This is a collection of fictional short stories by creative writer, Ryan O'Neill. The stories are fiction but you wonder how much Ryan draws upon his personal experience in writing these based on all his time lived abroad. He has called Africa, Europe and Asia 'home' before moving to Australia where he now resides. Words are his literary playground and creative outlet. Some of the stories are exercises in linguistic extremes such as "seventeen … [Read more...]
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This book is a fast, engaging and at times humorous read - highlighting stories from the author's childhood trips gallivanting with his family around the world. They visit exotic destinations - remote islands in the middle of the South Pacific and fish in Piranha infested waters - always in search of "local" non touristy experiences. The author's father was infected with wanderlust, taking trips without making many plans and always bringing … [Read more...]
Imagine writing a book when your body is entirely paralyzed except for your left eye lid - the other eye being stitched shut. Author Bauby wrote this entire book by blinking - using a special alphabet that was devised for him - he chose each letter, one at a time slowly forming words, then sentences. Rendered almost entirely rigid by a stroke at age 43 in 1995, he left a world of fashion (he was editor of the French Elle) and entered a … [Read more...]
Life certainly takes a winding road sometimes - Kurt Koontz was a successful sales executive for a Fortune 500 company. "Retiring" fairly early he is now a newly minted author and gives lectures and presentations on his life lessons learned. The name of his book, A Million Steps" reflects the amount of steps he estimated he took over nearly 30 days hiking the famous Santiago Compestela route - all 490 miles of it. This book is not merely a … [Read more...]
Fourteen unique stories make up this collection, weaving characters together who are not linked to each other personally, but rather are tied together by virtue of being torn between cultures, not quite fitting in - trying to find their balance and "place" in society. All of these stories have some connection to or relate to Asia. Author Erker is a versatile writer with an international perspective; he spent his formative years growing up in … [Read more...]
Vignettes & Postcards, edited by Erin Byrne and Anna Pook This collection of short stories comes from "The Evening Writing Workshop at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore" in Paris - held in the Fall of 2011. These stories are masterfully told - each an intriguing "painting" if you will. Paris is certainly an ideal location for a writing workshop - scores of accomplished writers have called the city home at some point in their careers, … [Read more...]
No one should have to go through what author Tré Miller Rodríguez went through at her age. At 34, she tragically loses her husband to a heart attack while he is in bed next to her. This true story is her detailed, raw and brutally honest look at how she tries to cope with the grief of his loss in the months afterwards - it hurts, it is not always pretty but it is how she makes do. Tré has already lived enough tragedy for one life. She has … [Read more...]
This book should be required reading for anyone who fly's regularly, those who occasionally take to the skies and for those even thinking about flying. In short - everyone! Captain Smith tackles common misconceptions both about flying and highlights the behind the scenes of those who work in the industry. At times humorous, at times serious - this is an exceptional and rare look into the inner workings of this global industry. Good places to … [Read more...]
Author, Adam Shepard's journey starts in Central America studying and practicing Spanish and ultimately doing some volunteer work. His trip starts like a train pulling out of a station, slowly but then gaining momentum with ever meter of track covered as perspective and experiences are gained. Will this be just another descriptive diary of a trip abroad? The answer is a resounding no. Adam builds personal perspectives as he travels deeper … [Read more...]
Mystic Fool by Andy Hill This is a tale of a nomadic traveler (Ian) drifting through South East Asia trying to find some meaning in his own life. He is a heavy drinker; the alcohol fuels his travels and at times perhaps his thoughts about life and spirituality. During his time in northern Thailand he meets an older man at a bar - perhaps a glimpse into his "future self". This man imparts some wisdom and advice from his own years, as well as … [Read more...]