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A deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writerBarbarian Days is William Finnegan s memoir of an obsession a complex enchantment Surfing only looks like a sport To initiates it is something else entirely a beautiful addiction a demanding course of study a morally dangerous pastime a way of life 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 Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds some of them right under our noses off the coasts of New York and San Francisco It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships annealed in challenging waves Finnegan shares stories of life in a whitesonly gang in a tough school in Honolulu even while his closest friend was a Hawaiian surfer 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 he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay on Maui... is served up with rueful humor He and a buddy their knapsacks crammed with reef charts bushwhack through Polynesia They discover while camping on an uninhabited island in Fiji one of the world s greatest waves As Finnegan s travels take him ever farther afield he becomes an improbable anthropologist unpicking the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village dissecting the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese navigating the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria Throughout he surfs carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing unprecedented lucidity Barbarian Days 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 Today Finnegan s surfing life is undiminished Frantically juggling work and family he chases his enchantment through Long Island ice storms and obscure corners of Madagascar more
Instant New York Times Bestseller 1 Indie Next Pick Amazon and Apple Best of the Month Absorbing Winning The many layers in The Oregon Trail are linked by Mr Buck s voice which is alert and unpretentious in a manner that put me in mind of Bill Bryson s comic tone in A Walk in the Woods Dwight Garner The New York TimesAn epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way in a covered wagon with a team of mules an audacious journey that hasn t been attempted in a century which also chronicles the rich history of the trail the people who made the migration and its significance to the country Spanning two thousand miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific coast the Oregon Trail is the route that made America In the fifteen years before the Civil War when 400 000 pioneers used the trail to emigrate West scholars still regard this as the largest land migration in history it united the coasts doubled the size of the country and laid the groundwork for the railroads Today amazingly the trail is all but forgotten Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures His first travel narrative Flight of Passage was hailed by The New Yorker as a funny cocky gem of a book and with The Oregon Trail he... brings the most important route in American history back to glorious and vibrant life Traveling from St Joseph Missouri to Baker City Oregon over the course of four months Buck is accompanied by three cantankerous mules his boisterous brother Nick and an incurably filthy Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl Along the way they dodge thunderstorms in Nebraska chase runaway mules across the Wyoming plains scout more than five hundred miles of nearly vanished trail on foot cross the Rockies and make desperate fifty-mile forced marches for water The Buck brothers repair so many broken wheels and axels that they nearly reinvent the art of wagon travel itself They also must reckon with the ghost of their father an eccentric yet loveable dreamer whose memory inspired their journey across the plains and whose premature death many years earlier has haunted them both ever since But The Oregon Trail is much more than an epic adventure It is also a lively and essential work of history that shatters the comforting myths about the trail years passed down by generations of Americans Buck introduces readers to the largely forgotten roles played by trailblazing evangelists friendly Indian tribes female pioneers bumbling U S Army cavalrymen and the scam artists who flocked to the frontier to fleece the overland emigrants Generous portions of the book are devoted to the history of old and appealing things like the mule and the wagon We also learn how the trail accelerated American economic development Most arresting perhaps are the stories of the pioneers themselves ordinary families whose extraordinary courage and sacrifice made this country what it became At once a majestic journey across the West a significant work of history and a moving personal saga The Oregon Trail draws readers into the journey of a lifetime It is a wildly ambitious work of nonfiction from a true American original It is a book with a heart as big as the country it crosses more
Give road-weary eyes a break with this spiral-bound Large Scale edition featuring all the accuracy you ve come to expect from Rand McNally only bigger Updated atlas contains maps of every U S state that are 35 larger than the standard atlas version plus over 350 detailed city inset and national park maps and a comprehensive unabridged index Road construction projects and updates highlighted for every state and conveniently located above the maps Contains mileage chart showing distances between 77 North American cities and national parks with driving times map Tough spiral binding allows the book to lay open easily Other FeaturesBest of the Road - Our editor s favorite road trips from our Best of the Road collection follows scenic routes along stretches of coastline both east and west to forests mountains and prairies and through small towns and big cities For a weekend or a week there s something for everyone Tell Rand As much as we work to keep our atlases up to date conditions change quickly and new construction projects begin frequently If you know of something we haven t captured in our atlas let us know at randmcnally com tellrand
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 How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild 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 In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car stripped it of its license plates and burned all of his cash 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 Craving a blank spot on the map McCandless simply threw the maps away Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister he vanished into the wild Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless s short life Admitting an interst that borders on obsession he... searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless 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 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 pretensions and hubris He is said 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 Into the Wild is a tour de force The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer s stoytelling blaze through every page more
In the summer of 2010 photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to at present count over twelve million In 2013 his book Humans of New York based on that blog was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks Now Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for Humans of New York Stories Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York the dialogue he s had with them has increasingly become as in-depth intriguing and moving as the photos themselves Humans of New York Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs with a rich design and most importantly longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor Let Brandon Stanton and the Humans of New York he s photographed astonish you all over again next fall
1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERNOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREAt twenty-two Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything In the wake of her mother s 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 and she would do it alone Told with suspense and style sparkling with warmth and humor Wild 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 One of the Best Books of the Year NPR The Boston Globe Entertainment Weekly Vogue St Louis Dispatch
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Italy From the beaches to the Alps from fine art to fine pasta Italy has it all With this book you ll trace Italian culture from Rome s Colosseum to Michelangelo s David to the bustling elegance of Milan Experience the art-drenched cities of Venice and Florence explore the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum and learn how to avoid the lines at the most popular museums Discover the villages of Tuscany and Umbria and the lazy rhythms of the Cinque Terre Shop at local market stalls sip a cappuccino at an outdoor caf and pick up a picnic lunch at an allimentari Relax and enjoy the life of Bella Italia Rick s candid humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants He ll help you plan where to go and what to see depending on the length of your trip You ll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money More than just reviews and directions a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket
The Rand McNally Road Atlas is the most trusted and best-selling US atlas on the market This updated North American atlas contains maps of every U S state and Canadian province an overview map of Mexico and detailed inset maps of over 350 cities and 20 U S national parks Road construction projects and updates highlighted for every state and conveniently located above the maps Contains mileage chart showing distances between 90 North American cities and national parks along with a driving times map Other FeaturesBest of the Road - Our editor s favorite road trips from our Best of the Road collection follows scenic routes along stretches of coastline both east and west to forests mountains and prairies and through small towns and big cities For a weekend or a week there s something for everyone Tell Rand As much as we work to keep our atlases up to date conditions change quickly and new construction projects begin frequently If you know of something we haven t captured in our atlas let us know at randmcnally com tellrand Use this book with the Rand McNally Road Atlas Ebook Learn more at randmcnally com mobileTourism websites and phone numbers for every U S state and Canadian province on map pages
1 best-selling guide to Iceland Lonely Planet Iceland is your passport to the most relevant up-to-date advice on what to see and skip and what hidden discoveries await you Splash around in the Blue Lagoon s geothermal water catch a glimpse of the celestial Northern Lights or take a boat trip among the icebergs all with your trusted travel companion Get to the heart of Iceland and begin your journey now Inside Lonely Planet s Iceland Travel Guide Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation phone numbers websites transit tips prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating sleeping sight-seeing going out shopping hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer more rewarding travel experience - history politics landscapes wildlife literature music cinema art architecture customs cuisine Free convenient pull-out Reykjavik map included in print version plus over 37 maps Covers Reykjavik the Westfjords the Highlands North Iceland East Iceland South Iceland the Golden Circle... Southwest Iceland the Eastfjords Akureyri Hunafloi and more eBook Features Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations websites Zoom-in maps and images Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice Lonely Planet Iceland our most comprehensive guide to Iceland is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled Looking for a guide focused on Reykjavik Check out Lonely Planet s Pocket Reykjavik a handy-sized guide focused on the can t-miss sights for a quick trip Looking for more extensive coverage Check out Lonely Planet s Scandinavia guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer Authors Written and researched by Lonely Planet Carolyn Bain and Alexis Averbuck About Lonely Planet Since 1973 Lonely Planet has become the world s leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination an award-winning website mobile and digital travel products and a dedicated traveller community Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves Best-selling guide to Iceland Source Nielsen BookScan Australia UK and USA more
The finest guidebook ever written for Kaua i Now you can plan your best vacation--ever This all new ninth edition is a candid humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the island Best-selling author and longtime Hawai i resident Andrew Doughty unlocks the secrets of an island so lush and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails secluded beaches pristine reefs delicious places to dine relaxing resorts exciting waterfalls colorful canyons and so much more Every restaurant activity provider business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes Kaua i so exciting The most up-to-date and accurate information available anyplace with up-to-the-minute changes posted to our website Frank brutally honest reviews of restaurants hotels and activities show you which companies really are the best and which to avoid--no advertisements Driving tours let you structure your trip your way point out sights not to be missed along the way and are complemented by over 100 spectacular color photographs15 specially-created maps in an easy-to-follow format with mile markers--so you ll always know... where you are on the island Clear concise directions to those hard-to-find places such as deserted beaches tropical jungles hidden waterfalls rugged scenic coastlines water-filled lava pools and scores of other hidden gems listed nowhere else Exclusive chapter on Kaua i s beaches with detailed descriptions including ocean safety Unique Adventures chapter and 70 pages of exciting activities from ATVs to ziplines Fascinating sections on Hawai i s history culture language and legends Companion website with links to every business events calendar over 70 resort reviews complete with aerial photos--so you ll know if oceanfront really means oceanfront The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook covers it all--from the mile-high summit of Mt Wai ale ale to the sparkling underwater reefs This is the best investment you can make for your Kaua i visit Whether you are a first time visitor or a longtime kama aina you will find out more about Kaua i from this book than from any other source Discover the island of your dreams with The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook more
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