Lonely Planet Portugal by Regis St Louis the country conjures up visions of old world charm, classic European cuisine, the Iberian sun and vineyards; better yet visions of yourself planted among the vineyards at an outdoor cafe enjoying a late afternoon Port from one of any of a number of family producers north of Lisbon in the Douro Valley region. This is the "go to guide" on Portugal presented by Lonely Planet - four authors have carefully … [Read more...]
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Dirty French by Adrien Clautrier & Henry Rowe The "dirty" series are pocket sized books dedicated to everyday slang. There is a reason this book is small - you can take it with you for times in the bar or with a member of the opposite sex and invariably this book will produce the right line for the right time. Cool slang, humorous insults, explicit sex terminology, and cutting edge swear words all make this an interesting reference for your time … [Read more...]
Ahora Hablo by M.H. Graham When traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean or Spain, this phonetic, pocket-sized guide will be an indispensable navigation tool. The book is well laid out and geared to non speakers planning a trip to Spanish-speaking countries. The author has over 20 years experience teaching Spanish. … [Read more...]
Me, Myself & Paris by Ruth Yunker This book is Ruth's tales of her days in Paris. For three years in a row the stays in Paris for 6 weeks - sort of a pseudo tourist/local. The book is about her day to day life in the city - conquering the metro, dabbling in the language, laundry nightmares and actually getting used to walking everywhere (Ruth hails from Southern California where car is king). Ruth's entertaining prose turns mundane … [Read more...]
Weep for the Living by Anne Butler is a mystery writer from the small town of St. Francisville in southern Louisiana. She was married to a respected retired criminologist who used to work for the infamous Angola prison nearby. One day while relaxing on her porch her husband comes home with a .38 gun. Amazingly she survived multiple gunshots without hospitalization for 2 hours before help arrived. Anne is a survivor and this story provides … [Read more...]
Whale Warriors by Peter Heller A true Story. In 2005 author Peter Heller joined captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd during their time attempting to stop Japanese whalers from killing whales. The read is fast, intriguing and at times repulsive and sad. A must read for anyone interested in eco-adventure and wildlife conservation. … [Read more...]
Women of the Four Winds by Elizabeth Fagg Olds This book profiles four women who were "ahead of their time" who lived in the early/mid 1900's including Annie Peck, the first person to climb the great 6000+ meter Huascaran in Peru. We feature this book here because of the story of Annie Peck and that is the only story we actually read & reviewed in this book. Annie had several aborted and failed attempts before successfully summiting … [Read more...]
An Unexpected Light by Jason Elliot One mans descriptions and stories about his two journeys through war torn Afghanistan. His first journey was in 1979 and then later in 1989. This is excellent travel writing - part travelogue, historical and personal story that highlights the dangers as well as the joys of traveling in Afghanistan during this war torn period. … [Read more...]
New Classic Winemakers of California by Steve Heimoff Join author Steve Heimoff as he visits with a number of prominent winemakers, all based in California. The reviews are less an interview but are written in more of a conversation prose. Reviews are in-depth, focused and personal. Sections of the book and specific winemakers are divided into decades starting with the 1970's through the 1990's. The forward was written by Bill Harlan, … [Read more...]
Bad Lands by Tony Wheeler Join Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler as he explores some of the "badlands" in the world. He visited the following nine countries because of their human-rights abuses: Afghanistan, Albania, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia. … [Read more...]