This book is a non-fiction account of the author’s life on a remote island on the Tanzania side of Lake Victoria. It is a story of daily life yet at the same time dives into how the Nile Perch released into its waters in the 1950s has changed the course of the lakes balance eventually bringing the native cichlids to near-extinction. And how the changes in the lakes‘ ecosystem directly affected millions of people including the crippling … [Read more...]
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The Hunt for Mount Everest by Craig Storti is an in depth and very detailed look at the history the led to eventually reaching the summit of the world's highest mountain. It is obvious from page one that the author has spent significant time researching the mountain's related history revealing new insights and setting the stage for its eventual summit expeditions. This book details the man whose last name was given to the world's tallest … [Read more...]
Gil's father recently passed and Gil was recently fired from his job. His father's best friend Syd, who is fighting leukemia decides to hike the 220 mile John Muir Trail in the high Sierra Nevada mountains. Gil's mother asks him to join Syd and Gil agrees despite nurturing a strong dislike of camping, being overweight and very inadequately prepared to take on a physical challenge of this magnitude. This is a story of how their relationship … [Read more...]
This book is a juxtaposition between Gary’s personal life and experiences and his efforts and challenges of operating Clif Bar, a company he confounded in 1992 including details centered around an offer to sell the company for 120 million in 2000. Chapters are sprinkled with real life experiences including traveling to go mountain climbing, designing bike saddles, racing bikes and playing jazz music. Gary's active lifestyle ties in perfectly … [Read more...]
Somewhere Above it All by Holli Fawcett Clayton is the author's first book. It tells the story of Marren, a woman who has suffered greatly at the hands of her late husbands' opioid fueled drug addictions and her quest to move on with her life. Integral to the story is her attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and her desire to overcome her grief of losing her husband to drugs. During the climb, the story intertwines flashbacks to her … [Read more...]
Rubies in the Orchard provides invaluable insights into some of the inner workings and creativity of one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the U.S., Lynda Resnick. Either she or her husband Stewart, have been responsible for significantly growing a variety of prominent businesses including Telafora, POM, Franklin Mint and Fiji Water. A variety of successful business are branded under Wonderful - including citrus, pistachios and a major … [Read more...]
Author Daniel Bayless was enjoying a permanent full-time position at an in-flight magazine accompanied by a decent salary. He soon made an offer on a condominium. He was at a point in life when he began to think about settling down. This all changed and he altered his plans when he was blindsided by his cousin's unexpected death at age 26. This book is a detailed personal reflection about Daniel’s experiences on the Israel National Trail, a … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]