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...]
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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...]
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...]
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...]
This valuable traveler's resource is based on personal experiences and accounts from a well-seasoned traveler; Brock's book is a treasure trove of wealth - less so about about actual physical 'hidden' locations (although a few of these are sprinkled throughout the book) but more importantly about hidden discoveries relating to behavior, relationships and personal emotional discoveries. Brock digs deep into what it truly means to be a traveler … [Read more...]
Peter Martinez is the Wave Dancer, a surfer in modern day California. He is also a Native American (Noqoto tribe) whose job is to dress up as an "Indian Chief" for his tribe's casino. Not able to conform to the rules of the casino he soon finds himself without a job - fired by his mother. At the core of the story is a battle between environmental protection and an oil company, (appropriately named ENRG) who want to develop part of their … [Read more...]
At age 57 Jerry Holl quit his corporate career, trading in a suit and a tie for bicycle apparel and deciding he would bike solo from Anchorage Alaska through British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California to the Mexico border. And this proposed journey of 3,600 miles was by a man who had spent little time on a bicycle and had not trained prior to his ride. Nor did he have any training on basic bike repairs. Jumping into the saddle he … [Read more...]
This book showed up one day, still warm from sitting in the California sun. It is an impressive collection of epic photographs of this great city. The lightning in Ramelli's captures makes the City of Angels pop in a way not always seen. From downtown to the beaches, to architecture - these are inspiring photographs of America's second largest city. The photographs are laid out as double page spreads - providing maximum effect on the use of … [Read more...]
In February 1965 American Airlines Flight number 320 was on its way from Chicago on New York. On its final approach into LaGuardia something went extremely wrong and the plane crashed into the frigid East River. 65 passengers died that evening but stewardess Joan Zeller somehow survived. Joan was inspired to write this book after coming across a forum online that discussed the crash and connected survivors and their families. This is her … [Read more...]
Author Jonathan Arlan is bored; bouncing around from New York, to Tokyo ultimately to Europe - he becomes a wanderer. Eventually he spots a map while in Serbia. For some reason it 'speaks' to him - a red line that runs from Lake Geneva through the Alps ending in the Mediterranean Sea indicating a route of about 400 miles. His curiosity peaked, Not a likely candidate to make this walk (no prior outdoor experience, long hikes or knowledge of … [Read more...]