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Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying "Yes" to Living
by , Ramie Liddle

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English

Pages

252

Publication Date

May 02, 2017

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<p>When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Miss Norma鈥攏ewly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage鈥攔ose to her full height of five feet and told the doctor, 鈥淚鈥檓 ninety years old. I鈥檓 hitting the road.鈥澛?lt;/p><p>And so Miss Norma took off on an unforgettable around-the-country journey in a thirty-six-foot motor home with her retired son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their dog Ringo.聽</p><p>As this once timid woman says 鈥測es鈥?to living in the face of death, she tries regional foods for the first time, reaches for the clouds in a hot air balloon, and mounts up for a horseback ride. With each passing mile (and one educational visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Norma鈥檚 health improves and conversations that had once been taboo begin to unfold. Norma, Tim, and Ramie bond in ways they had never done before, and their definitions of home, family, and friendship expand. Stop by stop, state by state, they meet countless people from all walks of life鈥攕trangers who become fast friends and welcome them with kindness and open hearts.</p><p>Infused with this irrepressible nonagenarian鈥檚 wisdom, courage, and generous spirit, <em>Driving Miss Norma</em> is the charming, infectiously joyous chronicle of their experiences on the road. It portrays a transformative journey of living life on your own terms that shows us it is never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope, or become a trailblazer.</p>
Terminal Bar: A Photographic Record of New York's Most Notorious ...
by Stefan Nadelman

Language

English

Pages

175

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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In 1972 Shelly Nadelman began a ten-year run bartending at one of New York City's most notorious dives: the Terminal Bar, located across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. For ten years, right up until the bar closed for good in 1982, he shot thousands of black-and-white photographs, mostly portraits of his customers鈥?neighborhood regulars, drag queens, thrill-seeking tourists, pimps and prostitutes, midtown office workers dropping by before catching a bus home to the suburbs鈥攁ll of whom found welcome and respite at the Terminal Bar. This extraordinary archive remained unseen for twenty years until his son Stefan rescued the collection, using parts of it in a documentary short. Featuring nine hundred photographs accompanied by reminiscences in Shelly Nadelman's inimitable voice, <em>Terminal Bar</em> brings back to life the 1970s presanitized Times Square, a raucous chapter of the city that never sleeps.
Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Sav...
by Ben Montgomery

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 01, 2014

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Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person鈥攎an or woman鈥攖o walk it twice and three times and she did it all after the age of 65. This is the first and only biography of Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, who became a hiking celebrity in the 1950s and '60s. She appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter, and on the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. He also unearthed historic newspaper and magazine articles and interviewed surviving family members and hikers Gatewood met along the trail. The inspiring story of Emma Gatewood illustrates the full power of human spirit and determination.
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer

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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.
To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, a...
by Jedidiah Jenkins

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER 鈥⒙犫€淲ith winning candor, Jedidiah Jenkins takes us with him as he bicycles across two continents and delves deeply into his own beautiful heart.鈥?lt;i>鈥?lt;/i>Cheryl Strayed, author of聽<i>Wild聽</i>and聽<i>Tiny Beautiful Things</i></b><br />聽<br />On the eve of turning thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn鈥檛 choose, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job and spent sixteen months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia. He chronicled the trip on Instagram, where his photos and reflections drew hundreds of thousands of followers, all gathered around the question: What makes a life worth living?聽<br /><br />In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Jed narrates his adventure鈥攖he people and places he encountered on his way to the bottom of the world鈥攁s well as the internal journey that started it all. As he traverses cities, mountains, and inner boundaries, Jenkins grapples with the question of what it means to be an adult, his struggle to reconcile his sexual identity with his conservative Christian upbringing, and his belief in travel as a way to wake us up to life back home.<br /><br />A soul-stirring read for the wanderer in each of us,聽<i>To Shake the Sleeping Self聽</i>is an unforgettable reflection on adventure, identity, and a life lived without regret.<br />聽<br /><b>Praise for聽<i>To Shake the Sleeping Self</i></b><br /><br />鈥淸Jenkins is] a guy deeply connected to his personal truth and just so refreshingly present.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥?lt;/i>Rich Roll, author of聽<i>Finding Ultra</i></b><br />聽<br />鈥淭his is much more than a book about a bike ride. This is a deep soul deepening us. Jedidiah Jenkins is a mystic disguised as a millennial.鈥?lt;b>鈥擳om Shadyac, author of聽<i>Life鈥檚 Operating Manual</i></b><br /><br />鈥淭hought-provoking and inspirational . . .聽This uplifting memoir and travelogue will remind readers of the power of movement for the body and the soul.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擯ublishers Weekly<br /></i></b>
Wild (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition): From Lost to Found ...
by Cheryl Strayed

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English

Pages

338

Publication Date

June 01, 2012

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<b>#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /></b><br />At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother鈥檚 death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State鈥攁nd she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, <i>Wild</i> powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.<br /><br />Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection: This special eBook聽edition of Cheryl Strayed鈥檚 national best seller,聽<i>Wild</i>,聽features exclusive content, including Oprah鈥檚 personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide.聽<br /><br /><b>One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, <i>The Boston Globe</i>,聽<i>Entertainment Weekly,</i>聽<i>Vogue, <i>St. Louis Dispatch聽</i></i></b>
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Tra...
by Bill Bryson

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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>
Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide
by Tony Horwitz

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English

Pages

492

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i>-bestselling final book by the beloved, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Tony Horwitz.</b><br /> 聽<br /> With <i>Spying on the South</i>, the best-selling author of聽<i>Confederates in the Attic</i>聽returns to the South and the Civil War era for an epic adventure on the trail of America's greatest landscape architect. In the 1850s, the young Frederick Law Olmsted was adrift, a restless farmer and dreamer in search of a mission. He found it during an extraordinary journey, as an undercover correspondent in the South for the up-and-coming聽<i>New York Times.</i><br /><br />For the Connecticut Yankee, pen name "Yeoman," the South was alien, often hostile territory. Yet Olmsted traveled for 14 months, by horseback, steamboat, and stagecoach, seeking dialogue and common ground. His vivid dispatches about the lives and beliefs of Southerners were revelatory for readers of his day, and Yeoman's remarkable trek also reshaped the American landscape, as Olmsted sought to reform his own society by creating democratic spaces for the uplift of all. The result: Central Park and Olmsted's career as America's first and foremost landscape architect.<br /><br />Tony Horwitz rediscovers Yeoman Olmsted amidst the discord and polarization of our own time. Is America still one country? In search of answers, and his own adventures, Horwitz follows Olmsted's tracks and often his mode of transport (including muleback): through Appalachia, down the Mississippi River, into bayou Louisiana, and across Texas to the contested Mexican borderland. Venturing far off beaten paths, Horwitz uncovers bracing vestiges and strange new mutations of the Cotton Kingdom. Horwitz's intrepid and often hilarious journey through an outsized American landscape is a masterpiece in the tradition of <i>Great Plains</i>, <i>Bad Land</i>, and the author's own classic, <i>Confederates in the Attic.</i>
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last Tr...
by Michael Finkel

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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<b>Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it.聽This is the remarkable true story of a man who聽lived alone in the woods of Maine for聽27聽years, making this dream a reality鈥攏ot out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.</b>聽<br /><br /><b>A聽<i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller</b><br /><br />In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life鈥攚hy did he leave? what did he learn?鈥攁s well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2020 (The Unofficial Gu...
by , Len Testa

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English

Pages

1248

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<p><b>THE trusted source of information for a successful Walt Disney World vacation</b><br /></p><p>The best-selling independent guide to Walt Disney World has everything you need to plan your family鈥檚 trip鈥攈assle-free.聽Whether you are planning your annual vacation to Walt Disney World or preparing for your first visit ever, this book gives you the insider scoop on hotels, restaurants, and attractions. <br /></p><p><i>The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2020</i> explains how Walt Disney World works and how to use that knowledge to make every minute and every dollar of your vacation count.<br /></p><p>With an Unofficial Guide in hand, and with authors Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa as guides, find out what鈥檚 available in every category, from best to worst, and get step-by-step, detailed plans to help make the most of your time at Walt Disney World.</p>

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