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In the Country of Women

Author: Susan Straight

Language: English

Summary: In inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a white self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Continue reading “In the Country of Women”

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A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

Author: Anthony Bourdain

Language: English

Summary: From the star of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain’s New York Times-bestselling chronicle of traveling the world in search the globe’s greatest culinary adventures. Continue reading “A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines”

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Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

Author: Bill Bryson

Language: English

Summary: Bill Bryson’s first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before. Continue reading “Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe”

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Traveling with ghosts, a memoir

Author: Shannon Leone Fowler

Language: English

Summary: From grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took—through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond—to find peace after her fiancé suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand.

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Leave Only Footprints : My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park

Author: Conor Knighton

Language: English

Summary: From the Emmy-winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent, an entertaining chronicle of his year spent traveling to every one of our National Parks, including his experiences with some of the most beautiful places–and most interesting people–that America has to offer. Continue reading “Leave Only Footprints : My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park”

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Travel Light, Move Fast

Author: Alexandra Fuller

Language: English

Summary: Six months before he died in Budapest, Tim Fuller turned to his daughter: “Let me tell you the secret to life right now, in case I suddenly give up the ghost.” Then he lit his pipe and stroked his dog Harry’s head. Harry put his paw on Dad’s lap and they sat there, the two of them, one man and his dog, keepers to the secret of life. “Well?” she said. “Nothing comes to mind, quite honestly, Bobo,” he said, with some surprise. “Now that I think about it, maybe there isn’t a secret to life. It’s just what it is, right under your nose. What do you think, Harry?” Harry gave Dad a look of utter agreement. He was a very superior dog. “Well, there you have it,” Dad said. Continue reading “Travel Light, Move Fast”