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

Language

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.
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.
Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

November 12, 1998

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<b>National Bestseller </b><br /><br />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 <b>Into Thin Air</b>, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.<br /><br />By writing <b>Into Thin Air</b>, 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. <br /><br />This updated edition of <b>Into Thin Air</b> 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 <b>Into Thin Air</b>'s denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored <b>The Climb</b>, 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. <br /><br />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."
A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations
by Pico Iyer

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>From the acclaimed author of <i>The Art of Stillness-</i>-one of our most engaging and discerning travel writers--a unique, indispensable guide to the enigma of contemporary Japan.</b><br /><br />After thirty-two years in Japan, Pico Iyer can use everything from anime to Oscar Wilde to show how his adopted home is both hauntingly familiar and the strangest place on earth. "Arguably the world's greatest living travel writer" (Outside). He draws on readings, reflections, and conversations with Japanese friends to illuminate an unknown place for newcomers, and to give longtime residents a look at their home through fresh eyes. <i>A Beginner's Guide to Japan</i> is a playful and profound guidebook full of surprising, brief, incisive glimpses into Japanese culture. Iyer's adventures and observations as he travels from a meditation-hall to a love-hotel, from West Point to Kyoto Station, make for a constantly surprising series of provocations guaranteed to pique the interest and curiosity of those who don't know Japan, and to remind those who do of the wide range of fascinations the country and culture contain.
1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition
by Patricia Schultz

Language

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>
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
by Peter Frankopan

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English

Pages

657

Publication Date

February 16, 2016

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Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts. <br /> <br />Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.<br /><br /><b>Also available: <i>The New Silk Roads</i>, a timely exploration of the dramatic and profound changes our world is undergoing right now—as seen from the perspective of the rising powers of the East.</b>
Lonely Planet Japan (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet

Language

English

Pages

928

Publication Date

August 01, 2019

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<p><b><i>Lonely Planet</i></b> <b><i>Japan</i> </b>is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore a bamboo grove in Arashiyama, marvel at Shinto and Buddhist architecture in Kyoto, or relax in the hot springs of Noboribetsu Onsen; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Japan<i> </i>and begin your journey now! </p><p><b>Inside<i> Lonely Planet</i> <i>Japan </i>Travel Guide:</b> </p><ul> <li><b>Colour </b>maps and images throughout </li><li><b>Highlights</b> <b>and itineraries</b> help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests </li><li><b>Insider tips</b> to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots </li><li><b>Essential info</b> <b>at your fingertips</b> - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices </li><li><b>Honest reviews for all budgets</b> - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss </li><li><b>Cultural insights</b> give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, festivals, hiking, onsen, cuisine, architecture, sport, traditional accommodation, geisha, visual arts, performing arts, literature, music, environment, cinema </li><li><b>Free, convenient pull-out Tokyo</b> <b>map</b> (included in print version), plus over 140 maps </li><li><b>Covers</b> Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Nikko, Narita, Kamakura, Hakone, Nagoya, Gifu, Kanazawa, Nagano, Kyoto, Kansai, Hiroshima, Okayama, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Matsue, Sapporo, Shikoku, Tokushima, Fukuoka, Okinawa and more </li></ul><p><b>The Perfect Choice: </b><b><i>Lonely Planet</i></b> <b><i>Japan</i>,</b> our most comprehensive guide to Japan, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. </p><p>Looking for a guide focused on Tokyo? Check out <b><i>Lonely Planet Tokyo</i></b> guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer; <b>Best of <i>Japan,</i></b> a photo-rich guide to the <i>country's </i>most popular attractions; or <b><i>Pocket Tokyo</i> </b>a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip. </p><p><b>About Lonely Planet: </b>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. The world awaits! </p><p><i>'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' -- Fairfax Media </i></p><p><i>'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times</i> </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>
The Snow Leopard (Penguin Classics)
by Peter Matthiessen

Language

English

Pages

367

Publication Date

September 30, 2008

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<b>An unforgettable spiritual journey through the Himalayas by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), the National Book Award-winning author of the new novel <i>In Paradise</i></b><br /><br /> In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Zen Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one, with a deepening Buddhist understanding of reality, suffering, impermanence, and beauty. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by acclaimed travel writer and novelist Pico Iyer.<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.
Dishoom: From Bombay with Love
by , Naved Nasir

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

September 05, 2019

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<b>THE<i> SUNDAY TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><b><b><br /></b>An eccentric and charming cookbook from Dishoom, with over 100 recipes from the much-loved restaurants.</b><br /> <br />At long last, Dishoom share the secrets to their much sought-after Bombay comfort food: the Bacon Naan Roll, Black Daal, Okra Fries, Jackfruit Biryani, Chicken Ruby and Lamb Raan, along with Masala Chai, coolers and cocktails. <br /> <br />As you learn to cook the Dishoom menu, you will also be taken on a day-long tour of south Bombay, peppered with much eating and drinking. You'll discover the simple joy of early chai and omelette at Kyani and Co., of dawdling in Horniman Circle on a lazy morning, of eating your fill on Mohammed Ali Road, of strolling on the sands at Chowpatty at sunset or taking the air at Nariman Point at night.<br /> <br />This beautiful cookery book and its equally beautiful photography will transport you to Dishoom's most treasured corners of Bombay. Read it, and you will find yourself replete with recipes and stories to share with all who come to your table.

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