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Wild (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition): From Lost to Found ...
by Cheryl Strayed

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English

Pages

338

Publication Date

June 01, 2012

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<b>#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /></b><br />At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, <i>Wild</i> powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.<br /><br />Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection: This special eBook edition of Cheryl Strayed’s national best seller, <i>Wild</i>, features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. <br /><br /><b>One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, <i>The Boston Globe</i>, <i>Entertainment Weekly,</i> <i>Vogue, <i>St. Louis Dispatch </i></i></b>
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer

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English

Pages

231

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>
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>
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last Tr...
by Michael Finkel

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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<b>Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.</b> <br /><br /><b>A <i>New York Times</i> bestseller</b><br /><br />In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life—why did he leave? what did he learn?—as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.
Skip Langdon Vol. 1-9: (The Skip Langdon Series)
by Julie Smith

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English

Pages

3429

Publication Date

September 21, 2014

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<h2>The EDGAR AWARD-WINNING murder mystery series is now available for a KILLER price!</h2> <b>Grab 9 thrilling page-turners for less than an Alexander Hamilton!</b><br />Follow the remarkably bold, smart, and refreshingly human New Orleans detective Skip Langdon through the twists and turns of New Orleans--from raucous Mardi Gras to the swampy summertime--at she navigates deadly family secrets, tracks down a serial killer, and delves deep into the mastermind of a psychopath unlike any you've ever encountered...<br /><br />“<b>Gritty, witty, & mesmerizing!</b> Langdon is a splendid female heroine.” –People Magazine<br /><br />"<b>Like a good Grisham</b>: taut, fast, and thrilling. But with a lot more heart and soul.” -The Clarion-Ledger<br /><br /><b>NEW ORLEANS MOURNING </b><br /><br />It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and civic leader and socialite Chauncy St. Amant has been crowned Rex, King of Carnival. But his day of glory comes to an abrupt and bloody end when a parade-goer dressed as Dolly Parton guns him down.<br /><br /><b>AXEMAN'S JAZZ </b><br /><br />What's the perfect killing field for a murderer? A place where he (or maybe she) can learn your secrets from your own mouth and then make friends over coffee. A supposedly "safe" place where anonymity is the norm. The horror who calls himself The Axeman has figured it out and claimed his territory—he's cherry-picking his victims in the 12-Step programs of New Orleans.<br /><br /><b>JAZZ FUNERAL</b><br /><br />Skip Langdon just happens to be on hand when Ham Brocato, director if New Orleans Jazzfest, is discovered dead on the kitchen floor in the middle of his own party the evening before the Fest. To complicate the already murky case, the victim's sixteen-year-old blues musician sister has disappeared, and Skip suspects that if the young woman isn't the murderer, she's in mortal danger from the person who is.<br /><br /><b>DEATH BEFORE FACEBOOK</b><br /><br />It’s a chilly November in 1994, and thirty-one-year-old Geoff Kavanagh surreptitiously splits his time between science fiction novels and cyberspace in his parents’ dilapidated, overgrown, uptown New Orleans mansion. Until his mother finds him dead from a suspicious fall off a ladder. Maybe he should never have posted about seeing his father murdered …<br /><br /><b>HOUSE OF BLUES</b><br /><br />Sugar Hebert arrives home from a ten-minute errand to find her husband shot to death and the rest of her family missing—including her daughter Reed, heir apparent to the Hebert restaurant dynasty, and Reed's eleven-month-old daughter.<br /><br /><b>THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS</b><br /><br />Politics makes the strangest bedfellows of all and in New Orleans, a psychopath’s running for mayor. Not just the usual harmless megalomaniac—a murderer and a monster.<br /><br /><b>CRESCENT CITY CONNECTION</b><br /><br />Sure, New Orleans is known for corruption, but suddenly the good guys get a break—an honest police chief. And then someone guns him down. When a terrifying organization called The Jury takes out the cop-killer, Detective Skip Langdon’s on the case. And she suspects The Jury’s the brainchild of her old nemesis, self-described preacher Errol Jacomine<br /><br /><b>82 DESIRE</b><br /><br />It seems Councilwoman Bebe Fortier has misplaced her equally prominent husband, United Oil VP Russell Fortier. Across town, part-time detective/poet Talba Wallis has a simple wish--to find out what Russell Fortier's disappearance has to do with her. NOPD Detective Skip Langdon soon senses something big starting to unfold, something a lot bigger than a missing husband. Something rooted in corruption, resulting in violence—and motivated by that old demon . . . desire.<br /><br /><b>MEAN WOMAN BLUES</b><br /><br />The Rev. Errol Jacomine is crazy as a fox that just ate a loon and more dangerous than a cell full of serial killers. He's trying to off Detective Skip Langdon, the New Orleans cop who’s twice smashed his criminal endeavors, yet each time he’s managed to slip away. Now he’s mad. In both senses of the word. And he has the connections to have her killed—or worse, those she loves.
Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2019 (The Unofficial Guides...
by , Len Testa

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English

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Publication Date

August 14, 2018

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<p><b>THE trusted source of information for a successful Walt Disney World vacation</b><p><br /><p>Compiled and written by a team of experienced researchers whose work has been cited by such diverse sources as <i>USA Today</i> and Operations Research Forum, <i>The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World</i> digs deeper and offers more than any other guide.<p><br /><p><i>The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2019</i> explains how <b>Walt Disney World</b> works and how to use that knowledge to make every minute and every dollar of your vacation count. With advice that is direct, prescriptive, and detailed, it takes the guesswork out of travel by unambiguously rating and ranking everything from hotels, restaurants, and attractions to rental car companies.<p><br /><p>With an Unofficial Guide in hand, and authors Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa as guides, find out what’s available in every category, from best to worst, and use step-by-step detailed plans to help make the most of your time at Walt Disney World.<p>
Wilderness, The Gateway To The Soul: Spiritual Enlightenment Thro...
by Scott Stillman

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English

Pages

212

Publication Date

September 19, 2018

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Through his deeply poetic and wildly provocative tale of personal transformation, Scott Stillman takes us on a spiritual journey, away from a chaotic world of details, obligations, smartphones and noisy machines, to a place that is unspoiled, untamed, free. <br /><br />Mostly solo, he guides us deeply into American Wilderness. There is heart-wrenching beauty. Undeniable presence. In the cracks and fissures of the Earth we uncover timeless wisdom, ancient magic, and a Gateway to the Soul. Here we learn who we truly are. Beneath all the layers, the labels, the stories, the myths. <br /><br />Come on in. The door is wide open. To all who wish to wander.
To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, a...
by Jedidiah Jenkins

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b><i>New York Times </i>bestseller | “Thrilling, tender, utterly absorbing . . . Every chapter shimmered with truth.”  <i><b>—</b></i><b>Cheryl Strayed</b><br /><br />From travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins comes a long-awaited memoir of adventure, struggle, and lessons learned while bicycling the 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia.</b><br /><br />On the eve of turning thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn't choose, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job and spent the next sixteen months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia. He chronicled the trip on Instagram, where his photos and profound reflections on life soon attracted hundreds of thousands of followers and got him featured by <i>National Geographic</i> and <i>The Paris Review</i>.<br /><br />In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Jed narrates the adventure that started it all: the people and places he encountered on his way to the bottom of the world, and the internal journey that prompted it. As he traverses cities, mountains, and inner boundaries, Jenkins grapples with the questions of what it means to be an adult, his struggle to reconcile his sexual identity with his conservative Christian upbringing, and his belief in travel as a way to "wake us up" to life back home.<br /><br />A soul-stirring read for the wanderer in each of us, <i>To Shake the Sleeping Self </i>is an unforgettable reflection on adventure, identity, and a life lived without regret.
In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson

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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.
Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook
by Andrew Doughty

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English

Pages

316

Publication Date

February 15, 2018

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The finest guidebook ever written for Maui. Now you can plan your best vacation—ever. This all new eighth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai‘i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so lush and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to eat, colorful craters, hidden waterfalls and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes Maui so exciting.↵<br />↵<br />• The most accurate up-to-date information available anyplace with up-to-the-minute changes posted to our website↵<br />↵<br />• Frank, brutally honest reviews of restaurants, hotels and activities show you which companies really are the best…and which to avoid—no advertisements↵<br />↵<br />• Driving tours let you structure your trip your way, point out sights not to be missed along the way and are complemented by over 130 spectacular color photographs↵<br />↵<br />• 22 specially created maps in an easy-to-follow format with mile markers—so you’ll always know where you are on the island↵<br />↵<br />• Clear, concise directions to those hard-to-find places such as deserted beaches, hidden waterfalls, pristine rain forests, spectacular coastlines, natural lava pools and scores of other hidden gems listed nowhere else ↵<br />↵<br />• Revealing chapter on hidden sights along the Hana Highway↵<br />↵<br />• Exclusive chapter on Maui’s beaches with detailed descriptions including ocean safety ↵<br />↵<br />• Unique Adventures chapter and over 70 pages of exciting activities from ATVs to ziplines↵<br />↵<br />• Fascinating sections on Hawai‘i’s history, culture, language and legends↵<br />↵<br />• Includes information on the offshore islands of Lana‘i, Moloka‘i and Kaho‘olawe↵<br />↵<br />• Companion app and website with links to every business, events calendar, 137 resort reviews with our detailed aerial photos—so you’ll know if oceanfront really means oceanfront↵<br />↵<br />"Maui Revealed" covers it all—from the wind-swept top of Haleakala to the sparkling underwater reefs. This is the best investment you can make for your Maui vacation. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a long time kama‘aina, you’ll find out more about Maui from this book than from any other source. Discover the island of your dreams with "Maui Revealed."

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