Author Jonathan Arlan is bored; bouncing around from New York, to Tokyo ultimately to Europe - he becomes a wanderer. Eventually he spots a map while in Serbia. For some reason it 'speaks' to him - a red line that runs from Lake Geneva through the Alps ending in the Mediterranean Sea indicating a route of about 400 miles. His curiosity peaked, Not a likely candidate to make this walk (no prior outdoor experience, long hikes or knowledge of … [Read more...]
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Everything Cuba is on the tips of traveler's tongues from the states these days with the thawing of decades of strained relations. Photographer Jay Seldin's timely book of black and white photography documents an intimate look into the lives of Cubans. Cuba is cursorily known for vintage cars, futbol, older buildings, images of Castro and Che but his photographs in this book are exclusively of the Cuban people. They represent young and old; … [Read more...]
Author Ran Zilca sets out on a journey, not a long one but a journey nonetheless. A journey doesn't need to involve months or years but it should involve elements of being able to revitalize oneself and see things from a new perspective. This book is both a travel memoir based on the experiences and people that Ran meets as he makes his way from New York to California solo on the back of a Yamaha V-Star 950. Remarkably Ran had never owned a … [Read more...]
2 Years 4 Months 2 Hours is story of love based on passion and persistence. It all started when a young Italian woman (author Chiara B. Townley) working in a hotel in London spots a young American guy (Tyler Townley) staying at the hotel. They share a glance at one point but never speak. She then writes him a note which her co-worker personally delivers on her day off. Their relationship starts there - and is built over time based on this … [Read more...]
This sizable photo epic by acclaimed author and photographer Rick Smolan details a 1,700 mile trek from Alice Springs (interior Australia) to the ocean along the shores of Western Australia made by Australian Robyn Davidson in 1977. This trek was made mostly solo but with several camels and her dog and at one point an Aboriginal man. "Tracks", a movie about this epic journey was released in 2013. This book contains both photographs from the … [Read more...]
Long time Photojournalist Alison Wright has traveled to the far corners of the planet photographing endangered cultures and people. Her work has been dangerous at times - including covering demonstrations that became violent in Nepal. And she has certainly been involved in a number of mishaps in her career. But this story is not about those adventures. It is about a horrific crash involving a bus she was in and a logging truck on a windy … [Read more...]
How to Barter for Paradise by Michael Wigge Michael Wigge, the man from Germany who pushes the boundaries when he travels is back at it again! This time he's bartering his way around the world with the hopes of securing a home in Hawaii. Owning a home in Hawaii has long been one of his dreams - ever since he was a child when he hung up a poster in his room with images of the Hawaiian Islands. He gives himself 200 days to complete this … [Read more...]
Acclaimed Photographer Scott Stulberg has recently released a photography table top book - "Passage to Burma". This is a collection of vivid and often intimate looks into the second largest country in Southeast Asia - a country that the western world often knows little about - especially after it has been "closed" for half a century. This collection is based upon many trips he made to Burma over more than 10 years. It is a tribute and his love … [Read more...]
Walking the Amazon by Ed Stafford Ed starts walking in April 2008 from the Pacific Ocean in Peru and 860 days later in August of 2010 he emerges on the Brazilian coastline at the mouth of the Amazon River. This is the first hand jungle story of an incredible journey made entirely on foot from the source of the Amazon River to its end in Brazil. He begins with a partner but three months in his partner gives up. Ed continues and enlists the help … [Read more...]
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand this is the the true and inspirational story of Louis Zamperini - track star, 1936 Olympian and World War II hero. Author Laura Hillenbrand followed up with her first book "Seabiscuit" by spending seven years of her life researching this book in such detail that when asked about his own life, Louis sometimes defers to "Laura" as the authority about his own life! The impetus for this book came when during her … [Read more...]