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Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York
by Roz Chast

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English

Pages

176

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>From the #1 <i>NYT</i> bestselling author of <i>Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?</i>, Roz Chast's new graphic memoir--a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan as only she could write it.</b><br /><br /><br />For native Brooklynite Roz Chast, adjusting to life in the suburbs (where people own trees!?) was surreal. But she recognized that for her kids, the reverse was true. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange world of Manhattan: its gum-wad-dotted sidewalks, honey-combed streets, and "those <i>West Side Story-</i>things" (fire escapes). Their wonder inspired <i>Going into Town</i>, part playful guide, part New York stories, and part love letter to the city, told through Chast's laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
by Robert M. Pirsig

Language

English

Pages

404

Publication Date

April 10, 2009

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Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. This 25th Anniversary Quill Edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader's Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, <em>Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance</em> is a touching and transcendent book of life.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Tra...
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

September 08, 2010

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</b><br />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<b>—</b>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.<br /><br />For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But <i>A Walk in the Woods</i> 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, <i>A Walk in the Woods</i> has become a modern classic of travel literature.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir
by Martha Gellhorn

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English

Pages

324

Publication Date

May 07, 2001

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"Martha Gellhorn was so fearless in a male way, and yet utterly capable of making men melt," writes <b>New Yorker</b> literary editor Bill Buford. As a journalist, Gellhorn covered every military conflict from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam and Nicaragua. She also bewitched Eleanor Roosevelt's secret love and enraptured Ernest Hemingway with her courage as they dodged shell fire together.<p> Hemingway is, of course, the unnamed "other" in the title of this tart memoir, first published in 1979, in which Gellhorn describes her globe-spanning adventures, both accompanied and alone. With razor-sharp humor and exceptional insight into place and character, she tells of a tense week spent among dissidents in Moscow; long days whiled away in a disused water tank with hippies clustered at Eilat on the Red Sea; and her journeys by sampan and horse to the interior of China during the Sino-Japanese War. <p>Now including a foreward by Bill Buford and photographs of Gellhorn with Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Gary Cooper, and others, this new edition rediscovers the voice of an extraordinary woman and brings back into print an irresistibly entertaining classic.</p></p>
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer

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English

Pages

216

Publication Date

September 21, 2009

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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. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. 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 McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of <i>Into the Wild</i>.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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, <i>Into the Wild</i> is a <i>tour de force</i>. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail
by David Miller

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English

Pages

347

Publication Date

October 18, 2010

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In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. <em>AWOL on the Appalachian Trail</em> is Miller's account of this thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On page after page, readers are treated to rich descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that can only be experienced when dreams are pursued. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about safety and proper gear, with a view into a professional hiker's preparations and tenacity. This is not merely a travel guide, but a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man's adventure and what it means to make a lifelong vision come true.
Mary McCarthy's Italy: The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed
by Mary McCarthy

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English

Pages

367

Publication Date

August 08, 2017

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<DIV><B>Captivating portraits of two of the world’s most beguiling cities from the <I>New York Times</I>–bestselling author of <I>The Group</I>.</B><BR /><BR /> Mary McCarthy blends art, politics, religion, music, and history to create unique living portraits of two of Italy’s most enchanting cities in these enthralling books now available in one volume.<BR />  <BR /><I>The Stones of Florence</I>: The book <I>Library Journal</I> called “Mary McCarthy’s classic” takes readers on a timeless journey to the place where the Renaissance began. From Michelangelo to the Medicis, <I>The Stones of Florence </I>is McCarthy’s hymn to this immortal hub of art and commerce.<BR />  <BR /><I>Venice Observed</I>: McCarthy trains her gaze on the immortal City of Canals. At once a comprehensive travelogue and a powerful piece of reportage, <I>Venice Observed</I> contains “searching observations and astonishing comprehension of the Venetian taste and character” (<I>New York Herald Tribune</I>).</DIV>
Eat Pray Love 10th-Anniversary Edition: One Woman's Search for Ev...
by Elizabeth Gilbert

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English

Pages

387

Publication Date

January 30, 2007

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<b>The 10th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time.<br /></b><br />Elizabeth Gilbert’s <i>Eat Pray Love</i> touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves. Now, this beloved and iconic book returns in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition, complete with an updated introduction from the author, to launch a whole new generation of fans. <br />  <br /> In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
Man of the World: Book 1 of The Odyssey Expedition
by Graham Hughes

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English

Pages

596

Publication Date

October 09, 2017

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The Odyssey Expedition is the true story of the first successful expedition to every sovereign nation on Earth without flying by famed travel adventurer Graham Hughes! The expedition spanned 1,492 days (that’s over 4 years) and over 220 countries and territories (all 193 members of the United Nations and then some). He did it alone, on a shoestring budget and with no professional support (save that of his incredible friends and family). Along the way he made an eight-part TV show for Lonely Planet which has been shown around the world on the National Geographic Adventure channel and the Travel Channel. And he even set a new Guinness World Record (in fact two).<br /><br />It is a lot of places, a lot of traveling, a lot of things that went wrong, a few things that went right, and a lot of hilarious anecdotes. With too much to cram into one book The Odyssey Expedition is being published in 3 volumes!<br /><br />“Man of the World: Book 1 of The Odyssey Expedition” covers the first year of The Odyssey Expedition, beginning in Uruguay on January 1 and ending 138 countries and territories later at the Egyptian pyramids on December 31. Highlights include being arrested on the Russian border, braving a leaky wooden canoe over 600km of open ocean and two stints in two separate African jails!
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard

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English

Pages

442

Publication Date

December 15, 2009

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<b>At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, <i>The River of Doubt</i> is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.</b><br /><br />The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.<br /><br />After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.<br /><br />Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. <i>The River of Doubt</i> brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.<br /><br />From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt’s life, here is Candice Millard’s dazzling debut.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

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