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A Field Guide to Getting Lost
by Rebecca Solnit

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English

Pages

225

Publication Date

June 27, 2006

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<b>A stimulating exploration of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown from the author of <i>Men Explain Things To Me<br /><br /></i></b>Written as a series of autobiographical essays, <i>A Field Guide to Getting Lost</i> draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early聽Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie <i>Vertigo</i>. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
by Robert M. Pirsig

Language

English

Pages

404

Publication Date

April 10, 2009

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Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. This 25th Anniversary Quill Edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader's Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, <em>Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance</em> is a touching and transcendent book of life.
Roadshow: Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle
by Neil Peart

Language

English

Pages

408

Publication Date

May 30, 2011

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Neil Peart is an internationally acclaimed, bestselling, and award-nominated author, and for more than thirty years has been the legendary drummer and lyricist for the band Rush. For decades, Neil prepared and waited to write a book about the biggest journey of all in his restless existence, his ultimate travelogue - a concert tour. Finally, the right time and the right tour: Rush's 30th anniversary trek 鈥?9 countries, 57 shows, and 500,000 fans.
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer

Language

English

Pages

231

Publication Date

September 21, 2009

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In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.聽聽How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of <i>Into the Wild</i>.<br /><br />Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir.聽聽In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his聽聽cash.聽聽He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented.聽聽Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away.聽聽Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.<br /><br />Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life.聽聽Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless.聽聽Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.<br /><br />When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naivet茅, pretensions, and hubris.聽聽He is said聽聽to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, <i>Into the Wild</i> is a <i>tour de force</i>. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
by Rinker Buck

Language

English

Pages

465

Publication Date

June 30, 2015

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?#1 Indie Next Pick 鈥?Winner of the PEN New England Award</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淓nchanting鈥 book filled with so much love鈥ong before Oregon, Rinker Buck has convinced us that the best way to see America is from the seat of a covered wagon.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎mazing鈥 real nonfiction thriller.鈥?鈥擨an Frazier, <i>The New York Review of Books</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎bsorbing鈥inning鈥he many layers in <i>The Oregon Trail</i> are linked by Mr. Buck鈥檚 voice, which is alert and unpretentious in a manner that put me in mind of Bill Bryson鈥檚 comic tone in <i>A Walk in the Woods</i>.鈥?鈥擠wight Garner, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />A major bestseller that has been hailed as a 鈥渜uintessential American story鈥?(<i>Christian Science Monitor</i>), Rinker Buck鈥檚 <i>The Oregon Trail </i>is an epic account of traveling the 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way鈥攊n a covered wagon with a team of mules鈥攖hat has captivated readers, critics, and booksellers from coast to coast. Simultaneously a majestic journey across the West, a significant work of history, and a moving personal saga, Buck鈥檚 chronicle is a 鈥渓augh-out-loud masterpiece鈥?(<i>Willamette Week</i>) that 鈥渟o ensnares the emotions it becomes a tear-jerker at its close鈥?(<i>Star Tribune, </i>Minneapolis) and 鈥渨ill leave you daydreaming and hungry to see this land鈥?(<i>The Boston Globe</i>).
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Tra...
by Bill Bryson

Language

English

Pages

305

Publication Date

September 08, 2010

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</b><br />Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes<b>鈥?lt;/b>and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.<br /><br />For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But <i>A Walk in the Woods</i> is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, <i>A Walk in the Woods</i> has become聽a modern classic of travel literature.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
Eat Pray Love 10th-Anniversary Edition: One Woman's Search for Ev...
by Elizabeth Gilbert

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English

Pages

387

Publication Date

January 30, 2007

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<b>The 10th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time from the bestselling author of <i>City of Girls</i> and<i> Big Magic</i>, Elizabeth Gilbert.<br /></b><br />Elizabeth Gilbert鈥檚 <i>Eat Pray Love</i> touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves. Now, this beloved and iconic book returns in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition, complete with an updated introduction from the author, to launch a whole new generation of fans. <br /> 聽<br /> In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want鈥攈usband, country home, successful career鈥攂ut instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard

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English

Pages

442

Publication Date

December 15, 2009

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<b>At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, <i>The River of Doubt</i> is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt鈥檚 harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.</b><br /><br />The River of Doubt鈥攊t is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.<br /><br />After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil鈥檚 most famous explorer, C芒ndido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.<br /><br />Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. <i>The River of Doubt</i> brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.<br /><br />From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt鈥檚 life, here is Candice Millard鈥檚 dazzling debut.
The Art of Travel (Vintage International)
by Alain de Botton

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

November 19, 2008

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Any Baedeker will tell us <i>where</i> we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us <i>how</i> and <i>why. </i>With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to <b>How Proust Can Save Your Life</b><i>, </i>de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow. <br /><br />Even as de Botton takes the reader along on his own peregrinations, he also cites such distinguished fellow-travelers as Baudelaire, Wordsworth, Van Gogh, the biologist Alexander von Humboldt, and the 18th-century eccentric Xavier de Maistre, who catalogued the wonders of his bedroom. <b>The Art of Travel</b> is a wise and utterly original book. Don鈥檛 leave home without it.
Far and Near
by Neil Peart

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English

Pages

405

Publication Date

October 01, 2014

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<p>Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, <em>Far and Away</em>, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers.</p><p>Now <em>Far and Near</em> brings together reflections from another three years of an artist鈥檚 life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind.</p><p>These popular stories, originally posted on Peart鈥檚 website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector鈥檚 volume.</p>

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