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In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.From the Trade Paperback edition....
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Fanny Parkes lived in India between 1822 and 1846 and was the ideal travel writer "courageous, indefatigably curious and determinedly independent. Her journals trace her transformation from prim memsahib to eccentric, sitar-playing Indophile, fluent in Urdu, critical of British rule and passionate in her appreciation of Indian culture. Fanny is fascinated by the trial of thugs, the adorning of a Hindu bride and swears by the efficacy of opium on headaches. To read her is to get as close as one can to a true picture of early colonial India "the sacred and the profane, the violent and the beautiful, the straight-laced sahibs and the 'White Mughals' who fell in love with India, married Indian wives and built bridges between the two cultures.Fanny Parkes lived in India between 1822 and 1846 and was the ideal travel writer âcourageous, indefatigably curious and determinedly independent. Her journals trace her transformation from prim memsahib to eccentric, sitar-playing Indophile, fluent in Urdu, critical of British rule and passionate in her appreciation of Indian culture. Fanny is fascinated by the trial of thugs, the adorning of a Hindu bride and swears by the efficacy of opium on headaches. To read her is to get as close as one can to a true picture of early colonial India âthe sacred and the profane, the violent and the beautiful, the straight-laced sahibs and the 'White Mughals' who fell in love with India, married Indian wives and built bridges between the two cultures.
DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Turkey's Southwest Coast will lead you straight to the very best on offer. Whether you're looking for the things not to miss at the Top 10 sights, or want to find the best nightspots; this guide is the perfect companion. Rely on dozens of Top 10 lists - from the Top 10 museums to the Top 10 events and festivals - there's even a list of the Top 10 things to avoid. The guide is divided by area with restaurant reviews for each, as well as recommendations for hotels, bars and places to shop. You'll find the insider knowledge every visitor needs and explore every corner effortlessly with DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Turkey's Southwest Coast.
DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Turkey's Southwest Coast - showing you what others only tell you.
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DK Eyewitness Back Roads Australia driving holiday guide will take you via scenic routes to discover charming villages, local restaurants and intimate places to stay. Unearth the real soul of this magical region with all the practical information you could need, from road conditions and length of drive to parking information and opening hours. Twenty-five themed drives, each lasting one to seven days, reveal breathtaking views, hidden gems and authentic local experiences that can only be discovered by road.
Each tour is bursting with insider knowledge and loaded with ideas for varied activities from walks to days on the beach and children's attractions, to wine and cycling trips. Meanwhile, the most friendly, best-value hotels and guesthouses and charming restaurants specialising in regional produce have been selected by expert authors. The guide is full-colour throughout.
Discover the unexpected on your driving holiday with DK Eyewitness Back Roads Australia.
The new full colour Rough Guide to California is the definitive guide to the most alluring state in the US. It's full of insider tips on how to unearth the best that the Golden State has to offer: authentic Mexican food in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego; countless hiking trails and ski areas in the towering Sierra Nevada range; road trips on Historic Route 66 and the stunning Pacific Coast Highway; tastings in the best California wineries and camping in the pristine state and national parks.
Smartly designed with stunning photography and packed with some of the most easy-to-use maps you'll find in any guidebook, the Rough Guide to California contains fun and adventurous itineraries, savvy lists of hotspots and heaps of recommendations and detailed practical information to help you take advantage of everything this nearly 900-mile-long state has to offer. Whatever your budget, this guide will help you explore California's bounty of natural and cultural wonders, find top-notch places to eat and sleep and make the most of every minute of your holiday.
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Here is Peter Mayle at his effervescent best--his master sleuth, Sam Levitt, eating, drinking, and romancing his way through the South of France even as he investigates a case of deadly intrigue among the Riviera’s jet set. Billionaire Francis Reboul is taking in the view at his coastal estate, awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, when he spies a massive yacht whose passengers seem a little too interested in his property. The yacht belongs to rapacious Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky, who, for his own purposes, will stop at nothing to obtain Reboul’s villa. When Reboul refuses to sell, Vronsky’s methods quickly turn unsavory. Now it’s up to Sam--he’s saved Reboul’s neck before--to negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries and hit men, not to mention the Corsican mafia, to prevent his friend from becoming a victim of Vronsky’s “Russian diplomacy.” The dire situation doesn’t stop Sam and Elena from attending glamorous fêtes where the wines and starlets alike sparkle, and enjoying sumptuous meals--from multicourse revelations to understated delights like the first asparagus of the season, on which one must make a wish. But as Sam’s sleuthing draws him closer to the truth of Vronsky’s schemes, he realizes Reboul might not be the only one unable to enjoy the good life for long. Brimming with entertaining twists, sparkling scenery, and mouthwatering gustatory interludes as only Peter Mayle can write them, The Corsican Caper is a one-way ticket to pleasure, Provençal style.This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
The DK Eyewitness California Travel Guide is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of the must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all the fascinating cities and towns. The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best attractions on offer.
The uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel guide will help you to discover everything region-by-region; from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside. Detailed listings will guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets, whilst detailed practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, bus or car. Plus, DK's excellent insider tips and essential local information will help you explore every corner of California effortlessly.
DK Eyewitness California Travel Guide - showing you what others only tell you.
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Lonely Planet Kyoto is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Get a panoramic view of Kyoto at Ginkaku-ji, catch a glimpse of geishas in the Gion district, or see Arashiyama's infinite stalks of bamboo; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Kyoto and begin your journey now!
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About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.
The Rough Guide Snapshot to The North and the Frisian Islands is the ultimate travel guide to this fascinating part of the Netherlands. It leads you through the region with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the sights and attractions, from mud-flat walking to culture along the Museumroute Aldaerserf, and from scenic coastal cycleways to local brews. Detailed maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best hotels, cafés, restaurants and bars, ensuring you make the most of your trip, whether passing through, staying for the weekend or longer. The Rough Guide Snapshot to The North and the Frisian Islands covers Leeuwarden, Franeker, Harlingen, Sneek, Bolsward, Makkum, Workum, Hindeloopen, Stavoren, Sloten, Dokkum, Moddergat, Wierum, the Frisian Islands, Groningen and Drenthe. Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to The Netherlands, with all the practical information you need for travelling in and around the region, including transport, food, drink, costs and health.
Also published as part of the Rough Guide to The Netherlands.
The Rough Guide Snapshot to The North and the Frisian Islands is equivalent to 62 printed pages.
It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still Australia teems with life - a large portion of it quite deadly. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else.
Ignoring such dangers - and yet curiously obsessed by them - Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted and unfailingly obliging: their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water; the food is excellent; the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn't get much better than this...