Armchair Travel

The last cowboys at the end of the world : the story of the Gauchos of Patagonia

Nick Reding.

Biography, Travel, Nonfiction

Gaucho conjures up an image as iconic as the word cowboy. But according to historians and anthropologists, their semi-nomadic culture disappeared at the end of the nineteenth century, and no one has seen the gauchos since. Until now. Twenty-five years ago, the government of Chile began building a road into Chilean Patagonia, one of the least-populated regions in the world. In 1995, when Nick Reding traveled down that still-unfinished road into an...


Shadow of the Silk Road

Colin Thubron.

Biography, Nonfiction, Travel

Thubron, a gifted writer with over a dozen books to his name, has written a vivid account of his journey, often under intimidatingly iffy circumstances, across the full length of the ancient Silk Road, from China to the Mediterranean. Rich in history, readers will be transported by stories of ancient empires and sobered by their present realities as witnessed by the indefatigable author. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (bookne...


Walking Israel : a personal search for the soul of a nation

Martin Fletcher.

Biography, Travel, History, Nonfiction

From the much lauded author of Breaking Newscomes a version ofWalking the Biblejust for Israel.With its dense history of endless conflict and biblical events, Israel's coastline is by far the most interesting hundred miles in the world. As longtime chief of NBC's Tel Aviv news bureau, Martin Fletcher is in a unique position to interpret Israel, and he brings it off in a spectacular and novel manner. Last year he strolled along the entire coast, f...


Travels in Siberia

Ian Frazier.

Biography, Travel, Nonfiction

A Dazzling Russian travelogue from the bestselling author ofGreat Plains InTravels in Siberia, Ian Frazier trains his eye for unforgettable detail on Siberia, that vast expanse of Asiatic Russia. He explores many aspects of this storied, often grim region, which takes up one-seventh of the land on earth. He writes about the geography, the resources, the native peoples, the history, the forty-below midwinter afternoons, the bugs. The book brims wi...


The sweet life in Paris : delicious adventures in the world's most glorious - and perplexing - city

David Lebovitz.

Travel, Cooking, Biography, Nonfiction

Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life. Having crammed all his worldly belongings into three suitcases, he arrived, hopes high, at his new apartment in the lively Bastille neighborhood. But he soon discovered it's a different world en France. From learni...


The miracle of Castel di Sangro

Joe McGinniss.

Travel, Biography, Humor, Nonfiction

Master storyteller Joe McGinniss travels to Italy to cover the unlikely success of a ragtag minor league soccer team--and delivers a brilliant and utterly unforgettable story of life in an off-the-beaten-track Italian village. When Joe McGinniss sets out for the remote Italian village of Castel di Sangro one summer, he merely intends to spend a season with the village's soccer team, which only weeks before had, miraculously, reached the second-hi...