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Trail of Feathers: Searching for Philip True
Trail of Feathers: Searching for Philip True
by Robert Rivard
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In December 1998, San Antonio Express-News reporter Philip True vanished during a solo backcountry trek in western Mexico, home of the reclusive Huichol Indians and the Chapalagana, the Twisted Serpent Canyon, a 150-mile long gash that twists and plunges... (read more)

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Mexican Days: Journeys Into the Heart of Mexico
Mexican Days: Journeys Into the Heart of Mexico
by Tony Cohan
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Tony Cohans On Mexican Time, his chronicle of discovering a new life in the small Mexican mountain town of San Miguel de Allende, has beguiled readers and become a travel classic. Now, in Mexican Days, point of arrival becomes point of departure as&... (read more)

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Oaxaca Journal (National Geographic Directions)
Oaxaca Journal (National Geographic Directions)
by Oliver Sacks
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The best-selling author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks is well know as an explorer of the human mind — a neurologist with a gift for complex, insightful portrayals of people and their conditions. However, he... (read more)

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The Urban Circus: Travels with Mexico's Malabaristas
The Urban Circus: Travels with Mexico's Malabaristas
by Catriona Rainsford
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The story opens in Chihuahua, North Mexico, with a chance meeting with a group of itinerant Mexican street performers. Entranced by their stories and free-roaming lifestyle,  the author accompanies them on a two-year, hand-to-mouth journey across... (read more)

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A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean
A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean
by Melinda Blanchard
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This is the true story of a trip to the beach that never ends. It's about a husband and wife who escape civilization to build a small restaurant on an island paradise -- and discover that even paradise has its pitfalls. It's a story filled with... (read more)

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A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean
A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean
by Gary Buslik
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"If you look at a map, you will see that the island chain known as the Caribbean, or, to confuse you, the West Indies, lies between Florida and South America and resembles a string of gems or possibly drool." And so begins author Gary Buslik's tale of... (read more)

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Almost an Island: Travels in Baja California
Almost an Island: Travels in Baja California
by Bruce Berger
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Long frequented by pirates and haunted by pariahs, Baja California has become a favorite destination for whale watchers, hikers, and scuba divers. For Bruce Berger it has been more. In Almost an Island, he takes readers beyond the Baja of guidebooks and... (read more)

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The Handsomest Man in Cuba: An Escapade
The Handsomest Man in Cuba: An Escapade
by Lynette Chiang
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Lynette Chiang fled a decent job, three-bedroom house, fast car, and nice bloke in Sydney and, armed with a poor sense of direction, set off to see the world on a folding bicycle. The Handsomest Man in Cuba is the tale of her three-month romp pedaling... (read more)

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Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. 2
Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. 2
by John L. Stephens
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Volume 2 of two-volume set. Classic (1843) exploration of jungles of Yucatan, looking for evidences of Maya civilization. Extensive accounts of 44 Maya sites as well as of Yucatan folkways, manners, dress, ceremonies, amusements — all of which makes... (read more)

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Searching for Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez: A Makeshift Expedition Along Baja's Desert Coast
Searching for Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez: A Makeshift Expedition Along Baja's Desert Coast
by Andromed Romano Lax
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Written by the author of "Adventure Kayaking, " this book is a celebration and re-creation of Steinbeck's famous trip to some of the most biologically diverse waters in the world. Map.... (read more)

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Brazil (Traveler's Literary Companions)
Brazil (Traveler's Literary Companions)
by Alexis Levitin
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This vital collection is as eclectic and electric as Brazil itself. These stories — ranging from vignettes, sketches, and prose poems to traditional narratives — cover a wide geography, physically, thematically, and stylistically. Tales of... (read more)

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Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile (Modern Library)
Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile (Modern Library)
by Sara Wheeler
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Squeezed between a vast ocean and the longest mountain range on earth, Chile is 2,600 miles long and never more than 110 miles wide--not a country that lends itself to maps, as Sara Wheeler discovered when she traveled alone from the top to the bottom... (read more)

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Samba (Vintage Departures)
Samba (Vintage Departures)
by Alm Guillermoprieto
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For one year, Alma Guillermoprieto lived in Manguiera, a village near Rio de Janeiro, to learn the ritual of samba--the sensuous song and dance marked by a rapturous beat--and to take part in Rio's renowned carnivale parade.... (read more)

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Cochineal Red
Cochineal Red
by Hugh Thomson
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Subtitled, "Travels Through Ancient Peru". Explores the mysterious pre-Columbian cultures of Ancient Peru and their enduring monuments, some newly found.... (read more)

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Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest
Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest
by Mary Jo Mcconahay
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In Maya Roads, McConahay draws upon her three decades of traveling and living in Central America's remote landscapes to create a fascinating chronicle of the people, politics, archaeology, and species of the Central American rainforest, the cradle of... (read more)

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Amazon Extreme: Three Men, a Raft, and the World's Most Dangerous River
Amazon Extreme: Three Men, a Raft, and the World's Most Dangerous River
by Colin Angus
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The true story of three enthusiastic (but inexperienced) adventurers who attempt to become the first team to raft the entire length of the Amazon River–all 4,007 miles--and (barely) live to tell about it. To a trio of twenty-something adrenaline... (read more)

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At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay
At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay
by John Gimlette
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A wildly humorous account of the author's travels across Paraguay–South America's darkly fabled, little-known “island surrounded by land.” Rarely visited by tourists and barely touched by global village sprawl, Paraguay remains a... (read more)

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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
by David Grann
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Grann's riveting book, The Lost City of Z, delves into the intrepid life and mysterious disappearance of legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett. Armchair travelers will be whisked away to the Amazon on a wild ride with a surprising finish.... (read more)

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Amazon Journal
Amazon Journal
by Geoffrey Oconnor
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A work of literary nonfiction blending reportage, history, anthropology, and personal memoir, Amazon Journal is a unique and critical look at how cultural differences in the Amazon have resulted in incidents ranging from comic misunderstandings to... (read more)

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Lost in the Jungle (09 Edition)
Lost in the Jungle (09 Edition)
by Yossi Ghinsberg
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Four travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth, the four backpackers split up... (read more)

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