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A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785

Voyage in the cloudsA Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785

by Matthew Olshan, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)

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In the year and a half since the flight of the first manned balloon in 1783, an Italian has flown, a Scot has flown, a woman has flown, even a sheep has flown. But no one has flown from one country to another. John Jeffries, an Englishman, and his pilot, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, a Frenchman, want to be the first. On January 7, 1785, they set out to cross the English Channel to France in a balloon. All seemed to be going fine, until Jeffries decides the balloon looks too fat and adjusts the air valve—how hard could it be? Too bad he drops the wrench over the side of the aerial car. With no way to adjust the valve, the balloon begins to sink. Jeffries and Blanchard throw as much as they can overboard—until there is nothing left, not even their clothes. Luckily, they come up with a clever (and surprising) solution that saves the day. A VOYAGE IN THE CLOUDS from Matthew Olshan and Sophie Blackall is a journey that will keep kids laughing the whole way.

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A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance

A Thousand Days in VeniceA Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance

by Marlena de Blasi

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This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. The enchanting true story follows a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn’t even know she was missing.

Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice cafe a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she has quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry “the stranger,” as she calls Fernando.

“An irresistible grown-up love story.” —USA Today

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The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small by Kath Stathers (Editor)

The Bucket ListThe Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

by Kath Stathers (Editor)

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With 1,000 adventures for all ages, it’s never too soon or too late to begin the things you’ve only dreamed of doing.

We all have things we’d like to do—one day—but work, family, school, money, and responsibilities get in the way. This invaluable guide to fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities features an eclectic range of ideas such as self-improvement, sports-related endeavors, natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and more. From glassblowing in the Czech Republic to swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, The Bucket List is the perfect gift for the passionate traveler—an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of beaches, museums, monuments, islands, inns, restaurants, mountains, and more.

Each activity is location-specific and as geographically unique as bird-watching in Kenya or driving through clouds in Sri Lanka, as well as other to-dos that can be done anywhere, such as sketching a sunset behind an architectural monument. In addition to classic outdoor pursuits, the book contains advice on how to achieve some of the most popular goals for people of all ages: direct a movie, learn to play an instrument, make pottery, protect an endangered species, name a star, try a new cuisine, or learn a new language. Whether you are more active or laid-back, serious-minded or lighthearted, you are bound to discover new, stimulating activities.

“Travel Around the World and Back with Spring’s New Coffee Table Books”
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The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa

 

The Masked RiderThe Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa

by Neil Peart

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By November 1988, when Neil Peart arrived in Cameroon, he’d been expanding his own life and art through almost twenty years of travel and adventure. Concert tours of North America and Europe with his Rush bandmates, and the shared creative odyssey of lyric-writing and drumming, had only fed his insatiable curiosity and creative ambition. Through solo travels in Europe and North America, then to China and East Africa, he continued challenging himself to do more, learn more, achieve more. Adventure travels moved from inspiration to perspiration and back again, as that irresistible quest for new horizons and new adventures inspired the wish to shape those horizons and share those adventures in words. Like a story, each journey took on a shape and structure from beginning to end, through daily challenges of problem-solving and adaptation, and resonated in his life forever after. Experiences, hardships, and exultant survival enriched his worldview twice over — once in the living, and again in the challenge of capturing them in words. Now 36, Peart was ready to attempt two of the greatest challenges of his life. The month-long bicycle tour through Cameroon would be his first trip through West Africa. Covering more than a thousand miles of primitive roads, trails, and goat paths, it was considered “the most difficult bike tour on the market.”

He had chosen to travel by bicycle, at “people speed,” because his other great challenge was creative. With notebook, tape recorder, camera, and an author’s transformative perspective and awareness, Peart’s goal was to inspire, “inhale,” his experiences of the sub-Saharan country, its cultures and art, religions, languages, multiple ethnic and colonial histories, and especially, its people — chiefs and villagers, soldiers and schoolchildren, missionaries and prostitutes — so comprehensively and imaginatively, that in “exhaling,” he could write with sufficient insight, accuracy of understanding, and vividness of memory, that his story would reveal and illuminate for the Western world something of the “face” behind the mask of Africa. Peart’s creative achievement as author became his first published book, and in the eight years since its original publication in 1996, The Masked Rider has become appreciated by readers worldwide as a rare, special, and unforgettable travel memoir and portrait of West Africa, as seen through the mask of the visiting “white man,” and through the equalyl complex masks of the Africans themselves.

Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush and the author of “Ghost Rider.” He lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Street Food: Everything You Need to Know About Open-Air Stands, Carts, and Food Trucks Across the Globe

Street FoodStreet Food: Everything You Need to Know About Open-Air Stands, Carts, and Food Trucks Across the Globe

by Colleen Taylor Sen (Editor), Bruce Kraig (Editor)

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This redesigned, repackaged, and updated edition of Street Food surveys common street foods from more than 75 countries and regions across the globe.

An estimated 2.6 billion people worldwide eat street food every day. Once associated with developing countries, street food has spread around the globe, particularly in the United States, where a variety of food trucks, top chefs, and trendy pop-up restaurants specialize in grab-and-go fare. Now more than ever, readers are interested in finding and tasting the different street foods prepared and consumed around the world.

Globe-trotters in search of the street-food experience will find information about street-food superpowers—such as China, India, and Mexico—and countries where street food plays a less important role, such as those in northern Europe. Contributed by the world’s leading food historians, the book’s entries provide a detailed look at vendor culture, fun facts, and illuminating statistics, as well as some historical and environmental background on specific foods.

First published in 2013, this reconceived version of Street Food is a comprehensive look at the world’s best street food, a must-have for travelers and foodies alike.

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Local Eats Paris: A Traveler’s Guide by Natasha McGuinness, Anne Bentley (Illustrator)

Local Eats ParisLocal Eats Paris: A Traveler’s Guide

by Natasha McGuinness, Anne Bentley (Illustrator)

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Local Eats Paris is the perfect traveling companion for those exploring the City of Lights and those simply delighted by all things French. The fabulous food found in the patisseries, bistros, fromageries, marches, cafes and more are described in delectable detail and accompanied by charming illustrations. A handy guide to ordering, a description of favorite French cheeses, perfect picnic food pairings, and a what’s what of market food can all be found in this lovely guide to Parisian gastronomy. The small format makes it the perfect guidebook to tuck into purse or backpack.

After writing Local Eats London: Bangers & Mash, Pasties, Jaffa Cake and other London Favorites, Natasha McGuinness hopped on a train and travelled through the Chunnel to turn her attention to Paris. After submersing herself in the gastronomy found in patisseries, boulangeries, bistros, marchés, fromageries and everything in between, she put together the perfect foodie dictionary to the cuisine found in the City of Lights. Now back in the United States, she lives in Los Angeles where she is working on her masters degree at the University of Southern California while plotting her next trip overseas.

Anne Bentley is an artist and illustrator based in Northern California. She creates wall art, hand-made cards, logo design, store signage and illustrations for boxed notecard sets, all while juggling paintbrushes, kids and dogs. The two dishes she always seeks out first when visiting Paris are duck confit and the perfect falafel found in her favorite neighborhood, Le Marais.

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Pagan Spain by Richard Wright

Pagan SpainPagan Spain by Richard Wright

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A master chronicler of the African-American experience, Richard Wright brilliantly expanded his literary horizons with Pagan Spain, originally published in 1957. The Spain he visited in the mid-twentieth century was not the romantic locale of song and story, but a place of tragic beauty and dangerous contradictions. The portrait he offers is a blistering, powerful, yet scrupulously honest depiction of a land and people in turmoil, caught in the strangling dual grip of cruel dictatorship and what Wright saw as an undercurrent of primitive faith. An amalgam of expert travel reportage, dramatic monologue, and arresting sociological critique, Pagan Spain serves as a pointed and still-relevant commentary on the grave human dangers of oppression and governmental corruption.

Richard Wright won international renown for his powerful and visceral depiction of the black experience. He stands today alongside such African-American luminaries as Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, and two of his novels, Native Son and Black Boy, are required reading in high schools and colleges across the nation. He died in 1960.

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A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank

A Land without BordersA Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank

by Nir Baram, Jessica Cohen (Translator)

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From horror to fatigue to indifference, an important look forward and back that provides a grass-roots sense… An honest and troubling snapshot of Israel–both Palestinian and Israeli–that reveals the creeping realization that a two-state solution may no longer be possible.— Kirkus (starred review)

Throughout their youth Nir Baram’s generation were bombarded with news about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict–the injustices, the wrongdoings, the killings. Over the decades, the horror and despair had become habit–he noticed people had begun to give up on the possibility of resolution. Yet, as Baram notes, ‘the vast majority of Israelis–as well as international onlookers– know next to nothing about life on the West Bank, the area at the heart of the conflict they have spent their adult lives dissecting’. Most have never visited the occupied territories, and thus ‘the debate revolves around a theoretical, ill-defined area sketched out in our political imagination.’

This book of reportage emerged from the author’s realization that Israel is separated from the West Bank not only by checkpoints but also, more significantly, by a cognitive barrier. And so began his quest to understand the occupation from both sides. The result is an essential and nuanced journey through places and experiences that receive little coverage.

Baram, widely considered one of the most important intellectual voices in Israel today, faces painful challenges to his personal political views and his hopes for a more peaceful future.

Nir Baram has worked as a journalist, editor, and advocate for Palestinian rights. He is the author of five novels in Hebrew. In 2010 he received the Prime Minister’s Award for Hebrew Literature.

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The Wayfarer’s Handbook: A Field Guide for the Independent Traveler

the Wayfarers HandbookThe Wayfarer’s Handbook: A Field Guide for the Independent Traveler

by Evan S Rice

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An inventive and visually-appealing passport to the wide world of travel, The Wayfarer’s Handbook doesn’t tell readers to go anywhere, it shows them how to go everywhere.
The Wayfarer’s Handbook is a treasure trove of information about the art of travel that is specifically crafted for the modern adventurer. The book is an offbeat guide full of actionable advice, a worldwide exploration reference work, an unconventional collection of world trivia, and an exciting resource of inspiration, all designed for use in a great global adventure.
With a visual aesthetic inspired by the look of vintage field guides, The Wayfarer’s Handbook is tailor-made for modern readers, providing the distilled essentials of hundreds of interesting topics, presented in a direct and precise but stylish way. This twist on traditional travel genres covers everything from the world’s 27 most common travel scams and the fascinating history of hot air balloons to everyday gestures that are offensive in foreign cultures and how to avoid a hippopotamus attack. Sketches, infographics, small maps, and illustrative charts appear throughout, allowing readers to open to any page and discover fascinating new insights into the art of travel.
Though The Wayfarer’s Handbook is compact enough for the road, it is equally suited to be a gem in the library of anyone interested in exploration.

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Paris in Bloom

Paris In BloomParis in Bloom

by Georgina Lane

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Paris–City of Love, City of Light, City of Flowers. From elegant floral boutiques to lively flower markets to glorious blooming trees and expansive public gardens, flowers are the essential ingredient to the lush sensory bouquet that is Parisian life. With beautiful photography, Paris in Bloom transports readers on a stunning floral tour of the city, and provides recommendations to the best flower markets and a detailed guide to spring blooms. Timeless in content, Paris in Bloom is a book for Paris lovers to savor again and again, one to keep on the nightstand to conjure fond memories of their first visit and inspire dreams of the next.

Paris in Bloom detail 1Paris in Bloom brilliantly captures the splendor of French fleurs with lush photographs and elegant prose, providing beauty and inspiration in every page. The book is a triumph of artistic achievement and practical information, blending visual floral poetry with a comprehensive field guide to discovering the plants, flowers and artists who create inspiring floral designs, capturing both the essential elixir and elusive magic of Parisian life for all of us to savor and enjoy. A masterpiece!-
–Laura Dowling -former Chief Floral Designer at the White House and author of Floral Diplomacy at the White House –

Paris in Bloom Detail 2Georgianna Lane is a Seattle-based floral and travel photographer whose work has been published internationally in books, magazines, calendars, and greeting cards. In addition to partnerships with the top stationery and gift publishers, including American Greetings, Papyrus, Graphique de France, and others, her work has been featured on leading design sites including Design*Sponge and Decor8.Paris in Bloom detail 3

 

 

 

 

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