Walking the Amazon by Ed Stafford Ed starts walking in April 2008 from the Pacific Ocean in Peru and 860 days later in August of 2010 he emerges on the Brazilian coastline at the mouth of the Amazon River. This is the first hand jungle story of an incredible journey made entirely on foot from the source of the Amazon River to its end in Brazil. He begins with a partner but three months in his partner gives up. Ed continues and enlists the help … [Read more...]
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The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy When one has wanderlust it takes control of your life and at times supersedes everything else - including relationships. Long time actor Andrew McCarthy knows this well. For four years he travels the world without committing to his fiancee. Every time he travels, he also says goodbye to his two children from his first marriage. Why does he have this insatiable thirst for moving and not "settling … [Read more...]
The Freeways of Los Angeles by David Thompson It is hard to review your own book and not be biased - but writing this review should theoretically be easy! The Freeways of Los Angeles highlights all the major freeways in the Los Angeles and Orange County Metropolitan Regions. Short descriptions are provided about each freeway which in part includes their common names, photographs, special geographic features, and other items of interest. … [Read more...]
The World's Best Street Food by Tom Parker Bowles Ever wondered how you could get hold of a recipe for your favorite dessert street food that perhaps you sampled at some random market in New Delhi? Or perhaps that Ceviche you enjoyed on the streets of Lima Peru? This book contains 100 recipes written by food writers located around the world. The foods are simply organized into two sections in this book; savory and sweet. Recipes are not … [Read more...]
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...]
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand this is the the true and inspirational story of Louis Zamperini - track star, 1936 Olympian and World War II hero. Author Laura Hillenbrand followed up with her first book "Seabiscuit" by spending seven years of her life researching this book in such detail that when asked about his own life, Louis sometimes defers to "Laura" as the authority about his own life! The impetus for this book came when during her … [Read more...]
Moon Rio de Janeiro by Michael Sommers is hot...and will only get hotter from an International perspective as the world view narrows down on this "Cidade Maravillhosa" (Marvelous City) as the 2016 Olympics draw closer. This is Moon Handbook's first edition (released November 2009). Now is really the time to head down to Rio before prices go up the closer to the Olympics - from caipirinha's to churrascaria's to Carnival this book has you covered. … [Read more...]
Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean Join wine writer Natalie MacLean's wine and travel world as she jets from one continent to another, from one wine region to the next exploring her passion for wine and highlighting some of the best values out there. Her style of writing is engaging, lively, and informative to the wine novice and educated consumer alike. She meets with owners and winemakers and explores the "stories" behind the wine. The book … [Read more...]
Moon Take a Hike Los Angeles by Ann Marie Brown and Julie Sheer For someone who spends a lot of time in the Los Angeles area (as we do), or is planning a trip here and loves the outdoors, this book represents a must have. Not only does it cover wonderful hiking in Los Angeles County but it offers expanded horizons with information about hiking north of Santa Monica in the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Gabriel & Verdugo Mountains, and further … [Read more...]
Moon Panama by William Friar This detailed guidebook to Panama includes sights, activities, hotels, restaurants and much more. Invariably when one thinks of Panama two words come to mind, "Panama Canal". However there is much more to see and do in this small but rich Central American country. There are several well thought out itineraries available in the beginning of the book which are cataloged by length of stay and various interests. Did … [Read more...]