Travel Books--March 2014
A journalist who has reported from Africa and the Middle East presents a dark memoir about his life-threatening, disorienting year of self-discovery in one of the world's most conflicted nations.
<p>"This book will make you laugh and cry and laugh again. I didn't want it to end."—Emma Woolf, author of <em>An Apple a Day</em></p> <p><strong>The Best Gifts in Life are the Gifts We Give Ourselves...</strong></p> <p>Breathtaking ocean views, tranquil beaches, delicious food, and warm-hearted people...these are just a few of the reasons why Jennifer Barclay loves the Greek islands. But her dreams of living there full-time seem out of reach, until a break-up turns her world upside down.</p> <p>Jennifer realizes she is responsible for her own happiness—and decides to cut back on work, stay out of relationships, and vacation for a month on Tilos, her favorite Greek island. Life becomes instantly sweeter, and she resolves to uproot her life to Tilos. But then the strangest thing happens...</p> <p>A glimpse into life on a tiny Mediterranean island, <em>Falling in Honey</em> is a testament to the power of being good to yourself.</p>
This concise history of Croatia begins with the arrival of Greeks and Romans in the early 5th century and covers medieval Croatia, the Ottoman invasion, Habsburg rule, the first Yugoslavia and World War II, Tito's Yugoslavia, Croatian independence and the battles of the 1990's. Contemporary Croatia is also discussed. An introductory chapter describes Croatia's geography, climate, and population. The volume includes a time line of major events, list of Croatian rulers, several maps, and pen and ink illustrations. Tourists will appreciate the volume's readability as well as the historical directory of notable cities and landmarks included. Curtis teaches European history at Seattle University. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Based on the author's popular <IT>New York Times<RO> series, the best-selling author of <IT>As They See 'Em<RO> chronicles his revelatory cross-country bicycle trip during the summer and fall of 2011. 50,000 first printing.
<DIV><B>A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo</B><BR><BR></DIV><P>John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?<BR> Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.<BR> Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, <I>Carsick</I> is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.