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A Cook's Tour : In Search of a Perfect Meal
by  Anthony Bourdain Details
Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters outside a Russian bath, Chef Bourdain travels the world over in search of the ultimate meal.
A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
by  Bill Bryson Details
After living for many years in England, Bill Bryson moved back to the United States and decided to reacquaint himself with his country, and he sets off on a walk that is both amusingly ill-conceived and surprisingly adventurous.
A Year in Provence
by  Peter Mayle Details
A classic Travel memoir about how Mayle and his wife moved to France and bought a house in need of repair. Their trials and tribulations, their new understanding of village life, and their adjustment from England to Provence are a delight.
By the Seat of My Pants : Humorous Tales of Travel and Misadventure
by  Edited by Don George Details
Presents thirty-one true tales and anecdotes on travel, ranging from close-encounter safaris to adventures found when taking the wrong road, to amusing language and culture barriers from around the world.
Endless Horizon : A Very Messy Motorcycle Journey Around the World
by  Dan Walsh Details
In 2005, motorcycle journalist Dan Walsh rode out of London on a Yamaha XT Desert Rat, headed for Africa. From Dakar to Ghana to South Africa, then on to North and South America, he kept his readers posted about his travels, along the way earning the label "the savior of motorcycle writing."
Hold the Enlightenment
by  Tim Cahill Details
A collection of essays, some a riot and some reflective, that take readers on a journey around the world. With his charming mix of wit and insight, Cahill explores everything from Yoga to toxic waste to big bugs.
Long After Midnight at the Niño Bien: A Yanqui’s Missteps in Argentina
by  Brian Winter Details
After moving to Argentina on a whim, Brian Winter, a young American reporter, embarks on a crusade to learn that devilishly difficult dance that demands both discipline and passion: the tango. While he dances the night away in the milongas with the fiery denizens of Buenos Aires, the country around them collapses, gripped by inflation, street riots, and revolution.
Long Way Down : An Epic Journey by Motorcycle from Scotland to South Africa
by  Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman Details
This is the account of the authors' three month journey across two continents, over difficult terrain and in unpredictable conditions. Their route covers Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Tunisia, the Sudan, Rwanda, Botswana, and Namibia, among other countries; and they stop in cities and villages along the way to experience the European and African cultures firsthand.
Long Way Home : on The Trail of Steinbeck's America
by  Bill Barich Details
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.
The Great American Attraction: Two Brits Discover the Rollicking World of American Festivals
by  Rich Smith Details
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 Lunatic Express
by  Carl Hoffman Details
"Discovering the world ... via its most dangerous buses, boats, trains, and planes".
The Sex Lives of Cannibals : Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
by  J. Maarten Troost Details
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.
To Hellholes and Back : Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism
by  Chuck Thompson Details
"The guru of extreme tourism sets out to face his worst fears in Africa, India, Mexico City, and - most terrifying of all - at Disney World."
Under the Tuscan Sun : At Home in Italy
by  Frances Mayes Details
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.
Updated 02/06/2012
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