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...]
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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...]
Dream of Venice is a curated collection of memories thoughts and experiences from a number of well-traveled and accomplished individuals. Philosophical and reflective in nature this book is part reflections, part memories, and a pinch of nostalgia. Excellent photography accompanies every writer's contribution. Venice is always in a state of partial decay and need for support. Portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be … [Read more...]
Author Halliday sprinkles a mix of wit and humor among her often eclectic travel experiences (no surprise considering her career in improvisation comedy). From Africa to India she details a number of travel memoirs prior to the advent of the Internet. She realizes the value of human interaction based on her travels pre wireless technology. To this she encourages travelers today to get off of technology and spend more time interacting with other … [Read more...]
Wine Folly, the Essential Guide to Wine covers a wide range of wine topics with the core of the book being a varietal breakdown - categorized by wine styles. Each varietal is listed with various visual and verbal descriptions - including possible flavors, dominant flavors, where it commonly is grown and the style of how it is usually made. This book will make a timely gift for the holidays especially for someone fairly new to wine. When it … [Read more...]
Author Ronnie Berman, now over 70 years old spent the better part of the last 10 years traveling the world. This book is a dated Journal of his various trips over an approximate seven year period from mid 2007 to mid-2014. This is a fast read where Mr. Berman goes from one experience to the next describing daily activities while he is on the road. Travel is not always exciting and Mr. Berman makes sure to nearly always describe the … [Read more...]
Smokejumper by author Jason A. Ramos & Julian Smith is an in depth look at both the history, life as a smoke jumper and firefighting practices used by this elite group of men and women. Jason details his two + decades fighting fires including the rigorous training needed to become a smokejumper, the equipment used while interweaving personal stories on the job. Jason has fought fires both small and large including the 250,000-acre Carlton … [Read more...]
This is Dr. Richard Peterson's first book - and you wonder why it took him so long to write a book - until you finish it. Then you will understand perfectly. Throughout his career he has done everything but sit idle. If one grows up with a connection and appreciation of the land, one keeps that throughout his entire life. Dick's upbringing was during the Great American Depression outside of Des Moines, Iowa. From the outside, his family was … [Read more...]
Lonely Planet released this very interesting visual read earlier in the year. This entertaining book focuses on a variety of problems travelers invariably face during their travels (especially those who travel independently). The book is not only a fun read but delivers practical advice for specific problems focusing on outdoor activities such as surviving an earthquake, surviving a night in the snow or a Tsunami. But the book also offers … [Read more...]