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Big in China

Posted by admin | Posted in Best Sellings, New Releases, Travel-New | Posted on 23-03-2011-05-2008


0061993158 : Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing
ISBN: 0061993158

Author: Alan Paul

The inspiring story of a man, a family, a band, a foreign country, and a new beginning

When Alan Paul’s wife was offered the job as the Wall Street Journal‘s China bureau chief, he saw it as an amazing opportunity to shake up their increasingly staid suburban New Jersey life. Excited and not a little scared, they packed up their three children—ages two, four, and seven—and headed for adventure and uncertainty in Beijing, China.

Based on his award-winning Wall Street Journal Online column, “The Expat Life,” Big in China explores Paul’s unlikely three-and-a-half-year journey of reinvention in this rapidly developing metropolis. He reveals the challenges that he and his family faced while living in a foreign land, including reaching beyond the expat community, coming to terms with his new role as a stay-at-home dad, and learning to navigate and thrive in an unfamiliar culture. Read the rest of this entry »


Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, Travel-New | Posted on 05-03-2011-05-2008


0307453022 : Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth
ISBN: 0307453022

Author: Lisa Napoli

Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth.
Long isolated from industrialization and just beginning to open its doors to the modern world, Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place, devoted to environmental conservation and committed to the happiness of its people—in fact, Bhutan measures its success in Gross National Happiness rather than in GNP. In a country without a single traffic light, its citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. To Lisa, it seemed to be a place that offered the opposite of her fast-paced life in the United States, where the noisy din of sound-bite news and cell phones dominate our days, and meaningful conversation is a rare commodity; where everyone is plugged in digitally, yet rarely connects with the people around them.
Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan’s rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well—and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for.
In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Lisa Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place—and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is.

Pages: 304
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Crown Year: 2011


The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, Outdoors & Nature-New, Sports-New, Travel-New | Posted on 04-03-2011-05-2008


0374200130 : The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle
ISBN: 0374200130

Author: Sara Wheeler

More than a decade ago, Sara Wheeler traveled to Antarctica to understand a continent nearly lost to myth and lore. In the widely acclaimed, bestselling Terra Incognita, she chronicled her quest to find a hidden history buried in Antarctica’s extreme surroundings. Now, Wheeler journeys to the opposite pole to create a definitive picture of life on the fringes. In The Magnetic North, she takes full measure of the Arctic: at once the most pristine place on earth and the locus of global warming.

Inspired by the spiraling shape of a reindeer-horn bangle, she travels counterclockwise around the North Pole through the territories belonging to Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, marking the transformations of what once seemed an unchangeable landscape. As she witnesses the mounting pollution concentrated at the pole, Wheeler reckons with the illness of the whole organism of the earth.

Smashing through the Arctic Ocean with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, shadowing the endless Trans-Alaska Pipeline with a tough Idaho-born outdoorswoman, herding reindeer with the Lapps, and visiting the haunting, deceptively peaceful lands of the Gulag, Wheeler brings the Arctic’s many contradictions to life. The Magnetic North is an urgent, beautiful book, rich in dramatic description and vivid reporting. It is a singular, deeply personal portrait of a region growing daily in global importance.

Pages: 336
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Year: 2011


Paris Was Ours

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, Travel-New | Posted on 09-02-2011-05-2008


1565129539 : Paris Was Ours
ISBN: 1565129539

Author: Penelope Rowlands

Paris is “the world capital of memory and desire,” concludes one of the writers in this intimate and insightful collection of memoirs of the city. Living in Paris changed these writers forever.

In thirty-two personal essays—more than half of which are here published for the first time—the writers describe how they were seduced by Paris and then began to see things differently. They came to write, to cook, to find love, to study, to raise children, to escape, or to live the way it’s done in French movies; they came from the United States, Canada, and England; from Iran, Iraq, and Cuba; and—a few—from other parts of France. And they stayed, not as tourists, but for a long time; some are still living there. They were outsiders who became insiders, who here share their observations and revelations. Some are well-known writers: Diane Johnson, David Sedaris, Judith Thurman, Joe Queenan, and Edmund White. Others may be lesser known but are no less passionate on the subject.

Together, their reflections add up to an unusually perceptive and multifaceted portrait of a city that is entrancing, at times exasperating, but always fascinating. They remind us that Paris belongs to everyone it has touched, and to each in a different way.

Pages: 288
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Algonquin Books Year: 2011


Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, Travel-New | Posted on 24-01-2011-05-2008


0520262492 : Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (Chairman's Circle Books)
ISBN: 0520262492

Author: Rebecca Solnit

What makes a place? Infinite City, Rebecca Solnit’s brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, searches out the answer by examining the many layers of meaning in one place, the San Francisco Bay Area. Aided by artists, writers, cartographers, and twenty-two gorgeous color maps, each of which illuminates the city and its surroundings as experienced by different inhabitants, Solnit takes us on a tour that will forever change the way we think about place. She explores the area thematically–connecting, for example, Eadweard Muybridge’s foundation of motion-picture technology with Alfred Hitchcock’s filming of Vertigo. Across an urban grid of just seven by seven miles, she finds seemingly unlimited landmarks and treasures–butterfly habitats, queer sites, murders, World War II shipyards, blues clubs, Zen Buddhist centers. She roams the political terrain, both progressive and conservative, and details the cultural geographies of the Mission District, the culture wars of the Fillmore, the South of Market world being devoured by redevelopment, and much, much more. Breathtakingly original, this atlas of the imagination invites us to search out the layers of San Francisco that carry meaning for us–or to discover our own infinite city, be it Cleveland, Toulouse, or Shanghai.
Cartographers: Ben Pease and Shizue Seigel
Designer: Lia Tjandra
Artists: Sandow Birk, Mona Caron, Jaime Cortez, Hugh D’Andrade, Robert Dawson, Paz de la Calzada, Jim Herrington, Ira Nowinski, Alison Pebworth, Michael Rauner, Gent Sturgeon, Sunaura Taylor
Writers and researchers: Summer Brenner, Adriana Camarena, Chris Carlsson, Lisa Conrad, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Paul La Farge, Genine Lentine, Stella Lochman, Aaron Shurin, Heather Smith, Richard Walker
Additional cartography: Darin Jensen; Robin Grossinger and Ruth Askevold, San Francisco Estuary Institute

Pages: 167
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: University of California Press Year: 2010


Woodall’s North American Campground Directory, 2011

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, Outdoors & Nature-New, Travel-New | Posted on 20-01-2011-05-2008


0762761350 : Woodall's North American Campground Directory, 2011
ISBN: 0762761350

Author: Woodall’s Publications Corp.

The 2011 Woodall’s North American Campground Directory has been completely updated from the 2010 edition, with over 300,000 changes and updates. Plus, 2011 marks Woodall’s 75th anniversary, and each copy of the North American Directory includes a commemorative edition mark and an entry form into Woodall’s 75th Anniversary Sweepstakes.


The 2011 Edition includes complete listing information for over 14,000 locations including both public and privately owned campgrounds and RV parks.  Woodall’s 2011 edition marks parks that meet our strict ?green” criteria and now includes full color state and provincial maps for every state and province. Read the rest of this entry »

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