The award-winning author of Cold New World describes his experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world's most exotic locales.
Drawing from the fields of history, politics, geography, meteorology, ecology, and physics, a pilot and writer offers a comprehensive reminder of the strange combinations of forces that make modern air travel possible.
The author took a 2000-mile trip on the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules. He discusses the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration and its significance to the United States.
The author of Born to Run describes his investigation into ancestral training techniques that have enabled Mediterranean athletes to achieve extraordinary levels of strength and fitness.
Recounting his move to Vietnam, a journalist takes travelers along for the ride as he searches for authentic Vietnamese food, which leads him all over the country and introduces him to a remarkable populace, including his wife.
The author describes her journey visiting Zen priests and performing rituals after the death of her Japanese grandfather and her American father and her inability to bury them at her family's Buddhist temple near the Fukushima disaster site.
One hundred sweet and savory French-inspired recipes culled from the ethnic neighborhoods of Paris are complemented by lighthearted stories about the quirks, trials, and joys of cooking in modern France.
Traces the author's experiences as an English teacher to the sons of North Korea's elite during the last six months of Kim Jong Il's reign, an effort complicated by oppressive regime enforcers, propaganda, and evangelical missionaries.
The co-host of NPR's "Morning Edition" describes his travels along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, from Moscow to Vladivostok, describing the people he met, from singing babushkas to entrepreneurial teens to political activists, and discusses the challenges faced by 21st-century Russia. 35,000 first printing.
Illustrated with original maps and drawings, this stunning exploration of the world's hidden geographies reveals the moving villages, secret cities and no man's lands that will inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers and armchair travelers.
Relates how the author, on assignment in Burgundy for Vanity Fair, uncovered a plot to poison the vines of one of France's most storied vineyards, which threatened to destroy the fiercely traditional culture surrounding the world's greatest wine.
Presents a cultural portrait of today's India that evaluates the role of political corruption, economic inequality, and civil rights violations in the economic promise of five years ago.
Describes the author's solo bicycle journeys to the lowest points on the world's six continents, including the Dead Sea, Patagonia, and Death Valley, where he encountered a diverse range of cultures and natural challenges.
The author relates an account of the landscapes, characters, mishaps, and adventures he encountered on his grand railroad excursion from London to Tokyo and back again on such classic railroads as the Orient, Mandalay, and Trans-Siberian Expresses.