Long Way Home : on The Trail of Steinbeck's America
by Bill Barich
In the summer of 2008, Bill Barich is inspired to explore the mood of the United States as Steinbeck had done almost a half century before. With a hotly contested election looming, and in the shadow of an economic meltdown, Barich set off on a 5,943-mile cross-country drive from New York to his old hometown in San Francisco via Route 50, a road twisting through the American heartland.
Tales from nowhere : [unexpected stories from unexpected places]
by Donald W. George
Many places can feel like nowhere: a desert, an isolated village, even the middle of a bustling, impersonal city. And then something happens: an adventure, a revelation, an experience that changes the whole landscape. The discovery that every place is the center of the world to somebody and has its own riches and wonders. The authors of these 30 real-life tales find passion, surprise and illumination in the middle of Borneo or Beijing, in a Mayan mountain village, along a time-worn trail in Tuscany, on an isolated South Pacific island, or under a desert moon in Mali. These richly varied stories all celebrate and illuminate one simple truth: if we embark on each adventure with an open heart and an open mind, travel will take us places we never planned to go, and enrich and enlighten us in ways we never otherwise would have known.
The Great American Attraction: Two Brits Discover the Rollicking World of American Festivals
by Rich Smith
After recovering in his native England from a frivolous crime spree through the United States in You Can Get Arrested for That, Rich Smith is back again to take another look at this great nation and its extraordinary inhabitants. The young Briton along with his new sidekick, Antony crashes the weirdest parties, participates in the quirkiest competitions, and attends the wackiest events to find the true heart of eccentric America.
The Sex Lives of Cannibals : Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
by J. Maarten Troost
When Troost's girlfriend accepted a temporary position in the island nation of Kiribati, Troost decided to tag along, fully expecting to spend the next two years in a tropical paradise. However, Troost quickly discovered reality: suffocating heat, pollution, exotic diseases, and a distinct lack of modern conveniences. As Troost recounts the difficulties of adjusting to life in Kiribati, he also reveals a growing appreciation for his new home and its people.
Under the Tuscan Sun : At Home in Italy
by Frances Mayes
In this book, Mayes brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the unexpected delights of Italian life.