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

Language

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>
Wild (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition): From Lost to Found ...
by Cheryl Strayed

Language

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

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>
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last Tr...
by Michael Finkel

Language

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

Language

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>
Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Caj...
by Mike Tidwell

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

December 18, 2007

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<p>The Cajun coast of Louisiana is home to a way of life as unique, complex, and beautiful as the terrain itself.聽 As award-winning travel writer Mike Tidwell journeys through the bayou, he introduces us to the food and the language, the shrimp fisherman, the Houma Indians, and the rich cultural history that makes it unlike any other place in the world. But seeing the skeletons of oak trees killed by the salinity of the groundwater, and whole cemeteries sinking into swampland and out of sight, Tidwell also explains why each introduction may be a farewell鈥攁s the storied Louisiana coast steadily erodes into the Gulf of Mexico.<br /><br />Part travelogue, part environmental expos茅, <i>Bayou Farewell</i> is the richly evocative chronicle of the author's travels through a world that is vanishing before our eyes.</p>
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2020 (The Unofficial Gu...
by , Len Testa

Language

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>
In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson

Language

English

Pages

436

Publication Date

September 01, 2000

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<b>Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. This time in Australia.</b><br /><br />His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller <i>A Walk in the Woods</i>. <i>In A Sunburned Country</i> is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity.<br /><br />Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. <br /><br />Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
by William Finnegan

Language

English

Pages

466

Publication Date

July 21, 2015

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<b>**Winner of the聽2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography**<br /><br />鈥淩eading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard.鈥濃€?lt;i>Sports Illustrated<br /><br />Included in <b>President Obama鈥檚 2016 Summer Reading List聽</b></i></b><br /><i>聽</i><br /><i>Barbarian Days</i>聽is William Finnegan鈥檚 memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.聽<br />聽<br />Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter.聽<i>Barbarian Days</i>聽takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses鈥攐ff the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships forged in challenging waves.<br />聽<br />Finnegan shares stories of life in a whites-only gang in a tough school in Honolulu. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly鈥攈e drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui鈥攊s served up with rueful humor. As Finnegan鈥檚 travels take him ever farther afield, he discovers the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissects the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, and navigates the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs, carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing, unprecedented lucidity.<br />聽<br /><i>Barbarian Days聽</i>is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art.<br />聽<br /><b>Praise for聽<i>Barbarian Days</i>:</b><br />聽<br />鈥淲ithout a doubt, the finest surf book I鈥檝e ever read . . . But on a more fundamental level,聽<i>Barbarian Days</i>聽offers a clear-eyed vision of American boyhood. Like Jon Krakauer鈥檚聽<i>Into the Wild</i>, it is a sympathetic examination of what happens when literary ideas of freedom and purity take hold of a young mind and fling his body out into the far reaches of the world.鈥?lt;i>鈥擳he New York Times Magazine</i><br /><i>聽</i><br />鈥淚ncandescent . . . I鈥檇 sooner press this book upon on a nonsurfer, in part because nothing I鈥檝e read so accurately describes the feeling of being stoked or the despair of being held under. . . . [But] it鈥檚 also about a writer鈥檚 life and, even more generally, a quester鈥檚 life, more carefully observed and precisely rendered than any I鈥檝e read in a long time.鈥?lt;i>鈥擫os Angeles Times</i><b><br /></b>

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