Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die: Biking Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations

50 Places to BikeFifty Places to Bike Before You Die by Chris Santella

“Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die” is the ninth addition to the bestselling Fifty Places series by Chris Santella. Biking has grown increasingly popular in recent years, as both a leisure and an extreme exercise activity, and Santella covers trips for cyclists of every level. “Fifty Places to Bike” covers environments as varied as the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, the Indochina Trail in Vietnam, and the urban jungle of New York City. With a healthy mix of international and national locations, the 50 chapters capture the breathtaking vistas cyclists will enjoy around the world. As always, the places are brought to life with more than 40 stunning color photographs.

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Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey Into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon

Mother of GodMother of God by Paul Rosolie

For fans of The Lost City of Z, Walking the Amazon, and Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie s extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.

In the Madre de Dios Mother of God region of Peru, where the Amazon River begins its massive flow, the Andean Mountain cloud forests fall into lowland Amazon Rainforest, creating the most biodiversity-rich place on the planet. In January 2006, when he was just a restless eighteen-year-old hungry for adventure, Paul Rosolie embarked on a journey to the west Amazon that would transform his life.

Venturing alone into some of the most inaccessible reaches of the jungle, he encountered giant snakes, floating forests, isolated tribes untouched by outsiders, prowling jaguars, orphaned baby anteaters, poachers in the black market trade in endangered species, and much more. Yet today, the primordial forests of the Madre de Dios are in danger from developers, oil giants, and gold miners eager to exploit its natural resources.

In Mother of God, this explorer and conservationist relives his amazing odyssey exploring the heart of this wildest place on earth. When he began delving deeper in his search for the secret Eden, spending extended periods in isolated solitude, he found things he never imagined could exist. Alone and miniscule against a titanic landscape I have seen the depths of the Amazon, the guts of the jungle where no men go, Rosolie writes. But as the legendary explorer Percy Fawcett warned, the few remaining unknown places of the world exact a price for their secrets.

Thanks to fastidious journal-keeping that preserved a wealth of detail and emotion, Rosolie delivers an old-fashioned jungle adventure, one with rare immediacy and depth of feeling for the people and creatures he encounters. –“The Wall Street Journal””

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Provence and the Cote D’Azur: Discover the Spirit of the South of France

Provence and the Cote D-AzurProvence and the Cote D’Azur by Janelle McCulloch

Take a journey through the dreamiest regions of France: the enchanting villages of Provence and the magnificent coastline of the Côte d’Azur. From the author of Paris, this gorgeous lifestyle guide steers readers away from crowded tourist destinations to reveal hidden gems at every turn: overflowing markets, chic ateliers, quaint cafés, cobblestone streets, sweeping vistas, and exceptional galleries. ProvenceThe accessible writing provides history and context for each stop on the adventure, and the vibrant, color-soaked photographs capture the spirit of this popular place. Packaged as a flexi-bound paperback with a ribbon page marker, Provence and the Côte d’Azur is a must-have for lovers of style, food, travel, design, and, bien sûr, France!

ProvenceJanelle McCulloch has been a journalist, editor and author for 20 years, both in Australia and Europe. She has worked as an editor for many home and lifestyle magazines, and has contributed style and design pieces to well-known publications such as Sunday Life, Vogue Living, Elle, Marie Claire, the(melbourne)magazine and Inside Melbourne.

 

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The Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life

The Southerners HandbookThe Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life by the editors of Garden & Gun

Whether you live below the Mason Dixon Line or just wish you did, The Southerner’s Handbook is your guide to living the good life. Curated by the editors of the award-winning Garden & Gun magazine, this compilation of more than 100 instructional and narrative essays offers a comprehensive tutorial to modern-day life in the South.

From Food and Drink to Sporting & Adventure; Home & Garden to Style, Arts & Culture, you’ll discover essential skills and unique insight from some of the South’s finest writers, chefs, and craftsmen–including the secret to perfect biscuits, how to wear seersucker, and to the right way to fall off of a horse.

You’ll also find: Roy Blount Jr. on telling a great story; Julia Reed on the secrets of throwing a great party; Jonathan Miles on drinking like a Southerner; Jack Hitt on the beauty of cooking a whole hog; John T Edge on why Southern food matters; and much more.

As flavorful, authentic, and irresistible as the land and the people who inspire it, The Southerner’s Handbook is the ultimate guide to being a Southerner (no matter where you live).

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A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse

A Kirchen in FranceA Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse by Mimi Thorisson

With beguiling recipes and sumptuous photography, “A Kitchen in France” transports readers to the French countryside and marks the debut of a captivating new voice in cooking.
When Mimi Thorisson and her family moved from Paris to a small town in out-of-the-way Medoc, she did not quite know what was in store for them. She found wonderful ingredients–from local farmers and the neighboring woods–and, most important, time to cook. Her cookbook chronicles the family’s seasonal meals and life in an old farmhouse, all photographed by her husband, Oddur. Mimi’s convivial recipes–such as Roast Chicken with Herbs and Creme FraIche, Cepe and Parsley Tartlets, Winter Vegetable Cocotte, Apple Tart with Orange Flower Water, and Salted Butter Creme Caramel–will bring the warmth of rural France into your home.

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Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World

Home Sweet AnywhereHome Sweet Anywhere by Lynne Martin

“Nearly every page has some crack piece of travel wisdom … an accessible, inspiring journey.” -Kirkus

The Sell-Your-House, See-the-World Life!

Reunited after thirty-five years and wrestling a serious case of wanderlust, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell their house and possessions and live abroad full-time. They’ve never looked back. With just two suitcases, two computers, and each other, the Martins embark on a global adventure, taking readers from sky-high pyramids in Mexico to Turkish bazaars to learning the contact sport of Italian grocery shopping. But even as they embrace their new home-free lifestyle, the Martins grapple with its challenges, including hilarious language barriers, finding financial stability, and missing the family they left behind. Together, they learn how to live a life-and love-without borders.

From glittering Georgian mansions in Ireland to the windswept coasts of Portugal, this euphoric, inspiring memoir is more than a tale of second chances. Recently featured on NPR’s Here and Now, as well as in the New York Times, Home Sweet Anywhere is a road map for anyone who dreams of turning the idea of life abroad into a reality.

“The author writes in an engaging, descriptive style that makes the reader feel s/he’s been invited along for the journey. And what a journey it has been. … The book is not just about travel, it’s about embracing the life you have and living it to the fullest.” – New York Journal of Books

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Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

Graduates in WonderlandGraduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan & Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Two best friends document their post-college lives in a hilarious, relatable, and powerfully honest epistolary memoir.
Fast friends since they met at Brown University during their freshman year, Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale vowed to keep in touch after their senior year through in-depth–and brutally honest–weekly e-mails. After graduation, Jess packs up everything she owns and moves to Beijing on a whim, while Rachel heads to New York to work for an art gallery and to figure out her love life. Each spends the next few years tumbling through adulthood and reinventing themselves in various countries, including France, China, and Australia. Through their messages from around the world, they swap tales of teaching classes of military men, running a magazine, and flirting in foreign languages, along with the hard stuff: from harrowing accidents to breakups and breakdowns.
Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s” Girls,” “Graduates in Wonderland” is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood.

One of Jennifer Weiner’s Ten Best Beach Reads
–USA Weekend

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A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

A Small PlaceA Small Place  by Jamaica Kincaid

A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua–by the author of “Annie John”
“”If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an airport named after him–why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen . . .””
So begins Jamaica Kincaid’s expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up.
Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, “A Small Place” cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.

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In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey

In Search of the perfect LoafIn Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey by Samuel Fromartz

An irresistible account of bread, bread baking, and one home baker s journey to master his craft
In 2009, journalist Samuel Fromartz was offered the assignment of a lifetime: to travel to France to work in a boulangerie. So began his quest to hone not just his homemade baguette which later beat out professional bakeries to win the Best Baguette of D.C. but his knowledge of bread, from seed to table.
For the next four years, Fromartz traveled across the United States and Europe, perfecting his sourdough in California, his whole grain rye in Berlin, and his country wheat in the South of France. Along the way, he met historians, millers, farmers, wheat geneticists, sourdough biochemists, and everyone in between, learning about the history of breadmaking, the science of fermentation, and more. The result is an informative yet personal account of bread and breadbaking, complete with detailed recipes, tips, and beautiful photographs.
Entertaining and inspiring, this book will be a touchstone for a new generation of bakers and a must-read for anyone who wants to take a deeper look at this deceptively ordinary, exceptionally delicious staple: handmade bread.”

Terrific .Fromartz is much more than an obsessive cook. He s also a fine reporter and writer. And “Perfect Loaf” is much more than a book about baking bread .What Fromartz is really writing about is how a deeper understanding of something leads to a deeper appreciation of it.
He is showing us the world through a slice of bread.
“Los Angeles Times”

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Thrilling Cities by Ian Flemming

Thrilling CitiesThrilling Cities by Ian Flemming

“From the jet-setting creator of James Bond–the worldly secret agent whose missions took him to some of the globe’s most exotic locales–comes a whirlwind adventure up the side streets and down the back alleys of mid-twentieth-century Europe, Asia, and North America. These essays comprise Ian Flemings’s highly personal impressions of fourteen of the world’s most beguiling cities–from Vienna to Hong Kong to Chicago and beyond. With the trained eye of a master novelist, Fleming reveals the hidden places and secret intelligence that made hot spots like Macao and Monte Carlo come alive for him and other discerning travelers of the postwar era. From a geisha house of the nightclubs where high rollers gather to the driver’s seat of a Ford Thunderbird as it rockets down the autobahn, Ian Fleming sketches vivid observations of fast lane life in the thrilling cities he loved best.”

Originally published in 1963, this edition restores the original observations, maps, and language used at that time.

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