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...]
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High powered and very successful business woman, Sue Hollis boasts a list of achievements including running a multi-million dollar company and along the way being voted one of Australia's Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs. Finding her self soulless, feeling empty and enduring physical ailments because of her significant workload - she seeks an escape. Walking away from her old life, she plans an epic road trip on the other side of the world - in North … [Read more...]
Wine Country Women of Napa Valley was written by Michelle Mandro with a forward by Amanda Harlan and the excellent photography contributed by Donna Kopol Bonick - three women who have strong connections to the valley and its lifestyle. A book of this topic could well be many times its thickness - however this book covers select women the author knows and has worked with who are making valuable contributions to Napa Valley. Profiles focus on … [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 mouth watering culinary tome written by long time Napa Valley Silver Oak Winery chef Dominic Orsini (with a forward by chef Charlie Palmer) features a treasure trove of recipes that anyone with a culinary interest in preparing creatively inspired dishes made from fresh ingredients will want to get their hands on. Just thumbing through the recipes - each one with a 'tasty' photograph will leave you salivating, regardless of whether you are … [Read more...]
The latest edition (no 11) Explorers Guide Napa & Sonoma is a detailed look at some of the best restaurants, wineries and experiences that the wine country in this part of the state has to offer. Written by husband and wife Peg Melnik and Tim Fish. Both are accomplished wine writers: Peg writes for the local Santa Rosa based newspaper, the Press Democrat and Tim writes for the Wine Spectator. Not a huge book but it is richly endowed with … [Read more...]
Masks by Nataly Restokian is the story of Anna's life - of all the cast of characters, including the men that come through her life, it is Anna we get to know the best. It is her fame, heartaches and resilience that leaves a lasting impression when one puts down the book after reading the last page. Stuck in a heartless relationship of 11 years with her husband, Anna explores the online world of dating. Quick to find someone, a night of … [Read more...]
Appropriately named, this handy little guide to one of the world's greatest cities will fit in a pocket. Full color it briefly highlights some of the city's history, temples, food, massage, nightlife and shopping among other activities - in short, all things that are integral parts of this city. The guide even lists its own "a perfect day in Bangkok" itinerary. Very useful for travelers on the go - especially the detailed section that features … [Read more...]
As a natural hot springs enthusiasts we often seek out remote hot springs to visit on our travels - especially on trips to California's eastern Sierra Nevada mountains and parts of Southern California. Immediately intrigued when this book came across our desk - it highlights numerous hot springs experiences, many of which are under the radar - throughout California and Nevada. Author Bischoff has visited and reviewed more then 100 hot springs … [Read more...]
Written first hand by David Moore, one half of the traveling duo David & Helene, this is an engaging tale by two travelers who decided to take a 10 month round the world trip later in life. When moving in to a new house, rather then deciding to throw themselves into the obligatory home improvement projects that invariably accompany one with moves such as this, Helene created her own project. She hung a map of the world on the wall and instructed … [Read more...]