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This Is How I Save My Life: From California to India, a True Stor...
by Amy B. Scher

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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"Amy Scher is a brave warrior and a wonderful writer" -<b> Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author of <i>Eat Pray Love.</i></b> <br /><br />The true story of a fiery young woman's heartwarming and hilarious journey from near-death in California to a trip around the world in search of a cure from a debilitating illness. Along the way, she discovers a world of cultural mayhem, goats wearing sweaters, radical medical treatment, an unexpected romance, and, most importantly, a piece of her life she never even knew she was missing. <br /><br /><b>When everyone gave up on her, </b><b>s</b><b>he risked her own life to </b><b>find it</b><br /><br />When Amy B. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic Lyme disease (and a host of other conditions), the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on a search to save her own life--from the top experts in Los Angeles and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-the-art hospital in Chicago.<br /><br />After exhausting all of her options in the US, she discovered a possible cure--but it was a highly experimental stem cell treatment, only available in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her as it did of curing her. <br /><br />Knowing the risks and armed with her self-created motto "when life kicks your ass, kick back," Amy convinced her parents, packed her bags, and flew across the world anyway. <br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>This Is How I Save My Life</i></b><br /><br />The most-liked book on <b>New York City's Subway Reads</b><br /><i><br />Off The Shelf</i> named it one of the <b>13 most powerful memoirs</b><br /><br />"Amy Scher is a brave warrior and wonderful writer." - Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling <b>author of <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i></b><br /><br />One Amazon reader, writes, <b>"This book will save your life."</b><br /><br />Vikas Swarup, author of <i><b>Slumdog Millionaire</b></i><i> </i>says This Is How I Save My Life is "a heartwarming and inspiring story that will change the way you look at life." <br /><br />"In her stunning new memoir, the refrain "we are the healing we've been waiting for" rings<br />throughout...a beautiful testament to resilience that veers from the comical to the tragic." -<b> LA Review of Books</b><br /><br />If you're struggling in any way right now, get this book. It's for anyone who believes in -- or doubts -- the power of family, the capacity to love, and the existence of miracles when it seems like all hope is lost.
The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier
by Ian Urbina

Language

English

Pages

513

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<b>"<b>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."</b><br /><b>--Susan Casey, best-selling author of </b><b><i>The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean</i></b><br /><br /><br /><b>A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.</b></b><br /><br />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.<br /><br />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. <br /><br />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.
Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads
by Paul Theroux

Language

English

Pages

485

Publication Date

September 29, 2015

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<b>“Theroux’s eye for landscape remains as sharp as ever . . . It’s Theroux’s remarkable gift for getting strangers to reveal themselves that makes going along for this ride worthwhile.” — <i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br />  <br /> Paul Theroux has spent the past fifty years roaming the globe, describing his encounters with remote people and far-flung places in ten best-selling travel books. Now, for the first time, he explores a part of America—the Deep South. Setting out on a winding road trip, Theroux discovers a region of architectural and artistic wonders, incomparable music, mouth-watering cuisine—and also some of the worst schools, medical care, housing, and unemployment rates in the nation.<br />                 Yet, no matter where he goes, Theroux meets the unsung heroes of the South, the people who, despite it all, never left, and also those who found their way home and devoted their lives to rebuilding a place they could never live without.<br />  <br /><b>“Paul Theroux’s latest travel memoir had me at hello . . . Theroux pulls no punches in his quest to understand this overlooked margin of American life.” — <i>Boston Globe</i><br />  <br /> “A vivid contemporary portrait of rural life . . . a deeply affecting personal account.” — <i>Atlanta Journal-Constitution</i></b>
The Summer House in Santorini: The best beach read of summer 2019...
by Samantha Parks

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English

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Publication Date

August 07, 2019

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<h2>‘<strong>Oh my gosh I LOVED IT!</strong> This was honestly one of the<strong> best</strong> books I've read in a long while’ Georgina, Goodreads</h2><p><strong>One summer in Greece will change everything…</strong></p><p>Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.</p><p>On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father. As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that change everything. She starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.<br /> <br />Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?</p><p><strong>Readers LOVE Samantha Parks! </strong></p><p>‘<strong>Wow</strong>, what an amazing debut book. Samantha Parks’s writing style had me <strong>gripped from the very first page</strong>’ Faith, Twitter</p><p>‘Will <strong>110% make you want to visit Santorini!</strong>’ Stacey, The Cosiest Corner Book Blog</p><p>‘<strong>Gorgeous</strong>… <strong>thank you</strong> Samantha Parks for delightful book!’ Margaret, Netgalley</p><p>‘<strong>Perfect</strong> beach or <strong>pool read</strong>’ Bee, Netgalley</p><p>‘Lovely and <strong>heartfelt</strong>’ Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog</p><p>‘<strong>Perfect chick lit!</strong>’ Christie, Instagram</p><p>‘A glorious <strong>summer holiday read</strong>’ Ruth, top 100 Amazon reviewer</p><p>‘A lovely romance <strong>set among rustic villages</strong> and <strong>white sandy beaches</strong>. What more could you ask for?’ Angela, Goodreads</p>
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
by Rita Golden Gelman

Language

English

Pages

312

Publication Date

December 18, 2007

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<b>The true story of an ordinary woman living an extraordinary existence all over the world.</b><br /><br /><b>“Gelman doesn’t just observe the cultures she visits, she participates in them, becoming emotionally involved in the people’s lives. This is an amazing travelogue.” —<i>Booklist</i></b><br /><br />At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita Golden Gelman left an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of travelling the world, connecting with people in cultures all over the globe.<br /><br />In 1986, Rita sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces. She has observed orangutans in the rain forest of Borneo, visited trance healers and dens of black magic, and cooked with women on fires all over the world. Rita’s example encourages us all to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy, the exuberance, and the hidden spirit that so many of us bury when we become adults.
Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Sav...
by Ben Montgomery

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 01, 2014

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Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times and she did it all after the age of 65. This is the first and only biography of Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, who became a hiking celebrity in the 1950s and '60s. She appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter, and on the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. He also unearthed historic newspaper and magazine articles and interviewed surviving family members and hikers Gatewood met along the trail. The inspiring story of Emma Gatewood illustrates the full power of human spirit and determination.
Cry of the Kalahari
by , Delia Owens

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 22, 2014

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<p><b>“A remarkable story beautifully told…Among such classics as Goodall’s <i>In the Shadow of Man </i>and Fossey’s <i>Gorillas in the Mist</i>.”—<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.<br /><br /> An international bestseller, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses’s life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.</p>
Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World
by Nell Stevens

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English

Pages

243

Publication Date

March 14, 2017

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When she was twenty-seven, Nell Stevens—a lifelong aspiring novelist—won an all-expenses-paid fellowship to go anywhere in the world to write. Would she choose a glittering metropolis, a romantic village, an exotic paradise? Not exactly. Nell picked Bleaker Island, a snowy, windswept pile of rock in the Falklands. Other than sheep, penguins, paranoia, and the weather, there aren’t many distractions, but as Nell soon discovers, total isolation and 1,085 calories a day are far from ideal conditions for literary production. With deft humor, this memoir traces her island days and slowly reveals the life and people she has left behind in pursuit of her writing. It seems that there is nowhere she can run—an island or the pages of her notebook—to escape the big questions of love, art, and, ambition.
The Log from the Sea of Cortez (Penguin Classics)
by John Steinbeck

Language

English

Pages

324

Publication Date

November 01, 1995

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<b>A Penguin Classic</b><br /><br />In the two years after the 1939 publication of Steinbeck’s masterful <b>The Grapes of Wrath</b>, Steinbeck and his novel increasingly became the center of intense controversy and censorship. In search of a respite from the national stage, Steinbeck and his close friend, biologist Ed Ricketts, embarked on a month long marine specimen-collecting expedition in the Gulf of California, which resulted in their collaboration on the <b>Sea of Cortez</b>. In 1951, after Ricketts’ death, Steinbeck reissued his narrative portion of the work in memory of his friend and the inspiration for <b>Cannery Row</b>’s “Doc”. This exciting day-by-day account of their journey together is a rare blend of science, philosophy, and high-spirited adventure. This edition features an introduction by Richard Astro.<br /><br />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.
1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition
by Patricia Schultz

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English

Pages

1217

Publication Date

November 15, 2011

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The world’s bestselling travel book is back in a more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly full-color edition. A #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, <i>1,000 Places</i> reinvented the idea of travel book as both wish list and practical guide. As Newsweek wrote, it “tells you what’s beautiful, what’s fun, and what’s just unforgettable— everywhere on earth.” And now the best is better. There are 600 full-color photographs. Over 200 entirely new entries, including visits to 28 countries like Lebanon, Croatia, Estonia, and Nicaragua, that were not in the original edition. There is an emphasis on experiences: an entry covers not just Positano or Ravello, but the full 30-mile stretch along the Amalfi Coast.<p>Every entry from the original edition has been readdressed, rewritten, and made fuller, with more suggestions for places to stay, restaurants to visit, festivals to check out. And throughout, the book is more budget-conscious, starred restaurants and historic hotels such as the Ritz, but also moderately priced gems that don’t compromise on atmosphere or charm.</p><p>The world is calling. Time to answer.</p>

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