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The Outlaw Ocean - Ian Urbina Cover Art

The Outlaw Ocean

The Outlaw Ocean Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina

" A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see . . . The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself." --Susan Casey, best-selling author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean An adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas. There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation. Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways -- drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely. Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.

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Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

National Bestseller  A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air , Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster. By writing Into Thin Air , Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. This updated edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.  "I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air 's denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb , Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment."  According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer.  His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."

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Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer Cover Art

Into the Wild

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

"Terrifying... Eloquent... A heart-rending drama of human yearning." -- New York Times 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. 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.  How Christopher Johnson McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild . Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and, unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons. When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity, and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force . The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.

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Uneasy Rider

Uneasy Rider Travels Through a Mid-Life Crisis by Mike Carter

A broken heart and a moment of drunken bravado inspires middle-aged, and typically rather cautious, journalist Mike Carter to take off on a life-changing six month motorcycle trip around Europe. Never mind that he hadn't been on two wheels since an inglorious three-month teenage chapter involving a Lambretta, four crashes and an 18-month ban for drink-driving, a plan had begun to loosely form... And so, having completed a six day residential motorcycle course and hastily re-mortgaged his flat, Mike sets off alone, resolving to go wherever the road takes him and enjoy the adventure of heading off into the unknown. He ends up travelling almost 20,000 miles and reaching the four extremes of Europe: the Arctic Circle in the north, the Mediterranean coast in the south, the Portuguese Atlantic to the west and the Iraqi border of Turkey in the east. But really it's a journey inwards, as, on the way, Mike finds his post-divorce scars starting to heal and attempts to discover what he, as a man in his forties who hasn't quite found his place in the world, should be doing. Self-deprecating, poetic and utterly engaging, his is a heroic journey taken for the rest of us too scared to leave our 9 to 5 office-bound existence.

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The Road Chose Me Volume 1 - Dan Grec Cover Art

The Road Chose Me Volume 1

The Road Chose Me Volume 1 Two years and 40,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina by Dan Grec

When Dan set out to drive his Jeep from the Northern tip of Alaska to Tierra del Fuego on the Southern tip of South America, he had no idea how much the adventure would change his life. Over the course of two years, Dan's expedition spanned forty thousand miles through sixteen countries. Now he will never be the same. After years of saving, dreaming and planning, Dan wanted to find out if an ordinary guy can achieve the extraordinary. With no sponsorship, a modest savings account and a willingness to learn Spanish, Dan threw himself in. Going solo, with no GPS and sleeping in a ground tent, Dan wanted to experience everything the Americas have to offer. From poking lava with a stick and hiking among world-famous  mountains to corrupt military and camping with Ecuadorian locals - every day provided something new. With his eyes and ears open to the world around him, Dan met many interesting and thought-provoking characters. With their guidance and prodding, and by using their unique perspective, Dan was able to learn many valuable life lessons. Running to the beat of a different  drum, Latin America was the perfect classroom for Dan to view our modern work-a-day world through an entirely new lens.

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On the Plain of Snakes - Paul Theroux Cover Art

On the Plain of Snakes

On the Plain of Snakes A Mexican Journey by Paul Theroux

The legendary travel writer drives the entire length of the US–Mexico border, then goes deep into the hinterland, on the back roads of Chiapas and Oaxaca, to uncover the rich, layered world behind today’s brutal headlines. Paul Theroux has spent his life crisscrossing the globe in search of the histories and peoples that give life to the places they call home. Now, as immigration debates boil around the world, Theroux has set out to explore a country key to understanding our current discourse: Mexico. Just south of the Arizona border, in the desert region of Sonora, he finds a place brimming with vitality, yet visibly marked by both the US Border Patrol to the north and mounting discord from within. With the same humanizing sensibility he employed in Deep South, Theroux stops to talk with residents, visits Zapotec mill workers in the highlands, and attends a Zapatista party meeting, communing with people of all stripes who remain south of the border even as family members brave the journey north. From the writer praised for his “curiosity and affection for humanity in all its forms” ( New York Times Book Review ), On the Plain of Snakes is an exploration of a region in conflict.

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A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

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.

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Marching Powder

Marching Powder A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America's Strangest Jail by Thomas McFadden & Rusty Young

Rusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the young Australian journalist went to La Paz and joined one of Thomas's illegal tours. They formed an instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas's experiences in the jail. Rusty bribed the guards to allow him to stay and for the next three months he lived inside the prison, sharing a cell with Thomas and recording one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time. The result is Marching Powder . This book establishes that San Pedro is not your average prison. Inmates are expected to buy their cells from real estate agents. Others run shops and restaurants. Women and children live with imprisoned family members. It is a place where corrupt politicians and drug lords live in luxury apartments, while the poorest prisoners are subjected to squalor and deprivation. Violence is a constant threat, and sections of San Pedro that echo with the sound of children by day house some of Bolivia's busiest cocaine laboratories by night. In San Pedro, cocaine--"Bolivian marching powder"--makes life bearable. Even the prison cat is addicted. Yet Marching Powder is also the tale of friendship, a place where horror is countered by humor and cruelty and compassion can inhabit the same cell. This is cutting-edge travel-writing and a fascinating account of infiltration into the South American drug culture.

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Walt Disney World's Hidden Mickeys

Walt Disney World's Hidden Mickeys A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets by Steven M. Barrett

"Walt Disney World's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets" contains an introduction to Hidden Mickeys followed by six scavenger hunts to find them with points awarded for discovering each Hidden Mickey in Walt Disney World.

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A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER  •  The classic chronicle of a “terribly misguided and terribly funny” ( The Washington Post ) hike of the Appalachian Trail, from the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything  and  The Body   “The best way of escaping into nature.”— The New York Times    Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes—and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.    For a start there’s the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. But  A Walk in the Woods  is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson’s acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America’s last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration,  A Walk in the Woods  is a modern classic of travel literature.   NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

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Endurance - Alfred Lansing Cover Art

Endurance

Endurance Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book -- with over 200,000 copies sold -- has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance's fateful trip. To write their authoritative story, Lansing consulted with ten of the surviving members and gained access to diaries and personal accounts by eight others. The resulting book has all the immediacy of a first-hand account, expanded with maps and illustrations especially for this edition.

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Four Seasons in Rome

Four Seasons in Rome On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr

From the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 New York Times bestseller All the Light We Cannot See , a "dazzling" (Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran ) memoir about art and adventures in Rome. Anthony Doerr has received many awards—from the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins. Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats -- the chroniclers of Rome who came before him—and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighborhood, whose clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood, and a fascinating story of a writer's craft—the process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences.

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The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2020 - Bob Sehlinger & Len Testa Cover Art

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2020

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2020 by Bob Sehlinger & Len Testa

THE trusted source of information for a successful Walt Disney World vacation The best-selling independent guide to Walt Disney World has everything you need to plan your family’s trip—hassle-free. Whether you are planning your annual vacation to Walt Disney World or preparing for your first visit ever, this book gives you the insider scoop on hotels, restaurants, and attractions. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2020 explains how Walt Disney World works and how to use that knowledge to make every minute and every dollar of your vacation count. With an Unofficial Guide in hand, and with authors Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa as guides, find out what’s available in every category, from best to worst, and get step-by-step, detailed plans to help make the most of your time at Walt Disney World.

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Kon-Tiki - Thor Heyerdahl Cover Art

Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

Now a major motion picture, Kon-Tiki is the record of Thor Heyerdahl’s astonishing three-month voyage across the Pacific. Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure -- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage. On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After three months on the open sea, encountering raging storms, whales, and sharks, they sighted land -- the Polynesian island of Puka Puka. Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage -- a magnificent saga of men against the sea. Washington Square Press' Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Kon-Tiki has been prepared by an editorial committee headed by Harry Shefter, professor of English at New York University. It includes a foreword by the author, a selection of critical excerpts, notes, an index, and a unique visual essay of the voyage.

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Cyprus Travel Guide

Cyprus Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Cyprus is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Stroll through ancient history in Pafos, dive to haunting shipwrecks off Larnaka, or take a road trip through the Troödos Mountains, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Cyprus and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet’s Cyprus 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, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, politics, landscapes, cuisine Over 37 maps   Covers Nicosia, North Nicosia, Troodos Mountains, Kyrenia, Pafos, Salamis, Famagusta, Larnaka and more eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations’ websites Zoom-in maps and images  Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Cyprus , our most comprehensive guide to Cyprus, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.  Looking for a guide focused on Mediterranean Europe or the Greek islands? Check out Lonely Planet’s Mediterranean Europe guide and Greek Islands guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer, or Discover Europe, a photo-rich guide to the region’s most popular attractions. Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Joe Bindloss, Jessica Lee and Josephine Quintero. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

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Eight Months in Provence: A Junior Year Abroad 30 Years Late - Diane Covington-Carter Cover Art

Eight Months in Provence: A Junior Year Abroad 30 Years Late

Eight Months in Provence: A Junior Year Abroad 30 Years Late by Diane Covington-Carter

For thirty years, Diane Covington-Carter dreamed of living in France and immersing herself in the country and language that spoke to her heart and soul. At age fifty, she set off to fulfill that yearning. Journey along with her as she discovers missing pieces of her own personal puzzle that could only emerge in French, in France. And the deep reservoirs of courage and strength that have come with living a half-century. Covington-Carter learns that it is never too late to fulfill a long cherished dream and that, with the gifts of wisdom and maturity, that dream can become even more powerful from the waiting.

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Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research by John Steinbeck & Edward F. Ricketts

The collaboration of two friends—one a novelist, one a marine biologist—produced a volume in which fascinating popular science is woven into a narrative of man’s dreams, his ideals, and his accomplishments through the centuries. Sea of Cortez is one of those rare books that are all things to all readers. Actually the record of a brief collecting expedition in the lonely Gulf of California, it will be science to the scientist, philosophy to the philosopher, and to the average man an adventure in living and thinking. The teeming and wildly competitive world of the sand flats is seen in terms of history, politics, ethics, and sociology; a starfish is important, not only because it is a new variety, but because it is essential to the delicate balance of the whole region in which it is found. Steinbeck and Ricketts are the opposite of “pure” scientists: it is not only their work that fascinates them, but the complicated and enormously exciting implications of that work. Sea of Cortez is a book to be read and remembered on two levels. It is a journey through a remote and beautiful corner of the world, a diary filled with the daily excitements and triumphs of skillful and energetic men. It is also an invitation to see the world anew from a fresh vantage point and perhaps with a broader and more understanding spirit.

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Hello Burgundy

Hello Burgundy A Guide to the Great Grand Cru Vineyards of Burgundy by Alan Giles

Hello Burgundy is a compact guide and introduction to the Grand Cru Vineyards of Burgundy France. This book provides insight and detail into the Vineyards, including location, history, and interesting details and facts. It describes the area, and has useful information. A handy pocket guide to a traveller in the region, this book also will be a great read to anyone interested in the great wines and vineyards from this famous region in France. Complete with Maps, Photos, & and a Wine Vintage Guide for the region. The book covers many famous Vineyards including: Grand Montrachet, Romanee Conti, Chambertin and Clos de Vougeot in the Burgundy wine region of France.  The author's personal experience drawn from 50 years of visiting, drinking, selling and enjoying the wines of the region provide for a wonderful introductory insight into this famous wine region. Topics covered include: Wine Tasting, The yearly cycle of a Vineyard, enjoying wine and some history of the area, its villages and its people. The book is a convenient size for the traveler or diner.

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Notes from a Small Island

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Before New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson wrote The Road to Little Dribbling, he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great Britain, which has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey.

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Sunrise with Seamonsters

Sunrise with Seamonsters by Paul Theroux

This collection of wide-ranging essays from the New York Times –bestselling travel writer is “a steamer trunk full of delights” ( Chicago Sun-Times ). This collection of decidedly opinionated articles, essays, and ruminations, by the author of My Other Life and Kowloon Tong , transports the reader not only to exotic, unexpected places in the world but also into the interior life of the writer himself. Whether it is his time serving in the Peace Corps, his memorable interview with tennis star John McEnroe, bearing witness to the uprising in Uganda, or the debt he owes to his mentor, V. S. Naipaul, Theroux approaches each subject with characteristic intelligence, insight, and an eye for life’s great ironies.   Over the course of two decades, Paul Theroux gathers people, places, and ideas in precise, evocative writing that “serves as both the camera and the eye, and both the details and the illusions are developed with brilliance” ( Time ).   “What makes Mr. Theroux most persuasive as a writer is simply his willingness to put himself on the line. . . . Gusty, personal, and astonishing.” — The New York Times   “These pieces prove anew Theroux’s unflagging, infectious enthusiams [sic] for exploring.” — Kirkus Reviews

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The Italians - John Hooper Cover Art

The Italians

The Italians by John Hooper

Washington Post bestseller Los Angeles Times bestseller A vivid and surprising portrait of the Italian people from an admired foreign correspondent How did a nation that spawned the Renaissance also produce the Mafia? And why does Italian have twelve words for coat hanger but none for hangover?   John Hooper’s entertaining and perceptive new book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians. Fifteen years as a foreign correspondent based in Rome have sharpened Hooper’s observations, and he looks at the facts that lie behind the stereotypes, shedding new light on everything from the Italians’ bewildering politics to their love of life and beauty. Hooper persuasively demonstrates the impact of geography, history, and tradition on many aspects of Italian life, including football and Freemasonry, sex, food, and opera. Brimming with the kind of fascinating—and often hilarious—insights unavailable in guidebooks, The Italians will surprise even the most die-hard Italophile.

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Horizon

Horizon by Barry Lopez

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE NEW YORK TIMES  • NPR •  THE GUARDIAN From pole to pole and across decades of lived experience, National Book Award-winning author Barry Lopez delivers his most far-ranging, yet personal, work to date. Horizon moves indelibly, immersively, through the author’s travels to six regions of the world: from Western Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galápagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally, unforgettably, the ice shelves of Antarctica.   Along the way, Lopez probes the long history of humanity’s thirst for exploration, including the prehistoric peoples who trekked across Skraeling Island in northern Canada, the colonialists who plundered Central Africa, an enlightenment-era Englishman who sailed the Pacific, a Native American emissary who found his way into isolationist Japan, and today’s ecotourists in the tropics. And always, throughout his journeys to some of the hottest, coldest, and most desolate places on the globe, Lopez searches for meaning and purpose in a broken world.

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Bon Appetit! - Peter Mayle Cover Art

Bon Appetit!

Bon Appetit! Travels with knife,fork & corkscrew through France by Peter Mayle

Gastronomy is a wonderful starting point to study France and the French. As the retired schoolmaster from Provence says 'The religion of France is food. And wine, of course.' And they put their money where their mouth is, spending a greater proportion of their income on food and drink than any other nation in the world. Literally hundreds of gastronomic fairs and festivals take place throughout the year all over France - a frog fair, an hommage to the sausage, to the turnip, to the quiche and the noble Camembert. What kind of person is a snail-fancier? Is there a brotherhood of sausage connoisseurs? How can you devote an entire weekend to the French fry? Peter Mayle finds out and brings hilariously and affectionately to life the people who can get passionate about a frog's leg or a well-turned omelette. Over ten years ago he transformed our feelings about Provence, now he captures the irresistible essence of France herself - and her food.

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The Lost Continent

The Lost Continent Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson

“The kind of book Steinbeck might have written if he’d traveled with David Letterman.” —New York magazine An inspiring and hilarious account of one man’s rediscovery of America and his search for the perfect small town.  Following an urge to rediscover his youth, Bill Bryson left his native Des Moines, Iowa, in a journey that would take him across 38 states. Lucky for us, he brought a notebook. With a razor wit and a kind heart, Bryson serves up a colorful tale of boredom, kitsch, and beauty when you least expect it. From Times Square to the Mississippi River to Williamsburg, Virginia, Bryson's keen and hilarious search for the perfect American small town is a journey straight into the heart and soul of America.

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The RV Passive Income Guide: Learn The Laptop Lifestyle And Swap Your Day Job For Full-Time RV Living - Jeremy Frost Cover Art

The RV Passive Income Guide: Learn The Laptop Lifestyle And Swap Your Day Job For Full-Time RV Living by Jeremy Frost

Warning:  Reading this may cause you to quit your job and chase the RV adventure of your dreams Imagine a life where you don't have to meet up at work every morning at 9 am. You can work straight from the comfort of your own home during the hours that suit your lifestyle best. Are you picturing it? Wonderful. But wait, there's more… You have freedom, the freedom to go wherever your heart desires. Maybe you have had a  dream destination in your mind for years , only to push it away for the coming summer when you hope you'll have the time and money for it. But what if I told you there was a way to go to that dream destination this year, and that you could even bring your job with you wherever you decide to go after that? This isn't a Hollywood movie scene, but something entirely possible for  you. By working online and becoming your own boss, you will no longer have to be tied down to any one place. You can  quit your job  and  explore the adventurous world RV-living has to offer you. So often do we see influencers on Instagram or YouTube who travel full-time and make us think, " Wow. If only that were me. They're living the life! " Yes, they definitely are. But so can you! All it takes to accomplish your dream is dedication and drive, and of course the  right resources  by your side, all of which you must look no further for. In  The RV Passive Income Guide , you will discover: The  best ways to earn passive income , including which type is most suitable for youWhy working online and earning passive income is something anyone can do, and how to get started right nowThe  debunked myths  about passive income that scare people awayThe #1 thing you should keep in mind when building a businessAlternative ways to earn money that don't require any educational degreeThe best way to manage your earnings and make even more moneyHow changing your  mindset is the key to success Plenty of extra resources to guide you even further into the online work of your choosing And much more! Even if you've never had any experience with working online, these methods of passive income are  straight-forward  and  functional  for anyone of any age. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection. It is much simpler than you think. By being informed of the how-to's for this RV lifestyle, you'll become  confident, inspired , and feel  unstoppable  - because you are! Don't get intimidated by what others say about online work, that's their fear of something they don't ́t know. You need to listen to your gut feeling. If your gut is telling you that you're unhappy with your job and you want to explore more of the world, then that is exactly what you should do. Your future is in your own hands and all it takes is that  one big leap to completely change the entire direction of your life.  Your freedom to go wherever you choose is so close… So, what are you waiting for? Follow your calling and finally live the dream life you deserve! If you want to discover the secrets to quitting your 9-5 job and explore the world in an RV, then scroll up and click the "Add to Cart" button right now.

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The Complete Works of John Muir (Illustrated Edition)

The Complete Works of John Muir (Illustrated Edition) Travel Memoirs, Wilderness Essays, Environmental Studies & Letters by John Muir

This meticulously edited book brings you the complete works of an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist and advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States of America, known as "John of the Mountains" and "Father of the National Parks". This exceptional collection is comprised of Muir's travel memoirs, wilderness essays, environmental studies and personal letters. Contents: Books Picturesque California The Mountains of California Our National Parks My First Summer in the Sierra The Yosemite Travels in Alaska Stickeen: The Story of a Dog The Cruise of the Corwin A Thousand-mile Walk to the Gulf Steep Trails Studies in Sierra Articles and Speeches The National Parks and Forest Reservations Save the Redwoods Snow-storm on Mount Shasta Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park A Rival of the Yosemite The Treasures of the Yosemite Yosemite Glaciers Yosemite in Winter Yosemite in Spring Edward Henry Harriman Edward Taylor Parsons The Hetch Hetchy Valley The Grand Cañon of the Colorado Autobiography The Story of My Boyhood and Youth Letters to a Friend Tribute Alaska Days With John Muir by Samuel Hall Young

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How To Get Rich Using Airbnb - Stephen Liddell Cover Art

How To Get Rich Using Airbnb

How To Get Rich Using Airbnb by Stephen Liddell

The original and best Airbnb how-to guide just got better with this fully updated second edition which now also includes photos and screenshots. Simple but effective How-To Guide on using the popular Airbnb website and all competing websites to rent out your spare room or entire home to make money. All you need to know to make an effective and eye-catching listing from an author who is an experienced and successful Airbnb host having made thousands from renting out his spare rooms and made friends from all over the world in the process. Your home is a potential money-making asset, instead of working hard to earn money to pay for it, let your home make money for you! Short of buying a winning lottery ticket, this could be the best small change you'll ever spend. Some of the subjects How To Get Rich Using Airbnb covers include: • How to make not just a professional but a killer profile and listing • How to make your listing appear in the top of the searches and listings • How to operate your Airbnb like a professional and profitable business • How to provide a great service to your guests to make more money • The author has made over £25K - $35K in a suburban location. You could too! In 2014, How To Get Rich Using Airbnb, the author, and his home were interviewed and filmed by Bloomberg Television for a feature on Airbnb. In November 2015, the book was again featured this time on the BBC when Stephen Liddell was interviewed live on air on the subject of homeowners so successfully monetising their homes that it is upsetting the hotel industry. ***An Amazon 2013, 2014 and 2015 # 1 ranking best-seller in three sections including TRAVEL > Special Interest > Business and TRAVEL > Bed & Breakfast *** There are no other Airbnb-related books or authors with such a pedigree. Even better, here are some actual reviews from my Airbnb listing. As you can see from 2012 to 2016, I have been successfully making lots of money and making hundreds of tourists and long-term rentals happy at the same time in what as the BBC admitted is a very average home. "This was my first Airbnb experience and I can honestly say it was wonderful. Stephen provided me with great directions to his place and how to get to my next location via the bus and tube. He was also a life saver when I realized I brought the wrong plug adapter and found one for me to use until I was able to purchase one. I highly recommend this Airbnb and would love to have another opportunity to come back in the future." Carly from California in January 2016 "Stephen was an excellent host and made me feel very welcome. The house is clean and comfortable and the room was exactly as described. Although I didn't require them, the provision of towels and shower gel was a nice touch. The breakfast cupboard was also handy. Overall, a great experience and highly recommended." Nicola from Birmingham, U.K. October 2015 "We loved everything about our stay! I only wish we were able to spend more time there! We will definitely be coming back to London, and definitely with Stephen and Emilia! The house is easy to find, the room was just as described. I'd have loved to spend more time at the house, but our time was limited. Stephen and Emilia were wonderful hosts, both very kind and helpful. I was hesitant when I booked - to stay at someone's home, but I have no regrets! " Lindsey from New York in February 2014 "The sun did indeed shine in London during my stay with Emila and Stephen and no more radiantly than the friendly smiles of my hosts and their many kindnesses during my stay. My first Air bnb experience was a memorable one because of Emilia and Stephen. Their house is spotlessly clean, modern and conveniently located. They made my visit a memorable stay indeed and I am grateful to have met Emilia and Stephen on my first Air BnB trip." David from New Mexico, September 2012

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Driving Over Lemons

Driving Over Lemons An Optimist in Spain by Chris Stewart

  No sooner had Chris Stewart set eyes on El Valero than he handed over a check.  Now all he had to do was explain to Ana, his wife that they were the proud owners of an isolated sheep farm in the Alpujarra Mountains in Southern Spain.  That was the easy part. Lush with olive, lemon, and almond groves, the farm lacks a few essentials—running water, electricity, an access road.  And then there's the problem of rapacious Pedro Romero, the previous owner who refuses to leave.  A perpetual optimist, whose skill as a sheepshearer provides an ideal entrée into his new community, Stewart also possesses an unflappable spirit that, we soon learn, nothing can diminish.  Wholly enchanted by the rugged terrain of the hillside and the people they meet along the way—among them farmers, including the ever-resourceful Domingo, other expatriates and artists—Chris and Ana Stewart build an enviable life, complete with a child and dogs, in a country far from home.

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DK Eyewitness Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian Territories

DK Eyewitness Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian Territories by DK Eyewitness

Discover serene sacred sights and bustling Bauhaus boulevards. Whether you want to float in the Dead Sea, visit the ruby-colored city of Petra or tuck into Tel-Aviv's sumptuous food scene, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian territories have to offer. Infused with a fascinating mix of cultural influences and gilded with sacred sites and ancient ruins, this landscape of stunning desert outcrops and Mediterranean beaches has been enchanting visitors since the dawn of civilization. Our newly updated guide brings Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian territories to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography, and our trademark illustrations. You'll discover: - our pick of Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian territories's must-sees, top experiences and hidden gems - the best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay - detailed maps and walks which make navigating the region easy - easy-to-follow itineraries - expert advice: get ready, get around and stay safe - color-coded chapters to every part of Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian territories, from the Mediterranean Coast to the Dead Sea, Galilee to Western Jordan Want the best of Israel in your pocket? Try our DK Eyewitness Top 10 Israel and Petra.

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DK Eyewitness Tokyo

DK Eyewitness Tokyo by DK Eyewitness

This fascinating city; the world's largest metropolis, is becoming increasingly popular with and accessible to foreign visitors. Few people today are not affected by the creativity, culture and economy of Tokyo, yet this megacity remains an enigma for many. Tokyo is the seat of the Japanese government and an economic powerhouse in the global financial market as well as a city at the cutting edge of fashion trends and modern architecture. This DK Eyewitness Travel Guide provides in-depth coverage of the city, from the looming skyscrapers, neon-bathed streets and flashing video screens of the labyrinthine Shinjuku district to the traditional shrine complex of Meiji Jingu and the arresting mix of contemporary building developments found throughout the city.

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Florida Move Guide - Ron Stack Cover Art

Florida Move Guide

Florida Move Guide The Unofficial Moving to Florida Warning, Decision and Help Guide by Ron Stack

In a national Gallup Poll done in 2013, only 11% of Floridians said Florida was the best state to live in. Yet from my experience of selling homes for more than a decade to people moving in and out of Florida, I can tell you that nearly 100% of people moving to Florida think it's the best state to live in. Why is there such a gap between what people think before they move to Florida, and after they've live in the state a while? Because the reality of living in Florida is often far different than what people perceive it will be like. There are two ways to learn about all of the negatives of living in Florida. Before you've spent the time money and effort to move there, or after. How many people have "permanently" moved to Florida, only to learn it was a mistake and moved out? A University of Florida study on migration in and out of Florida published in 2009, showed that 13,164,695 people moved to Florida during the study period, and 9,540,260 moved out. In the Florida Move Guide you'll learn the actual reasons people who made "permanent" relocation's to Florida gave me, for wanting to sell and move out of Florida. You'll also learn what you can do to improve your odds of a successful long term relocation to the Sunshine State. When researching a move to Florida, most of the information you'll find will present a 100% positive picture of life in Florida. Lots of people are hard at work everyday to sell the Florida dream. It's their job, they get paid to sell it and there's nothing wrong with that. But most of them are paid to represent the best interest of someone other than you. So you can understand why they may not want to discuss the negatives of living in Florida. The Florida Move Guide is very different. It wasn't written to sell you on moving to Florida. There are a lot people who sell in Florida that would prefer you didn't read the Florida Move Guide . Protect yourself and your family and learn if living in Florida is really right for you.   Learn how to avoid making costly common Florida move mistakes.   Take the stress and uncertainty out of your life altering move with the #1 book on moving to Florida.

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The Songlines - Bruce Chatwin Cover Art

The Songlines

The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

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 ambitious—works. From the author of the bestselling In Patagonia and On the Black Hill , a sweeping exploration of a landscape, a people, and one man’s history, it is the sort of book that changes the reader forever.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Bruce Chatwin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.  

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To the Ends of the Earth

To the Ends of the Earth The Selected Travels of Paul Theroux by Paul Theroux

“There are those who think that Paul Theroux is the finest travel writer working in English. This collection can only enhance that reputation.”— The New York Times Book Review Author and travel writer Paul Theroux does what no one else can: he travels to the isolated, unusual, and fascinating spots of the world, and creates an elegy to them that makes readers feel they are traveling with him. Evocative, breathtaking, intriguing, here is the armchair traveler's guide to the sites of the world he makes us feel we know. Praise for To the Ends of the Earth “Reads like a wonderful novel.” — The Pittsburgh Press “Powerful . . . This compendium unequivocally offers insight into the mind of a foremost American fiction writer who became an accidental tourist.” — The Christian Science Monitor “Theroux is a wonderful traveling companion. . . . To the Ends of the Earth  combines the best of his travel writing. . . . With him the reader shares a conversation with a sultan on a polo ground in Malaysia; hears people ‘mourn with firecrackers, scattering cherrybombs on the tombstone’ in a Chinese cemetery in Singapore; feels overdressed around nudists in Corsica; sees sandbagged houses and bombcraters left in Vietnam on a cold December day in 1973.” — The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star “Travel writing at its best . . . As you travel voyeuristically with Theroux, across the vast wastelands of interior China, the convoluted cultures of Latin America or campy seacoast towns of England, you're struck with his slightly jaundiced eye for the overlooked but telling detail, his skeptic's ear for the offhand but important comment.” — The Houston Post

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Journal of a Trapper: Nine Years in the Rocky Mountains 1834-1843 - Osborne Russell Cover Art

Journal of a Trapper: Nine Years in the Rocky Mountains 1834-1843

Journal of a Trapper: Nine Years in the Rocky Mountains 1834-1843 by Osborne Russell

Journal of a Trapper is one of the most important first hand accounts of the mountain man era. In it, Russell provides a detailed narrative describing the day-to-day life of an ordinary trapper in the Rocky Mountains. The Journal begins when Russell hired on with Nathaniel Wyeth's second expedition to the west. He participated in the establishment of Fort Hall, and later became a free trapper. He trapped for nine years in the greater Yellowstone region before leaving the mountains to settle in Oregon. Osborne Russell (1814 – August 2, 1892) was a mountain man and politician who helped form the government of the U.S. state of Oregon. He was born in Maine. Russell first came to the Oregon Country in 1834 as a member of Nathaniel J. Wyeth's second expedition. He returned to the country in 1842 with the Elijah White party. He participated in the May 2, 1843 Champoeg Meeting, voting in favor of forming a government. In October of that year he was selected by the First Executive Committee to serve as the supreme judge for the Provisional Government of Oregon and served until May 14, 1844. In 1844, he was elected to the second Executive Committee of the Provisional Government of Oregon. He was allied with the group that planned to create an independent Republic of the Pacific and thus was unsuccessful in his run for governor of the Provisional Government in 1845, losing to George Abernethy. Russell eventually went to California. Although not published until well after the establishment of Yellowstone National Park, Osborne's Journal of a Trapper contains an early description of the Lamar Valley or Osborne's Secluded Valley in Yellowstone.

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Expedition Deep Ocean

Expedition Deep Ocean The First Descent to the Bottom of All Five Oceans by Josh Young

The riveting story of the exploration of the final frontier of our planet—the deep ocean—and history-making mission to reach the bottom of all five seas. Humankind has explored every continent on earth, climbed its tallest mountains, and gone into space. But the largest areas of our planet remain largely a mystery: the deep oceans. At over 36,000 feet deep, there areas closest to earth’s core have remained nearly impossible to reach—until now. Technological innovations, engineering breakthroughs and the derring-do of a team of explorers, led by explorer Victor Vescovo, brought together an audacious global quest to dive to the deepest points of all five oceans for the first time in history. The expedition pushed technology to the limits, mapped hidden landscapes, discover previously unknown life forms and began to piece together how life in the deep oceans effects our planet—but it was far from easy. Expedition Deep Ocean  is the inside story of this exploration of one of the most unforgiving and mysterious places on our planet, including the site of the  Titanic  wreck and the little-understood Hadal Zone. Vescovo and his team would design the most advanced deep-diving submersible ever built, where the pressure on the sub is 8 tons per square inch—the equivalent of having 292 fueled and fully loaded 747s stacked on top of it. And then there were hurricane-laden ocean waters and the byzantine web of global oceanography politics. Expedition Deep Ocean  reveals the marvelous and other-worldly life found in all five deep ocean trenches, including several new species that have posed as of yet unanswered questions about survival and migration from ocean to ocean. Then there are the newly discovered sea mounts that cause tsunamis when they are broken by shifting subduction plates and jammed back into the earth crust, something that can now be studied to predict future disasters.  Filled with high drama, adventure and the thrill of discovery,  Expedition Deep Ocean  celebrates courage and ingenuity and reveals the majesty and meaning of the deep ocean.

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Carsick - John Waters Cover Art

Carsick

Carsick John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters

Carsick is the New York Times bestselling chronicle of a cross-country hitchhiking journey with America's most beloved weirdo John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash? Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker's unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette. Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America's weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

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Roughing It - Mark Twain Cover Art

Roughing It

Roughing It by Mark Twain

The Wild West as Mark Twain lived it In 1861, Mark Twain joined his older brother Orion, the newly appointed secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey from Missouri to Carson City, Nevada. Planning to be gone for three months, Twain spent the next “six or seven years” exploring the great American frontier, from the monumental vistas of the Rocky Mountains to the lush landscapes of Hawaii. Along the way, he made and lost a theoretical fortune, danced like a kangaroo in the finest hotels of San Francisco, and came to terms with freezing to death in a snow bank—only to discover, in the light of morning, that he was fifteen steps from a comfortable inn.   As a record of the “variegated vagabondizing” that characterized his early years—before he became a national treasure— Roughing It is an indispensable chapter in the biography of Mark Twain. It is also, a century and a half after it was first published, both a fascinating history of the American West and a laugh-out-loud good time. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

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Grand Ambition

Grand Ambition An Extraordinary Yacht, the People Who Built It, and the Millionaire Who Can't Really Afford It by G. Bruce Knecht

G. Bruce Knecht, former reporter for The Wall Street Journal and author of The Proving Ground and Hooked , describes the creation of an outsized yacht in a sweeping narrative centered on the men and women who made it happen. Doug Von Allmen, a self-made man who grew up in a landlocked state dreaming of the ocean, was poised to build a 187-foot yacht that would cost $40 million. Lady Linda would not be among the very largest of the burgeoning fleet of oceangoing palaces, but Von Allmen vowed that it would be the best one ever made in the United States. Nothing would be ordinary. The interior walls would be made from rare species of burl wood, the floors paved with onyx and exotic types of marble, the furniture custom made, and the art specially commissioned. But the 2008 economic crisis changed everything. Von Allmen’s lifestyle suddenly became unaffordable. Then it got worse: desperate to reverse his losses, he fell for an audacious Ponzi scheme. Would Von Allmen be able to complete Lady Linda ? Would the shipyard and its one thousand employees survive the financial meltdown? The divide between the very rich and everyone else had never been greater, yet the livelihoods of the workers, some of them illegal immigrants, and the yacht owners were inextricably intertwined. In a sweeping, high-stakes narrative, the critically acclaimed author of The Proving Ground and Hooked weaves Von Allmen’s story together with those of the men and women who are building his yacht. As the pursuit of opulence collides with the reality of economic decline, everyone involved in the massive project is forced to rethink the meaning of the American Dream.

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The Bonjour Effect

The Bonjour Effect The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed by Julie Barlow & Jean-Benoit Nadeau

Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow spent a decade traveling back and forth to Paris as well as living there. Yet one important lesson never seemed to sink in: how to communicate comfortably with the French, even when you speak their language. In The Bonjour Effect Jean-Benoît and Julie chronicle the lessons they learned after they returned to France to live, for a year, with their twin daughters. They offer up all the lessons they learned and explain, in a book as fizzy as a bottle of the finest French champagne, the most important aspect of all: the French don't communicate, they converse . To understand and speak French well, one must understand that French conversation runs on a set of rules that go to the heart of French culture. Why do the French like talking about "the decline of France"? Why does broaching a subject like money end all discussion? Why do the French become so aroused debating the merits and qualities of their own language? Through encounters with school principals, city hall civil servants, gas company employees, old friends and business acquaintances, Julie and Jean-Benoît explain why , culturally and historically, conversation with the French is not about communicating or being nice. It's about being interesting . After reading The Bonjour Effect , even readers with a modicum of French language ability will be able to hold their own the next time they step into a bistro on the Left Bank.

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Bayou Farewell

Bayou Farewell The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast by Mike Tidwell

The Cajun coast of Louisiana is home to a way of life as unique, complex, and beautiful as the terrain itself.  As award-winning travel writer Mike Tidwell journeys through the bayou, he introduces us to the food and the language, the shrimp fisherman, the Houma Indians, and the rich cultural history that makes it unlike any other place in the world. But seeing the skeletons of oak trees killed by the salinity of the groundwater, and whole cemeteries sinking into swampland and out of sight, Tidwell also explains why each introduction may be a farewell—as the storied Louisiana coast steadily erodes into the Gulf of Mexico. Part travelogue, part environmental exposé, Bayou Farewell is the richly evocative chronicle of the author's travels through a world that is vanishing before our eyes.

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Rick Steves Paris 2020

Rick Steves Paris 2020 by Rick Steves, Steve Smith & Gene Openshaw

From the top of the Eiffel Tower to the ancient catacombs below the city, explore Paris at every level with Rick Steves! Inside Rick Steves Paris 2020 you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more in Paris 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 Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the Palace of Versailles to where to find the perfect croissant How to connect with culture: Stroll down Rue Cler for fresh, local goods to build the ultimate French picnic, marvel at the works of Degas and Monet, and sip café au lait at a streetside café Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight The best places to eat, sleep, and relax with a glass of vin rouge Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums and churches Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for exploring on the go Useful resources including a packing list, French phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading Over 700 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down Annually updated information on the best arrondissements in Paris, including Champs-Elysees, the Marais, Montmartre, and more, plus day trips to Versailles, Chartres, Giverny, and Auvers-sur-Oise Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Paris 2020 . Spending just a few days in the city? Try Rick Steves Pocket Paris .

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Prospero's Cell

Prospero's Cell A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu by Lawrence Durrell

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.  

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Rick Steves Spain 2020 - Rick Steves Cover Art

Rick Steves Spain 2020

Rick Steves Spain 2020 by Rick Steves

Savor authentic paella, run with the bulls in Pamplona, or relax on Barcelona's beaches: experience Spain with Rick Steves! Inside Rick Steves Spain 2020 you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to Spain 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: Enjoy 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 with 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 get from place to place Detailed maps, plus a fold-out map for exploring on the go Useful resources including a packing list, Spanish phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down Annually updated information on Barcelona, Basque Country, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, León, Salamanca, Madrid, El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen, Segovia, Toledo, Granada, Sevilla, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain's Southern Coast, Gibraltar, Morocco, and more Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Spain 2020 . Planning a one- to two-week trip? Check out Rick Steves Best of Spain .

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Dreaming Of Jupiter

Dreaming Of Jupiter by Ted Simon

Ted Simon is the author of the classic travel book JUPITER'S TRAVELS. It documents his four-year journey round the world by motorbike, travelling through Europe, Africa, South and North America, and Asia. A number one bestseller in the late 1970s, it is still regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle books - indeed, one of the greatest travel books - ever written. In 2001, at the age of 69, Ted Simon decided to retrace his journey, and DREAMING OF JUPITER is the result. It took him two and a half years - during which time he revisited all the countries he had travelled through in the 1970s. He found much had changed, and he reflects upon the increased poverty, political upheavals, environmental issues and indeed the changes in himself. But ultimately, DREAMING OF JUPITER is a hugely inspiring read with a positive message at its heart - that even at the age of 70 you can still set off on an adventure, and be surprised and excited by what life throws at you along the way.

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A Beginner's Guide to Japan

A Beginner's Guide to Japan Observations and Provocations by Pico Iyer

“Arguably the greatest living travel writer” ( Outside magazine), Pico Iyer has called Japan home for more than three decades. But, as he is the first to admit, the country remains an enigma even to its long-term residents. In A Beginner’s Guide to Japan , Iyer draws on his years of experience—his travels, conversations, readings, and reflections—to craft a playful and profound book of surprising, brief, incisive glimpses into Japanese culture. He recounts his adventures and observations as he travels from a meditation hall to a love hotel, from West Point to Kyoto Station, and from dinner with Meryl Streep to an ill-fated call to the Apple service center in a series of provocations guaranteed to pique the interest and curiosity of those who don’t know Japan—and to remind those who do of its myriad fascinations.

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Fly Fishing Colorado - Jackson Streit Cover Art

Fly Fishing Colorado

Fly Fishing Colorado A No Nonsense Guide to Top Waters by Jackson Streit

This guide gives you a quick, clear understanding of the essential information you’ll need to fly fish Colorado’s most outstanding waters. You will not waste time. In a few moments, you will know where to go and how to fly fish. Take this guide along for ready reference, or use this book to plan your Colorado fly-fishing trip. Either way, you’ll have enough information and your fly-fishing experience will be new, fresh, and fun! Animas River, Arkansas River, Big Thompson River, Blue River, Cache La Poudre River, Colorado River – Upper, Colorado River – Middle, Colorado River – Lower, Conejos River, Delaney Butte Lakes, Dolores River, Eagle River, Fryingpan River, Grand Mesa Area, Gunnison River, High Alpine Lakes, North Platte River, Piedra River, Rio Grande, Roaring Fork River, San Miguel River, South Platte River – Cheesman Canyon, South Platte River – Wigwam to Trumbull, South Platte River – South Park Area, Spinney Mountain Reservoir, Taylor River, Trappers Lake, Yampa River. 28 maps.

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All Over the Place - Geraldine DeRuiter Cover Art

All Over the Place

All Over the Place Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geraldine DeRuiter

Some people are meant to travel the globe, to unwrap its secrets and share them with the world. And some people have no sense of direction, are terrified of pigeons, and get motion sickness from tying their shoes. These people are meant to stay home and eat nachos. Geraldine DeRuiter is the latter. But she won't let that stop her. Hilarious, irreverent, and heartfelt, All Over the Place chronicles the years Geraldine spent traveling the world after getting laid off from a job she loved. Those years taught her a great number of things, though the ability to read a map was not one of them. She has only a vague idea of where Russia is, but she now understands her Russian father better than ever before. She learned that what she thought was her mother's functional insanity was actually an equally incurable condition called "being Italian." She learned what it's like to travel the world with someone you already know and love -- how that person can help you make sense of things and make far-off places feel like home. She learned about unemployment and brain tumors, lost luggage and lost opportunities, and just getting lost in countless terminals and cabs and hotel lobbies across the globe. And she learned that sometimes you can find yourself exactly where you need to be -- even if you aren't quite sure where you are.

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Children of the Sun - ONEW, KEY & TAEMIN Cover Art

Children of the Sun

Children of the Sun ONEW, KEY, TAEMIN of SHINee in Barcelona by ONEW, KEY & TAEMIN

Meeting SHINee ONEW, KEY, and TAEMIN’s charms in Barcelona! 『Children of The Sun: ONEW KEY TAEMIN of SHINee in Barcelona』is a Barcelona travel journal of SHINee, the nationally and internationally beloved idol group.  Being boys in their early twenties, they eat well, sleep well, and play well—the book unfolds their undecorated stories. The three members of SHINee ran, played, and looked around Barcelona freely.  Regional directions and hot spot guide allow a thorough exploration into Barcelona, and useful information such as transportation, accommodation, shopping, must-sees, and things to keep in mind when traveling Barcelona are contained within.

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The Summit: How Triumph Turned To Tragedy On K2's Deadliest Days - Pat Falvey & Pemba Gyalje Sherpa Cover Art

The Summit: How Triumph Turned To Tragedy On K2's Deadliest Days

The Summit: How Triumph Turned To Tragedy On K2's Deadliest Days by Pat Falvey & Pemba Gyalje Sherpa

On 1 August 2008, 18 climbers from across the world reached the summit of K2, the world’s second highest and most dangerous mountain - a peak which claims the life of one in every four climbers who attempt it. Over the course of 28 hours the mountain had exacted a deadly toll: 11 lives were lost a series of catastrophic accidents. Based on the eye-witness accounts of the climbers who were there, The Summit: How Triumph Turned To Tragedy On K2’s Deadliest Days offers the most comprehensive account of one of the most terrible tragedies in modern-day mountaineering.

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Travel Guide - Harry Lucas Cover Art

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Travel Guide

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Travel Guide Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights by Harry Lucas

Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is located at the southern end of the Baja Peninsula, also referred to as Baja California. It is located near the spot where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez and this auspicious position offers many attractions. One of the most picturesque is the natural rock formation known as El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.  Table of Contents: Cabo San Lucas - Culture - Location & Orientation - Climate & When to Visit - Sightseeing Highlights - A-maze-in Cabo Race - El Arco de Cabo San Lucas - Museo de Historia Natural - Huichol Museum - Casa de la Cultura - Iglesia de San Lucas - Wild Canyon Ekopark - Magdalena Bay Whale Sanctuary - Swimming with Dolphins - Fishing in Cabo San Lucas - Scuba Diving Sites - Sand Falls - Blow Hole - Neptune's Finger - North Wall - Middle Wall - Lands End - Beaches of Cabo San Lucas - Golden Cactus Gallery - Beer & Tequila Tasting - Nightlife in Cabo San Lucas - Recommendations for the Budget Traveler - Places to Stay - Seven Crown Hotel - Siesta Suites - Cabo Inn Hotel - Hotel Quinta Del Sol - Cabo Cush Hotel - Places to Eat - Burrito Surf, Burrito Shop 1895 Restaurant - Happy Ending Cantina Restaurant - El Coral Mezquite Grill Restaurant - Healthy Restaurant & Wine Bar - Cabo Blue Restaurant - Places to Shop - Vitrofusion Glass Blowing Factory - Mexican Pottery - Buying Tequila - Baja Anklet - Pepita's Magic of the Moon

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