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  • The Oregon Trailby Francis Parkman

    The Floating Press 1847; US$ 3.99 US$ 3.47

    Take a trip back in time on the Oregon Trail. This series of non-fiction essays from Francis Parkman details life on the nineteenth-century American frontier, detailing the summer a young Parkman traveled through Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas. Along the way, the author spent time hunting and fishing, as well as participating in a buffalo hunt... more...

  • The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a Whaleby Thomas Nickerson; Owen Chase; Thomas Philbrick; Nathaniel Philbrick

    Penguin Publishing Group 2000; US$ 16.00

    The gripping first-hand narrative of the whaling ship disaster that inspired Melville’s Moby-Dick and informed Nathaniel Philbrick’s monumental history, In the Heart of the Sea   In 1820, the Nantucket whaleship Essex was rammed by an angry sperm whale thousands of miles from home in the South Pacific. The Essex sank, leaving twenty crew... more...

  • The Geography of Geniusby Eric Weiner

    Simon & Schuster 2016; US$ 12.99

    Tag along on this New York Times bestselling “witty, entertaining romp” ( The New York Times Book Review ) as Eric Winer travels the world, from Athens to Silicon Valley—and back through history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. In this “intellectual odyssey, traveler’s diary, and comic novel all rolled... more...

  • Two Years Before the Mastby Richard Henry Dana

    Digital Scanning, Inc. 2001; US$ 4.95

    Two Years Before The Mast is a wonderful, elegantly written adventure classic that is still enjoyable more than one hundred years after its original publication. This is Richard Henry Dana Jr’s account of his life as a common seaman aboard the brig the Pilgrim which set out from Boston on August 14, 1835 destined for California by way of the treacherous... more...

  • Blues Cityby Ishmael Reed

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 16.00

    Oakland is a blues city, brawling and husky . . . Often overshadowed by San Francisco, its twinkling sister city across the Bay, Oakland is itself an American wonder. The city is surrounded by and filled with natural beauty—mountains and hills and lakes and a bay—and architecture that mirrors its history as a Spanish mission, Gold Rush outpost, and... more...

  • Unbeaten Tracks in Japanby Isabella Lucy Bird

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 3.99

    It is a classic travelogue based on the journey taken by Isabella Bird in 1878 to the interior of Japan. She has vividly described Japan and its people with their multifarious culture and lives. The book enfolds her extensive knowledge of history and botany. Moreover, the narration of scenes of the native areas is remarkable. It is a must-read for... more...

  • Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennesby Robert Louis Stevenson

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 3.99

    An absorbing sketch of Stevenson’s travelling experiences through the Cevennes Mountains in France is presented here. His various adventures have been wonderfully brought to life in these pages. The journey was initially meant as a diversion from stress of his daily life. A pioneering classic of outdoor literature, it impresses with its colourful... more...

  • The Amateur Emigrantby Robert Louis Stevenson

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 3.99

    “The Amateur Emigrant” is a remarkable account of Stevenson's nautical journey from Scotland to California. He has vividly sketched the hazards of racial and social class distinction in British and American societies. The work is a testament to his keen insight and perception. A true classic itinerary! more...

  • Very Californiaby Diana Hollingsworth Gessler

    Algonquin Books 2013; US$ 15.95

    A fisherman on the Santa Monica Pier. The vineyards of Napa Valley. Surfers in Malibu. An Indian village in Yosemite and the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset. Artist Diana Gessler captures the color and character of our third largest and most populous state. In lively watercolors, sketches, and stories, Gessler shares her adventures on the road, driving... more...

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

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 6.79

    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...