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...]
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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...]
The Silver-Haired Volunteer and her husband see the world through their volunteer efforts post retirement. This book chronicles their experiences in some rather lesser visited destinations including Senegal, Uganda, Namibia and in Ghana (working with sex workers). Outside their scope of Africa is a volunteer stint in Thailand - where they worked with gender idenity. Life overseas is certainly different then at home. Details of their … [Read more...]
Flight attendant and author Cydney Marshall has written a gripping tale of a commercial airline that vanishes with all persons on board unaccounted for. Unlike the infinitesimal percentages of this happening in real life when you fly, this is a fictionalized account although it certainly pulls details from real life incidents over the years. Author Marshall cleverly creates a name for a generic airline, calling it AmerAsia; the whereabouts of … [Read more...]
Most books we receive to review are quickly consumed - easy travel reads. This book is different. It reads at a snail's pace providing insights and food for the reader to digest slowly. It is written as it was traveled - to be absorbed over time rather than finished in a day. Author Many is no stranger to long road trips; at the time this book was first published in Germany in 2011 he had been on the road for nearly 15 years. Taking him on … [Read more...]
Author Swick highlights "the seven joys of travel" in seven chapters - anticipation, movement, break from routine, novelty, discovery, emotional connection and a heightened appreciation of home". This book is about his experiences, people he meets on the road and the resulting stories from travel when one is open to experiencing these seven joys. These seven chapters are followed by seven additional chapters focusing on personal stories from … [Read more...]
Author Adrienne Brady was born in Burma but grew up in the UK. She has lived a life of travel, among her travels she has enjoyed various 'home' bases around the world including Brunei, Dubai, Libya and Singapore. Her travels for the core of this book - detail her various trips throughout Sri Lanka, northern Thailand, Brunei, Libya, the Emirates through to the west coast of Ireland. Her time in Sri Lanka is during a particularly violent time … [Read more...]
This impressive and weighty book focuses on the Sealous region in southeastern Tanzania. The intimate collection of photography contained within is dominated by the diversity of wildlife that lives here. The Sealous is one of the largest 'still wild' areas left on the planet. It is a reserve where no people live and no permanent structures are permitted within it's borders. The photographs displayed within the book represent fours years of … [Read more...]
Picking up a Lonely Planet book immediately begs the question, 'where to' based on their long history of producing in depth guidebooks to destinations across the globe. The company has branched out in recent years with other travel themed books in addition to their guidebook staple but did you know that Lonely Planet publishes a literary anthology once a year focusing on true short stories by excellent fiction writers? This is their latest … [Read more...]