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Reading Kon-Tiki in Hawaii

I needed a good book to read during my last trip to Hawaii. Fiction, literature, nothing really felt right. When I’m traveling I want a travelogue, a travel memoir, something with a little adventure, not a fictional story. And the one that stood out, the only one which seemed appropriate, was one of the bestselling […]

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

By an odd chance I came across an excerpt from Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, the 1975 Pulitzer Prize winner in non-fiction. The selection I read, an opening section from the book, was nothing special in my opinion; to be quite frank, I didn’t like it compared to many other wonderful things I was […]

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Great Journeys of the World

It’s hard to find much better writing or photography than in a National Geographic magazine. So when I found a book of theirs at a liquidation sale, I made no hesitation in snatching it right up. Great Journeys of the World, the hardcover version, was beautifully bound with great pictures and intriguing story titles, so […]

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The 10 Best of Everything: National Parks

Normally I hate lists. I make them all the time for groceries, things I need to do, etc., that I hate them in any other form. I don’t want to see them in blog posts, in magazines, and especially not in books. But then I saw National Geographic’s 10 Best of Everything: National Parks with […]

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The Official Guide to the Smithsonian

Last week I wrote two brief guides to visiting the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. You can read them both here, in part one and part two. But if you really want to explore the Smithsonian, you need to get to the core of all of the goodies in their buildings, then you should pick […]

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Country Driving

Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip by Peter Hessler, published in 2010, is one of those books which seems to have sat on my shelf much longer than it should. After reading another book by Hessler, River Town, I was looking forward to what I viewed as a sequel. In a way that is what […]

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