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...]
This epic travel tome captures thousands of years of human travel. Set in chronological order, one doesn't necessarily need to start in the beginning. Simply randomly open a page and you will be hooked. Names such as Christopher Columbus, Magellan, Amelia Earhart, Roald Amundsen and many others leap from the pages - great explorers in their own rights. Accompanying every great explorer comes some sort of transportation - ships, trains, planes, … [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...]
Author Jonathan Arlan is bored; bouncing around from New York, to Tokyo ultimately to Europe - he becomes a wanderer. Eventually he spots a map while in Serbia. For some reason it 'speaks' to him - a red line that runs from Lake Geneva through the Alps ending in the Mediterranean Sea indicating a route of about 400 miles. His curiosity peaked, Not a likely candidate to make this walk (no prior outdoor experience, long hikes or knowledge of … [Read more...]
Author Sarah D. Tiedemann has pulled from her years of experience traveling, packing and hiking to create this 'A to Z' list describing numerous valuable items that hikers need to be aware of. Covers preparation, departure and arrival information and a wide variety of potential dangers on the trail. Her experience is varied from hiking next to cliffs in Kauai, to reaching the windswept summit of a mountain the middle of winter to braving … [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...]
There is plenty of keep the one absorbed from start to finish in Jennifer M. Fraser's exciting book, Crush, A Wine Thriller. The story features Paige Munroe, normally an investigative journalist often covering war stories. In this book her investigative role is initially reduced to ease her back into the 'world' after recovering from a war time injury. Assigned to cover and promote select wineries in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, … [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...]
A book for cycling enthusiasts, a book for recreational riders and a book to inspire those to travel and combine the trip with some time on a bike. This book highlights some of the world's great rides from the seat of a bicycle - with first hand written experiences covering rides from Africa to Asia and points in between. We have been biking most of our life - and in urban settings often are able to take advantage of bike sharing programs. … [Read more...]