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Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

Adams, Mark
$18.00

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING TRAVEL MEMOIR

 

What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?

 

In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and "discovered" Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer's perilous path in search of the truth--except he'd written about adventure far more than he'd actually lived it. In fact, he'd never even slept in a tent.

 

Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams' fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world's most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?

Nora says this book is one of the greatest adventure books of all time.

Walking Home: A Poet's Journey

Walking Home: A Poet's Journey

Armitage, Simon
$15.95
The wandering poet has always been a feature of our cultural imagination. Odysseus journeys home, his famous flair for storytelling seducing friend and foe. The Romantic poets tramped all over the Lake District searching for inspiration. Now Simon Armitage, with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation, as well as a wry humor all his own, has taken on Britain's version of our Appalachian Trail: the Pennine Way. Walking "the backbone of England" by day (accompanied by friends, family, strangers, dogs, the unpredictable English weather, and a backpack full of Mars Bars), each evening he gives a poetry reading in a different village in exchange for a bed. Armitage reflects on the inextricable link between freedom and fear as well as the poet's place in our bustling world. In Armitage's own words, "to embark on the walk is to surrender to its lore and submit to its logic, and to take up a challenge against the self."
Travel Guide to Homer: On the Trail of Odysseus Through Turkey and the Mediterranean

Travel Guide to Homer: On the Trail of Odysseus Through Turkey and the Mediterranean

Freely, John
$28.00
In October 1945, at the age of 19, John Freely passed the southernmost tip of Crete on his way home from the war in China, just as Odysseus did on his homeward voyage from the battle of Troy. He has been mesmerized with Homer and the lands of Homer's epics ever since. Throughout his life spent exploring both these lands and the stories by and connected to Homer, Freely has forged a captivating traveler's guide to Homer's lost world and to his epics-- The Iliad and The Odyssey--investigating where such places as the Land of the Lotus Eaters are and what it was about the landscapes of Greece and Turkey that influenced and inspired Homer-- arguably the greatest classical epic poet.This will be a traveler's guide to all of those places linked to Homer that can be identified and it will also speculate on where such places as the Land of the Lotus Eaters might be. With a revealing introduction to Homer and his times and an outline of the wanderings of Odysseus, the book follows in his footsteps from Troy to his final return to Ithaca. Finally, Freely illuminates how the Homeric epics took their final form and their subsequent echoes in literature, art, legend and folklore: all part of the romance of the wandering hero.
Eating & Drinking in Paris

Eating & Drinking in Paris

Herbach, Andy
$9.95
Open Road's 'Eating & Drinking' menu-translator and restaurant guides are proven sellers!

Nothing can make a trip to Paris or anywhere in France more enjoyable and rewarding than a great dining experience - but you have to know what to order! This handy guide helps readers navigate French menus while also steering people to some great restaurants in each country. The bulk of the book is the most comprehensive menu reader available, translating thousands of French words and unique French and Parisian dining terms into English. There are also sections on restaurant etiquette, a pronunciation guide, and English-to-French phrases and words.