Author Peter Chiarella has drawn from from his family heritage creating a compelling turn-of-the-century tale wrapped around real life stories from his maternal side of the family. His great aunt Caterina is the primary character in this story surrounded by a cast of other ancestral family members. This is the follow up book to Peter's previous book, told from his paternal side of the family, Calabrian Tales. Brilliantly written - a story for … [Read more...]
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Sanchari was born in Nairobi (with heritage from India) - she lived in several other African countries before relocating with her family to London which is where she now lives. Her travels have taken her to over 60 countries resulting in a book that covers a remarkable amount of information organized into three sections, Part One: Explore the World and Part Two: Explore Food. Most authors writing this style of book would stop at Part Two. … [Read more...]
Fully contains all the required satisfying ingredients of a mob-inspired mystery - intrigue, mystery, romance, valuables and even some tough guys thrown in for good measure. Follow along as readers are initially introduced to John "Blackie" Rinaldi - a man who lives his life at the edge of organized crime. Six years after a 'car accident' ends his life, his son, the main character in the novel receives a mysterious letter from his father … [Read more...]
It is remarkable what entertaining stories a simple question will unlock. During their travels around the globe, usually tied into oil legal-related work trips for Scott's job - he or his wife Gina would ask locals the following question: "What's the strangest thing you've ever seen or experienced?". During their travels to more then 100 countries they compiled several hundred such stories - which they whittled down to 50 of the best ones. … [Read more...]
Masks by Nataly Restokian is the story of Anna's life - of all the cast of characters, including the men that come through her life, it is Anna we get to know the best. It is her fame, heartaches and resilience that leaves a lasting impression when one puts down the book after reading the last page. Stuck in a heartless relationship of 11 years with her husband, Anna explores the online world of dating. Quick to find someone, a night of … [Read more...]
Written first hand by David Moore, one half of the traveling duo David & Helene, this is an engaging tale by two travelers who decided to take a 10 month round the world trip later in life. When moving in to a new house, rather then deciding to throw themselves into the obligatory home improvement projects that invariably accompany one with moves such as this, Helene created her own project. She hung a map of the world on the wall and instructed … [Read more...]
This is a journey around Taiwan curated by experienced guidebook author Joshua who fell in love with the island long ago and has spent years living in Taiwan. He convinces the love of his life, Stephanie to join him in Taiwan - prior to her time in Taiwan she had never visited Asia. Thrust into a world that is completely foreign to her she follows Josh's lead in their exploration of both its rural beauty and urban life. Their journey details … [Read more...]
Journalists will tell you that persistence often pays off. Just before the turn of the millennium in Amsterdam a young American became fascinated by the city's well-known red light district. Worlds away from the San Fernando Valley cul-de-sac in which he grew up he became fascinated by the ladies of the night. Not from the perspective of wanting 15 minute thrills - but rather to dig deep into their stories, hopes and dreams and the realities of … [Read more...]
Enter Charlotte Windham, originally the ugly duckling of her school harbored a crush on Garrett Stephens the school's athletic jock. She was even hired as a private tutor to help him improve his grades. He never had an inkling of her interest in him. Now some 15 years later in an unlikely twist of fate Charlotte and Garrett come into contact again at a restaurant in Los Angeles. Charlotte is no longer the awkward ugly duckling that she was in … [Read more...]
After retiring in 2005 from careers in law, husband and wife Dennis James (author) and Barbara Grossman (photography) decided to visit a number of countries often found on do not visit lists. There are numerous books written about one's travels and reflections often authored by retirees however there are a few that focus on such unusual destinations. Dennis and Barbara are intrigued by these lesser visited countries and enjoy living and … [Read more...]