Confessions of a Beachcomber,
by E. J. Banfield. An
Australian beachcomber -- who spent his years on tropical Dunk
Island off the coast of Queensland -- brings insight into a
spirit of place that is as reminiscent of James Herriot as it
is of Thoreau. Banfield's observations remind us that a simple
life well-lived may be the best.
for Flatheads, by
In the Old South, satellite dishes outnumber banjo
players a thousand to one. But traditions haven't died
- they've gone into hiding. Some of the pastimes are
ancient, others ultramodern; some are illegal, others merely
obscure. American culture isn't as predictable as it seems.
Under All Over, by
Barbara Brewster. Self
confessed Australiaphile Barbara Brewster shares her life-long
love affair with the country. Beyond a guidebook and more than
a travelogue, this personal quest brings the armchair traveler
along as a participant on an intimate excursion where the
doors just keep opening upon ever more wondrous adventures.
a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson.
Bill Bryson goes Down Under to Australia, a shockingly
under-discovered country. Here is a deliciously funny,
fact-filled, and adventurous report from a writer who combines
humor and unflagging curiosity.
Legends: A Journey Into the American Southwest, by Michael
offers up the American Southwest as a spiritual repository and
source of inspiration. The book is also a plea for a wilderness
ethic that will allow the Southwest to survive as mostly
Adventures of a Tropical Tramp,
by Harry L. Foster. This
is the first travel narrative written by Foster, a veteran of
World War One who really couldn't "go back down on the
farm" after he had seen Paris. Gripped by an impulse to
adventure, Foster spent most of his life after the war
wandering the main roads and back roads of the world, first in
Mexico and South America, then later in Asia, the South
Pacific, and the Caribbean.
by Tad Friend. In
this collection of the journalist's most original, witty, and
wide-ranging articles and essays from The New Yorker,
Esquire, and Outside, readers are taken on a cultural
tour of global proportions.
Wanderlust: Real-Life Tales of Adventure and Romance, edited
by Don George.
Many scintillating, sizzling tales of serendipity and
Diary, by Michael Wallis and Suzanne Wallis. After
a lifetime of following Route 66, the Santa Fe Trail, Highway
101, and so many other trails that crisscross the great American
West, the authors have accumulated a wealth of lore.
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