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...]
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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...]
Author Halliday sprinkles a mix of wit and humor among her often eclectic travel experiences (no surprise considering her career in improvisation comedy). From Africa to India she details a number of travel memoirs prior to the advent of the Internet. She realizes the value of human interaction based on her travels pre wireless technology. To this she encourages travelers today to get off of technology and spend more time interacting with other … [Read more...]
Author Ronnie Berman, now over 70 years old spent the better part of the last 10 years traveling the world. This book is a dated Journal of his various trips over an approximate seven year period from mid 2007 to mid-2014. This is a fast read where Mr. Berman goes from one experience to the next describing daily activities while he is on the road. Travel is not always exciting and Mr. Berman makes sure to nearly always describe the … [Read more...]
One can travel around the world and one will certainly collect his share of experiences - but then can one write about his travels in an engaging and a humorous way? The answer is a resounding yes when it comes to author Albert Podell who made it his mission to visit every single country in the world. Author, adventurer, former editor of Playboy and explorer - the titles mount up for Albert - this is his latest book about his life wandering … [Read more...]
This slightly larger than a pocket book size full color guide is ground zero for visitors to Rio seeking fun, food and plenty of party experiences including information about trendy pubs, the nightclub scene and street parties. Cool photogrpahy is a big part of the book - while the book size is not large, it is approximately 200 pages and packs quite a bit of information. Capirinhas, crowds and cool parties - reference 'Rio for Partiers' for all … [Read more...]
Chance Encounters features 23 true short stories from select travel writers and wanderers. Nineteen authors are featured - their works are edited and curated by award-winning travel journalist Janna Graber. The stories cover a wide range of topics; as Janna shares in her introduction "...the stories I remember most are of the people I've met...". Along with unique experiences, these are the memories that travelers keep with them for a … [Read more...]
This is book number two of the Sihpromatum series and hopefully not the last as there is still plenty of this family's round the world trip left to cover. Author Savannah Grace continues with stories from the perspective of a wide-eyed 15-year old (her age at the time of this part of their trip) who is in the enviable position of being able to experience a diversity of countries, cultures, foods and people at such a young age. This is the … [Read more...]
This is not just your ordinary tale of backpackers seeing the world. The scene is the late 1980's in South East Asia - before Internet, before cell phones, before instant communication around the world. Two budget backpackers (Andrew and Kirsten) are trying to see the world on the cheap - pinching pennies by staying in ratty cockroach infested hostel dorms and quickly running out of money. Then Andrew discovers a money belt full of money and … [Read more...]