Heading Out For All Points

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

By Bill Bryson

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Bryson and an estranged and strange college chum decide to hike the Appalachian Trail...in their 40s without almost no physical preparation. If that's not humorous enough, the picture of the bear on the cover is connected to a passage in the book guaranteed to generate snorts for years to come.

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Looking for Alaska

By Peter Jenkins

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You may have seen him in previous years at the Fredericksburg Forum. From the author of the classic New York Times bestseller A Walk Across America comes a chronicle of people and places in America's last frontier, based on Jenkins' year-long odyssey in Alaska.

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No Place for a Lady: Tales of Adventurous Women Travelers

By Barbara Hodgson

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Hodgson profiles adventurous women who sacrificed personal comfort and respectability to pursue experiences traditionally open only to men. Filled with fascinating portraits, historical maps, and intricate drawings, this is at once a beautifully illustrated exploration of early travel and a spirited celebration of women.
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On Mexican Time: A New Life in San Miguel

By Tony Cohan

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When Los Angeles novelist Tony Cohan and his artist wife, Masako, visited central Mexico one winter, they fell under the spell of a place where the pace of life is leisurely, the cobblestone streets and sun-splashed plazas are enchanting, and the sights and sounds of daily fiestas fill the air. On Mexican Time is their vivid portrait of San Miguel as well as an irresistible journey of discovery and transformation.

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Paris to the Moon

By Adam Gopnik

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Paris. The name alone conjures images of chestnut-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafes, breathtaking facades around every corner -- in short, an exquisite romanticism that has captured the American imagination for as long as there have been Americans. In 1995, Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamour of the City of Light.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain, read by Michael Prichard

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All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since. -- Ernest Hemingway

Follow Huck's adventures down the Mississippi on this unabridged audio edition.

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The Best American Travel Writing: 2002

By Frances Mayes, editor

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Giving new life to armchair travel for 2002 are David Sedaris on God and airports, Kate Wheeler on a most dangerous Bolivian festival, Andre Aciman on the eternal pleasures of Rome, and many more. Also available on audio.

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The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

By Caroline Alexander

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In August 1914, days before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a treacherous path through the freezing Weddell Sea, they had come within eighty-five miles of their destination when their ship, Endurance, was trapped fast in the ice pack. Soon the ship was crushed like matchwood, leaving the crew stranded on the floes. Their ordeal would last for twenty months, and they would make two near-fatal attempts to escape by open boat before their final rescue. Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, Caroline Alexander gives us a riveting account of Shackleton's expedition--one of history's greatest epics of survival. And she presents the astonishing work of Frank Hurley, the Australian photographer whose visual record of the adventure has never before been published comprehensively.

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Time and Again

By Jack Finney

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"Sleep. And when you awake everything you know of the twentieth century will be gone from your mind. Tonight is January 21, 1882. There are no such things as automobiles, no planes, computers, television. 'Nuclear' appears in no dictionary. You have never heard the name Richard Nixon."

Did illustrator Si Morley really step out of his twentieth-century apartment one night -- right into the winter of 1882? The U.S. Government believed it, especially when Si returned with a portfolio of brand-new sketches and tintype photos of a world that no longer existed -- or did it?

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Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy

By Frances Mayes

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In Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes brings a poet's voice, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer together to create an enchanting and lyrical book about the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany. This is definitely an example of the book far exceeding the film version; indeed, the film only bears resemblance to the book by its title.

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