memorable moments in the spotlight; a luminous, personal remembrance by friend and biographer Tina Brown adds context and nuance to a poignant life twenty years after her tragic death. Float down memory lane through more than 100 remarkable images of Diana, from her days as a schoolgirl to her engagement to Prince Charles, the birth of Princes William and Harry, and her life in the media as an outspoken advocate for the poor, the sick, and the downtrodden. This elegant book features reflections from those who knew her best, recollections from journalists, dignitaries and celebrities like Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa, and Elton John, and personal insight through the princess's own words. The tie-in companion to Diana: The Lost Tapes, airing on the National Geographic Channel, this richly i...
Continue Reading
Full Moon over Noah?s Ark: An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond cover
Book Review

Acclaimed travel writer Rick Antonson sets his adventurous compass on Mount Ararat, exploring the region’s long history, religious mysteries, and complex politics.

Mount Ararat is the most fabled mountain in the world. For millennia this massif in eastern Turkey has been rumored as the resting place of Noah’s Ark following the Great Flood. But it also plays a significant role in the longstanding conflict between Turkey and Armenia.

Author Rick Antonson joined a five-member expedition to the mountain’s nearly 17,000-foot summit, trekking alongside a contingent of Armenians, for whom Mount Ararat is the stolen symbol of their country. Antonson weaves vivid historical anecdote with unexpected travel vignettes, whether tracing earlier mountaineering attempts on the peak, recounting the genocide of Armenians and its unresolved debate, or depicting the Kurds’ ambitions for their own nation’s borders, which some say should include Mount Ararat.

What unfolds in Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark is one man’s odyssey, a tale told through many stories. Starting with the flooding of the Black Sea in 5600 BCE, through to the Epic of Gilgamesh and the c...
Continue Reading
Ice! cover

Ice! html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Retiring on a pension after being torpedoed in WWII, Tristan Jones embarks on a test of endurance that will last over two years, nearly killing him more than once. Attempting to sail farther North than anyone ever has, he embarks from Iceland on the Cresswell in the summer of 1959. His only companion? A three-legged, one-eyed Labrador named Nelson. He spends his first winter holed up near an Eskimo village in a Greenland fjord. After a violent snowstorm and without an adequate supply of food, he spends a full week digging himself out of enormous snow drifts until he is able to be seen and rescued. This incident kicks off a series of impossible adventures as he voyages to the treacherous waters of the North Pole. His second winter at sea finds him trapped in an enormous ice pack in the Arctic Ocean. For 366 days he is marooned on the craft. As he faces his loneliness and the possibility of his own death under the dazzling Northern lights, Tristan Jones's incomparable sailing adventure reaches an unimaginable climax. ICE! is a classic tale of adventure, its author acclaimed by Time magazine as "someone Lindbergh would have understood". 

Product Description

...
Continue Reading
The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution cover
Book Review

On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction

The House of Government is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's War and Peace, Grossman’s Life and Fate, and Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, Yuri Slezkine’s gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin’s purges. A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers, the book begins with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children’s loss of faith and the fall of the Soviet Union.


Completed in 1931, the House of Government, later known as the House on the Embankment, was located across the Moscow River from the Kremlin. The largest residential building in Europe, it combined 505 furnished apartments with public spaces that included everything from a movie theater and a library to a tennis court and ...
Continue Reading

Traveling with Ghosts: A Memoir cover
Book Review

From grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took—through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond—to find peace after her fiancé suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand.

In the summer of 2002, Shannon Leone Fowler, a twenty-eight-year-old marine biologist, was backpacking with her fiancé and love of her life, Sean. Sean was a tall, blue-eyed, warmhearted Australian, and he and Shannon planned to return to Australia after their excursion to Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand. Their plans, however, were devastatingly derailed when a box jellyfish—the most venomous animal in the world—wrapped around Sean’s leg, stinging and killing him in a matter of minutes as Shannon helplessly watched. Rejecting the Thai authorities attempt to label Sean’s death a “drunk drowning,” Shannon ferried his body home to his stunned family—a family to which she suddenly no longer belonged.

Shattered and untethered, Shannon’s life paused indefinitely so that she could travel around the world to find healing. Travel had forged her relationship with Sean, and she hoped it could also aid in processing his death. Though Sean w...
Continue Reading
The Journey in Between: A Thru-Hiking Adventure on El Camino de Santiago cover
Book Review

A #1 Amazon Best-Seller with thousands of downloads. The first book from Keith Foskett.

El Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way, is the fabled path that weaves through French and Spanish countryside for 1,000 miles to its hallowed destination at Santiago de Compostella. Thousands attempt to walk its entirety each year: some succeed, many fail.
Keith Foskett thru-hiked the Camino to indulge his love for the outdoors and hiking but it also, unintentionally, filled a void in his life which took him in a completely different direction. Along the way he made friends with fellow pilgrims from all over the world, all travelling for their own different reasons. He was assailed by new experiences and unexpected discoveries - from the pain of blisters and extremes of temperature to encountering kleptomaniacs, fake faith healers and being threatened with arrest in Spain for 'not sleeping'.
This is the story of one man's walk, but it speaks to all who see life itself as a journey and are alive to the revelations that an escape to nature can bring. Written with insight, observation and a healthy dose of humour.
As this book shows, it is rarely the st...
Continue Reading

50 Bars to Blow Your Mind (Lonely Planet) cover

50 Bars to Blow Your Mind (Lonely Planet) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

From the people who have been delivering trustworthy guidebooks to every destination in the world for 40 years, Lonely Planet's 50 Bars To Blow Your Mind handpicks the world's most extraordinary drinking holes, from caverns and island party havens to a bar nestled in an ancient tree trunk.

This pocket-sized gift book showcases 50 of the world's best bars and is the perfect gift for anyone interested in the best places in the world for a drink. Whether they boast a jaw-dropping location, world-class artisan cocktails or effortless cool, these bars are among the best places on the planet to enjoy a drink or two.

How have we whittled down this list? Some bars have earned their spot by playing up their obvious assets, whether it's an interesting urban location or a stunning natural setting. Others are champions of the basics, be they cocktails or single liquors, while still others do something dramatically unusual or fun; some are so quirky it's impossible not to marvel over a custom-made cocktail. But perhaps the secret sauce in all this is genuine desire to delight each person who walks through the door. It's a love of hospitality and an enthusi...
Continue Reading

Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo cover
Book Review

Everyone knows how to live the good life in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany. Now, Matthew Amster-Burton makes you fall in love with Tokyo. Experience this exciting and misunderstood city through the eyes of three Americans vacationing in a tiny Tokyo apartment. Follow 8-year-old Iris on a solo errand to the world’s greatest supermarket, picnic on the bullet train, and eat a staggering array of great, inexpensive foods, from eel to udon. A humorous travel memoir in the tradition of Peter Mayle and Bill Bryson, Pretty Good Number One is the next best thing to a ticket to Tokyo.

Now with a new afterword by the author, covering robotic sushi and spending the holidays in Tokyo.

“The layers of the city, its extraordinary food pleasures, its quirkinesses, emerge as the author and his family spend an intense month living in Tokyo and exploring widely…Warning: this book will make you hungry. You’ll yearn, as I do, to catch the next plane to Tokyo, so you can get eating.”

—Naomi Duguid, writer and traveler; her most recent book is BURMA: Rivers of Flavor (Artisan 2012)

“This is the book I've been hoping Matthew would write: smart, opinionated,...
Continue Reading
From the Source - Spain: Spain's Most Authentic Recipes From the People That Know Them Best (Lonely Planet) cover
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet presents Spain's most authentic dishes - direct from the kitchens where they were perfected.

From family bakers to Michelin-starred chefs, Spain's best local cooks share their passion for food and their region's classic recipes - from tapas, pastries and cakes to soup, salads, stews, roasts and fresh seafood dishes.

Recipes include:

  • Escalivada - chargrilled vegetable salad
  • Lubina a la Mallorquina - Mallorcan-style sea bream
  • Paella Valenciana - chicken and rabbit paella
  • Cochinillo - suckling pig
  • Lechazo - roast lamb
  • Churros - fried dough sticks with chocolate
  • Pintxos - Basque tapas
  • Fabada Asturiana - Asturian bean stew
  • Gazpacho - chilled tomato soup
  • Tarta de Santiago - St James cake

And more!

In recent years regional Spanish cuisine has won attention and praise thanks to award-winning restaurants in Catalonia and the Basque Country (some of these restaurants are featured in From the Source Spain). Food in Spain is very closely connected to the country's regions, with local specialities bas...
Continue Reading

I Came, I Saw: An Autobiography cover
Book Review

Poignant tales from the renowned travel writer’s formative years

In over six decades as a travel writer, Norman Lewis earned acclaim for his vivid chronicles of life around the globe. In I Came, I Saw,Lewis turns his pen on his own life in an affecting, comical, and always-thoughtful autobiography.

He starts with his youth, when, at nine years old, he moved in with his eccentric aunts and his grandfather—a widower whose ambition was to turn him into a proper Welshman. Lewis recounts his grammar-school adventures, explores his relationship with his father, and recalls his introduction to his first wife, Ernestina, with whom he traveled extensively through Europe, Cuba, and America. He describes his time in the British Intelligence Corps during wartime—which allowed him further travels and honed his world perspective—as well as his experiences of fatherhood and life in Italy, which honed it further.

I Came, I Saw
is a masterwork of self-reflection by one of the most insightful writers of the twentieth century.
...
Continue Reading
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (Ballantine Reader's Circle) cover
Book Review

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
 
A modern classic of personal journalism, The Orchid Thief is Susan Orlean’s wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flower—the rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii—a deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of America’s strange flower-selling subculture, through Florida’s swamps and beyond, along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end, Orlean—and the reader—will have more respect for underdog determination and a powerful new definition of passion.
 
In this new edition, coming fifteen years after its initial publication and twenty years after she first met the “orchid thief,” Orlean revisits this unforgettable world, and the route by which it was brought to the screen in the film Adaptation, in a new retrospective essay.

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.
 
Praise for The Orchid Thief<...
Continue Reading
Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food cover
Book Review

Two decades before the California food revolution, Walt Disney was planning a revolution of his own. Walt knew that food could be more than nourishment - it could be entertaining, too. The concept of families eating and playing at the same time was an innovation in mid-century America. Food in Disneyland wasn't gray or humdrum. It was full of fantasy and color!
Eat Like Walt is a culinary tour of the park's six lands. Every attraction has a story, and so do many of the menu items. Disneyland's food transports us as much as it satiates us, or as Walt declared, "The food is as fabulous as the fun, too."
Although Disneyland opened in 1955, its culinary history dates back to 1923 when Walt first arrived in Hollywood. Walt was a simple eater yet a big dreamer.  By 1934, four years before his first feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs would be released, Mickey Mouse had made him famous enough to have a recipe published in Better Homes & Gardens magazine. And although Walt never set out to be a restaurateur, he became one, with four restaurants opening at his state of the art Walt Disney Studios in 1940.
From humble beginnings to b...
Continue Reading
Oregon Atlas and Gazetteer cover
Book Review

Wouldn't it be nice to always have exactly the right kind of map, whatever your needs may be? You will, with the uniquely versatile DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Series. These topographic atlases cover individual states with the most comprehensive detail available, including back roads, backwater lakes and streams, boat ramps, forests, wetlands, trailheads, campgrounds, public lands, prime hunting and fishing spots, and countless landmarks and points of interest. You'll also find a wealth of information on everything from family outings to wilderness adventures. The Atlas & Gazetteer is ideal for outdoor recreation, business travel, home or office reference, and countless other uses.

Oregon Gazetteer categories
» Campgrounds
» Family Outings
» Fishing
» Hunting
» Outdoor Adventures
» Recreation Areas
» Unique Natural Features

Suggested Uses
» In-vehicle for everyday reference
» Exploring back roads
» Outdoor recreation preparation and navigation
» Business travel
» Planning vacations and leisure activities
» Armchair journeys...
Continue Reading
The Village Idiots: Part 2 - Fool's Gold cover
Book Review

The second in a series of three novellas, which follows the fortunes of our unlikely heroes Takis and Spiros, who normally scrape a living doing odd jobs around the village.

When they discovered that the boat they inherited was likely to be nothing but a drain on their finances, Takis decided to sink it for the insurance money.

The very next morning however, they found evidence to suggest that Captain George hid his gold on board before he died, and now the race is on to get to it before it's too late.

The only problem is, the yacht is now several metres under the water, and the port police are threatening to impound the vessel...

As usual, Takis thinks up all sorts of elaborate schemes, and Spiros is dragged along for the ride.

Hilarious, heartwarming and full of Mediterranean sunshine, look no further for your perfect holiday read!...
Continue Reading
Seven Years in Tibet cover

Seven Years in Tibet html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

A landmark in travel writing, this is the incredible true story of Heinrich Harrer's escape across the Himalayas to Tibet, set against the backdrop of the Second World War. Heinrich Harrer, already one of the greatest mountaineers of his time, was climbing in the Himalayas when war broke out in Europe. He was imprisoned by the British in India but succeeded in escaping and fled to Tibet. Settling in Lhasa, the Forbidden City, where he became a friend and tutor to the Dalai Lama, Heinrich Harrer spent seven years gaining a more profound understanding of Tibet and the Tibetans than any Westerner before him.

Seven Years in Tibet was translated into 53 languages, became a best seller in the United States in 1954, and sold three million copies.

...
Continue Reading
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel cover
Book Review

If you have to leave home, TAKE THIS BOOK! The team that brought you The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook now helps you navigate the perils of travel. Learn what to do when the tarantula crawls up your leg, the riptide pulls you out to sea, the sandstorms headed your way, or your camel just wont stop. Find out how to pass a bribe, remove leeches, climb out of a well, survive a fall onto subway tracks, catch a fish without a rod, and preserve a severed limb. Hands-on, step-by-step instructions show you how to survive these and dozens of other adventures. An appendix of travel tips, useful phrases, and gestures to avoid will also ensure your safe return. Because you just never know...

Amazon.com Review

Be very, very afraid. When you step through your door for an innocent excursion, grave danger awaits. You might be mugged; tied up; attacked by scorpions, piranhas, or tarantulas; trapped in a falling plane or elevator, a runaway train, a car on a cliff, a sandstorm, a riptide, or a riot. But now it's safe to take that vacation anyway. Just pack The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel, and you'll know what to do when you find yourself, say...
Continue Reading
Morocco: A Culinary Journey with Recipes from the Spice-Scented Markets of Marrakech to the Date-Filled Oasis of Zagora cover
Book Review

With a wide range of exotic flavors and cooking styles, Morocco includes 80 recipes with Spanish influences, rustic Berber styles, complex, palace-worthy plates, spicy tagines, and surprisingly easy to make street food. From piquant appetizers like cumin-spiced potato fritters, to classic tagine and couscous entrees, and stuffed pastries like Seafood Pastilla, to fragrant sweets like Honeyed Phyllo Triangles Stuffed with Almonds, and, of course, Mint Tea, this beautiful collection of recipes surprises and inspires the home cook. Gorgeous photographs of such iconic Moroccan scenes as the markets of Marrakech and the date-filled oasis of Zagora capture the diverse flavors of this sun-splashed country....
Continue Reading
The Last Great Ape: A Journey Through Africa and a Fight for the Heart of the Continent cover
Book Review

An epic journey through Africa by a man who fell in love with a magical and disappearing world and then transformed himself into a warrior on the front lines to protect it.
 
Staging heart-pounding, espionage-style raids, Ofir Drori and his organization, The Last Great Ape (LAGA), have put countless poachers and traffickers of endangered species behind bars, and they have fought back against a Kafkaesque culture of corruption. Before Ofir arrived in Cameroon, no one had ever even tried.

The Last Great Ape follows a young Ofir on fantastical adventures as he crosses remote African lands by camel, on a horse, and in dug-out canoes, while living with exotic tribes and struggling against nature at its rawest: charging elephants and hyenas, flash floods, and the need to eat river algae and snails to stay alive. The story moves from places of extreme beauty to those of the darkest horror: the war zones of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Ofir begins to work as a photojournalist in order to expose his shocking encounter with war victims and child soldiers. His experiences forge in him a resolution to become an activist and to fight for justice. Continue Reading
Oregon Benchmark Road & Recreation Atlas cover
Book Review

Oregon is the home of Benchmark Maps. Our love and high-regard for this beautiful state is on proud display on every page of this very popular atlas. The new 4th edition has improvements that will insure its continued success. The field-checked Landscape Maps™ are now 10% larger and show ground-cover detail at a very high-resolution. Benchmark has extensively revised the Portland Metro area map and completely updated the Recreation Guide.
  • Map Scale = 1:225,000 & 1:750,000
  • Sheet Size = 11" x 16"
...
Continue Reading
Waking Up in a Tent: Empty Nest on the Pacific Crest Trail cover
Book Review

A sixty-something woman with fear of heights and creaky knees decides to spend two months backpacking the High Sierra. What could possibly go wrong?

“What was I thinking? In that moment of madness, I completely forgot that I’m a total wuss, terrified of heights. In my defense, it doesn’t come up much in my city life, although I do need to practice meditative deep breathing on freeway overpasses….”
So swept along by the enthusiasm of her usually very predictable husband, a newly retired engineer, Laurel agrees to leave her overly busy life behind, let go of her worries about her grown children, and spend two months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. She hopes the shared adventure will bring added intimacy to her odd-couple marriage and that time in nature will support her spiritual growth, or at least help her talk some sense into her rampaging inner critic. Despite paralyzing fear, sickness, injury, and hail, the majestic grandeur of the High Sierra did work some kind of miracle.

“I picked up Waking up in a Tent, planning to spend a few minutes looking it over. Before I knew it, two hours had flown by and I was halfway thr...
Continue Reading
Wyoming Atlas & Gazetteer cover
Book Review

Wouldn t it be nice to always have exactly the right kind of map, whatever your needs may be? You will, with the uniquely versatile DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Series. These topographic atlases cover individual states with the most comprehensive detail available, including back roads, backwater lakes and streams, boat ramps, forests, wetlands, trailheads, campgrounds, public lands, prime hunting and fishing spots, and countless landmarks and points of interest. You ll also find a wealth of information on everything from family outings to wilderness adventures. The Atlas & Gazetteer is ideal for outdoor recreation, business travel, home or office reference, and countless other uses....
Continue Reading
Coquilles, Calva, and Crème: Exploring France's Culinary Heritage: A Love Affair with French Food cover
Book Review

A celebration and critique of the French culinary landscape, with a gastronomical excursion across the French countryside in search of the unsung cooks who are still doing it right
 
This culinary memoir brings to life some of the most fascinating, glamorous food years in France and reveals gastronomical treasures from gifted artisans of the French countryside.
 
Dryansky’s stories are the stuff of legend—evenings with Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, historic wine auctions and memorable banquets—but Coquilles, Calva, and Crème is more than memories. These same memories prompt a journey across modern-day France, through kitchens, farms, and vineyards, offering a savory experience that can be duplicated by the reader afterward with numerous recipes, most of which have never before been recorded.
 
In the world of today’s professional cooking, publicity-chasing and performance has overshadowed the importance of dining and the food itself. Too often the modern restaurant is a mixture of bizarre novelty and paradoxical clichés. Truly great dining happens when you’re fully engaged in th...
Continue Reading
Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo cover
Book Review

“So inviting you might find yourself tempted to give the experience a whirl and ride the Italian trains yourself, book in hand.”—Liesl Schillinger, New York Times Book Review


Tim Parks’s books on Italy have been hailed as "so vivid, so packed with delectable details, [they] serve as a more than decent substitute for the real thing" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Now, in his first Italian travelogue in a decade, he delivers a charming and funny portrait of Italian ways by riding its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and right down to the heel of Italy.

Parks begins as any traveler might: "A train is a train is a train, isn’t it?" But soon he turns his novelist’s eye to the details, and as he journeys through majestic Milano Centrale station or on the newest high-speed rail line, he delivers a uniquely insightful portrait of Italy. Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians—conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, gypsies and immigrants—Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive: an obsession with speed but an acceptance of slower, older ways; a blind eye toward brutal...
Continue Reading

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Ireland cover
Book Review

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Ireland is your in-depth guide to the very best of Ireland.

From touring historic castles to exploring the countryside along the mystical Ring of Kerry to drinking Guinness in Dublin's coziest pub, experience the best of what the Emerald Isle has to offer.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Ireland.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights.
   • Detailed city map of Dublin includes street finder index for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Ireland Continue Reading

Rand McNally Easy To Read: Oregon State Map cover
Book Review

Rand McNally's Easy To Read State Folded Map is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around Oregon, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price. Our trusted cartography shows all Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways, along with clearly indicated parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and streets.
The easy-to-use legend and detailed index make for quick and easy location of destinations. You'll see why Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years.

Regularly updated, full-color maps
45% larger map with a bigger type size than the Rand McNally Folded Map
Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways
Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and more
Mileage and driving times map
Detailed index
Convenient folded size

Detailed maps of: Corvallis, Crater Lake National Park, Eugene, Medford, Portland & Vicinity, Downtown Portland, Salem...
Continue Reading
Birnbaum's 2018 Walt Disney World: The Official Guide (Birnbaum Guides) cover
Book Review

As Walt Disney World continues to grow and evolve, trust Birnbaum as your guide! The 2018 edition delves into detailed descriptions of all attractions, resorts, and eateries; offers money-saving coupons and strategies to maximize your vacation budget; and includes a peek into what's new:

-Happy 20th birthday, Disney's Animal Kingdom: read about the debut of the theme park's newest land, Pandora-World of AVATAR; a schedule of extended-hour nights featuring Sunset Safaris, Tree of Life "awakenings," and the water-based extravaganza "The Rivers of Light"; booking a table at Tiffins, a new eatery that has garnered rave reviews, or snagging a seat at the adjacent Nomad Lounge.

-The Force grows stronger at Disney's Hollywood Studios every day: read about the ongoing construction of the highly anticipated Star Wars Land; Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, a vibrant and dramatic pyrotechnic evening fireworks display; and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

-What's it like to be a toy in Andy's backyard? You'll soon find out at Disney's Hollywood Studios brand-new area known as Toy Story Land! Birnbaum offers a first-look at the new Slinky Dog Coaster and what...
Continue Reading
Home is Forward: Hiking and Travel Adventures from Around the World cover
Book Review

Before he became Green Giant on the Appalachian Trail, Gary Sizer was a Marine, a computer nerd, and a guy with a problem. No matter how much time he spends outside, it's never enough. Whether being thrashed by drill instructors at Parris Island or drenched by a squall in some high tundra, the same calming thought always prevailed: It’s good to be outside.

"Home is Forward" is much more than a collection of travel stories. As a prequel to "Where's the Next Shelter?" it answers the question of how someone can go from having a (somewhat) normal life to casting it all aside and wanting to go live in the woods.

Hilarious, poetic and often thoughtful, "Home is Forward" is also a story about people. From ancient ruins to frozen volcanos, lessons are learned, friendships are forged, and on top of it all, love blooms.

So if you yearn to visit far off lands, or simply love a well spun tale, you’re in the right place....
Continue Reading
Where's the Next Shelter? cover
Book Review

Where's the Next Shelter? is the true story of three travelers on the Appalachian Trail, a two thousand mile hike that stretches from Georgia to Maine, told from the perspective of Gary Sizer, a seasoned backpacker and former Marine who quickly finds himself humbled by the endeavor. He teams up with Megan, a sassy college grad whose indomitable spirit eclipses her lack of experience, and Lemmy, a cartoonist from overseas whose off-kilter commentary on the wonders and frustrations of the trail keeps everyone laughing.

Sprawling through the woods and towns of the Appalachian mountains, the trail carries the trio through real and fanciful ups and downs ranging from hilarious to perilous. Much more than an orderly account of mountain tops and meals, it is an adventure about friends figuring things out as they go. It's about screw-ups and solutions, awe and inspiration.

If you long for the horizon, or to sleep under the stars, then come along for the hike of a lifetime. All you have to do is take the first step....
Continue Reading
So, You Want to Be Canadian: All About the Most Fascinating People in the World and the Magical Place They Call Home cover
Book Review

So, you want to be Canadian? Who doesn't these days? Canucks are enjoying a major renaissance in attention, from their enlightened social policies to their wild and wooly pop culture. This playful, trivia-packed book is a long-overdue celebration of all things Canadian, from the mysteries of "eh?" to the difference between an Ogo Pogo and a Windingo to how to prepare moose stroganoff (mmm!). Featuring a dreamy list of Canadian hotties, a toe-tapping roundup of Canadian smash hit songs, a handy Canadian-American translator, and pointers on how to eat, dress, and apologize like a Canadian if you weren't lucky enough to be born a Canuck, So, You Want to Be Canadian demonstrates once and for all why Canada is so cool (formerly just cold)....
Continue Reading
What Is Due the Other (Kindle Single) cover
Book Review

From the acclaimed author of I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son comes a memoir of a young man’s reckoning with his mother—and the spiritual universe—during a two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

When journalist Kent Russell agreed to accompany his mother on a “momgrimage” to Israel and Palestine, he put down his phone and returned to his dissolute life as a self-promoting writer on a book tour. He forgets the exchange ever took place—until he is reminded two weeks before their scheduled departure and resolves to take the trip seriously by fasting, meditating, and reconsidering the bend of his moral arc.

For seventeen days, Russell walks in the footsteps of Jesus Christ through Bethlehem and Nazareth, shoulder to shoulder with his detached mother; his sister, the novelist Karen Russell; and a gaggle of elderly pilgrims. He sails across the Sea of Galilee and shuffles down the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. Along the way, he must confront the idea of faith: what he believes in, what he doesn’t, and why. One of the funniest, most erudite, and most inventive journalists of a generation charts a new path toward reconciliation with God, his C...
Continue Reading

Merriam-Webster's Student Atlas, New Copyright 2016 cover
Book Review

New Copyright, 2016. This best-selling atlas has been updated with the newest information from around the world. It is a colorful, engaging world atlas ideal for home or classroom especially designed for students in grades 5-9. Packed with full-color maps, photographs, and easy-to-use charts and graphs. Includes thematic maps of continental drift, the ocean floor, the environment and natural resources, as well as a special Map Skills section introducing key geography concepts....
Continue Reading
The Village Idiots: Part1 - Inheritance cover
Book Review

The first of a series of three novellas, which follows the fortunes of our unlikely heroes Takis and Spiros, who normally scrape a living doing odd jobs around the village.

Spiros is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and Takis alternately looks out for him and bullies him.

When their friend Captain George dies unexpectedly, they are surprised to find that they are the heirs to his estate, which consists of one rather grotty looking sailing yacht, and they immediately assume that all their troubles are over, and that a life of ease is now theirs.

But it soon becomes clear that the boat is a large pit that will suck up all their money, and Takis decides to sink it for the insurance.

Then they discover that George hid his gold on board, and so Takis convinces Spiros to dive into the harbour in the middle of the night in a leaky old diving suit to search for it ...

This is a riotous, lighthearted read, but it is also a tale of personal growth disguised as a farce about boats......
Continue Reading
Isle Be Seeing You (Islands of Aloha Mystery Book 9) cover
Book Review

In this “encore” novel to the “Islands of Aloha Mystery” series, it’s been six months since Maui wedding planner Pali Moon’s own hasty wedding to her best friend’s brother-in-law, and life’s beginning to fray around the edges. She learns having kids probably isn’t in the cards for her at the same time her friend and kung fu sifu, Doug Kanekoa, reveals his wife’s stepping out on him. Her husband’s ultra-classified job sends him to parts unknown and he hints at ending their marriage. Friend Farrah frets over a machete-wielding ghost stalking her children, but when Pali steps up to help, she gets thrown under the bus for her trouble. Pali’s doing her best to keep the faith when death deals her a body blow. It’s personal, it’s painful, and this time it’s ‘ohana....
Continue Reading
Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die cover
Book Review

In Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die, Chris Santella illuminates the best destinations for exploring the great outdoors. The book features the world’s top spots for sleeping under the stars and enjoying a host of outdoor recreational activities that make camping such a time-honored tradition. Featuring favorite US National Parks destinations—as well as more exotic locales in Italy, Chile, France, Botswana, Germany, and more—Santella provides helpful information and tips that will appeal to novice campers and seasoned outdoorsmen alike.
 
Interviews with camping experts and beautiful, vibrant photography bring each location to life. Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die makes camping trips more accessible with easy-to-follow advice, enthralling anecdotes, and tips and plans for creating your own amazing outdoor memories.
...
Continue Reading
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2018 (The Unofficial Guides) cover
Book Review

THE trusted source of information for a successful Walt Disney World vacation

Compiled and written by a team of experienced researchers whose work has been cited by such diverse sources as USA Today and Operations Research Forum, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World digs deeper and offers more than any other guide.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2018 explains how Walt Disney World works and how to use that knowledge to make every minute and every dollar of your vacation count. With advice that is direct, prescriptive, and detailed, it takes the guesswork out of travel by unambiguously rating and ranking everything from hotels, restaurants, and attractions to rental car companies.

With an Unofficial Guide in hand, and authors Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa as guides, find out what's available in every category, from best to worst, and use step-by-step detailed plans to help make the most of your time at Walt Disney World.

Amazon.com Review

In their "Declaration of Independence" the authors and researchers of this guide swear their allegiance to you, the consumer. "If ...
Continue Reading
Everyday Ambassador: Make a Difference by Connecting in a Disconnected World cover
Book Review

In Everyday Ambassador Kate Otto brings people together even as our digital networks pull us further apart.

In a world of limitless technology, we are more connected than ever before but our hyper-connected lifestyles threaten our ability to know ourselves and interact with each other. By focusing on the four core values that allow us to become truly “connected” in tech-centric societies—empathy, patience, focus, and humility—Otto demonstrates that the power of technology is not in the tool, but in the intention of the person using it.

Everyday Ambassador offers a unique solution to those who aspire to truly make a difference in the twenty-first century—revealing the secrets of how to unite people, even when technology keeps us at a distance from others—emotionally and physically. Otto helps us lift our heads up from our cell phones and tablets and take a look at the people standing right in front of us.

In a time when good citizenship is the new currency of cool, Everyday Ambassador gives us the tactics to connect in our disconnected world....
Continue Reading
Tips From The Cruise Addict's Wife: Tips, tricks and stories to plan the best cruise ship vacation ever cover
Book Review

Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife is loaded with commonsense but essential tips and tricks to plan the best cruise ship vacation ever! It's laced with personal stories that will have you grinning. Smart cruisers want the inside secrets. All you need to know for a once-in-a-lifetime cruise vacation is right here.
Want to know what to do in ports, and how to avoid tourist places? How to plan your day on shore? Exactly what to pack? What not to bring? How to deal with onboard laundry? How to have a frugal yet amazing experience? What all is included in your cruise price? How to treat your cabin steward? Advice and tips for ports? How to get freebies onboard? What category of cabin do I suggest? How to save money as you enjoy your cruise adventure?
Lucky you—my knowledge is right in your hand!
BONUS section has never-before-seen tips for paying less than just about anyone else onboard, by The Cruise Addict himself.
Buy now--this price is limited!
...
Continue Reading
Of Mouse and Men: Confessions of a Walt Disney World Character Performer cover
Book Review

Behind the Ears

Do you believe in Disney characters? There's only one Mickey, right? If that's what you think, do not buy this book, because it lays bare—in extreme detail—how Disney hires and trains its character performers and how those performers handle the toughest job in the theme park.

Disney jargon for a character performer is "friend of", as in "I'm a friend of Goofy!" The company doesn't like its character performers to say they are the character. But we're adults, and we know that Goofy is a big head and a costume, and inside that costume is a sweaty but happy cast member who has been trained to walk, behave, and interact just like Goofy. The cast member is the character.

Nicklaus Hopkins played several roles at Walt Disney World besides Goofy: Sheriff Woody, Mr. Incredible, the Beast, Captain Hook, and others. Each of them brought new challenges, new discoveries, and new adventures, in all of the theme parks.

In a fun, fast-moving narrative, Nicklaus relates exactly how he got his job as a character performer, takes you through his unique, vaguely boot camp-ish training as Goofy, and then brings you with h...
Continue Reading

Arctic Dreams cover

Arctic Dreams html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

This New York Times–bestselling exploration of the Arctic, a National Book Award winner, is “one of the finest books ever written about the far North” (Publishers Weekly).
 
“The nation’s premier nature writer” travels to a landscape at once barren and beautiful, perilous and alluring, austere yet teeming with vibrant life, and shot through with human history (San Francisco Chronicle). The Arctic has for centuries been a destination for the most ambitious explorers—a place of dreams, fears, and awe-inspiring spectacle. This “dazzling” account by the author of Of Wolves and Men takes readers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of one of the world’s last frontiers (The New York Times).
 
Based on Barry Lopez’s years spent traveling the Arctic regions in the company of Eskimo hunting parties and scientific expeditions alike, Arctic Dreams investigates the unique terrain of the human mind, thrown into relief against the vastness of the tundra and the frozen ocean. Eye-opening and profoundly moving, it is a magnificent appreciation of how wilderness challenges and inspires us.
 
Continue Reading
Not Afraid of the Fall: 114 Days Through 38 Cities in 15 Countries cover
Book Review

Featured on Good Morning America, the front page of Cosmopolitan.com, Travel + Leisure, POPSUGAR, Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, HelloGiggles, Woman's Day, and Country Living.

After purchasing one-way flights from New York City to Paris, Kyle James and his girlfriend Ashley quit their day jobs, planned futures, and daily paradigms to see as much of the world as they could. In 114 days, they trekked across 15 countries and 38 cities with nothing but their backpacks, their smartphones, and each other. Not Afraid of the Fall is the unvarnished story of their off-the-cuff journey: from cliff-jumping off Croatia's untouched coasts, to bathing with rescued elephants in Thailand; from crashing mopeds on gravelly mountain roads in Santorini, to hitchhiking with strangers in rental cars in Hungary.

Part travel memoir, part love letter to those staring at the walls of a corporate cubicle, Not Afraid of the Fall is an inspiring book that captures the sweet mysteries of life on the road and an empowering narrative for anyone who has ever uttered the words "maybe next year."...
Continue Reading
100 Things Louisville Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things...Fans Should Know) cover
Book Review

This guide is the ultimate resource for true fans of the Cardinals. Whether you cheered along for the 1980 and 1986 March Madness victories, or whether you're a more recent supporter in the Rick Pitino era, these are the 100 things every fan needs to know and do in their lifetime. Experienced sportswriter Mike Rutherford has collected every essential piece of Louisville knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist as you progress on your way to fan superstardom.
...
Continue Reading
To a Mountain in Tibet cover
Book Review

“Colin Thubron is the intrepid, resourceful and immensely talented writer who has made a career out of going to out of the way places and then writing brilliantly about them.”—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World 

“Thanks to Thubron, we encounter a world which, in its beauty and awe, exceeds our imagination." —Ryszard Kapuscinski, author of Shah of Shahs and Imperium 

New York Times bestselling author Colin Thubron returns with a moving, intimate, and exquisitely crafted travel memoir recounting his pilgrimage to the Hindu and Buddhist holy mountain of Kailas—whose peak represents the most sacred place on Earth to roughly a quarter the global population. With echoes of Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard, Peter Hessler’s Country Driving, and Paul Theoroux’s Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Thubron’s follow up to his bestselling Shadow of the Silk Road will illuminate, interest, and inspire anyone interested in traveling the world or journeying into the soul.

Product Description

“Colin Thubron is the intrepid, resourceful and immensely talented writer who has made a career...
Continue Reading

La Vie En Rose: Notes From Rural France cover
Book Review

Living the French dream – vineyards, sunflowers, lavender fields, glasses of wine and platters of fromage. French ladies slender and chic, French men wearing berets and riding bicycles with baguettes clamped under their arms when they are not flirting outrageously, and all the while the sun shines down benevolently upon uniform rows of ripening vegetables.

Dreams are strange and unpredictable, and sometime so is la vie en rose.

A pick from some of the best bits of the popular travel author's blog diaries reveal the minutiae of expat day to day life in rural France. A must-read for Susie Kelly fans and anybody thinking of, or dreaming of, moving to France....
Continue Reading
Lonely Planet Civil War Trail Road Trips (Travel Guide) cover

Lonely Planet Civil War Trail Road Trips (Travel Guide) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Whether exploring your own backyard or somewhere new, discover the freedom of the open road with Lonely Planet's Civil War Trail Road Trips. Featuring 4 amazing road trips, plus up-to-date advice on the destinations you'll visit along the way, you can visit Civil War battlefields where it all took place and immerse yourself in the lively music culture of the South, all with your trusted travel companion. Jump in the car, turn up the tunes, and hit the road!

Inside Lonely Planet's Civil War Trail Road Trips:

  • Lavish color and gorgeous photography throughout
  • Itineraries and planning advice to pick the right tailored routes for your needs and interests
  • Get around easily - easy-to-read, full-color route maps, detailed directions
  • Insider tips to get around like a local, avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road - local driving rules, parking, toll roads
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websit...
    Continue Reading
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris cover
Book Review

“Aman with a great appreciation of what makes Paris tick.” —Newsday

Fromthe author of Immoveable Feast and We’ll Always Have Paris comes aguided tour of the most beautiful walks through the City of Light, includingthe favorite walking routes of the many of the acclaimed artists and writerswho have called Paris their home. Baxter highlights hidden treasures along theSeine, treasured markets at Place d’Aligre, thefavorite ambles of Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and Sylvia Beach, andmore, in a series of intimate vignettes that evoke the best parts of Paris’smany charms. Baxter’s unforgettable chronicle reveals how walking is the bestway to experience romance, history, and pleasures off the beaten path . . . notonly of La Ville-Lumière, but also, perhaps, of life itself.

Product Description

“Aman with a great appreciation of what makes Paris tick.” —Newsday

Fromthe author of Immoveable Feast and We’ll Always Have Paris comes aguided tour of the most beautiful walks through the City of Light, includingthe favorite walking routes of the many of the acclaimed artists and writerswho have called Paris their ...
Continue Reading

Rand McNally United States Map cover
Book Review

Rand McNally's United States folded map features clear, easy-to-read cartography showing all Interstate and U.S. highways, along with clearly indicated cities, points of interest, airports, boundaries, and more.
Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price.

Interstate and U.S. highways

Indications of cities, points of interest, airports, boundaries, and more

Mileage chart

Mileage & driving times map

National facts and symbols

Toll roads chart

United States physical map

Visitor information...
Continue Reading
Venice Observed cover

Venice Observed html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Mary McCarthy takes readers on a captivating journey to one of the world’s most beloved cities

Mary McCarthy brings her novelist’s unerring eye to a book that blends art, politics, religion, music, and history to create a living portrait of “the world’s loveliest city.”

Like a painter capturing the city’s essence on canvas, McCarthy uses words to create stunning visuals that bring both the old and new Venice to enchanting life. From her apartment overlooking the garden of a palazzo, McCarthy takes us into the museums and monasteries of this city of canals and gondolas, Machiavelli and Tintoretto. And she reveals some little-known facts: Venetians love pets, but prefer cats to dogs; during World War II, the Allies captured the city with a fleet of gondolas; and without Napoleon, Venice wouldn’t be what it is today.  

From the ancient roots of The Merchant of Venice’s pound of flesh to the quotidian details of daily life, it’s all here—the magnificent frescoes, the sublime music of Mozart, the virgins, and the saints. At once a comprehensive travelogue and a powerful piece of reportage, Venice Observ...
Continue Reading
The LawDog Files: African Adventures cover
Book Review

LawDog had the honor of representing law and order in the Texas town of Bugscuffle as a Sheriff's Deputy, where he became notorious for, among other things, the famous Case of the Pink Gorilla Suit. But long before he put on the deputy's star, he grew up in Nigeria, where his experiences were equally unforgettable. In THE LAWDOG FILES: AFRICAN ADVENTURES, LawDog chronicles his encounters with everything from bush pilots, 15-foot pythons, pygmy mongooses, brigadier-captains, and Peace Corp hippies to the Nigerian space program.

THE LAWDOG FILES: AFRICAN ADVENTURES are every bit as hilarious as the previous volume, as LawDog relates his unforgettable experiences in a laconic, self-deprecating manner that is funny in its own right. Africa wins again, and again, and again, but, so too does the reader in this sobering, but hilarious collection of true tales from the Dark Continent....
Continue Reading
One Hundred Miles from Manhattan cover
Book Review

In 2002 Guillermo Fesser quit his morning radio talk show in Madrid, and moved with his family to Rhinebeck, N.Y., for a sabbatical year. Finding himself in a rural community 6,000 miles from home and 100 miles from New York City, Fesser began to discover an America he had never imagined existed. 

One Hundred Miles from Manhattan
 is a fresh, funny, positive and affectionate portrait of life in small-town America—and beyond. This book is filled with the stories of the people Fesser met, the places he visited and the things he learned during his year in Rhinebeck, from the German neighbors who welcome in the New Year by jumping back and forth from the couch to the coffee table to a Texan rancher who follows Native American traditions in the raising of bison; from a guide who leads fishing expeditions into Alaska’s Kuskokwim Mountains to the engineer responsible for the steam conduction system in Manhattan’s underbelly; and from a former follower of Reverend Moon turned track coach to the man who created Big Bird.
...
Continue Reading
Quit Your Job and Move to Key West - The Complete Guide (Quit Your Job and Move to...) cover
Book Review

Tired of Working? Sick of the rat race? Feel like leaving it all behind?

You are one step closer just by picking up this book. Quit Your Job and Move to Key West is your complete guide on how to do it by people who have made it happen. From making the decision to leave town and telling your boss to shove it, to finding a place to live and blending in with the local color, this guide has it all.

Historical Tidbits
Key West Fun Facts
Island Anecdotes
Secrets Only Locals Know
Reasons to Quit
And more.

Follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Buffett and Ernest Hemingway. Nearly three millio people visit Key West each year, but only 26,000 live here. Read this guide and you could be number 26,001. Don’t just visit Key West and the Florida Keys. Go on, Quit your job and move to Key West!

About the Authors: David L. Sloan and Christopher Shultz are living your dream. Since quitting their corporate jobs and moving to Key West they have become synonymous with the tropical lifestyle and attitude. Together they have sold more than 250,000 books and helped millions discover the true magic of the Florida Keys.

...
Continue Reading
Key West Travel Guide cover
Book Review

KEY WEST TRAVEL GUIDE

Are You Ready for a Tropical Beach Getaway?

Ah, Key West! This southernmost remote island is the closest those of us in the continental
United States can get to the feel of a beautiful Caribbean island complete with palm trees,
island breeze and laid back attitude.

If you have ever wanted to visit Key West you need this guide.
You will learn the secret spots the locals love and the best places to visit.
You will discover unique and fascinating bars that you will find nowhere else.
Key West is a den of gourmet delights and offers some of the best cuisine you will find anywhere,
this guide will take you to the top 10 best restaurants.

If you need a change of pace you can always head to the gorgeous beaches or to the unique snorkeling spots.
No matter what time of year you come to Key West there is always something new to do and see.

Inside this 27 page booklet You Will Discover:

  • The Ultimate Key West Walking Tour
  • The Most Unique and Fascinating Bars on the Island
  • The Tastiest Restaurants for any Budget
  • Where to Snorkel off Key West
  • What Wea...
    Continue Reading
Lonely Planet Korea (Travel Guide) cover

Lonely Planet Korea (Travel Guide) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Korea is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Walk along Cheong-gye-cheon's long-buried stream, hike around Jeju-do's volcanic landscape, or jump into a vat of mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Korea and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Korea Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including customs, ...
    Continue Reading
Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 cover
Book Review

“Bowles is at his best when writing about places. He can evoke a place with a few sure strokes.”
New York Times

“His work is art. At his best, Bowles has no peer.”
Time

Travels is a thrilling anthology of the travel writings of Paul Bowles, author of the era-defining post-war novel The Sheltering Sky. The acclaimed essays in Travel—never before collected in a single volume—span more than sixty years and range from Bowles’s early days in Paris to his time spent in Ceylon, Thailand, Kenya, and his expatriate life in Morocco. Insightful, exciting, and evocative, featuring original photographs throughout, Travels is a stunning collection of rarely seen shorter works—a showcase of the literary artistry of one of the truly great American writers of the twentieth century.

...
Continue Reading
Saint-Germain-des-Pres: Paris's Rebel Quarter (Great Parisian Nieghborhoods) cover
Book Review

From the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World comes this first book in an exciting new series of narrative “biographies” of Paris’s great neighborhoods, beginning with Saint-Germain-des-Pres—the city’s “rebel quarter,” for centuries a center of artistic, intellectual, and revolutionary activity and home to some of Paris’s most iconic cafes and shops.

For many years, Saint-Germain-des-Pres has been a stronghold of sans culottes, a refuge to artists, a paradise for bohemians. It’s where Marat printed L’Ami du Peuple and Thomas Paine wrote The Rights of Man. Napoleon, Hemingway, and Sartre have all called it home. Descartes is buried there. Now bestselling author and Paris expert, John Baxter takes readers and travelers on a narrative tour of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, which is also where Baxter makes his home.

Tucked along the shores of the Left Bank, Saint-Germain-des-Pres embodies so much of what makes Paris special. Its cobblestone streets and ancient facades survive to this day, spared from modernization thanks to a quirk in their construction. Traditionally cheap rents attracted outsiders and politica...
Continue Reading

A Kiss Goodnight cover

A Kiss Goodnight html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

A Kiss Goodnight is a valentine to Walt Disney from the legendary songwriter Richard Sherman. Opening with a touching story about what inspired Richard to write the song, A Kiss Goodnight tells the story of how a young Walt Disney was enchanted by fireworks and how he kept his promise to send all his guests home with a special kiss goodnight. Beautifully illustrated by Disney legend Floyd Norman A Kiss Goodnight will be the must-have picture book for families to enjoy together and for Disney fans to treasure. The book will feature a CD with the song sung by Broadway star Ashley Brown along with a download as well.
...
Continue Reading
Sanctuary of the King – City Royal: 13 tours of Jerusalem cover
Book Review

Sanctuary of the King: City Royal presents 13 tours of Jerusalem, Israel, through the streets and alleys during its days of splendor – the periods of the First and Second Temple.

This guide book is unique in that it presents the spiritual and social values of ancient Jerusalem as well as its physical, historical, and archaeological aspects.

These comprehensive tours will lead to the many historical sites located in and around the Old City of Jerusalem referencing ancient Jewish sources while providing rigorous consideration of the latest archaeological discoveries.

...
Continue Reading
Hiking Through: One Man's Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail cover
Book Review

After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart--the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. Paul left his stable career, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life--and will change readers' lives as well.

In Hiking Through, readers will join Paul on his remarkable 2,176-mile hike through fourteen states in search of peace and a renewed sense of purpose, meeting fascinating and funny people along the way. They'll discover that every choice we make along the path has consequences for the journey and will come away with a new understanding of God's grace and guidance. Nature-lovers, armchair adventurers, and those grieving a loss may not be able to hike the AT themselves, but they can go on this spiritual pilgrimage with a truly humble and sympathetic guide....
Continue Reading
Lonely Planet Iceland's Ring Road (Travel Guide) cover
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Discover the freedom of open roads with Lonely Planet Iceland's Ring Road Road Trips, your passport to uniquely encountering Iceland by car. Featuring five amazing road trips, plus up-to-date advice on the destinations you'll visit along the way, you'll discover bubbling geothermal springs, see the Golden Circle's exploding geysers and chase the northern lights around Reykjavik; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to destination, rent a car, and hit the road!

Inside Lonely Planet Iceland's Ring Road Road Trips :

  • Lavish colour and gorgeous photography throughout
  • Itineraries and planning advice to pick the right tailored routes for your needs and interests
  • Get around easily - easy-to-read, full-colour route maps, detailed directions
  • Insider tips to get around like a local, avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road - local driving rules, parking, buying fuel
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone number...
    Continue Reading
Why The Dutch Are Different: A Journey Into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands cover
Book Review

*A SCOTSMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR*

Stranded at Schiphol airport, Ben Coates called up a friendly Dutch girl he'd met some months earlier. He stayed for dinner. Actually, he stayed for good.

In the first book to consider the hidden heart and history of the Netherlands from a modern perspective, the author explores the length and breadth of his adopted homeland and discovers why one of the world's smallest countries is also so significant and so fascinating. It is a self-made country, the Dutch national character shaped by the ongoing battle to keep the water out from the love of dairy and beer to the attitude to nature and the famous tolerance.

Ben Coates investigates what makes the Dutch the Dutch, why the Netherlands is much more than Holland and why the colour orange is so important. Along the way he reveals why they are the world's tallest people and have the best carnival outside Brazil. He learns why Amsterdam's brothels are going out of business, who really killed Anne Frank, and how the Dutch manage to be richer than almost everyone else despite working far less. He also discovers a country which is changing fast, with the Dutch now ...
Continue Reading
Chicago: Then and Now® cover
Book Review

This book pairs archival photos with modern views to tell the story of the city’s rich history. It is a story of determination and pride, and the evocative photos on these pages reflect the many faces of Chicago’s heritage. Sites include: Grant Park, Lincoln Park, Wabash Avenue, Lake Street, Marshall Field's, State Street, Palmer House, Reliance Building, the Chicago Theatre, Majestic Theatre and Biograph Theater, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, South Michigan Avenue, North Michigan Avenue, Board of Trade Building, The Rookery, Old Colony Building, Dearborn Street Station, Chicago and North Western Terminal, Illinois Central Railyards, State Street Bridge, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Wacker Drive, Chicago River from the Wrigley Building, Water Tower, Lake Shore Drive, Navy Pier, Oak Street Beach, Merchandise Mart, Wrigley Field, Comiskey Park, the Union Stockyards, and much more. A detailed map lists major downtown sites featured in the book.
...
Continue Reading
The Whispering Land (The Zoo Memoirs) cover
Book Review

Naturalist Gerald Durrell recalls his expedition to South America to find exotic animals in this follow-up to A Zoo in My Luggage.

After bringing multiple species of African animals back to the Channel Island of Jersey to populate their new zoo, British naturalist Gerald Durrell and his wife followed their passion for wildlife preservation on a journey to South America. With a team of helpers, they spent eight months on safari searching for exotic specimens.
 
Through windswept Patagonian shores and tropical forests in the Argentine, from ocelots to penguins, fur seals to parrots to pumas, the author who inspired the public television drama The Durrells in Corfu captures the landscape and its inhabitants with his signature charm and humor. Filled with adventure, exploration, and the spirit of conservation, The Whispering Land is a memoir that animal lovers of all ages will enjoy.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.

 
...
Continue Reading
Lonely Planet Bangkok (Travel Guide) cover

Lonely Planet Bangkok (Travel Guide) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Bangkok is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Eat pat tai and other street food at open-air markets, visit breathtaking temples or shop 'til you drop at the MBK Center and Chatuchak Weekend Market; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Bangkok and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Bangkok:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, people, culture, eating in...
    Continue Reading
Lonely Planet Poland (Travel Guide) cover

Lonely Planet Poland (Travel Guide) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Poland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience Krakow's scintillating nightlife, admire the elegance of Warsaw's 'Palace on the Water' or explore the amber stalls along the crooked medieval lanes of Gdansk; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Poland and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Poland Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including culture,...
    Continue Reading
Greetings from Myanmar: Exploring the Price of Progress in One of the Last Countries on Earth to Open for Business (Kindle Single) cover
Book Review

In just a few years, Myanmar has gone from destitution, dictatorship, and isolation from the international community to being hailed “World’s Best Tourist Destination”—a seemingly impossible transition that led David Bockino, in 2015, on a search to find out exactly what happened, and how. Traversing the country, he encounters a pompous Western businessman swindling his way to millions, a local vendor with a flair for painting nudes, and long ago legends of a western circus. Sensitively written and expertly researched, Greetings from Myanmar: Exploring the Price of Progress in One of the Last Countries on Earth to Open for Business is the story of a flourishing nation still very much in limbo and an answer to the hard questions that arise when tourism not only charts, but shapes a place as well.

David Bockino is an assistant professor in the School of Communications at Elon University. He was born and raised in New York and currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, son, and daughter. More information available here: www.davidbockino.com.

Cover design by Evan Twohy....
Continue Reading
Disney Tips & Secrets: Unlocking the Magic of a Walt Disney World Vacation cover
Book Review

UPDATED to include coverage of the all new FastPass+, 40 brand new BONUS tips, and more than 25 NEW photos! Now packed with 240 tips to help you save TIME and MONEY!


Prepare for your journey to the ”Happiest Place on Earth” - Walt Disney World!

Experience a magical Disney vacation with Disney Tips & Secrets: Unlocking the Magic of a Walt Disney World Vacation. Whether you're going to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, or Epcot, we've got you covered with over 200 Disney World tips and secrets to save time and MONEY while taking the stress out of your Disney vacation planning.

If you're heading to Disney's water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, Disney Tips & Secrets will ensure you're prepared to splash into the fun! The Disney Insider team has spent THOUSANDS of hours INSIDE THE PARKS of Walt Disney World over the past five years, carefully tracking and logging experiences to compile tips & tricks that will be invaluable to you on your Disney vacation.

In Disney Tips & Secrets: Unlocking the Magic of a Walt Disney World...
Continue Reading
Rome and a Villa (P.S. (Paperback)) cover
Book Review

In 1947 a young american woman named Eleanor Clark went to Rome on a Guggenheim fellowship to write a novel. But Rome had its way with her, the novel was abandoned, and what followed was not a novel but a series of sketches of Roman life, most written between 1948 and 1951. This new edition of her now classic book includes an evocative foreword by the eminent translator William Weaver, who was a close friend of the author's and often wandered the city with her during the years she was working on Rome and a Villa.

Once in Rome, the foreign writer or artist, over the course of weeks, months, or years, begins to lose ambition, to lose a sense of urgency, to lose even a sense of self. What once seemed all-consuming is swallowed up by Rome&$8212;by the pace of life; by the fatalism of the Roman people, to whom everything and nothing matters; by the sheer historic weight and scale of the place. Rome is life itself—messy, random, anarchic, comical one moment, tragic the next, and above all, seductive.

Clark pays special attention to Roman art and architecture. In the book's midsection she looks at Hadrian's Villa—an enormous, unfinished palace—as a metapho...
Continue Reading

Chernobyl 01:23:40: The Incredible True Story of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster cover
Book Review

At 01:23:40 on April 26th 1986, Alexander Akimov pressed the emergency shutdown button at Chernobyl's fourth nuclear reactor. It was an act that forced the permanent evacuation of a city, killed thousands, and crippled the Soviet Union. The event spawned decades of conflicting, exaggerated, and inaccurate stories.

This book, the result of five years of research, presents an accessible but comprehensive account of what really happened - from the desperate fight to prevent a burning reactor core from irradiating eastern Europe, to the self-sacrifice of the heroic men who entered fields of radiation so strong that machines wouldn't work, to the surprising truth about the legendary "Chernobyl diver", all the way through to the USSR's final show-trial. The historical narrative is interwoven with a story of the author's own spontaneous journey to Ukraine's still-abandoned city of Pripyat and the wider Chernobyl Zone.

...
Continue Reading
Easy To Read: California State Map (Rand McNally Easy to Read!) cover
Book Review

Rand McNally's Easy To Read State Folded Map is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around California, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price. Our trusted cartography shows all Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways, along with clearly indicated parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and streets.
The easy-to-use legend and detailed index make for quick and easy location of destinations. You'll see why Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years.

Regularly updated, full-color maps
40% larger map with a bigger type size than the Rand McNally Folded Map
Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways
Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and more
Mileage and driving times map
Detailed index
Convenient folded size

Coverage Area

Detailed maps of: Bakersfield, Fresno, Joshua Tree National Park, Kings Canyon Natl Park & Sequoia Natl Park, Lake Tahoe Region, Lancaster/Palmdale, Los Angeles, Modesto, Monterey/Salinas, Oceanside, Oxnard/Ventura, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego...
Continue Reading
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2017 cover

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2017 html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids is JAM-PACKED with useful tips, great advice, excellent discussion, and practical travel knowledge gleaned from years of Walt Disney World travel experience. In this guidebook the authors Bob Sehlinger and Liliane Opsomer specifically address the needs of kids, with--in some cases--research and input from kids.

Len Testa leads an experienced team of researchers whose work has been cited by such diverse sources as USA Today and Operations Research Forum, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids digs deeper and offers more specific information than any other guidebook. This is the only guide that explains how to make every minute and every dollar of your vacation count.

With advice that is direct, prescriptive, and detailed, it takes the guesswork out of your family vacation. Step-by-step detailed plans allow you to visit Walt Disney World with your children with absolute confidence and peace of mind.
...
Continue Reading
Moon Glacier National Park (Travel Guide) cover
Book Review

Moon Travel Guides: Find Your Adventure

Welcome to this rugged slice of nature's best. Lush green parkland, jagged summits, and glacier-carved basins abound in the one-million-acre "Crown of the Continent." Forge your own path with Moon Glacier National Park.

Moon Glacier National Park features:

  • Itineraries for every timeline and budget, ranging from one day in the park to a week-long road trip, including: "Best in One Day," "Fun for Kids," "Flathead-Glacier Road Trip," and "Wildlife-Watching Hotspots"
  • Strategies for getting to Glacier, avoiding crowds, and exploring its less-visited areas, including coverage of gateway cities and towns
  • In-depth chapters on each region of the park, including West Glacier and Apgar, North Fork, Going-to-the-Sun Road, St. Mary and Many Glacier, Two Medicine and East Glacier, Marias Pass and Essex, Waterton, and Flathead Valley
  • Full-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Expert tips for travelers looking to go hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing, rafting, and more
  • Detailed hike descriptions with indivi...
    Continue Reading
Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map) cover
Book Review

• Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Topographic Map

National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated map of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks offers unparalleled detail for outdoor enthusiasts exploring the pristine landscape of forests, mountains, lakes, and meadows within these two spectacular parks. Created in partnership with local land management agencies, this expertly researched map features key areas of interest including Many Glacier, Great Bear Wilderness, Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse Reservoir, Lake McDonald, Flathead River, St. Mary Lake, Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park, and the Waterton Lakes.

The Glacier and Waterton Lakes map is an invaluable resource for exploring the more than 800 miles of mapped trails within the parks, including the Pacific Northwest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and recommended biking trails. Recreation features are clearly marked, including campgrounds, trailheads, interpretive trails, fishing and boat access, and horse rental locations. The map base includes contour lines and elevations for summits, passes and major lakes. A variety of helpful information about recreation activities available in t...
Continue Reading

Places: The Journey of My Days, My Lives cover
Book Review

Australian actor and Daytime Emmy winner Thaao Penghlis reveals his adventurous and philosophical sides in a deeply personal memoir.

Thaao Penghlis enjoyed tea for two with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and fitted Robert Redford for a suit—suggesting that the then­–matinee idol shed a few pounds—before landing career-defining roles on General Hospital and Days of Our Lives. He pursued a career as an actor to fund his unyielding desire for spiritual and exotic travel and became one of daytime television’s most enduring characters on Days of Our Lives. His memoir weaves his deep Greek and Australian heritage with Hollywood escapades and captivating journeys to places few visit.
...
Continue Reading
By the Seat of My Pants (Lonely Planet Travel Literature) cover

By the Seat of My Pants (Lonely Planet Travel Literature) html

Download PDF Check Amazon Price
Book Review

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Humorous tales of travel and misadventure

Lonely Planet knows that some of life's funniest experiences happen on the road. Whether they take the form of unexpected detours, unintended adventures, unidentifiable dinners or unforgettable encounters, they can give birth to our most found travel lessons, and our most memorable - and hilarious - travel stories.

These 31 globegirdling tales that run the gamut from close-encounter safaris to loss-of-face follies, hair-raising rides to culture-leaping brides, eccentric expats to mind-boggling repasts, wrong roads taken to agreements mistaken. The collection brings together some of the world's most renowned travellers and storytellers with previously unpublished writers.

Includes stories by Wickam Boyle, Tim Cahill, Joshua Clark, Sean Condon, Chistopher R.Cox, David Downie, Holly Erikson, Bill Fink, Don George, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Jeff Grenwald, Pico Iyer, Amanda Jones, Kathie Kertesz, Doug Lansky, Alexander Ludwick, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Jan Morris, Brooke Neill, Rolf Potts, Laura Resau, Michelle Richmond, Alana Semuels, Deborah ...
Continue Reading

Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center cover
Book Review

“A magical read.”

“I absolutely couldn’t get enough of this book.”

“I was instantly transported to Italy.”

“This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.”

“I loved, loved this book. Fabulously written, engaging and entertaining.”


When Michelle Damiani dreamed of living in Italy, she imagined her family as it was in Virginia—her husband filling every moment with work, her teenage son experimenting with sarcasm, her daughter smiling at the scent of lilacs, her baby-cheeked son methodically clicking Legos together, and herself hovering over the happiness of them all—only surrounded by ancient cobblestone alleys and the sound of ringing Italian.

What she didn’t know was how Italy would work to change them all.

Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center is the profoundly moving story of Michelle and her family’s adaptation to the people and culture of Spello, Italy.

Part searingly-honest memoir, part celebration of Umbrian life, Il Bel Centro is a page-turner with a beating heart. Michelle Damiani brings fresh perspective to the American-abroad story, and...
Continue Reading
The Rings of Saturn cover
Book Review

"The book is like a dream you want to last forever" (Roberta Silman, The New York Times Book Review), now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund


The Rings of Saturn—with its curious archive of photographs—records a walking tour of the eastern coast of England. A few of the things which cross the path and mind of its narrator (who both is and is not Sebald) are lonely eccentrics, Sir Thomas Browne’s skull, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, recession-hit seaside towns, wooded hills, Joseph Conrad, Rembrandt’s "Anatomy Lesson," the natural history of the herring, the massive bombings of WWII, the dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, and the silk industry in Norwich. W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants (New Directions, 1996) was hailed by Susan Sontag as an "astonishing masterpiece perfect while being unlike any book one has ever read." It was "one of the great books of the last few years," noted Michael Ondaatje, who now acclaims The Rings of Saturn "an even more inventive work than its predecessor, The Emigrants."

Amazon.com Review

In August 1992, W.G. Sebald set off on a walk...
Continue Reading
Alaska Man: A Memoir of Growing Up and Living in the Wilds of Alaska cover
Book Review

Intriguing LARGER THAN LIFE story of George Davis and his intoxicating adventures of growing up in Alaska's untamed, and unforgiving environment. He survives this perilous wheel of fortune, and thrives in the face of danger!

I would like to add to why my book is important, is that we are true authentic Alaskans that live life off of the grid and that we have been entrepreneurs, making our living off of the land and sea. We are wilderness and off the grid consultants if that is important. On our website we have a variety of things we consult on from sport fishing, hunting, adventures, lodges/outfitters, developing or improving remote properties, and much more....
Continue Reading
Spanish Short Stories for Beginners: Improve Your Reading and Listening Skills in Spanish cover
Book Review

Learn Spanish and improve your Spanish listening skills with these short stories.

Gain a greater vocabulary that you can use immediately, every day. You will add 1500+ Spanish words and expressions to your repertoire through the encounter of descriptive sentences and casual conversations woven throughout the stories.

Sharpen your comprehension of the spoken word by listening to the audio via two native Spanish speakers (male and female voice).

Learn how to pronounce Spanish words properly.

You receive audio in three formats:

  • Slow version of the stories in a male voice which helps beginners improve their pronunciation.
  • Normal speed of those stories in a female voice for intermediate and advanced learners. Train your ears to understand what is being said.
  • Only the vocabulary with enough time to repeat the words with their English translation: audio flash cards!

These stories are perfect for beginners as well as for those who want to brush up on their Spanish language skills.

...
Continue Reading
15 Eаѕу Wауѕ to Make Mоnеу While Trаvеling cover
Book Review

"Hоw саn I make mоnеу while trаvеling, is it роѕѕiblе?" Or "I саnnоt trаvеl, I dоn't hаvе enough money!"
Chances аrе thаt these thoughts have crossed уоur mind (It сrоѕѕеd my mind tоо!). Thеrеfоrе, уоu are still hesitating tо ѕtаrt trаvеling аnd аѕ time раѕѕ; уоu bеgin to wоndеr if you will ever backpack аrоund thе wоrld. Hоw саn уоu mаkе mоnеу while trаvеling?
In this book I will show уоu thаt you саn mаkе mоnеу and thаt it iѕ much еаѕiеr thаn mоѕt реорlе think.
...
Continue Reading
A Step Away from Paradise: A Tibetan Lama's Extraordinary Journey to a Land of Immortality cover
Book Review

IN THE EARLY 1960S, a Tibetan lama, a charismatic and learned visionary mystic named Tulshuk Lingpa, led over 300 followers into the high glaciers of the Himalayas in order to ‘open the way’ to a hidden land of immortality fabled in Tibetan tradition dating back at least to the 12th century.

Fifty years later, Thomas K. Shor tracks down the surviving members of this visionary expedition and entwines their remarkable stories of faith and adventure with his own quest to discover the reality of this land known as Beyul. What emerges is a breathtaking story alive with possibility, bringing the reader as close to the Hidden Land as a book possibly can. As the astounding account unfolds, the reader is sure to repeat the question constantly raised by the author in his interviews: And then what happened?

A Step Away From Paradise tells the story of Lama Tulshuk Lingpa’s life and his unlikely expedition to a land beyond cares while reflecting on what this means for the rest of us. It draws on both research and extensive interviews with the surviving members of this extraordinary expedition. The book is richly illustrated with portraits of those who wen...
Continue Reading
A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition cover
Book Review

Ernest Hemingway’s classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, now available in a restored edition, includes the original manuscript along with insightful recollections and unfinished sketches.

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most enduring works. Since Hemingway’s personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined the changes made to the text before publication. Now, this special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published.

Featuring a personal Foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest’s sole surviving son, and an Introduction by grandson of the author, Seán Hemingway, editor of this edition, the book also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son, Jack, and his first wife Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of literary luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Maddox Ford, and insightful recollections of Hemingway’s own early experiments with his craft.

Widely celebrated and debated by critics and readers everywhere, the restored edition of A...
Continue Reading
The Carry-On Traveller: The Ultimate Guide to Packing Light cover
Book Review

Save money, time, and stress by never checking a bag again
Have you ever struggled with packing for a trip? You can’t decide what you’ll need, so you pack for every scenario and take far too much. You struggle to fit everything in your bag, you get stressed lugging it around, and you pay a fortune in airline luggage fees.

The Carry-On Traveller will teach you not only how to lighten your load, but how to pack everything you need into a single carry-on-size bag. You can apply these strategies to any trip, whether you are travelling for a week or a year, to hot or cold climates, alone or with kids.

By travelling carry-on only, you’ll save time at airports, avoid wasting money on checked luggage fees (which are increasingly common), and reduce the stress of hauling bulky bags.

It’s not an all or nothing approach. Packing light is a learning process, and you might want to take it gradually. Even if you don’t travel carry-on only on your next trip, this book will help you pack lighter.

“The book gave me some great ideas on where I can pack less and how to pack better. My backpack right now is about a...
Continue Reading