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By Alan Ryan. 1997
Twenty-eight mostly autobiographical essays by various authors describe Alaska. Beginning with John Muir's first sighting of Glacier Bay in 1879,…the stories move chronologically to the 1990s. They provide glimpses of the threat civilization poses to the forty-ninth state. For senior high and older readers. 1997
By Bill Bryson. 1995
Journalist Bill Bryson had lived in Great Britain for twenty years when he decided to move back to the U.S.…After one last trip around the island--mostly by public transportation--in order to savor the uniqueness of British culture, Bryson wrote this humorous account of the customs and language of the people
By Susan Brind Morrow. 1997
In this memoir-cum-travelog, Morrow describes her upstate New York family and how her love of language and nature developed. Originally…attracted to Egyptian hieroglyphs more than Egypt itself, she first went there with an archaeological team in 1980. She muses about the origins of words while exploring the solace of the desert wilderness
By Orhan Pamuk. 2003
A shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world's great cities, by its foremost writer. Orhan…Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy-or hüzün- that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire.With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus; from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and painters-both Turkish and foreign-who would shape his consciousness of his city. Like Joyce's Dublin and Borges' Buenos Aires, Pamuk's Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.From the Trade Paperback edition.
By Orhan Pamuk. 2004
A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection The Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk reminisces on growing up on the banks of the…mysterious Bosphorus in Istanbul. From the ghostly yalis, splendid waterside mansions built by the great Ottoman families during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the crowds of vessels--Russian frigates, rickety fishing boats, and ferries--that plied its waters, Pamuk takes readers on a tour of the great river. A selection from the shimmering and evocative Istanbul: Memories and the City, "Along the Bosphorus" is the essential guide to the city's watery way. An eBook short.
By Orhan Pamuk, Ureen Freely. 2017
From the Nobel Prize-winning author of My Name Is Red and Snow, a large-format, deluxe, collectible edition of his beloved…memoir about life in Istanbul, with more than 200 added illustrations and a new introduction.Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy--or hüzün--that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire. With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from the lives of his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus; from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and painters--both Turkish and foreign--who would shape his consciousness of his city. Like Joyce's Dublin and Borges' Buenos Aires, Pamuk's Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.
By Edwidge Danticat. 2002
In After the Dance, one of Haiti's most renowned daughters returns to her homeland, taking readers on a stunning, exquisitely…rendered journey beyond the hedonistic surface of Carnival and into its deep heart.Edwidge Danticat had long been scared off from Carnival by a loved one, who spun tales of people dislocating hips from gyrating with too much abandon, losing their voices from singing too loudly, going deaf from the clamor of immense speakers, and being punched, stabbed, pummeled, or fondled by other lustful revelers. Now an adult, she resolves to return and exorcise her Carnival demons. She spends the week before Carnival in the area around Jacmel, exploring the rolling hills and lush forests and meeting the people who live and die in them. During her journeys she traces the heroic and tragic history of the island, from French colonists and Haitian revolutionaries to American invaders and home-grown dictators. Danticat also introduces us to many of the performers, artists, and organizers who re-create the myths and legends that bring the Carnival festivities to life. When Carnival arrives, we watch as she goes from observer to participant and finally loses herself in the overwhelming embrace of the crowd.Part travelogue, part memoir, this is a lyrical narrative of a writer rediscovering her country along with a part of herself. It's also a wonderful introduction to Haiti's southern coast and to the true beauty of Carnival.
By Edwidge Danticat. 2002
A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection Growing up in Haiti, Edwidge Danticat kept well clear of carnival--terrified by the stories of…danger and debauchery that her uncle told her. Decades later, a grown woman and accomplished author, she returns home to find out what she's been missing. In this selection from After the Dance, Danticat fuses her present-day observations with her own childhood memories and weaves a deeply personal reflection on the home she left behind. Through conversations with other attendees and her own deft reporting, she takes readers into the very heart of the festival. A Walk Through Carnival is as much memoir as it is travelogue; and, in these pages, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Brother, I'm Dying brings the electric spirit of carnival vividly to life. An eBook short.
By Gary Paulsen. 1997
In contemplating the facts of his life on his fifty-seventh birthday, Paulsen decides that having heart disease is no reason…to stop having adventures. He fulfills a longtime dream to own a Harley and take to the road. He describes his reflections on his round-trip from New Mexico to Alaska. Some strong language. 1997.
By Sara Wheeler. 1996
Detailed account of seven-month sojourn spent physically and metaphorically exploring Antarctica. While recounting her own experiences and perceptions, Wheeler includes…commentaries on famous earlier explorers of the frozen expanse. Describes the landscape, people she encounters, and personal changes
By Henry Fielding. 1996
In 1754, the critically ill English author of Tom Jones (DB 15743) describes his prolonged shipboard trip with all its…discomforts along the English coast en route to Portugal. He also discusses the civic illness rampant in society. Tom Keymer of Oxford University provides an introductory analysis of the journal and explanatory notes
By William Littlefield, Glenn Stout. 1998
Twenty-six sports articles from American and Canadian magazines and newspapers. Linda Robertson writes about Richard Williams's grooming his daughters for…tennis careers in "On Planet Venus." In "Late Boomer," Tom Boswell describes Brady Anderson, the Orioles center fielder. David Remnick covers boxer Mike Tyson in "Kid Dynamite Blows Up." Some strong language
By Daniel S Levy, Daniel S. Levy. 1997
Biography of Morris Cohen, who, after a life of petty crime, became influential in Nationalist China. Born an Orthodox Jew…in Poland at the end of the nineteenth century, Cohen relocated to England, then to Canada, and finally to China, where he became the bodyguard of Sun Yat-sen. Some violence
By Patricia Schultz. 2022
A little book of travel inspirations, pairing stunning photographs with life lessons on why travel matters and what we learn when…we pack our bags and see the world, from the renowned expert Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
By Kuki Gallmann. 2000
Memoir by an Italian woman whose childhood dream of living in Africa comes true when she moves there with her…future husband, following a car accident in Italy. They establish a ranch home in Kenya where Kuki is determined to stay, even after two devastating personal tragedies. Bestseller. 1991
By Robert M Pirsig, Robert M. Pirsig. 1974
Recounts a man's cross-country motorcycle trip with his eleven-year-old son and his philosophic digressions on sanity and on living an…authentic life. This 1999 twenty-fifth anniversary edition contains a new introduction by the author and his afterword to the tenth edition
By Richard Ford, Glenn Stout. 1999
Seventeen sports stories of the year highlighting different aspects of athletics including a female perspective on shooting hoops, the rivalry…between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, Canadian junior league hockey, and Michael Jordan's last game. Includes writers David Halberstam, the late Shirley Povich, John McPhee, and David Mamet. 1999
By Farah J. Griffin, Cheryl Fish. 1998
A collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century travel writings by African American writers who have journeyed abroad in search of opportunity,…insight, pleasure, and adventure. Includes excerpts from nurse Mary Seacole's Crimean War memoir and W.E.B. DuBois's reflections on Ghana. With contributions by Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, June Jordan, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Ntozake Shange. 1998
By Rick Ridgeway. 1998
Recalls encounters with wild animals and the reflections engendered while on a hiking trek from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro,…crossing Tsavo national park, ending at the Indian Ocean. Ponders man's relationship with African animals as hunter and conservationist, and considers future possibilities. 1998
By John Nicol, Tim Flannery. 1999
Autobiographical account of a Scotsman's twenty-five years at sea during the late eighteenth century. Nicol (1755-1825) twice sailed around the…globe; fought against American and French revolutionaries; and traveled to China, Australia, and the West Indies. On one voyage he married his true love--a convict girl being transported to Australia. 1997