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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Hei...
by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<b>As heard on NPR's <i>This American Life</i><br /><br />“Absorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction, <i>The Feather Thief</i> contains many of the elements of a classic thriller.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s <i>Fresh Air</i><br /><br />“One of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever.” —<i>Christian Science Monitor</i><br /><br /><b>A rollicking true-crime adventure and a captivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers, for readers of <i>The Stranger in the Woods</i>, <i>The Lost City of Z</i>, and <i>The Orchid Thief</i>. A perfect holiday gift.</b><br /><br /></b>On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them—and escaped into the darkness.<b><br /><br /></b>Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, <i>The Feather Thief</i> is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.
The Corfu Trilogy: My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and...
by Gerald Durrell

Language

English

Pages

768

Publication Date

November 29, 2016

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<DIV><B>The complete trilogy that inspired Masterpiece production <I>The Durrells in Corfu</I> in one volume.</B><BR /><BR /> The tales of a naturalist and his family, who left England for the Greek island of Corfu—where they interacted with fascinating locals of both human and animal varieties—these memoirs have become beloved bestsellers and inspired the delightful series that aired on PBS television.<BR />  <BR /> Included in this three-book collection are:<BR />  <BR /><I>My Family and Other Animals</I>: Ten-year-old Gerald Durrell arrives on sun-drenched Corfu with this family and pursues his interest in natural history, making friends with the island’s fauna—from toads and tortoises to scorpions and geckos—while reveling in the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household.<BR />  <BR /><I>Birds, Beasts and Relatives</I>: Written after a boyhood spent studying zoology, this memoir is part nature guide, part coming-of-age tale, and all charmingly funny memoir.<BR />  <BR /><I>The Garden of the Gods</I>: In the conclusion of the trilogy, Durrell shares more tales of wild animals and his even wilder family, including his mother, Louisa, and his siblings Lawrence, Leslie, and Margo, in the years before World War II.<BR />  <BR /> “[Durrell’s] books have an unfailing charm. . . . It is a tribute to his skill that one never tires of his accounts” (<I>Chicago Tribune</I>).<BR />  <BR /><I>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.</I><BR />  </DIV>
My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now
by Peter Mayle

Language

English

Pages

200

Publication Date

June 26, 2018

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<b>The beloved author Peter Mayle, champion of all things Provence, here in a final volume of all new writing, offers vivid recollections from his twenty-five years in the South of France--lessons learned, culinary delights enjoyed, and changes observed.</b><br /><br />Twenty-five years ago, Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, were rained out of a planned two weeks on the Côte d'Azur. In search of sunlight, they set off for Aix-en-Provence; enchanted by the world and life they found there, they soon decided to uproot their lives in England and settle in Provence. They have never looked back. As Mayle tells us, a cup of <i>café</i> might now cost three euros--but that price still buys you a front-row seat to the charming and indelible parade of village life. After the coffee, you might drive to see a lavender field that has bloomed every year for centuries, or stroll through the ancient history that coexists alongside Marseille's metropolitan bustle. Modern life may have seeped into sleepy Provence, but its magic remains.<br /><br />With his signature warmth, wit, and humor--and twenty-five years of experience--Peter Mayle is a one-of-a-kind guide to the continuing appeal of Provence. This thoughtful, vivid exploration of life well-lived, à la Provence, will charm longtime fans and a new generation of readers alike.
The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them
by Thomas Swick

Language

English

Pages

208

Publication Date

May 03, 2016

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<div><I>The Joys of Travel: And Stories that Illuminate Them</I> is a collection of Thomas Swick’s personal essays on what he has identified as “the seven joys of travel”: anticipation, movement, break from routine, novelty, discovery, emotional connection and heightened appreciation of home.<br /><BR><I>The Joys of Travel</I> awakens readers to pleasures that, as travelers, they may be taking for granted. It also shows non-travelers what they’ve been missing. It offers tips on how people can get the most out of their trips, as well as the titles of travel classics that will not only prepare them for the places they visit but make those places more meaningful once they get there. And it tells, through memories and stories, the tale of someone who has made a living writing about travel. In fact, the story of Thomas Swick’s life as a traveler neatly parallels the examination of a journey from beginning to end.<br /><BR>Before you next trip, be it a family vacation or a backpacking tour of Europe, read <I>The Joys of Travel</I>. It will inspire you to get the most out of your time away from home and to get away more often.<BR></div>
Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Arou...
by National Geographic

Language

English

Pages

328

Publication Date

May 06, 2015

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For pure pleasure, few experiences are as satisfying as a chance to explore the world’s great culinary traditions and landmarks—and here, in the latest title of our popular series of illustrated travel gift books, you’ll find a fabulous itinerary of foods, dishes, markets, and restaurants worth traveling far and wide to savor.<br /><br />On the menu is the best of the best from all over the globe: Tokyo’s freshest sushi; the spiciest Creole favorites in New Orleans; the finest vintages of the great French wineries; the juiciest cuts of beef in Argentina; and much, much more. You’ll sample the sophisticated dishes of fabled chefs and five-star restaurants, of course, but you’ll also discover the simpler pleasures of the side-street cafés that cater to local people and the classic specialties that give each region a distinctive flavor.<br /><br />Every cuisine tells a unique story about its countryside, climate, and culture, and in these pages you’ll meet the men and women who transform nature’s bounty into a thousand gustatory delights. Hundreds of appetizing full-color illustrations evoke an extraordinary range of tastes and cooking techniques; a wide selection of recipes invites you to create as well as consume; sidebars give a wealth of entertaining information about additional sites to visit as well as the cultural importance of the featured food; while lively top ten lists cover topics from chocolate factories to champagne bars, from historic food markets to wedding feasts, harvest celebrations, and festive occasions of every kind. In addition, detailed practical travel information provides all the ingredients you’ll need to cook up a truly delicious experience for even the most demanding of traveling gourmets.
Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient...
by , Kristina Gill

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

March 29, 2016

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<b>A love letter from two Americans to their adopted city, <i>Tasting Rome</i> is a showcase of modern dishes influenced by tradition, as well as the rich culture of their surroundings. <br /></b><br /> Even 150 years after unification, Italy is still a divided nation where individual regions are defined by their local cuisine. Each is a mirror of its city’s culture, history, and geography. But <i>cucina romana</i> is the country’s greatest standout. <br />  <br /> <i>Tasting Rome</i> provides a complete picture of a place that many love, but few know completely. In sharing Rome’s celebrated dishes, street food innovations, and forgotten recipes, journalist Katie Parla and photographer Kristina Gill capture its unique character and reveal its truly evolved food culture—a culmination of 2000 years of history. Their recipes acknowledge the foundations of Roman cuisine and demonstrate how it has transitioned to the variations found today. You’ll delight in the expected classics (cacio e pepe, pollo alla romana, fiore di zucca); the fascinating but largely undocumented Sephardic Jewish cuisine (hraimi con couscous, brodo di pesce, pizzarelle); the authentic and tasty offal (guanciale, simmenthal di coda, insalata di nervitti); and so much more. <br />  <br /> Studded with narrative features that capture the city’s history and gorgeous photography that highlights both the food and its hidden city, you’ll feel immediately inspired to start tasting Rome in your own kitchen. <br /><br /><b>eBook Bonus Material</b>: Be sure to check out the directory of all of Rome's restaurants mentioned in the book!
Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru
by Tahir Shah

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

December 19, 2011

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<div>A shrunken head from Peru and a feather with traces of blood are the clues that launch Tahir Shah on his latest journey. Fascinated by the recurring theme of flight in Peruvian folklore, Shah sets out to discover whether the Incas really were able to “fly like birds” over the jungle, as a Spanish monk reported. Or were they drug-induced hallucinations? His journey, full of surreal experiences, takes him from the Andes Mountains to the desert and finally, in the company of a Vietnam vet, up the Amazon deep into the jungle to discover the secrets of the Shuar, a tribe of legendary savagery. <p>Tahir Shah’s flair for the unusual reveals Peru as we’ve never seen it. With his trademark humor, abundant curiosity, and oddball assortment of companions, he offers a journey that is no less illuminating than it is hilarious—and true.</p></div>
My Family and Other Animals (The Corfu Trilogy Book 1)
by Gerald Durrell

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

October 11, 2016

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<DIV><B>The inspiration for <I>The Durrells in Corfu</I>, a Masterpiece production on public television: A naturalist’s account of his childhood on the exotic Greek island.</B><BR />  <BR /> When the Durrells could no longer endure the gray English climate, they did what any sensible family would do: sold their house and relocated to the sun-soaked island of Corfu.<BR />  <BR /> As they settled into their new home, hilarious mishaps ensued as a ten-year-old Gerald Durrell pursued his interest in natural history and explored the island’s fauna. Soon, toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies—as well as scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, praying mantises, octopuses, pigeons, and gulls—became a common sight in the Durrell villa.<BR />  <BR /> Uproarious tales of the island’s animals and Durrell’s fond reflections on his family bring this delightful memoir to life. Capturing the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household, <I>My Family and Other Animals</I> will transport you to a place you won’t want to leave.<BR />  <BR /><I>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.</I><BR />  </DIV>
Rick Steves Italy 2019
by Rick Steves

Language

English

Pages

1242

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta: with Rick Steves on your side, Italy can be yours!<br /><br />Inside<i> Rick Steves Italy 2019 </i>you'll find:</b><br /><ul><li><b>Comprehensive coverage </b>for planning a <b>multi-week trip</b> to Italy</li><li><b>Rick's strategic advice</b> on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites</li><li><b>Top sights and hidden gems</b>, from the Colosseum and Michelangelo's David to corner <i>trattorias</i> and that perfect scoop of gelato</li><li><b>How to connect with local culture</b>: Browse weekend open-air markets, discover the relaxed rhythms of sunny Cinque Terre, or chat with fans about the latest soccer match (<i>calcio</i>, to locals) </li><li><b>Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps</b> with Rick's candid, humorous insight</li><li><b>The best places to eat, sleep, and experience</b> <b><i>la dolce far niente</i></b></li><li><b>Self-guided walking tours</b> of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums</li><li><b>Vital trip-planning tools</b>, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place </li><li><b>Detailed maps</b>, including a <b>fold-out map</b> for exploring on the go</li><li><b>Useful resources</b> including a packing list, Italian phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading</li><li><b>Over 1,000 bible-thin pages</b> include everything worth seeing without weighing you down</li><li><b>Annually updated information </b>on Venice, Padua, The Dolomites, Lake Country, Milan, Italian Riviera, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Hill Towns of Central Italy, Siena, Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and much more</li></ul><b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with <i>Rick Steves Italy 2019.</i></b><br /><br />Planning a one- to two-week trip? Check out <i>Rick Steves Best of Italy</i>.<br /><div><br /></div><div><div><div><b>Special ebook features:</b><br /><ul><li>Easily navigate listings with quick searches, plus website links and zoom-in maps and images</li><li>Personalize your guide by adding notes and bookmarks</li></ul></div></div></div>
Italian Vocabulary Builder: 2222 Italian Phrases To Learn Italian...
by Lingo Mastery

Language

English

Pages

406

Publication Date

October 29, 2018

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<b>Have you been trying to learn Italian, but feel that you’re a long way off from talking like a native?<br /><br />Do you want to have an efficient resource to teach you words and phrases very commonly used in endless scenarios?<br /><br />Are you looking to learn Italian vocabulary quickly and effectively without being swarmed with complicated rules?<br /><br /></b><br />If you answered “Yes!” to at least one of the previous questions, then this book is definitely for you! We’ve created <b>Italian Vocabulary Builder - 2222 Italian Phrases To Learn Italian And Grow Your Vocabulary</b> – a powerful list of common Italian terms used in context that will vastly expand your vocabulary and boost your fluency in the “language of music”, as it is romantically called.<br /><br /><b>In this book you will find:<br /></b><br /><ul><li>A detailed introduction with a brief, descriptive guide on how to improve your learning</li><li>A list of <b>2222</b> keywords in common phrases in Italian and their translations.</li><li>Finally, a conclusion to close the lesson and ensure you’ve made good use of the material</li></ul>But we haven’t even told you what we’ve got in store for you, have we? In this book, you will find phrases relevant to the most common and essential subjects, such as: Adjectives, Animals, Entertainment, Family and Friendship, Grammar, Health, Jobs Time, Synonyms and dozens of other must-know topics.<br /><br />So what are you waiting for? Open the pages of <b>Italian Vocabulary Builder - 2222 Italian Phrases To Learn Italian And Grow Your Vocabulary</b> and start boosting your language skills today! <br /><br /><br />

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