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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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From the moment Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, uprooted their lives in England and crossed the Channel permanently, they never looked back. Here the beloved author of <i>A Year in Provence</i> pays tribute to the most endearing and enduring aspects of his life in France鈥攖he charming and indelible parade of village life, the sheer beauty, the ancient history. He celebrates the caf茅 and lists some of his favorites; identifies his favorite villages, restaurants, and open-air markets; and recounts his most memorable meals. A celebration of twenty-five years of Proven莽al living鈥攐f lessons learned and changes observed鈥攚ith his final book Mayle has crafted a lasting love letter to his adopted home, marked by his signature warmth, wit, and humor.
The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian ...
by Alex Messenger

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<p><b>Finalist for the 2020 Minnesota Book Award <br />An Outside Magazine Pick of Best Winter Books<br />A Midwest Indie Bestseller</b></p><br /><br /><p>A six-hundred-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness is a seventeen-year-old鈥檚 dream adventure, but after he is mauled by a grizzly bear, it鈥檚 all about staying alive.</p><br /><br /><p>This true-life wilderness survival epic recounts seventeen-year-old Alex Messenger鈥檚 near-lethal encounter with a grizzly bear during a canoe trip in the Canadian tundra. The story follows Alex and his five companions as they paddle north through harrowing rapids and stunning terrain. Twenty-nine days into the trip, while out hiking alone, Alex is attacked by a barren-ground grizzly. Left for dead, he wakes to find that his summer adventure has become a struggle to stay alive. Over the next hours and days, Alex and his companions tend his wounds and use their resilience, ingenuity, and dogged perseverance to reach help at a remote village a thousand miles north of the US-Canadian border.</p><br /><br /><p><i>The Twenty-Ninth Day</i> is a coming-of-age story like no other, filled with inspiring subarctic landscapes, thrilling riverine paddling, and a trial by fire of the human spirit.</p>
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Hei...
by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Language

English

Pages

318

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<b>As heard on NPR's <i>This American Life</i><br /><br />鈥淎bsorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction,聽<i>The Feather Thief</i>聽contains many of the elements of a classic thriller.鈥?鈥擬aureen Corrigan, NPR鈥檚 <i>Fresh Air</i><br /><br />鈥淥ne of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever.鈥澛犫€?lt;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聽<i>The Stranger in the Woods</i>,聽<i>The Lost City of Z</i>, and聽<i>The Orchid Thief</i>.</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鈥攕ome collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them鈥攁nd 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.
BAD KARMA: The True Story of a Mexican Surf Trip from Hell
by Paul Wilson

Language

English

Pages

264

Publication Date

November 10, 2019

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In the summer of 1978, twenty-one-year-old Paul Wilson jumps at the chance to join two local icons on a dream surf trip to mainland Mexico, unaware their ultimate destination lies in the heart of drug cartel country. Having no earthly idea of where he鈥檒l get the money to pay his share, and determined to prove his mettle, he does the only thing he can think of: He robs a supermarket. And, if karma didn鈥檛 already have enough reason to doom the trip, he soon learns one of his companions is a convicted killer on the run, and the other an unscrupulous cad. Mishap and misfortune rule the days, and mere survival takes precedence over surfing. <br />Original photographs (including pre-kingpin El Chapo), and Wilson鈥檚 strong narrative style, combine to make this true story personal鈥攊n the tradition of Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Barbarian Days, A Surfing Life by William Finnegan鈥攅xcept this tale had to wait for the statute of limitations to expire before it could be told.<br /><br /><strong>鈥淏ad Karma is one badass piece of work.鈥?lt;em> 鈥?Jan Goode</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>鈥淗angin with El Chapo. Wow.鈥?lt;em> 鈥?JBA</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>鈥淲hat a great read! Very captivating and thrilling! This book had me hooked since the beginning!鈥?lt;em> 鈥?Sam Pilot</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>鈥淥ne of the funniest true stories I've ever read.鈥?lt;em> 鈥?Penny Pennell</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>鈥淧aul鈥檚 writing is so colorful, so real...鈥?lt;em> 鈥?Jean Ready Froning</em></strong><br /><br /><strong>鈥淲hat an awesome adventure! Easy reading that I couldn鈥檛 put down.<em> 鈥?Laura Herron</em></strong><br /><br />
Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

November 12, 1998

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<b>National Bestseller聽</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.聽聽"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."聽聽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.聽聽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."
Rick Steves Italy 2020 (Rick Steves Travel Guide)
by Rick Steves

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English

Pages

1242

Publication Date

December 17, 2019

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<b>From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta, experience Italy with Rick Steves! Inside <i>Rick Steves Italy 2020</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 trattorias and that perfect scoop of gelato</li><li><b>How to connect with local culture: </b>Walk in Caesar's footsteps through the ruins of the Forum, 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 <i>la dolce far niente</i></b></li><li><b>Self-guided walking tours</b> of lively neighborhoods and 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, the 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 2020</i>.</b><br /><br />Planning a one- to two-week trip? Check out <i>Rick Steves Best of Italy</i>.
The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hu...
by Joshua Hammer

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English

Pages

324

Publication Date

February 11, 2020

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<b>A rollicking true-crime adventure about a rogue who trades in rare birds and their eggs鈥攁nd the wildlife detective determined to stop him.</b><br /><br />On May 3, 2010, an Irish national named Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britain鈥檚 Birmingham International Airport with a suspicious parcel strapped to his stomach. Inside were fourteen rare peregrine falcon eggs snatched from a remote cliffside in Wales.<br /> <br />So begins a tale almost too bizarre to believe, following the parallel lives of a globe-trotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors worth millions of dollars as race champions鈥攁nd Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom鈥檚 National Wildlife Crime Unit, who鈥檚 hell bent on protecting the world鈥檚 birds of prey.<br /> <br /><i>The Falcon Thief </i>whisks readers from the volcanoes of Patagonia to Zimbabwe鈥檚 Matobo National Park, and from the frigid tundra near the Arctic Circle to luxurious aviaries in the deserts of Dubai, all in pursuit of a man who is reckless, arrogant, and gripped by a destructive compulsion to make the most beautiful creatures in nature his own. It鈥檚 a story that鈥檚 part true-crime narrative, part epic adventure鈥攁nd wholly unputdownable until the very last page.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
by Robert M. Pirsig

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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.
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鈥檚 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鈥攁nd 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聽edition of Cheryl Strayed鈥檚 national best seller,聽<i>Wild</i>,聽features exclusive content, including Oprah鈥檚 personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide.聽<br /><br /><b>One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, <i>The Boston Globe</i>,聽<i>Entertainment Weekly,</i>聽<i>Vogue, <i>St. Louis Dispatch聽</i></i></b>
Cry of the Kalahari
by , Delia Owens

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 22, 2014

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<p><b>鈥淎 remarkable story beautifully told鈥mong such classics as Goodall鈥檚 <i>In the Shadow of Man </i>and Fossey鈥檚 <i>Gorillas in the Mist</i>.鈥濃€?lt;i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.<br /><br /> An international bestseller, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses鈥檚 life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.</p>

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