Expat Etiquette: How to Look Good in Bad Places

Expat EtiquetteExpat Etiquette: How to Look Good in Bad Places by Michael Bear & Liz Good

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Going overseas is hard. Leaving friends and family behind. Traveling to a country where you probably don’t speak the language, and definitely don’t understand the culture. Foreign foods, foreign diseases. Loneliness. Of course, it does have its compensations. Smoking. Casual sex. Functional alcoholism. Add a little danger and excitement, and it’s a difficult offer to refuse.

Expat Etiquette is a guide for all of those who want to travel to far-away and sometimes dangerous lands—for the best or worst of reasons—while retaining a modicum of style. Expat Etiquette provides that essential advice you won’t find anywhere else, like how to drink bootleg liquor and not go blind, have an overseas affair, or negotiate with rebel groups.

All royalties will be donated to the Center for Civilians in Conflict

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Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve

ApostelApostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve by Tom Bissell

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Expertly researched and fascinating Bissell is a wonderfully sure guide to these mysterious men. This is a serious book about the origins of Christianity that is also very funny. How often can you say that? “The Independent”
A profound and moving journey into the heart of Christianity that explores the mysterious and often paradoxical lives and legacies of the Twelve Apostles a book both for those of the faith and for others who seek to understand Christianity from the outside in.
Peter, Matthew, Thomas, John: Who were these men? What was their relationship to Jesus? Tom Bissell provides rich and surprising answers to these ancient, elusive questions. He examines not just who these men were (and weren t), but also how their identities have taken shape over the course of two millennia.
Ultimately, Bissell finds that the story of the apostles “is “the story of early Christianity: its competing versions of Jesus s ministry, its countless schisms, and its ultimate evolution from an obscure Jewish sect to the global faith we know today in all its forms and permutations. In his quest to understand the underpinnings of the world s largest religion, Bissell embarks on a years-long pilgrimage to the supposed tombs of the Twelve Apostles. He travels from Jerusalem and Rome to Turkey, Greece, Spain, France, India, and Kyrgyzstan, vividly capturing the rich diversity of Christianity s worldwide reach. Along the way, he engages with a host of characters priests, paupers, a Vatican archaeologist, a Palestinian taxi driver, a Russian monk posing sharp questions that range from the religious to the philosophical to the political.
Written with warmth, empathy, and rare acumen, “Apostle “is a brilliant synthesis of travel writing, biblical history, and a deep, lifelong relationship with Christianity. The result is an unusual, erudite, and at times hilarious book a religious, intellectual, and personal adventure fit for believers, scholars, and wanderers alike.”

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Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 58 National Parks by Michael Oswald

Your Guide to National ParksYour Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 58 National Parks  by Michael Oswald

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Your Guide provides step-by-step itineraries, kid-friendly activities, and all of the most popular ranger programs to help plan your family vacation. Thousands of hotels, restaurants, and attractions beyond the parks, as well as 11 suggested road trips make it the ultimate dashboard companion. Exhaustive activity information, including hiking tables, easy-to-find trailhead markers, outfitter details, and backpacking essentials, serves as blueprint for an adventure of a lifetime. With something for everyone this is “Your Guide to the National Parks.”

“Your Guide to the National Parks” is the recipient of the 2013 Ben Franklin Award in Travel.

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