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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
by Robert M. Pirsig

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English

Pages

404

Publication Date

April 10, 2009

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Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. This 25th Anniversary Quill Edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader's Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, <em>Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance</em> is a touching and transcendent book of life.
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
by Rinker Buck

Language

English

Pages

465

Publication Date

June 30, 2015

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?#1 Indie Next Pick 鈥?Winner of the PEN New England Award</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淓nchanting鈥 book filled with so much love鈥ong before Oregon, Rinker Buck has convinced us that the best way to see America is from the seat of a covered wagon.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎mazing鈥 real nonfiction thriller.鈥?鈥擨an Frazier, <i>The New York Review of Books</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎bsorbing鈥inning鈥he many layers in <i>The Oregon Trail</i> are linked by Mr. Buck鈥檚 voice, which is alert and unpretentious in a manner that put me in mind of Bill Bryson鈥檚 comic tone in <i>A Walk in the Woods</i>.鈥?鈥擠wight Garner, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />A major bestseller that has been hailed as a 鈥渜uintessential American story鈥?(<i>Christian Science Monitor</i>), Rinker Buck鈥檚 <i>The Oregon Trail </i>is an epic account of traveling the 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way鈥攊n a covered wagon with a team of mules鈥攖hat has captivated readers, critics, and booksellers from coast to coast. Simultaneously a majestic journey across the West, a significant work of history, and a moving personal saga, Buck鈥檚 chronicle is a 鈥渓augh-out-loud masterpiece鈥?(<i>Willamette Week</i>) that 鈥渟o ensnares the emotions it becomes a tear-jerker at its close鈥?(<i>Star Tribune, </i>Minneapolis) and 鈥渨ill leave you daydreaming and hungry to see this land鈥?(<i>The Boston Globe</i>).
A Field Guide to Getting Lost
by Rebecca Solnit

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English

Pages

225

Publication Date

June 27, 2006

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<b>A stimulating exploration of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown from the author of <i>Men Explain Things To Me<br /><br /></i></b>Written as a series of autobiographical essays, <i>A Field Guide to Getting Lost</i> draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early聽Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie <i>Vertigo</i>. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Hei...
by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Language

English

Pages

318

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<b>As heard on NPR's <i>This American Life</i><br /><br />鈥淎bsorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction,聽<i>The Feather Thief</i>聽contains many of the elements of a classic thriller.鈥?鈥擬aureen Corrigan, NPR鈥檚 <i>Fresh Air</i><br /><br />鈥淥ne of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever.鈥澛犫€?lt;i>Christian Science Monitor</i><br /><br /><b>A rollicking true-crime adventure and a captivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers, for readers of聽<i>The Stranger in the Woods</i>,聽<i>The Lost City of Z</i>, and聽<i>The Orchid Thief</i>.</b><br /><br /></b>On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins鈥攕ome collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them鈥攁nd escaped into the darkness.<b><br /><br /></b>Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, <i>The Feather Thief</i> is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.
Daughter of Heaven: A Memoir with Earthly Recipes
by Leslie Li

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

December 03, 2011

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In this powerful, touching memoir of a critically acclaimed Chinese-American writer, taste becomes the keeper of memory and food the keeper of culture when Nai-nai, her extraordinary grandmother, arrives from mainland China.<br /><br />Leslie Li鈥檚 paternal grandfather, Li Zogren, was China鈥檚 first democratically elected vice president, to whom Chiang Kai-shek left control of the country when he fled to Formosa in 1949. Nine years later, Li鈥檚 wife, Nai-nai, comes to live with her son鈥檚 family in New York City, bringing a whole new world of sights, smells, and tastes as she quickly takes control of the kitchen. Nai-nai鈥檚 tantalizingly exotic cooking opens up the heart and mind of her American granddaughter to her Chinese heritage鈥攁nd to the world. Through her grandmother鈥檚 traditional cuisine Leslie bridges the cultural divide in an America in which she is a minority鈥攁s well as the growing gap at home between her rigid, traditional Chinese father and her progressive American-born mother. Interspersed throughout her intimate and moving memoir are the author鈥檚 personal recipes, most from Nai-nai鈥檚 kitchen, that add a delicious dimension to the work. A loving ode to family and food, <i>Daughter of Heaven</i> is an exquisite blend of memory, history, and the senses.
The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier
by Ian Urbina

Language

English

Pages

513

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<b>"<b>A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see . . . The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself." --Susan Casey, best-selling author of </b><b><i>The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean</i></b><br /><br /><br /><b>A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.</b></b><br /><br />There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.<br /><br />Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways -- drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely. <br /><br />Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning expos茅, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.
Travels
by Michael Crichton

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English

Pages

404

Publication Date

May 14, 2012

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<p>From the bestselling author of聽<i>Jurassic Park</i>,聽<i>Timeline</i>, and聽<i>Sphere聽</i>comes a deeply personal memoir full of fascinating adventures as he travels everywhere from the Mayan pyramids to Kilimanjaro.聽<br />聽<br />Fueled by a powerful curiosity鈥攁nd by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and close-up鈥擬ichael Crichton's journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling鈥攕wimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. This is a record of those travels鈥攁n exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction.</p>
The Corfu Trilogy: My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and...
by Gerald Durrell

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English

Pages

768

Publication Date

November 29, 2016

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<b>National Bestseller: The complete trilogy that inspired Masterpiece production <i>The Durrells in Corfu</i> in one volume.</b><br /><br /> The tales of a naturalist and his family, who left England for the Greek island of Corfu鈥攚here they interacted with fascinating locals of both human and animal varieties鈥攖hese memoirs have become beloved bestsellers and inspired the delightful series that aired on PBS television.<br /> 聽<br /> Included in this three-book collection are:<br /> 聽<br /><i>My Family and Other Animals</i>: Ten-year-old Gerald Durrell arrives on sun-drenched Corfu with this family and pursues his interest in natural history, making friends with the island鈥檚 fauna鈥攆rom toads and tortoises to scorpions and geckos鈥攚hile reveling in the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household.<br /> 聽<br /><i>Birds, Beasts and Relatives</i>: Written after a boyhood spent studying zoology, this memoir is part nature guide, part coming-of-age tale, and all charmingly funny memoir.<br /> 聽<br /><i>The Garden of the Gods</i>: In the conclusion of the trilogy, Durrell shares more tales of wild animals and his even wilder family, including his mother, Louisa, and his siblings Lawrence, Leslie, and Margo, in the years before World War II.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淸Durrell鈥檚] books have an unfailing charm. .聽.聽. It is a tribute to his skill that one never tires of his accounts鈥?(<i>Chicago Tribune</i>).<br /> 聽<br /><i>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author鈥檚 estate.</i><br /> 聽
The French for Christmas
by Fiona Valpy

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

October 03, 2014

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鈥?lt;b>Made me cry so many times 鈥?A beautiful, heartbreaking yet uplifting wonderful story</b>.鈥?<i>This Chick Reads</i><br /><br /><b>A year to forget. The perfect escape. And a little Christmas magic鈥?lt;/b><br /><br /><b>Touching, uplifting, and filled with delicious French cooking, <i>The French for Christmas</i> is the perfect Christmas treat.</b><br /><br /><b>Evie used to LOVE Christmas</b>, but this year she can鈥檛 wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory. <br /><br />When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest 鈥榣ove interest鈥? leaving the country seems like the perfect plan.<br /><br />Armed with her French grandmother鈥檚 tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness. <br /><br />And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour 鈥?the <i>tr貓s</i> gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her <i>Tarte Tatin</i>? <br /><br />With snow falling, a special <i>R茅veillon</i> dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie鈥檚 heart? <b>Or will a visit from the ghost of Christmas past change everything?</b><br /><br /><h2>What people are saying about The French for Christmas</h2><br />鈥楽o <b>very real, so tragic, my heart absolutely ached</b> 鈥?A <b>heart-warming and truly beautiful</b> Christmas book.鈥?<b>5/5</b> <i>Paris Baker鈥檚 Book Nook</i><br /> <br />鈥?lt;b>One of my favourite stories I have read this year鈥?A truly superb novel. 5/5</b>.鈥?<i>Chloe鈥檚 Chick Lit Reviews</i><br /><br />鈥?lt;b>A truly wonderful novel</b> 鈥?touching, inspiring and heart-warming 鈥?<b>an absolute must on your holiday reading list. 5/5 Stars.</b>鈥?<i>Living Life with Joy</i><br /><br />鈥?lt;b>Just beautiful</b> 鈥?I was transported to a Christmas wonderland and I didn't want to leave! <b>Absolutely loved it!</b>鈥?<i>Becca鈥檚 Books</i><br /><br />鈥楢 winner 鈥?<b>I want to live this story</b>.鈥?<i>A Nurse and a Book</i><br /><br />鈥業 love Fiona Valpy's French countryside stories ... <b>The setting is wonderful and the snow and winter weather give it a fairytale like atmosphere 鈥?such a lovely Christmas story</b>.鈥?<i>Librarian Lavender</i><br /><br />鈥?lt;b>Beautiful descriptions of the idyllic French house and area 鈥?mouth-watering descriptions of the beautiful food</b> 鈥?a wonderful Christmas read. It has everything you could want from a book for this time of year.鈥?<i>Best Crime Books and More</i><br /><br />鈥?lt;b>I found myself talking out loud, muttering and cursing</b> 鈥?Fiona had given me <b>characters that I had connected with, that had strength and depth who I found I really cared about</b>.鈥?<i>Crooks on Books</i><br /><br />鈥?lt;b>This book made me cry</b> 鈥?Another great and emotional read with Christmas cheer, Christmas spirit.鈥?<i>French Village Diaries</i><br /><br />鈥楾ruly idyllic 鈥?everything we love about the Christmas season. <b>A beautiful read!</b>鈥?<i>M鈥檚 Bookshelf</i><br /><br />鈥業 <b>absolutely adored</b> this charming, thought provoking story鈥?I<br />felt really Christmassy reading this! The main part of the story is set during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, <b>the setting is gorgeous and the food sounds delicious</b>. Alongside all the festive-ness there is also a more serious underlying storyline to this novel which makes it truly touching and extremely gripping. <b>All in all the perfect wintry-night-by-the-fire read</b>.鈥?<i>Bookaholic Confessions</i><br /><br />鈥楾his was <b>a lovely, cozy read</b> which would be perfect for reading during those cold winter months.鈥?<i>Books and Book Ends</i><br /><br />鈥極ur main character Evie was a little treasure who has had a heartbreaking time recently and I found myself routing for her hoping for a happy ending for her鈥?<b>This was a great read with a lovely festive touch</b>.鈥?<i>Rea鈥檚 Book Review</i>
Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

November 12, 1998

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<b>National Bestseller聽</b><br /><br />A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for <b>Into Thin Air</b>, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.<br /><br />By writing <b>Into Thin Air</b>, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. <br /><br />This updated edition of <b>Into Thin Air</b> includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.聽聽"I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since <b>Into Thin Air</b>'s denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored <b>The Climb</b>, Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. <br /><br />In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment."聽聽According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer.聽聽His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."

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