Written by James O. Gump, professor emeritus of history at the University of San Diego, this book explores Andre's early life, growing up in Russia including personal experiences, hardships and his viticulture and enology training, all of which built character traits that would ultimately lead to a distinguished and influential career as a winemaker. Written from a rich historical perspective, this account of Andre's life highlights the … [Read more...]
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This real-life gripping narrative takes place at age 23, when newly wed, and author of this book, Deanne Burch accompanies her husband Ernest "Tiger" Burch to the tiny Inuit village of Kivalina, in a very remote part of Alaska. It was his idea to move here to conduct a study of the lifestyles of those who lived in this part of Alaska. This was in 1964 and the village had no plumbing, running water or electricity. The difficulties of being … [Read more...]
Better known to her Instagram fans and followers as the Dame Traveler, Natasia Yakoub made a dramatic career change years ago from being a registered nurse to now a full-time traveler and photographer. This book is an impressive compilation of photographs with captions provided from solo women travelers from around the world. Every destination also includes a 'dame traveler pro tip' with short but informative advice. Organized into sections … [Read more...]
This is the true story of rescue, perseverance and the remarkable communication between elephants and man. Lawrence Anthony (died in 2012) along with his wife Francoise owned a 5,000 acre reserve in Zululand, South Africa when they received word that a herd of troubled elephants would be killed unless someone could provide them a home. Scrambling to fence the preserve in time for their arrival, they barely finished their work just in time. But … [Read more...]
Once Amanda got a taste of wanderlust she was hooked as inevitably happens to travelers and explorers. She began working as a waitress, saving her tips so she could travel the world. And she did, to far reaching places such as Latin America and Southeast Asia. But she wanted more, more adventure, more experiences more exploration. So she began to travel to countries in the midst of wars including Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and Syria. As others … [Read more...]
Written first hand by Medal of Honor recipient, Romesha details one of the most intense firefights during the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Part of the Black Knight Troops in 2009 ordered to shutdown the most remote US base in Afghanistan, Command Outpost (COP) Keating. Located at the bottom of a canyon, surrounded by steep hillsides in all direction, this camp was constantly the target of attacks by Taliban fighters. However the … [Read more...]
Looking to make conscious lifestyle changes with the intent to decrease your footprint while traveling? Author Karnikowski provides numerous sections detailing how to minimalize one's impact when traveling. Small things add up especially when ideas for change are broadcast and implemented by large numbers of people. She offers easy to implement suggestions such as using an "eco friendly browser" for search (ecosia.org) to traveling closer to … [Read more...]
While traveling through a slum in India, Adam came across a beggar child and asked him a question he would ask a child in every country he visited - “If you could have anything in the world, what would you want most?” Despite the life challenges and suffering, the child responded to him without the slightest hesitation: “A pencil”. The encounter ignited a flame in Adam’s heart and propelled him to pursue a noble cause he never thought he would … [Read more...]
Small but packed with information about this fascinating island nation, Tahiti & French Polynesia by Lonely Planet provides a wide range of information for both budget and luxury travelers and everything in between. Perhaps maintaining a reputation that is mostly associated with luxury resorts, Tahiti in fact also offers a wide range of other lodging options including AirBnB and family run guesthouses. This go to guide highlights the … [Read more...]
Covering many of the world's wine regions, this book highlights some 400 wineries worth visiting. Compiled by Chris Losh, editor of the UK drinks magazine Imbibe, Chris has been writing about wine and spirits since 1995. An excellent read for those who love to travel and drink wine - plenty of wineries are highlighted in the world's top wine regions including, Australia, Europe and parts of the USA and Canada. But wineries are profiled in … [Read more...]