Category Archives: Essays & Travelogues

The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin’s Journal of Researches

This richly readable book is the product of Charles Darwin’s amazing journey aboard the Beagle where he made observations that led to his revolutionary theory of natural selection.

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How to Cook a Tapir: A Memoir of Belize (At Table)

In 1962 Joan Fry was a college sophomore recently married to a dashing anthropologist. Naively consenting to a year-long ?working honeymoon” in British Honduras (now Belize), she soon found herself living in a remote Kekchi village deep in the rainforest. … Continue reading

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Around the World in 80 Dinners

After years of writing award-winning cookbooks, Cheryl and Bill Jamison were ready to take a break. They packed their bags, locked up their house in Santa Fe, and set off on a three-month-long visit to ten countries—all on frequent-flier miles.

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The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride

In April of 1846, Sarah Graves was twenty-one and in love with a young man who played the violin. But she was torn. Her mother, father, and eight siblings were about to disappear over the western horizon forever, bound for … Continue reading

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The Voyage of the Beagle (mobi)

This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. This book features the table of contents linked to every chapter and section. The book was designed for optimal navigation on PDA, Smartphone, and other electronic readers. … Continue reading

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Slocum’s Sailing Alone Around the World (bargain edition typeset for the Kindle)

A Nova Scotian rebuilds an old oyster boat and sails around the world in the seminal work for singlehanded sailors. Slocum was the first man to circumnavigate singlehanded.

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Kayaking Alone: Nine Hundred Miles from Idaho’s Mountains to the Pacific Ocean (Outdoor Lives)

The Columbia and its tributaries are rivers of conflict. Amid pitched battles over the economy, the environment, and breaching dams on the lower Snake River, the salmon that have always quickened these rivers are disappearing. On a warm day in … Continue reading

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Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo

In 2005 Kate Jackson ventured into the remote swamp forests of the northern Congo to collect reptiles and amphibians. Her camping equipment was rudimentary, her knowledge of Congolese customs even more so. She knew how to string a net and … Continue reading

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Shadow of the Silk Road

There was never one Silk Road — but several. The route chosen by Colin Thubron passes through China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey, taking in the most sterile desert on earth (the Taklamakan) and the strife-torn mountain valleys of … Continue reading

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Russia and Iran in the Great Game: Travelogues and Orientalism (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern History)

This book examines the Russian explorers and officials in the nineteenth and early twentieth century who came into contact with Iran as a part of the Great Game. It demonstrates the development of Russia’s own form of Orientalism, a phenomenon … Continue reading

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