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Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease nine months earlier, Nate is about to leap off the 11th-floor ledge of a bank when he notices a robbery in progress through the window. Nate climbs back in the window undetected, grabs a handgun a masked man has conveniently set down, and, thanks to his ROTC firearms training, succeeds in shooting dead five of the six robbers. In revenge, the thwarted theft's mastermind, a notorious Ukrainian mobster, vows to brutally kill Nate and his teenage daughter unless Nate can retrieve the robbery's objective: an envelope stored in one of the bank's safe deposit boxes.
Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places
A bestselling scientist and nature writer who goes to any extreme to uncover the answers, Streever sets off to find out what heat really means. Written in Streever's signature spare and refreshing prose, "Heat" is a compulsively readable personal narrative that leaves readers with a new vision of an everyday experience.
Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration
On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, Which one are you? This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley's famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.
Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure
For fans of "The Lost City of Z"--a real-life Indiana Jones story set in the jungle of Honduras from journalist Stewart.
Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road
HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE draws together for the first time William Least Heat-Moon's greatest short-form travel writing. Personally selected by the writer, these pieces take us from Japan, England, Italy, and Mexico to Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, from small towns to big cities, ocean shores and inland mysteries. Including Heat-Moon's reflections on writing these pieces, HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE is much more than the usual collection of amber; it is a coupled summation of craft and memory. A perfect treasury of prose and provocation for readers old and new, Heat-Moon's most recent work reveals his absolute mastery across pages many and few.
Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent
Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the earth where humans could never survive unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, most of which focus on only one aspect of its unique strangeness. None has managed to capture the whole story--until now. Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, in Antarctica Gabrielle Walker weaves all the significant threads of life on the vast ice sheet into an intricate tapestry, illuminating what it really feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people. With her we witness cutting-edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming. This is a thrilling trip to the farthest reaches of earth by one of the best science writers working today.
Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers
A collection of original travel stories told by some of the world's best novelists, including: Isabel Allende, Peter Matthiessen, Alexander McCall Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, Téa Obreht, DBC Pierre
The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem
VOL·UN·TOUR·IST n. 1. A guy who attempts to save the world in an attempt to save himself. 2. Someone who can only do it two weeks at a time. When Ken Budd was thirty-nine, his father collapsed after eighteen holes of golf. Ken and his wife raced to the hospital--but it was too late. In the weeks that followed, as grieving friends revealed how his father had changed their lives, Ken started questioning his own life--and admitting, after years of denial, that he and his wife would never have children. And then, still struggling with grief--his grief at losing his father, his grief at not being a father--Ken received an e-mail with the subject line: "Katrina Relief Volunteer Opportunities." He signed up. He went to New Orleans. And he kept volunteering: Costa Rica, to teach English; China, to work with special-needs children; Ecuador, to study climate chan≥ the West Bank, to assist refugees; Kenya, to care for orphans. His goal: to find purpose by helping others, one trip at a time. Wry, funny, and heartbreakingly honest, The Voluntourist will linger in your mind long after you've turned the last page.
Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific
Tim Flannery is one of the world's most influential scientists, credited with discovering more species than Darwin. In Among the Islands Flannery recounts a series of expeditions he made at the dawn of his career to the strange tropical islands of the South Pacific, a great arc stretching nearly 4,000 miles from the postcard perfection of Polynesia to some of the largest, highest, ancient, and most rugged islands on earth. Flannery was traveling in search of rare and undiscovered mammal species, but he found much more: wild, weird places where local taboos, foul weather, dense jungle, and sheer remoteness made for difficult and dramatic exploration. Among the Islands is full of fascinating creatures-monkey faced bats, giant fats, gazelle-faced black wallabies, and more-and the adventure of discovery. This is an idea read for anyone who has ever imagined voyaging to the ends of the earth to uncover and study the rare and the wonderful.
Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of an Authentic Old Age
One of the bestselling authors of Plato and a Platypus travels to Greece with a suitcase full of philosophy books, seeking the best way to achieve a fulfilling old age Daniel Klein journeys to the Greek island Hydra to discover the secrets of aging happily. Drawing on the lives of his Greek friends, as well as philosophers ranging from Epicurus to Sartre, Klein learns to appreciate old age as a distinct and extraordinarily valuable stage of life. He uncovers simple pleasures that are uniquely available late in life, as well as headier pleasures that only a mature mind can fully appreciate. A travel book, a witty and accessible meditation, and an optimistic guide to living well, Travels with Epicurus is a delightful jaunt to the Aegean and through the terrain of old age led by a droll philosopher. A perfect gift book for the holidays, this little treasure is sure to please longtime fans of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar and garner new ones, young and old
Classic Hikes of North America: 25 Breathtaking Treks in the United States and Canada
Classic Hikes of North Americais a beautifully photographed and eminently practical account of the bestbackcountry journeys in the United States and Canada. Peter Potterfield, anexperienced hiker and photographer, has analyzed and graded these spectacularwilderness experiences with both beginners and avid hikers in mind. Included in the bookis helpful information, such as: level of difficulty, trail conditions,recommended seasons, potential hazards and difficulties, resource information,and detailed maps of hiking routes. Illustrated with more than 200 colorphotographs and hiking directions, here is inspiration and information in asingle volume. There are routes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, theBig Beaver--Little Beaver Loop in the North Cascades National Park of WashingtonState, and the Slate Range in the Canadian Rockies, Alberta and BritishColumbia, and many more. These are journeys to dream on, and Potterfieldputs them within reach of any aspiring hiker.
Yankee Come Home: On the Road from San Juan Hill to Guantánamo
The Spanish-American War ended over a century ago, but its effects are with us still. In Yankee Come Home, William Craig travels through Cuba, the birthplace of American imperialism, to find out why our republican ideals died in the glory of San Juan Hill, and to reveal Guantánamo, the corner of Cuba we've never left. I n doing so, he recounts more than a century of the fascinating, but none-too-flattering relationship between the United States and Cuba. Through present-day adventures-spirit-possession rituals, black market odysseys and roots-music epiphanies-Craig explores what that relationship has wrought in the lives of Cubans and A mericans alike. Craig was drawn to the Cuban-American story by memories of his mysterious great-grandfather Thomas O'Brien, a self-proclaimed hero of the "splendid little war" whose legacy of glorious, painful lies left his own children wondering who he'd really been. Like the reality of "Papa" O'Brien's identity, the story of the United States' 1898 intervention in Cuba reflects more hubris than heroism, more avarice than sacrifice. But in the end, despite America's unseemly history there, Craig's journey through Cuba and its history takes him to a greater understanding of both countries. His observation that "at Guantánamo, freedom is in trouble on both sides of the wire" applies to the past and present of the United States as well as Cuba.
Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. One Step at a Time
As seen on Discovery Channel and for readers of Bill Bryson, Jon Krakauer, and David Grann, a riveting, adventurous account of one man's history-making journey along the entire length of the Amazon--and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth. Fans of Turn Right at Machu Piccu will revel in Ed Stafford's extraordinary prose and lush descriptions. In April 2008, Ed Stafford set off to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, crossed the Andes Mountain range to find the official source of the river. His journey lead on through parts of Colombia and right across Brazil; all while outwitting dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people as well as negotiating injuries, weather and his own fears and doubts. Yet, Stafford was undeterred. On his grueling 860-day, 4,000-plus mile journey, Stafford witnessed the devastation of deforestation firsthand, the pressure on tribes due to loss of habitats as well as nature in its true-raw form. Jaw-dropping from start to finish, Walking the Amazo n is the unforgettable and gripping story of an unprecedented adventure.
The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition
The unexpected and moving story of an American journalist who works to uncover her family's long-buried Jewish ancestry in Spain written by "New York Times" journalist Carvajal.
The Black Rhinos of Namibia: Searching for Survivors in the African Desert
From one of our most gifted writers on the natural world comes a stunning exploration of a unique landscape and the improbable and endangered animal that makes its home there. Rick Bass first made a name for himself as a writer and seeker of rare, iconic animals, including the grizzlies and wolves of the American West. Now he's off on a new, far-flung adventure in the Namib of southwest Africa on the trail of another fascinating, vulnerable species. The black rhino is a three-thousand-pound, squinty-eyed giant that sports three-foot-long dagger horns, lives off poisonous plants, and goes for days without water. Human intervention and cutting-edge conservation saved the rhinos--for now--from the brink of extinction brought on by poaching and war. Against the backdrop of one of the most ancient and harshest terrains on earth, Bass, with his characteristic insight and grace, probes the complex relationship between humans and nature and meditates on our role as both destroyer and savior. In the tradition of Peter Matthiessen's The Tree Where Man Was Born , Bass captures a haunting slice of Africa, especially of the "black" rhinos that glow ghostly white in the gleaming sun.
Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure on Bad Roads with a Brother and a Very Weird Business Plan
When Whit Alexander, the American co-founder of the Cranium board game, decides, at age 47, to start a new business selling affordable goods and services to low-income villagers in Ghana, West Africa, his journalist brother Max comes along to tell the story. The idea is to create a for-profit enterprise that empowers the world's poor as modern consumers. Whit's first product is a high-quality rechargeable AA battery that off-grid villagers can use in their flashlights and radios, as well as to charge their cell phones.Starting any business is risky enough, but Ghana presents extraordinary challenges, including deadly insects, insane driving conditions, unspeakable food, voodoo priests, corrupt officials, counterfeiters and ethnic rivalries. Signing up customers whose disposable income ranges from a few dollars a month to nothing, training employees with no Western-style work experience, dealing with Chinese manufacturers used to offering Africans junk - it all requires single-minded focus and a lot of patience. Cut loose from their wives and children, Whit and Max relive their own childhood, bickering across the African bush, learning a great deal about Africans as well as themselves. Along the way, Ghanaians stop seeing themselves as charity cases, and the brothers introduce soft-spoken locals to new dimensions of profanity. Irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately inspiring, BRIGHT LIGHTS, NO CITY challenges accepted notions of charity and suggests that there is hope and opportunity in Africa.
The Children of Sanchez: Autobiography of a Mexican Family
A pioneering work from a visionary anthropologist, The Children of Sanchez is hailed around the world as a watershed achievement in the study of poverty-a uniquely intimate investigation, as poignant today as when it was first published. It is the epic story of the Sánchez family, told entirely by its members-Jesus, the 50-year-old patriarch, and his four adult children-as their lives unfold in the Mexico City slum they call home. Weaving together their extraordinary personal narratives, Oscar Lewis creates a sympathetic but ultimately tragic portrait that is at once harrowing and humane, mystifying and moving. An invaluable document, full of verve and pathos, The Children of Sanchez reads like the best of fiction, with the added impact that it is all, undeniably, true.
Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing
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 raising a family, playing in a blues band, and reinventing himself as an American expat in Beijing.
Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
Anthony Doerr has received many awards -- from the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins. Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats -- the chroniclers of Rome who came before him -- and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighborhood, whose clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood, and a fascinating story of a writer's craft -- the process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences.
Blue Highways Revisited
In 1978, William Least Heat-Moon made a 14,000-mile journey on the back roads of America, visiting 38 states along the way. In 1982, the popular Blue Highways , which chronicled his adventures, was published. Three decades later, Edgar Ailor III and his son, Edgar IV, retraced and photographed Heat-Moon's route, culminating in Blue Highways Revisited , released for publication on the thirtieth anniversary of Blue Highways . A foreword by Heat-Moon notes, "The photographs, often with amazing accuracy, capture my verbal images and the spirit of the book. Taking the journey again through these pictures, I have been intrigued and even somewhat reassured that America is changing not quite so fast as we often believe. The photographs, happily, reveal a recognizable continuity -- but for how much longer who can say -- and I'm glad the Ailors have recorded so many places and people from Blue Highways while they are yet with us. Through illustrative photography and text, Ailor and his son capture once more the local color and beauty of the back roads, cafes, taverns, and people of Heat-Moon's original trek. Almost every photograph in Blue Highways Revisited is referenced to a page in the original work. With side-by-side photographic comparisons of eleven of Heat-Moon's characters, this new volume reflects upon and develops the memoir of Heat-Moon's cross-country study of American culture and spirit. Photographs of Heat-Moon's logbook entries, original manuscript pages, Olympia typewriter, Ford van, and other artifacts also give readers insight into Heat-Moon's approach to his trip. Discussions with Heat-Moon about these archival images provide the reader insight into the travels and the writing of Blue Highways that only the perspective of the author could provide. Blue Highways Revisited reaffirms that the "blue highway" serves as a romantic symbol of the free and restless American spirit, as the Ailors lose themselves to the open road as Heat-Moon did thirty years previously. This book reminds readers of the insatiable attraction of the "blue highway"-"But in those brevities just before dawn and a little after dusk-times neither day or night-the old roads return to the sky some of its color. Then, in truth, they carry a mysterious cast of blue, and it's that time when the pull of the blue highway is strongest, when the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself" (Introduction to Blue Highways ).
No writer can lay claim to making a city the principal character of their novels as Charles Dickens did with London. A near photographic memory made his contact with London indelible from a young age. Though these early hardships required the filter of literature to numb the humiliation he felt about his humble origins. From his Camden Town landlady Elizabeth Roylance finding her way into literary characterization as Mrs. Pipchin in Dombey and Son to the way in which his working day as a young clerk at Gray's Inn informed Bleak House and the appropriation of his colleague Bob Fagin's name to his notorious villain in Oliver Twist , the people and places of Dickens's London are a constant and pervading presence through his novels. From the coaching inns to the lower reaches of the Thames, London was the inexhaustible "character" he was drawn back to again and again. Published amid the two-hundredth anniversary celebrations of Charles Dickens' birth in 1811 and in the wake of the major "Dickens at 200" exhibition at the The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, Dickens's London is a remarkable study of how a city can inform and ignite the imagination. Five walks with maps through Dickensian London make this the perfect accompaniment for a trip to the British capitol. Peter Clark has written books on Henry Hallam, Marmaduke Pickthall, and Wilfred Thesiger. He is a translator from Arabic and a founder trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities
A chic and humorous visual homage to two of the world's most iconic cities. When Vahram Muratyan began his online travel journal, Paris versus New York , he had no idea how quickly it would become one of the most buzzed-about sites on the Internet-it garnered more than a million and a half page views in just a few months, and the attention of savvy online critics. Now Muratyan presents his unique observations in this delightful book, featuring visually striking graphics paired with witty, thought-provoking taglines that celebrate the special details of each city. Paris versus New York is a heartfelt gift to denizens of both cities and to those who dream of big-city romance.
Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America's Languages
Little explores the United States' many cultures and languages in search of what they say about who we are individually, socially, and politically. This book is both a celebration of American multiculturalism and a reflection on what we value, what we fight for, and what we allow ourselves to forget.
Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide
Prepare to Get Lost on the Beaten Path... When Doug Mack picked up a 1963 edition of Europe on Five Dollars a Day , he stumbled on an inspired idea: to boldly go where millions have gone before, relying only on the advice of a travel guide that's nearly a half century out-of-date. Add to the mix his mother's much- documented grand tour through Europe in the late 1960s, and the result is a funny and fascinating journey into a new (old) world, and a disarming look at the ways the classic tourist experience has changed- and has not-in the last generation. After a whirlwind adventure spanning eight countries-and costing way more than five dollars a day-Mack's endearing account is part time travel, part paean to Arthur Frommer's much-loved guide, and a celebration of the modern traveler's grand (and not-so-grand) tour.
Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France
Road trip: those are still the two most inspiring words to vagabonds and couch potatoes alike; after all, the great American spirit was forged by road trippers from the Pilgrims to Lewis and Clark to the Dharma Bums. Le Road Trip combines the appeal of the iconic American quest with France's irresistible allure, offering readers a totally new perspective of life on the road. Le Road Trip tells the story of one idyllic French honeymoon trip, but it is also a witty handbook of tips and advice on how to thrive as a traveler, a captivating visual record with hundreds of watercolor illustrations, and a chronicle depicting the incomparable charms of being footloose in France. Armchair travelers, die-hard vagabonds, art journalists, and red wine drinkers will all find something to savor in this story.
A Wedding in Haiti
Julia Alvarez has been called a one-woman cultural collision by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and that has never been truer than in this story about three of her most personal relationshipswith her parents, with her husband, and with a young Haitian boy known as Piti. A teenager when Julia and her husband, Bill, first met him in 2001, Piti crossed the border into the Dominican Republic to find work. Julia, impressed by his courage, charmed by his smile, has over the years come to think of him as a son, even promising to be at his wedding someday. When Piti calls in 2009, Julias promise is tested.To Alvarez, much admired for her ability to lead readers deep inside her native Dominican culture, Haiti is like a sister Ive never gotten to know. And so we follow her across the border into what was once the richest of all the French colonies and now teeters on the edge of the abyssfirst for the celebration of a wedding and a year later to find Pitis loved ones in the devastation of the earthquake. As in all of Alvarezs books, a strong message is packed inside an intimate, beguiling story, this time about the nature of poverty and of wealth, of human love and of human frailty, of history and of the way we live now.
Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan
When Fariba Nawa was nine years old, her family fled Soviet-occupied Afghanistan to come to America. In 2000, she returned to her home country after nearly 20 years. Now a journalist, Nawa discovered a nation altered by the toxic effects of the Taliban and the multibillion-dollar opium business. Seeking to understand where she came from, she returned time and time again over the course of seven years, interviewing poppy farmers, child brides, corrupt officials, sympathetic ex-pats, powerful drug lords, and struggling addicts. Anyone who wants to better understand Afghanistan should pick up this book; it's filled with "detailed, sensitive reporting of individual people's stories" (The Boston Globe).
Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans
The Irish are known for their love of language and their spirit, so it's no surprise that this memoir about numerous visits to Ireland by award-winning Irish-American poet and essayist (and undertaker) Thomas Lynch is "filled with poetry, pathos, triumph, and lots of Irish laughter" (Publishers Weekly). Since his first trip to Ireland in the 1970s, when he stayed in a tiny County Clare cottage with his elderly cousins, Nora and Tommy, Lynch has returned many times. Booking Passage, a thought-provoking look at the auld sod, chronicles these trips and finds Lynch meditating on life, family, religion, and death.
The Road to Mccarthy: Around the World in Search of Ireland
Can one country contain the Irish? Of course not! So, in this hilarious sequel to his bestselling McCarthy's Bar, British broadcaster Pete McCarthy (who had an Irish mother) leaves the Emerald Isle behind to look for Ireland around the world. His search for his fellow Irishmen and women, especially McCarthys, led him to such far-flung locales as Tasmania (a former British penal colony), Morocco (where the head of the McCarthy clan resides), New York (for St. Patrick's Day), and tiny McCarthy, Alaska (population 17). While McCarthy passed away in 2004, his work -- including this, his "infectiously funny" (Booklist) last book -- lives on.
Round Ireland with a Fridge
This amusing travelogue tells the story of British comedian Tony Hawk's 1997 circumnavigation of Ireland with a small appliance. Why would he agree to do such a thing? Because he'd been drinking, of course! To turn bar bet into reality, Tony hitchhiked around Ireland with a small refrigerator and called into an Irish radio program every day to update listeners on his progress. In the month he spent traveling, Tony met an array of folks and the fridge went surfing and got christened (really). The basis for a 2010 film of the same name, Round Ireland with a Fridge is sure to please readers who like quirkily charming stories.
Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine
While a patient in the hospital, author Eric Weiner was asked a question by a nurse that changed the direction of his life: Have you found your God yet? Though he was born in a secular home to "gastronomical Jews," Weiner, author of the popular The Geography of Bliss, decided to answer the question by traveling around the world. From meditating with Tibetan lamas in Nepal and whirling with Sufi dervishes in Turkey to hanging out with practitioners of a UFO-based religion in Las Vegas, Weiner's experiences ran the gamut (he also spent time in Israel, China, and the Bronx). Armchair travelers who enjoy witty looks at spirituality should pick up this "well-researched, informative, and engaging" (The Washington Post) book.
A Course Called Ireland: A Long Walk in Search of a Country, a Pint, and the Next Tee
In his 30s, Irish-American Tom Coyne decided he would take "the golf trip to end all golf trips": he'd play all of the courses (close to 50) around the coast of Ireland -- and he'd walk to each one of them...even though he didn't really like walking. Over the course of four months, he traveled hundreds of miles of Irish coastline on his own two feet and dealt with painful blisters, pouring rain, various types of livestock, and an extremely large growling dog. Even with roadblocks, Coyne played through and managed to enjoy the beauty and people (and beer) of the Emerald Isle. Since Coyne focuses more on his travels than his games, even non-golfers might pick up this book that's "equal parts touching, wry, and hilarious" (The New York Times).
Seeking Sicily: A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean
In addition to being the birthplace of the mafia, Sicily has been a stopping point for various outsiders over the years: Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards, and, in modern times, boatloads of tourists. Veteran journalist John Keahey set out to understand this intriguing island, and his well-researched, wide-ranging travelogue is the fascinating result. With descriptions of mouth-watering meals and visits to volcanos as well as insightful looks at Sicilian literature and history, this "lush travelogue" (Kirkus Reviews) is sure to please anyone who wants to know more about this fabled land.
Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World
Doc Hendley isn't actually a physician, but the tattooed former bartender likes to help people. In 2003, he learned that thousands were dying every month due to unsafe drinking water. By 2004, he was digging and repairing wells in Darfur, Sudan. Before long, Hendley, a one-time CNN Hero of the Year, started a non-profit organization, Wine to Water, that's dedicated to aiding people around the world. To that end, he's traveled from his North Carolina home to Africa, India, Haiti, and other places. If you love heartwarming stories of one person making a difference, pick up this "especially affecting choice" (Library Journal).