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The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening
By Ari Shapiro. 2023
“The Best Strangers in the World is a witty, poignant book that captures Ari Shapiro’s love for the unusual, his…pursuit of the unexpected, and his delight at connection against the odds.”—Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and New York Times-bestselling author of Catch and Kill and War on PeaceFrom the beloved host of NPR's All Things Considered, a stirring memoir-in-essays that is also a lover letter to journalism.In his first book, broadcaster Ari Shapiro takes us around the globe to reveal the stories behind narratives that are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking, but always poignant. He details his time traveling on Air Force One with President Obama, or following the path of Syrian refugees fleeing war, or learning from those fighting for social justice both at home and abroad.As the self-reinforcing bubbles we live in become more impenetrable, Ari Shapiro keeps seeking ways to help people listen to one another; to find connection and commonality with those who may seem different; to remind us that, before religion, or nationality, or politics, we are all human. The Best Strangers in the World is a testament to one journalist’s passion for Considering All Things—and sharing what he finds with the rest of us.
Women and Water: Stories of Adventure, Self-Discovery, and Connection in and on the Water
By Gale Straub, Noel Russell, Hailey Hirst. 2023
Women and Water is a visually driven celebration of women who love nature, adventure, and water sports.This inspiring collection combines…breathtaking photography with powerful narratives from women who swim, surf, kayak, study glaciers, advocate for water conservation, carry forward their ancestral fishing traditions, and more. Collected by the team at She Explores, a media company and community that celebrates women in the outdoors, these first-person stories explore themes of independence, strength, healing, and self-discovery in nature.Helpful how-tos on everything from cold water swimming to taking underwater photos are interspersed throughout the book, making it easy for readers to get outside and get their feet wet. The result is a joyful tribute to the strength women exude in and on the water in a beautiful, chunky volume that makes an empowering gift for teenage girls, new graduates, and outdoorsy women of all ages. NEW TAKE ON WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT: This collection presents a fresh angle on women's empowerment by focusing on women's relationships to water. The adventure- and water-themed content makes this book a perfect gift for the surfer, sailor, angler, or swimmer in your life.CELEBRATES DIVERSITY: Women and Water celebrates a wide range of voices and perspectives. The stories in these pages come from women of different ethnicities, physical abilities, body types, and ages. The diverse content welcomes women who are often left out or underrepresented in mainstream outdoor media.CONNECTION TO AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY: She Explores is an accessible community that's deeply respected in the outdoor world with a significant and devoted online following. This follow-up to their first book, She Explores, offers fans new ways to engage with the platform's empowering and inspiring content. THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT: Spending time in nature is an increasingly popular way to relieve stress and anxiety, and studies have shown the healing benefits of immersing yourself in the natural world. This book celebrates nature as a place for self-discovery, wellness, and connection.Perfect for:Swimmers, divers, surfers, paddleboarders, sailors, ice skaters, kayakers, anglers, marine biologists, conservationists, engineers, ecologists, and geoscientistsNature enthusiasts, ocean lovers, adventure travelers, and armchair travelersShoppers looking for an empowering gift book for teenage girls, young women, college grads, or family or friends celebrating milestone birthdaysFans of Wild, Strong is the New Pretty, Soul Surfer, and In the Company of WomenFollowers of the She Explores website, podcast, and community
Travel writing mattersExplore the world through this beautiful collection of the finest travel writing published in British media in the…21st century - as judged by some of the most respected travel writers in the world: Levison Wood, Monisha Rajesh, Jessica Vincent and Simon WillmoreThe world has changed, but our desire to explore new places remains as strong as ever. The Best British Travel Writing of the 21st Century includes 30 outstanding travel stories published in British media over the last two decades, as chosen by some of the top names in travel writing today. Through travel's most talented storytellers, you'll face adversity along the Congo's raging River Lulua, make new friends aboard Iraq's night train, and embark on life-changing pilgrimages from India to Saudi Arabia.This book is an ode to travel and all that it offers, but it's also a celebration of a genre that brings the world closer to us. At its best, travel writing encourages empathy and inspires change. Join our award-winning writers in marvelling at the power and beauty of travel, and let them inspire you to fall in love with the world all over again.
Riding Out: A Journey of Love, Loss and New Beginnings
By Simon Parker. 2022
"A truly inspiring journey that celebrates the healing power of adventure. A must-read." - Levison WoodThe remarkable and inspirational true…story of how one man battled grief and anxiety, one pedal stroke at a time, on a 3,500-mile adventure around BritainIn March 2020, as Britain entered its first lockdown, Simon Parker's life fell apart; his travel journalism career vanished overnight and shortly afterwards he received the tragic news that a close friend had died. With a long-suppressed anxiety disorder starting to rear its head, he turned to the only therapies he knew and trusted: travel and exercise.Setting off on his bike from the northernmost point of Shetland with only a sleeping bag and a camping stove, Simon would end up cycling 3,427 miles around Britain. En route, he would meet hundreds of resilient Britons, who were all, in their own way, riding out the storm just like he was. Even in his gloomiest moments he began to see that a chink of light was never too far away.Riding Out is a story of optimism and hope, and a ground-level portrait of Britain as it transforms from a country in crisis to a nation on the mend. From Shetland to the Scillies, Dover to Durness, Simon learns that life's sharpest corners are best navigated at the gentle pace of a bicycle.
Invisible China: A Journey Through Ethnic Borderlands
By Jacob Rawson, Colin Legerton. 2009
Traveling more than 14,000 miles by bus and train to the farthest reaches of China, the authors of this narrative…explore the minority peoples who dwell there, talking to farmers in their fields, monks in their monasteries, fishermen on their skiffs, and herders on the steppe. Closely observing daily life in these remote regions, they document the many lifestyles and adventures of the Chinese natives--they visit an old Catholic fisherman at a church that has been without a priest for 40 years; they hike around high-altitude Lugu Lake to farm with the matriarchal Mosuo women; and they descend into a dry riverbed to hunt for jade with Muslim Uyghur merchants. This account uncovers surprising truths about China's hidden minorities and their complex position in Chinese society through real discussions, including a heated debate with Ewenki village cadres on human rights and talks with aging hajjis about the Chinese government's razing of their mosque.
Sneak Peek for Raw Dog
By Jamie Loftus. 2023
Part travelogue, part culinary history, all capitalist critique—comedian Jamie Loftus's debut, Raw Dog, will take you on a cross-country road…trip in the summer of 2021, and reveal what the creation, culture, and class influence of hot dogs says about America now. Download a FREE sneak peek today!Hot dogs. Poor people created them. Rich people found a way to charge fifteen dollars for them. They’re high culture, they’re low culture, they’re sports food, they’re kids' food, they’re hangover food, and they’re deeply American, despite having no basis whatsoever in America's Indigenous traditions. You can love them, you can hate them, but you can’t avoid the great American hot dog.Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs is part investigation into the cultural and culinary significance of hot dogs and part travelog documenting a cross-country road trip researching them as they’re served today. From avocado and spice in the West to ass-shattering chili in the East to an entire salad on a slice of meat in Chicago, Loftus, her pets, and her ex eat their way across the country during the strange summer of 2021. It’s a brief window into the year between waves of a plague that the American government has the resources to temper, but not the interest.So grab a dog, lay out your picnic blanket, and dig into the delicious and inevitable product of centuries of violence, poverty, and ambition, now rolling around at your local 7-Eleven.The hardcover edition of Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs includes gorgeous endpapers as well as illustrations by the author throughout.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
How to Read Nature: Awaken Your Senses to the Outdoors You've Never Noticed (Natural Navigation)
By Tristan Gooley. 2017
“Equal parts alfresco inspiration, interesting factoids, how-to instructions and self-help advice.”—The Wall Street Journal When most of us go for…a walk, a single sense—sight—tends to dominate our experience. But when New York Times–bestselling author and expert navigator Tristan Gooley goes for a walk, he uses all ﬁve senses to “read” everything nature has to offer. A single lowly weed can serve as his compass, calendar, clock, and even pharmacist.In How to Read Nature, Gooley introduces readers to his world—where the sky, sea, and land teem with marvels. Plus, he shares 15 exercises to sharpen all of your senses. Soon you’ll be making your own discoveries, every time you step outside!
Turn Every Walk into a Game of DetectionWhen writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world…filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun’s direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south. To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and around the world. Whether you’re walking in the country or city, along a coastline, or by night, this is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal—if you only know how to look!
How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea (Natural Navigation)
By Tristan Gooley. 2016
A New York Times Bestseller A Forbes Top 10 Conservation and Environment Book of 2016Read 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!
Park Life: Around the World in 50 Parks
By Tom Chesshyre. 2021
If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it's that people love parks Wherever we are in the world, urban…parks are places where we can find calm amid the chaos. With fondness and humour, travel writer Tom Chesshyre recalls 50 of his favourite urban parks from across the world, in a love letter to the green escapes that bring us joy in our cities.
Romaine Wasn't Built in a Day: The Delightful History of Food Language
By Judith Tschann. 2023
Perfect for readers of Susie Dent and Mark Forsyth, and fans of QI. All food has a story, reaching as…far back into history as language itself. As languages followed and reflected the tides of civilizations, food language came to represent some of the highs and lows of how humans communicate: from the highbrow 'Chateauneuf du Pape: (the Pope's new castle)' to the 'nun's farts' of Jamaica (also known as 'beignets').Chock full of food puns, linguistic did-you-knows and delectable trivia, Romaine Wasn't Built in A Day is your go-to gift for your trivia nerds, your history buffs, your crossword fiends, and your Scrabble diehards. This is the surprising and hilarious history of food, told through the lens of the fascinating evolution of language.
Dawdling by the Danube: With Journeys in Bavaria and Poland
By Edward Enfield. 2008
Edward Enfield sets off on a cycling trip through Bavaria, Poland and on to the pleasant banks of the Danube,…taking in castles and baroque churches and sampling splendid wine en route. Carrying few preconceptions but plenty of wit, Edward reveals there is no place from which to see a country that is nearly as good as the saddle of a bicycle.
Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole
By Felicity Aston. 2011
In 2009, Felicity Aston led a team of ‘ordinary’ women – some of whom had never even seen snow or slept in…a tent before – on a 900 km skiing trek across the Antarctic, one of the toughest journeys on the planet. Despite eighty-mile-an-hour winds, deadly crevasses, frostbite and injuries, the expedition broke six World Records.
Twitchhiker: How One Man Travelled the World by Twitter
By Paul Smith. 2010
Paul Smith wondered how far he could get around the world in 30 days through the goodwill of users of…social networking site Twitter. In a daft adventure, he travelled by road, boat, plane and train, shmoozed with Hollywood A-listers and was humbled by the generosity of the thousands who followed his journey and determined its course.
The Teardrop Island: Following Victorian Footsteps Across Sri Lanka
By Cherry Briggs. 2013
The Teardrop Island follows in the footsteps of the eccentric Victorian James Emerson Tennent, along a route which takes Cherry…to pilgrimage trails, tea estates, and rural regions inhabited by indigenous tribes, and through areas of the former warzone, delving under the surface of the contemporary culture via cricket matches and fortune tellers.
Freewheeling Through Ireland: Enfield Pedals the West Coast
By Edward Enfield. 2006
When Edward decided to cycle around Ireland, he was enchanted by prehistoric fortresses, rugged landscapes and landladies who insisted on…washing his shirts. With his trademark wit, he takes you on a ride up the west coast, stopping to chat to peat-cutters, fishermen, eccentric tourists and a famous matchmaker.
Fragrant Heart: A Tale of Love, Life and Food in South-East Asia
By Miranda Emmerson. 2014
Miranda and her partner set off for one last big adventure before settling down. They chose to travel through South-East…Asia. Asian flu, falling off boats and the general chaos of a life abroad challenged them at every step, yet they fell in love with the culture and culinary delights of China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia.
After planning to backpack round South America, Amy spends the next three months fending off well-meaning but absurd advice, which…she ignores… right up until she runs into trouble. Part memoir and part inspirational traveller’s tale, Miss-adventures is a funny and frank account of a young woman exercising her independence.
Too Narrow to Swing a Cat: Going Nowhere in Particular on the English Waterways
By Steve Haywood. 2011
Steve has a new member of crew aboard his narrowboat – but maybe not the kind he’d have wanted if he’d…known the trouble she’d cause. Kit, an untidy bundle of feline fur, joins him on a mission to discover lost parts of England, cruising the canals and visiting picturesque towns and waterway festivals along the way.
From Source to Sea: Notes from a 215-Mile Walk Along the River Thames
By Tom Chesshyre. 2017
Authors, artists and amblers have always felt the pull of the Thames, and now Tom Chesshyre is following in their…footsteps. He’s walking more than 200 miles from the Cotswolds to the North Sea. Seeing some familiar sights through new eyes, Chesshyre explores the living present and remarkable past of England’s longest and most iconic river.