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...]
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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...]
This well-written book chronicles a year in a the life of a family abroad. Author and choreographer, Amy Ragsdale, her husband, writer Peter Stark and their two children move to a small town in northeastern Brazil. The read is a personal memoir of their day to day challenges, emotions and reality of living abroad and their efforts to connect cross culturally despite the language and customs differences. During their time in Brazil they meet … [Read more...]
Dream of Venice is a curated collection of memories thoughts and experiences from a number of well-traveled and accomplished individuals. Philosophical and reflective in nature this book is part reflections, part memories, and a pinch of nostalgia. Excellent photography accompanies every writer's contribution. Venice is always in a state of partial decay and need for support. Portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be … [Read more...]