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  • Travels with Berthaby Paul Martin

    Liberties Press 2014; US$ 11.65

    The Queensland drug dealer-turned-miner who had blown off all his fingers in repeated work accidents; the Adelaide Aborigine whose Irish uncle, in revenge for Captain Cook, claimed the territory of Britain for Australia from the top of Big Ben; the ex-alcoholic in Tasmania relieved that his bi-polar condition could be traced back to his direct ancestor,... more...

  • The Lost Islandby Alfred van Cleef; S. J. Leinbach

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 8.99

    A striking narrative of a man's inadvertent discovery of the life force that persists in the most secluded of places--and isolated of beings After the death of his father, Alfred Van Cleef--the last of a family of Dutch Jews--learns that he is unable to have children. Seeking the remotest spot on the planet, far from the gleefully reproducing couples... more...

  • American Vertigoby Bernard-Henri Levy

    Gibson Square 2008; US$ 10.99

    This acclaimed, brilliant US travelogue vividly describes the extremes of American society. Filled with a dazzling and entertaining array of different characters - from film celebrities Woody Allen and Sharon Stone, to presidential hopefuls, prostitutes and psychotic convicts - Bernard-Henri Levy describes the US as no one has done before. Part on... more...

  • Terra Incognitaby Sara Wheeler

    Random House Publishing Group 2014; US$ 18.00

    It is the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth, an icy desert of unearthly beauty and stubborn impenetrability. For centuries, Antarctica has captured the imagination of our greatest scientists and explorers, lingering in the spirit long after their return. Shackleton called it "the last great journey"; for Apsley Cherry-Garrard it was the worst... more...

  • How to Climb Mont Blanc in a Skirtby Mick Conefrey

    Oneworld Publications 2011; US$ 10.99

    Ever wondered how to cook a locust or sweet-talk a cannibal? Welcome to the captivating world of female explorers women just as inspiring, brave, and occasionally downright strange as all the Shackletons, Mallorys, and Livingstones. Discover who dressed up as a Tibetan peasant to explore Asia and why you shouldn?t let a gorilla near your bedroom.... more...

  • BoardFreeby Dave Cornthwaite

    Pavilion Books 2014; US$ 8.02

    As Featured in the Guinness Book of Records, this is the thrilling, inspiring story of Dave Cornthwaite's epic journey down-under by a most unusual form of transport. Tired of the nine-to-five, Dave decided one day that he needed a change a big change. And so he jumped on his RollsRolls longboard (the Land Rover of skateboards) and broke a world record,... more...

  • Destinations of a Lifetimeby National Geographic

    National Geographic Society 2015; US$ 40.00

    National Geographic takes you on a photographic tour of the world?s most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for your next trip. Hundreds of the most breathtaking locales?both natural and man-made?are illustrated with vivid images taken by the organization's world-class photographers. These images, coupled with evocative text, feature... more...

  • The Travels of Ibn Battutaby Ibn Battuta; Samuel Lee

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 16.95

    An engrossing account of a 1326 pilgrimage to Mecca provides vivid details of Morocco, Russia, India, China, and elsewhere. "The ultimate in real life adventure stories." ? History in Review. more...

  • The Path to Romeby Hilaire Belloc

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 12.95

    This 1902 memoir of a pilgrimage on foot across the Alps and Apennines in order to "see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved." Includes 77 of the author's original line drawings. more...

  • The Travels of Sir John Mandevilleby John Mandeville

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 7.99

    One of the most influential books of the medieval period, John Mandeville's fourteenth-century work was written, ostensibly, to encourage and instruct pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. A thorough compendium of medieval lore, the travel book proved to be a great success throughout Europe. (Among his alleged readers were Leonardo da Vinci and Christopher... more...