'Do not buy this book'! It will change the way you look at the wine industry and will certainly make collectors of high end wines think twice about their purchases. Author Dinkelspiel has created a mesmerizing look at greed, deception and crime throughout California's storied wine history. Central to the story is Mark Anderson, a wine aficionado whose nefarious activities in the wine world culiminate when he sets fire in 2005 to a wine … [Read more...]
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This fictional account is an intense war story and often reads like reality. The book follows Lucas Martin, an experienced war time veteran and retired agent of the US government. He is 'retired' in Thailand when he receives a call to return to service to serve his country in and around Sarajevo, just before the siege of this historic city during the war that devastated this part of the world in the early and mid 1990's. He is hired to gain … [Read more...]
Author Adrienne Brady was born in Burma but grew up in the UK. She has lived a life of travel, among her travels she has enjoyed various 'home' bases around the world including Brunei, Dubai, Libya and Singapore. Her travels for the core of this book - detail her various trips throughout Sri Lanka, northern Thailand, Brunei, Libya, the Emirates through to the west coast of Ireland. Her time in Sri Lanka is during a particularly violent time … [Read more...]
This impressive and weighty book focuses on the Sealous region in southeastern Tanzania. The intimate collection of photography contained within is dominated by the diversity of wildlife that lives here. The Sealous is one of the largest 'still wild' areas left on the planet. It is a reserve where no people live and no permanent structures are permitted within it's borders. The photographs displayed within the book represent fours years of … [Read more...]
This is the first book in the Liberty Sands trilogy by UK based Julia Roberts. It centers on a secret travel blogger Holly who finds her life changed by the individuals she meets during a week in Mauritius where she is reviewing a resort under the cloak of a manufactured story to conceal her true identity. She falls in love with a handsome writer - a holiday romance that digs into the depths of her soul. But she guards secrets just as her … [Read more...]
This is the 8th edition of this guide - released in time for the National Park's 100th anniversary. This is a best seller - since first released in 1989 this guide has sold over 125 million copies! In order to update this edition, contributors revisited all of the 59 National Parks. The guide is divided by parks located in the East, Midwest, South Central, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Pacific Southwest, Pacific Northwest and Alaska - and its … [Read more...]
52 perfect wine weekends await ... brought to life by Wine Trails, a hard-cover Lonely Planet published guide to 327 wineries spread throughout 20 countries. From France to the United States, this book covers the best of the old world with the new world. Coverage provided for each region is refreshingly not overwhelming - a short introduction is listed followed by a handful of recommended wineries (often both small and larger). The coverage … [Read more...]
Everything Cuba is on the tips of traveler's tongues from the states these days with the thawing of decades of strained relations. Photographer Jay Seldin's timely book of black and white photography documents an intimate look into the lives of Cubans. Cuba is cursorily known for vintage cars, futbol, older buildings, images of Castro and Che but his photographs in this book are exclusively of the Cuban people. They represent young and old; … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]