The Elephanta Suite by Paul Theroux Mr. Theroux brings to life three separate short stories - involving travelers, all of which are set in real life India. The first story features a long time married couple seeking relaxation at a spa and both husband and wife seek relationships with other individuals. The second involves a "middle of the road" lawyer from America who follows his lust in the seedy slums of Mumbai. The third story involves a … [Read more...]
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My Soul to Take This by Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a murder mystery (actually two of them), set in Snofellsnes, a peninsula on Western Iceland about 120km from Reykjavik. Author Sigurdardottir weaves a tangled web of mystery, introducing multiple suspects, an element of the other world while always leaving the reader somewhat in doubt as to who the real culprit is. The story is not always what it seems as it unfolds. 3/4 of the way through the … [Read more...]
To Hellholes & Back by Chuck Thompson This is one of the most humorous travel reads that has come across our desk in a long time. Chuck Thompson decides to visit what he perceives to be four scary "hellholes": Congo, India, Mexico City and as he says, "perhaps most terrifying of all", Disney World in Florida. The book is chock full of memorable witty quotes that will leave you hunched over laughing especially the chapters on India and even more … [Read more...]
Grayton Beach Affair by James Harvey A World War II story. A fleeting romance. A secret mission. Thrown together by the circumstances of war, main character Christian Wolfe finds himself sent to America from Germany on a mission to rescue a German POW. For the two day "affair" he is on American soil in Grayton Beach Florida and finds himself caught up with a beautiful girl. Harvey weaves a tale of suspense and unfinished romance set against … [Read more...]
The Last Aloha by Gaellen Quinn This is historical fiction about the last days of the Hawaiian monarchy. In spite of a rather tragic start to the book the main character Laura leaves San Francisco for Hawaii to start a "new life" with her Aunt and Uncle who live in Honolulu. Living with an overbearing evil uncle helps create the impetus to move out of his house and live and work for the royal family in Honolulu. Laura's family is part of the … [Read more...]
Invisible China by Colin Legerton & Jacob Rawson This is one of the more in depth well written books that has come across our desk in some time. Join authors Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson as they journey to a number of remote parts of China, regions that most westerners will never visit. They are both fluent in Mandarin (official language of China), Uyghur and Korean. Without language barriers they are able to really connect with a variety of … [Read more...]
The Venice Experiment by Barry Frangipane is the story of Barry and his wife Debbie's decision to "take a year" off from their life in the USA and move to Venice for one year. Prior trips to this historic and canal filled city drew them back to explore in more depth and discover the city as a resident would rather than just a tourist. They find the relationships they create a big part of their year here, not to mention the amazing food and … [Read more...]
The Boy Behind the Gate by Larry Jacobson This book is the result of Larry's six year round the world sailing trip. Larry left a secure job and his home to follow his passion of sailing. With his boat "Julia" named after his mother, he covered more than 38,000 miles and 40 countries. It is a tale of perseverance, following one's dreams and discovering one's inner self. This is an excellent read for armchair travelers or sailors looking to … [Read more...]
The Heart of the Buddha by Elsie Sze This is a story of twin sisters who find themselves in Bhutan for different reasons. Marion goes to Bhutan to direct and improve a local library but instead becomes passionate for a Bhutanese monk, overstays her visa, and then disappears. The story takes place in the late 1990's before email comes to Bhutan and Marion shares her story with her sister Ruth until the letters mysteriously stop. Fearing the … [Read more...]
Scandalous Metropolitan by Kim Laughton and Holly Stephens is one of the more unusual books that has come across our desk. It represents three years of work photographing Tokyo. The inside cover can almost be used as a mirror it is so reflective. In a way this is only a foreshadow of the book's content. This is a photography book that captures reflections of of the "coolest city in the world" with photos loosely capturing a 24 hour period. This … [Read more...]