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Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

By Paul Theroux
  • ISBN Code: : 0771085389
  • Publisher : Emblem Editions
  • Pages : 512
  • Category : Travel
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National Bestseller In Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Theroux recreates an epic journey he took thirty years ago, a giant loop by train (mostly) through Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, China, Japan, and Siberia. In short, he traverses all of Asia top to bottom, and end to end. In the three decades since he first travelled this route, Asia has undergone phenomenal change. The Soviet Union has collapsed, China has risen, India booms, Burma slowly smothers, and Vietnam prospers despite the havoc unleashed upon it the last time Theroux passed through. He witnesses all this and more in a 25,000 mile journey, travelling as the locals do, by train, car, bus, and foot. His odyssey takes him from Eastern Europe, still hungover from Communism, through tense but thriving Turkey, into the Caucasus, where Georgia limps back toward feudalism while its neighbour Azerbaijan revels in oil-driven capitalism. As he penetrates deeper into Asia’s heart, his encounters take on an otherworldly cast. The two chapters that follow show us Turkmenistan, a profoundly isolated society at the mercy of an almost comically egotistical dictator, and Uzbekistan, a ruthless authoritarian state. From there, he retraces his steps through India, Mayanmar, China, and Japan, providing his penetrating observations on the changes these countries have undergone. Brilliant, caustic, and totally addictive, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star is Theroux at his very best.

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 786
  • Pdf File: couchsurfing-cosmopolitanisms.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The book provides unique insights into the culture of computer-mediated hospitality and how this has begun to transform contemporary tourism and travel practice. Focusing on Couchsurfing.org, one of the largest online hospitality communities worldwide, the authors explore how social relations, intimacy and trust are built in the online environment and then extended into the offline contexts of actual tourism and travel. Being active couchsurfers themselves, the authors scrutinise the candid claim by much of the online hospitality community that couchsurfing creates a »better world«. The book is key reading for anyone interested in how computer mediated communication is changing contemporary forms of contact, travel and hospitality, and the kinds of cosmopolitism it brings into being. Authors: David Picard, Sonja Buchberger, Jennie Germann Molz, Dennis Zuev, De-Jung Chen, Bernard Schéou, Jun-E Tan, Paula Bialski and Nelson Graburn.

Healing Adventures - Wellness Getaways for Health & Happiness

By Paul Froemming
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : eBookIt.com
  • Book Code : 0983823413
  • Total of Pages : 138
  • Category : Health & Fitness
  • Members : 214
  • Pdf File: healing-adventures-wellness-getaways-for-health-happiness.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Overview - The world's best places for health & happiness are revealed in this new book, fresh from five continents, with 50 stories and a gallery of color photos. Travel, health and adventure writer Paul Froemming, author of The Best Guide to Alternative Medicine, is your guide on an around-the-world journey into the mind, body and spirit. Ports of call will include a selection of the best resorts and spas, along with their exotic healing treatments. There are meetings with extraordinary teachers of the good life, who will reveal their secrets. Healing Adventures will take you to places of health & happiness, including the best wellness getaways of Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific - and show you how to get there! Places: Warm water spas in Italy, France and Greece. Spa cuisine and massage in Thailand. Water sports and rain forest treatments in Australia, the "Pancha Karma" renewal treatments of India, Tai Ji in China and Shiatsu massage in Japan. Adventures will include Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii and the Pacific plus California and Mexico. People: Deepak Chopra, MD - Don Miguel Ruiz - Sufi master Sheikh Abdoulaye Dieye - Greenland Shaman Angaangaq - Tibetan Lama Dzongchen Khenpo Rinpoche - Tai Ji Master Chungliang Huang - Entertainer Michael Jackson.

OxTravels

By Mark Ellingham
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Book Code : 1847657451
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 285
  • Pdf File: oxtravels.pdf

Book Short Summary:

You have to go back to the 1980s and Granta's bestselling travel issue to find a book that compares to OxTravels. Introduced by Michael Palin, OxTravels features original stories from twenty-five top travel writers, including Michael Palin, Paul Theroux, Sara Wheeler, William Dalrymple, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Lloyd Jones, Rory Stewart, Jan Morris, Dervla Murphy, Rory MacLean, and others. Each of the stories takes as its theme a meeting - life-changing, affecting, amusing by turn - and together they transport readers into a brilliant, vivid atlas of encounters. This extraordinary collection is published in aid of Oxfam and all royalties from the book will support Oxfam's work.

Montana Watering Holes

By Joan Melcher
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 0762761628
  • Total of Pages : 168
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 450
  • Pdf File: montana-watering-holes.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In many small towns across Montana, the local bar is also the only restaurant and is an important part of community life. In larger towns and cities, gems from Montana's Wild West past are still found. This book celebrates the quirky, unusual, and downright fun and entertaining saloons across the state. Montana Watering Holes features more than fifty of the best spots to stop for a drink (or a burger) scattered across Montana. From big-city spots like the Rhino in Missoula (with its 150 beers on tap) to the famous cheeseburgers at the bar in Pony (pop. 50), community spirit and tradition abound in the nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century buildings that have served as saloons, restaurants, and gathering places throughout the Treasure State. This book describes the best of the best, offering geographic diversity, anecdotes, and sidebars on local characters from the past. It is illustrated with archival and contemporary black-and-white photographs.

The Faculty Mentor's Wisdom

By Raymond L. Calabrese,Page Smith
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : R&L Education
  • Book Code : 1607098784
  • Total of Pages : 198
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 187
  • Pdf File: the-faculty-mentor-s-wisdom.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book focuses on using faculty mentoring to empower doctoral students to successfully complete their doctoral studies, showcasing professors and dissertation advisors from the most prestigious universities in the United States. Whether the student is just beginning to think about entering a doctoral program, presently taking course studies, under stress, and doesn't know what the future offers, this is an ideal book because it maps the entire doctoral process.

The Best Travel Writing 2010

By James O'Reilly,Larry Habegger,Sean O'Reilly
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Travelers' Tales
  • Book Code : 1932361898
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 440
  • Pdf File: the-best-travel-writing-2010.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Best Travel Writing 2010 is the seventh volume in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing — from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine. In The Best Travel Writing 2010 readers will explore the mysteries of superstition in Cameroon, discover the meaning of life with an Irish carpenter on a long flight, take adopted children to Korea on a Homeland Tour, delve deep into a sacred Japanese pilgrimage, travel solo in Panama's forbidding Darien jungle, comprehend the nuances of bargaining in Senegal...and much more.

Access All Areas

By Sara Wheeler
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : North Point Press
  • Book Code : 0865478783
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 978
  • Pdf File: access-all-areas.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Adventures in going forth and staying put from one of our greatest travel writers In vivid, urgent books such as Terra Incognita and The Magnetic North, Sara Wheeler reckoned with the allure and brutality of life on the fringes, exploring distant lands with an extraordinary sensitivity to history, to place, and to the people who inhabit them. Access All Areas collects the best essays and journalism by a writer who has used extreme travel as a means to explore an inner landscape. Ranging from Albania to the Arctic, Wheeler attends a religion seminar aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 and defrosts her underwear inside an igloo. She treks to distant Tierra del Fuego—"a place where nothing ever happened"—and to the swamps of Malawi, a place so hot that toads explode. She crosses dubious borders with nothing but a kidney donor card for ID and learns to wing walk and belly dance, though not at the same time. Charming, scathing, restless, and eternally amused, the writer we meet in Access All Areas has spent a lifetime investigating roots and rootlessness. Seeking only to satisfy her own curiosity, Wheeler shows us the world.

The Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989

By Jeff Hay
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
  • Book Code : 0737751304
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Members : 419
  • Pdf File: the-tiananmen-square-protests-of-1989.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Readers will examine the historical events leading up to and following China's 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. This volume looks at issues surrounding the incident such as the impact on democracy, the relationship between economic and political reform in China, and the legitimacy of the Tiananmen Papers of 2001. It also offers personal perspectives from people affected by the protests.

Sit Down Comedy: A Guide for Writing and Living

By Bret Swanson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Book Code : 136527344X
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 315
  • Pdf File: sit-down-comedy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Sit Down Comedy is a personal and informal “text” written to help students and instructors with the basics of rhetorical and written discourse. It is my desire that the book be entertaining, accessible, and educational.

The Essentials of Great Writing

By Tony Spencer-Smith
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Book Code : 1483432033
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 102
  • Pdf File: the-essentials-of-great-writing.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Essentials of Great Writing If you are one of the many people who find it hard to write or simply want to improve your skills, this little book might be just what you need. It is short and accessible to any reader, yet it covers everything from the basics of good style to how to make words sing. The Essentials of Great Writing is liberally laced with quotations illustrating the many facets of the writing craft. It could even launch you on a love affair with words. Because it covers the full range of skills required to write well, this book will be useful to anyone who writes. Whether you want to produce sophisticated corporate copy such as case studies, reports and media releases; have ambitions to become a novelist; or want to write your memoirs or a history of your family, this book will help you.

Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide

By Nick Rennison
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Book Code : 1408103540
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 628
  • Pdf File: bloomsbury-good-reading-guide.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Deciding what to read next when you've just finished an unputdownable novel can be a daunting task. The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide features hundreds of authors and thousands of titles, with navigation features to lead you on a rich journey through some the best literature to grace our shelves. This greatly expanded edition includes the latest contemporary authors and landmark novels, an expanded non-fiction section, a timeline setting historical events against literary milestones, prize-winner and book club lists. An accessible and easy-to-read guide that no serious book lover should be without. "The essential guide to the wild uncharted world of contemporary and 20th century writing." Robert McCrum, The Observer