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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
by Tony Horwitz

Language

English

Pages

496

Publication Date

August 01, 2003

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<p><b>In an exhilarating tale of historic adventure, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <i>Confederates in the Attic</i> retraces the voyages of Captain James Cook, the Yorkshire farm boy who drew the map of the modern world</b></p><p> Captain James Cook's three epic journeys in the 18th century were the last great voyages of discovery. His ships sailed 150,000 miles, from the Artic to the Antarctic, from Tasmania to Oregon, from Easter Island to Siberia. When Cook set off for the Pacific in 1768, a third of the globe remained blank. By the time he died in Hawaii in 1779, the map of the world was substantially complete. </p><p>Tony Horwitz vividly recounts Cook's voyages and the exotic scenes the captain encountered: tropical orgies, taboo rituals, cannibal feasts, human sacrifice. He also relives Cook's adventures by following in the captain's wake to places such as Tahiti, Savage Island, and the Great Barrier Reef to discover Cook's embattled legacy in the present day. Signing on as a working crewman aboard a replica of Cook's vessel, Horwitz experiences the thrill and terror of sailing a tall ship. He also explores Cook the man: an impoverished farmboy who broke through the barriers of his class and time to become the greatest navigator in British history.</p><p>By turns harrowing and hilarious, insightful and entertaining, BLUE LATITUDES brings to life a man whose voyages helped create the 'global village' we know today.</p>
In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson

Language

English

Pages

436

Publication Date

September 01, 2000

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<b>Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. </b><br /><br />His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller <i>A Walk in the Woods</i>. <i>In A Sunburned Country</i> is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity.<br /><br />Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. <br /><br />Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.
Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greate...
by Jeff Gordinier

Language

English

Pages

222

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<b>A food critic chronicles four years spent traveling with René Redzepi, the renowned chef of Noma, in search of the most tantalizing flavors the world has to offer.</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>“Gordinier takes us into the fabulously obsessive realm of the world’s most fascinating chef—and he does it with the voice of a poet.”—Ruth Reichl, author of <i>Save Me the Plums</i></b><br /> <br /><i>Hungry</i> is a book about not only the hunger for food, but for risk, for reinvention, for creative breakthroughs, and for connection. Feeling stuck in his work and home life, writer Jeff Gordinier happened into a fateful meeting with Danish chef René Redzepi, whose restaurant, Noma, has been called the best in the world. A restless perfectionist, Redzepi was at the top of his game but was looking to tear it all down, to shutter his restaurant and set out for new places, flavors, and recipes.<br /> <br />This is the story of the subsequent four years of globe-trotting culinary adventure, with Gordinier joining Redzepi as his Sancho Panza. In the jungle of the Yucatán peninsula, Redzepi and his comrades go off-road in search of the perfect taco. In Sydney, they forage for sea rocket and sandpaper figs in suburban parks and on surf-lashed beaches. On a boat in the Arctic Circle, a lone fisherman guides them to what may or may not be his secret cache of the world’s finest sea urchins. And back in Copenhagen, the quiet canal-lined city where Redzepi started it all, he plans the resurrection of his restaurant on the unlikely site of a garbage-filled lot. Along the way, readers meet Redzepi’s merry band of friends and collaborators, including acclaimed chefs such as Danny Bowien, Kylie Kwong, Rosio Sánchez, David Chang, and Enrique Olvera.<br /><i> </i><br /><i>Hungry</i> is a memoir, a travelogue, a portrait of a chef, and a chronicle of the moment when daredevil cooking became the most exciting and groundbreaking form of artistry.<br /><br /><b>Praise for </b><i><b>Hungry</b></i><br /><br />“In <i>Hungry,</i> Gordinier invokes such playful and lush prose that the scents of mole, chiles and even lingonberry juice waft off the page.”<b>—<i>Time</i></b><br /><br />“This wonderful book is really about the adventures of <i>two</i> men: a great chef and a great journalist. <i>Hungry</i> is a feast for the senses, filled with complex passion and joy, bursting with life. Not only did Jeff Gordinier make me want to jump on the next flight (to Mexico, Copenhagen, Sydney) in search of the perfect meal, but he also reminded me to stop and savor the ride.”<b>—Dani Shapiro, author of <i>Inheritance</i></b>
Tracks: One Woman's Journey Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outb...
by Robyn Davidson

Language

English

Pages

280

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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<DIV><B>The incredible true story of one woman’s solo adventure across the Australian outback, accompanied by her faithful dog and four unpredictable camels.</B><BR /><BR /><I>I arrived in the Alice at five a.m. with a dog, six dollars and a small suitcase full of inappropriate clothes. . . . There are some moments in life that are like pivots around which your existence turns.</I><BR /><BR /> For Robyn Davidson, one of these moments comes at age twenty-seven in Alice Springs, a dodgy town at the frontier of the vast Australian desert. Davidson is intent on walking the 1,700 miles of desolate landscape between Alice Springs and the Indian Ocean, a personal pilgrimage with her dog—and four camels. <I>Tracks</I> is the beautifully written, compelling true story of the author’s journey and the love/hate relationships she develops along the way: with the Red Centre of Australia; with aboriginal culture; with a handsome photographer; and especially with her lovable and cranky camels, Bub, Dookie, Goliath, and Zeleika.<BR />  <BR /> Adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, <I>Tracks</I> is an unforgettable story that proves that anything is possible. Perfect for fans of Cheryl Strayed’s <I>Wild</I>.<BR />  </DIV>
A Long Way Home: A Memoir
by Saroo Brierley

Language

English

Pages

271

Publication Date

June 12, 2014

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<b><b>First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestseller <i>A Long Way Home</i>. Now it’s <i>Lion</i>, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara—nominated for six Academy Awards!</b><br /> <b><br /> This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again...</b><br /><br /></b>At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.<br /><br />Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.<br /><i><br />A Long Way Home </i>is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.
The Dresden Files Collection 1-6 (The Dresden Files Box-Set Book ...
by Jim Butcher

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

December 28, 2010

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<b>The first six novels featuring Harry Dresden—Chicago’s only professional wizard—are a perfect introduction to the # 1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling series that <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> describes as “<i>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</i> starring Philip Marlowe.”</b><br />  <br /><i>STORM FRONT</i><br /><i>FOOL MOON</i><br /><i>GRAVE PERIL</i><br /><i>SUMMER KNIGHT</i><br /><i>DEATH MASKS</i><br /><i>BLOOD RITES</i>
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
by , Ella Morton

Language

English

Pages

481

Publication Date

September 20, 2016

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<DIV>It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.<BR /><BR /> Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.<BR /><BR /> Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.<BR /><BR /> Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.</DIV>
The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
by J. Maarten Troost

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

June 08, 2004

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<b>The laugh-out-loud true story of a harrowing and hilarious two-year odyssey in the distant South Pacific island nation of Kiribati—possibly The Worst Place on Earth.<br /></b><br />At the age of twenty-six, Maarten Troost—who had been pushing the snooze button on the alarm clock of life by racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobs—decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. He was restless and lacked direction, and the idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better.<br /><br /><i>The Sex Lives of Cannibals</i> tells the hilarious story of what happens when Troost discovers that Tarawa is not the island paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles through relentless, stifling heat, a variety of deadly bacteria, polluted seas, toxic fish—all in a country where the only music to be heard for miles around is “La Macarena.” He and his stalwart girlfriend Sylvia spend the next two years battling incompetent government officials, alarmingly large critters, erratic electricity, and a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis); and contending with a bizarre cast of local characters, including “Half-Dead Fred” and the self-proclaimed Poet Laureate of Tarawa (a British drunkard who’s never written a poem in his life).<br /><br />With <i>The Sex Lives of Cannibals</i>, Maarten Troost has delivered one of the most original, rip-roaringly funny travelogues in years—one that will leave you thankful for staples of American civilization such as coffee, regular showers, and tabloid news, and that will provide the ultimate vicarious adventure.
50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind (Lonely Planet)
by , Kalya Ryan

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

June 01, 2016

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<P>From the people who have been delivering trustworthy guidebooks to every destination in the world for 40 years,<B> </B>Lonely Planet's <I>50 Beaches To Blow Your Mind </I>helps you discover the planet's most pristine, jaw-dropping, wild and wonderful sandy spots. This pocket-sized book is the perfect gift for any sun-worshipper or beach-lover and is the ultimate guide to the world's best beaches.</P><P>A beach always feels like the ultimate escape, with the sound of the waves lapping against the shore, which science says has a calming effect on our brain activity. And then there's the guaranteed hit of vitamin D our exposed skin absorbs. </P><P>Whether you're looking for black-sand beaches, high-octane watersport hotspots, secret bays or the finest palm-fringed tropical paradises, Lonely Planet shows you where and how to find them. So pack your beach towel and hit the sands.</P><P>Includes:</P><P><B>Bliss // Tropical desert island paradises</B> </P><UL> <LI>Cabbage Beach // Nassau, Bahamas <LI>Crane Beach // Barbados <LI>Flamenco Beach // Culebra, Puerto Rico <LI>Green Island Beach // Green Island, Antigua & Barbuda <LI>Hanalei Beach // Hawaii, USA <LI>Nalaguraidhoo Beach // South Ari Atoll, Maldives </LI></UL><P><B>Drama // Wild & unusual beaches</B> </P><UL> <LI>Bowling Ball Beach // Mendocino, California, US <LI>Giant's Causeway // County Antrim, Northern Ireland <LI>Gulpiyuri Beach // near Llanes, Spain <LI>Hidden Beach // Puerta Vallarta, Marieta Islands, Mexico </LI></UL><P><B>Action // Surfing & diving meccas</B> </P><UL> <LI>Bells Beach // Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia <LI>Biarritz Beach // Biarritz, France <LI>Bondi Beach // Sydney, Australia <LI>Ehukai Beach // Hawaii, USA </LI></UL><P><B>Discovery // Beaches for combing & exploring</B> </P><UL> <LI>Charmouth Beach // Dorset, UK <LI>Conche des Baleines // Ile de Re, France <LI>Navagio Beach // Zakynthos, Greece <LI>Squeaky Beach // Wilson's Promontory, Australia </LI></UL><P><B>Parties // Social & nightlife beaches</B> </P><UL> <LI>Bacvice Beach // Split, Croatia <LI>Copacabana // Rio de Janeiro, Brazil <LI>Gulf Shore Beach // Alabama, USA <LI>Paradise Beach // Mykonos, Greece </LI></UL><P><B>Encounters // Wildlife & conservation hotspots</B> </P><UL> <LI>Agonda Beach // Goa, India <LI>Diani Beach // Mombasa, Kenya <LI>Espiguette Beach // Le Grau du Roi, France <LI>Manuel Antonio Beach // Puntarenas, Costa Rica </LI></UL><P><B>Family // Calm, safe all-rounders for all comers</B> </P><UL> <LI>Brandinchi Cove // Sardinia, Italy <LI>Koh Kood (Koh Kut) // Trat Province, Thailand <LI>Porthcurno // Cornwall, UK <LI>Praia de Mira // Mira, Portugal <LI>Will Rogers State Beach // Malibu, California, USA </LI></UL><P><B></UL><P><b>About Lonely Planet: </B>Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travelers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.</p> <p><b>Important Notice:</b> The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.</p>
One for the Road: Revised Edition (Vintage Departures)
by Tony Horwitz

Language

English

Pages

225

Publication Date

August 18, 2010

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"A high-spirited, comic ramble into the savage Outback populated by irreverent, beer-guzzling frontiersmen." --<i>Chicago Tribune</i><br /><br />"A fascinating insight into what we're all about on the highways and byways along the outback track." --<i>The Telegraph</i> (Sydney)<br /><br />Swept off to live in Sydney by his Australian bride, American writer Tony Horwitz longs to explore the exotic reaches of his adopted land. So one day, armed only with a backpack and fantasies of the open road, he hitchhikes off into the awesome emptiness of Australia's outback.<br />        What follows is a hilarious, hair-raising ride into the hot red center of a continent so desolate that civilization dwindles to a gas pump and a pub. While the outback's terrain is inhospitable, its scattered inhabitants are anything but. Horwitz entrusts himself to Aborigines, opal diggers, jackeroos, card sharks, and sunstruck wanderers who measure distance in the number of beers consumed en route. Along the way, Horwitz discovers that the outback is as treacherous as it is colorful. Bug-bitten, sunblasted, dust-choked, and bloodied by a near-fatal accident, Horwitz endures seven thousand miles of the world's most forbidding real estate, and some very bizarre personal encounters, as he winds his way to Queensland, Alice Springs, Perth, Darwin--and a hundred bush pubs in between.<br />        Horwitz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of two national bestsellers, <b>Confederates in the Attic</b> and <b>Baghdad Without a Map</b>, is the ideal tour guide for anyone who has ever dreamed of a genuine Australian adventure.<br /><br />"Lively, fast-paced and amusing . . . a consistently interesting and entertaining account." --<i>Kirkus Reviews</i><br /><br />"Ironical, perceptive and subtle . . . will have readers getting out their maps and itching to follow Horwitz's tracks. . . . The internal journey is his finest achievement; he allows the reader into his heart, to go travelling with him there, sharing his adventures of the spirit." --<i>Sunday Times</i> (London)

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