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It s time to get off the beaten path Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world Talk about a bucket list here are natural wonders the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand or a baobob tree in South Africa that s so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably Architectural marvels including the M C Escher-like stepwells in India Mind-boggling events like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia Turkmenistan s 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh eccentric bone museums in Italy or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches still on display in Devon England Created by Joshua Foer Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird the unexpected the overlooked the hidden and the mysterious Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is And with its compelling descriptions hundreds of photographs surprising charts maps for every region of the world it is a book to enter... anywhere and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer Anyone can be a tourist ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer more
2017 Large Scale Road AtlasOverviewGive 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 and conditions contact information for every state 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 Tourism websites and phone numbers for every U S state and... Canadian province on map pagesmore
The book that started the Quiet RevolutionAt least one-third of the people we know are introverts They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion who favor working on their own over working in teams It is to introverts Rosa Parks Chopin Dr Seuss Steve Wozniak that we owe many of the great contributions to society In Quiet Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture She also introduces us to successful introverts from a witty high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions Passionately argued superbly researched and filled with indelible stories of real people Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and equally important how they see themselves Now with Extra Libris material including a reader s guide and bonus content
A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Dave Barry We never know what will happen next in Florida We know only that any minute now something will Every few months Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know What the hell is wrong with Florida Somehow the state s acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid and as a loyal Floridian Dave begs to differ Sure there was the 2000 election And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James But it is a great state and Dave is going to tell you why Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that s at the top from the Sunshine State s earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness that it is today It s the most hilarious book yet from the funniest damn writer in the whole country Carl Hiaasen and he should know By the end you ll have to admit that whatever else you might think about Florida you can never say it s boring
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
A New York Times Bestseller Read the sea like a Viking and interpret ponds like a Polynesian with a little help from the natural navigator In his eye-opening books The Lost Art of Reading Nature s Signs and The Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley helped readers reconnect with nature by finding direction from the trees stars clouds and more Now he turns his attention to our most abundant yet perhaps least understood resource Distilled from his far-flung adventures sailing solo across the Atlantic navigating with Omani tribespeople canoeing in Borneo and walking in his own backyard Gooley shares hundreds of techniques in How to Read Water Readers will Find north using puddlesForecast the weather from wavesDecode the colors of pondsSpot dangerous water in the darkDecipher wave patterns on beaches and more
As Walt Disney World continues to grow and evolve trust Birnbaum to guide you through it all -- Disney s Animal Kingdom is completing its 14-acre growth spurt-the largest expansion in Walt Disney World theme park history Turn to Birnbaum for details on all the latest additions to this park s immersive celebration of nature Among them Pandora-The World of AVATAR set to open in 2017 invites guests to a land themed to the blockbuster film AVATAR The 2017 edition of Birnbaum s Official Guide to Walt Disney World explores this escapist realm that includes a glowing forest floating mountains flying Banshees and a bona fide E-Ticket attraction AVATAR Flight of Passage Sunset Safaris A new nighttime adventure takes over the popular Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction Birnbaum offers insight on how to make the most of an evening visit to Animal Kingdom and experience the magically extended orange glow of the setting sun Animal Kingdom now offers its own version of a Disney park kiss good night with the brand-new after-dark extravaganza known as Rivers of Light Birnbaum sheds light on this combination of live performances water screens swirling animal images and floating lanterns-taking place on and around the Discovery River -- The Force... continues to gain strength at Walt Disney World In addition to a sneak-peek at Star Wars Land currently under construction at Disney s Hollywood-themed park Birnbaum gives the low-down on all the current fun courtesy of Darth Vader and company Fireworks have blasted back into the Disney s Hollywood Studios and Birnbaum explains where and when to view the seasonally presented Star Wars-themed pyrotechnic display Do your youngsters fancy themselves proud Padawans We can direct them to the all-new Jedi Training Company where they can learn to harness the Force wield a light saber and fight the Dark Side -- What s it like to be a toy in Andy s backyard WDW guests will find out soon - Toy Story Land is on its way Birnbaum offers a first look at what to expect when this new 11-acre play land is complete -- Put on your dancing shoes - Club Disney is a lively new dance party where the walls come alive with classic Disney animation We ll tell you where to find it -- Get the scoop on new and newly-enhanced theme park shows and attractions including Epcot s beloved Soarin recently re-imagined and now known as Soarin Around the World plus Frozen Ever After the wildly popular new family-friendly dark ride that transports guests to Elsa s Ice Palace and other Arendelle must-sees -- Speaking of Anna and Elsa we ll tell you the best way to meet them and even belt out Let It Go and other Frozen favorites with the revered royal duo -- Disney Cruise Line weighs anchor a mere 50 miles from Walt Disney World making a surf-and-turf vacation a tempting possibility for many a Disney guest A special Birnbaum bonus chapter guides guests from possibility to reality laying out all the details for pairing a Disney Cruise with a visit to Walt Disney World more
Have you Ever wonder what it would be like to be a Pokemon Pikachu In this book you will meet Pika the little wimpy Pikachu who has caught by Ash the trainer Would Pika adapt or react to the new change Pikachu is really different from us You ll be surprised at what you discover So jump into this Pokemon Go adventure and find out Diary of a wimpy Pikachu is a must-read for any kid or adult who has never grown up who loves Pokemon and Pokemon Go P S Don t stop here remember to follow the adventures in this series Gotta Grab em All Book 2 Pokemon Go Diary Of A Wimpy Pikachu 2 Pokemon Go Adventure Book 3 Pokemon Go Diary Of A Wimpy Pikachu 3 Pokemon Go Escapee Book 4 Pokemon Go Diary Of A Wimpy Pikachu 4 Pokemon Go Revenge
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
A language barrier is no match for love Lauren Collins discovered this firsthand when in her early thirties she moved to London and fell for a Frenchman named Olivier a surprising turn of events for someone who didn t have a passport until she was in college But what does it mean to love someone in a second language Collins wonders as her relationship with Olivier continues to grow entirely in English Are there things she doesn t understand about Olivier having never spoken to him in his native tongue Does I love you even mean the same thing as je t aime When the couple newly married relocates to Francophone Geneva Collins fearful of one day becoming a Borat of a mother who doesn t understand her own kids decides to answer her questions for herself by learning French When in French is a laugh-out-loud funny and surprising memoir about the lengths we go to for love as well as an exploration across culture and history into how we learn languages and what they say about who we are Collins grapples with the complexities of the French language enduring excruciating role-playing games with her classmates at a Swiss language school and accidently telling her mother-in-law that she s given birth to a coffee machine In learning French... Collins must wrestle with the very nature of French identity and society which it turns out is a far cry from life back home in North Carolina Plumbing the mysterious depths of humanity s many forms of language Collins describes with great style and wicked humor the frustrations embarrassments surprises and finally joys of learning and living in French more