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The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a Whale

by Thomas Nickerson, Owen Chase & Thomas Philbrick

The gripping first-hand narrative of the whaling ship disaster that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick and informed Nathaniel Philbrick's monumental history, In the Heart of the Sea.

In 1820, the Nantucket whaleship...


The Third Tower: Journeys in Italy

by Antal Szerb & Len Rix

In August 1936 a Hungarian writer in his mid-thirties arrives by train in Venice, on a journey overshadowed by the coming war and charged with intense personal nostalgia. Aware that he might never again visit...


Giant Steps: The Remarkable Story of the Goliath Expedition: From Punta Arenas to Russia

by Karl Bushby

In Punta Arenas, Chile, in November 1998, Karl Bushby set out on one of the most remarkable journeys of modern times. His plan is as simple as it is extraordinary: to walk up the Americas, across the Bering...


Pasquale's Nose: Idle Days in an Italian Town

by Michael Rips

Everywhere hailed for its quirkiness, its hilarity, its charm, "Pasquale's Nose" tells the story of a New York City lawyer who runs away to a small Etruscan village with his wife and new baby, and discovers...


American Sky

by Fred Tribuzzo

American Sky is the story of a young man going to work for a father and learning the skills for starting a Lycoming or Continental engine on a hot summer day, as well as the daily humor, courage, and vision...


Desiring Italy: Women Writers Celebrate the Passions of a Country and Culture

by Susan Cahill

Under the spell of la dolce vita . . .

For centuries Italy has been many things to many people. In this brilliant anthology and traveler's companion, twenty-eight first-rate women writers reveal why the land...


Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture

by José|Hopkinson, Amanda Saramago & Nick Caistor

When José Saramago decided to write a book about Portugal, his only desire was that it be unlike all other books on the subject, and in this he has certainly succeeded. Recording the events and observations...


My Car in Managua

by Forrest D. Colburn

Histories of revolutions often focus on military, political, or economic upheavals but sometimes neglect to connect these larger events to the daily lives of "ordinary" people. Yet the peoples' perception that...


Guatemalan Journey

by Stephen Connely Benz

Guatemala draws some half million tourists each year, whose brief visits to the ruins of ancient Maya cities and contemporary highland Maya villages may give them only a partial and folkloric understanding of...


The Terracotta Madonna: Destiny in the Hills of Tuscany

by Isabella Dusi

Set twenty years after VANILLA BEANS & BRODO and ten years after BEL VINO, THE TERRACOTTA MADONNA continues the story of Australians Isabella and Luigi, who gave up their lives to move to the medieval Montalcino,...


Bel Vino: A Year of Sundrenched Pleasure Among the Vines of Tuscany

by Isabella Dusi

Isobel and Lou moved to Montalcino and became Isabella and Luigi ten years ago and they have now been embraced by the locals and immersed in their antiquated customs and age-old feuds. In BEL VINO Isabella takes...


Vanilla Beans And Brodo: Real Life In The Hills Of Tuscany

by Isabella Dusi

When Isobel Dusi visited Italy with her Australian husband Lou, little did they imagine that life would change forever. But, utterly besotted with the fragrant warmth and good-natured conviviality of Southern...


Meeting the Medicine Men: An Englishman's Travels Among the Navajo

by Charles Langley

An English traveler leaves his middle-class London life and ventures into the world of the North American Indian Medicine Men


Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories

by Anna Badkhen

Travel books bring us to places. War books bring us to tragedy. This book brings us to one woman’s travels in war zones: the locals she met, the compassion they scraped from catastrophe, and the food they...


Tripping the World Fantastic: A Journey Through the Music of Our Planet

by Glenn Dixon

Every culture on Earth has music. Every culture that's ever existed has had it - but we don't exactly know why. Music is not like food, shelter, or having opposable thumbs. We don't need it to live and yet we...


Dogfish Memory: Sailing in Search of Old Maine: A Memoir

by Joseph A. Dane

The Maine dogfish are gone-fished to the brink of extinction. Gone too is Linda Jane, and with her the love and the subjunctive Maine that they might have shared. And what of that fabled "Old Maine"? Is it gone...


Previous Convictions: Assignments from Here and There

by A. A. Gill

A.A. Gill is probably the most read columnist in Britain. Every weekend he entertains readers of the Sunday Times with his biting observations on television and his unsparing, deeply knowledgeable restaurant...


Slow Train to Switzerland: One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Years¿and a World of Change Apart

by Diccon Bewes

A travel diary from 1863 inspires author Diccon Bewes to retrace Thomas Cook's historic train trip that revolutionized tourism forever.


Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese

by Eric LeMay

Is there a food more delightful, ubiquitous, or accessible than cheese? This book is a charming and engaging love letter to the food that Clifton Fadiman once called "milk’s leap toward immortality." Examining...


Reflections of Sunflowers

by Ruth Silvestre

The final book in the Sunflowers trilogy sees Ruth Silvestre and her husband returning to Bel-Air de Grèzelongue, their much-loved home in the south-west of France. In 1976 their dream of owning a peaceful...