New books on Travel “A Tourist in the Arab Spring”

New Travel Books: a travel guide for the young, sexy, and broke.

Syndetics book coverOff Track Planet’s travel guide for the young, sexy, and broke / by the editors of Otp; Freddie Pikovsky, Anna Starostinetskaya.
“A group of travellers who met in a Brooklyn hostel in 2009 decided to use their experiences to create an online travel magazine. Eventually this inspired a major publication called ‘Off Track Planet,’ which has been published and distributed around the world. This guideook is a sampling of the ideas the travel group suggests and some of the off-beat ways to vacation with any sort of interests, and on any sort of budget.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA tourist in the Arab Spring / by Tom Chesshyre.
“In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, war reporters rushed to publish accounts of the uprising. Tom Chesshyre took a different approach – he jumped on a plane and became the first to return to the region as a tourist. The result is the fascinating, street-level tale of a lay traveller’s journey through lands fresh from revolution. Chesshyre heads for tourist sites that few have seen in recent years, as well as new ‘attractions’ like Gaddafi’s bombed-out bunker in Tripoli. In a book both touching and humorous, he also describes being abducted in Libya, listening to the sound of Kalashnikovs at night and talking to ordinary people struggling to get by.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChasing Alaska : a portrait of the last frontier then and now / C.B. Bernard.
“”After moving to Alaska for work in 1999, Bernard discovered that distant relatives had relocated there a century before and that one of them, Captain Joe Bernard, was buried just a few feet from his new home. In the years that followed, Bernard tracked Joe’s adventures, reading his unpublished memoir, meeting his direct descendants, and finding him in the works of famous Arctic explorers like Vilhjalmur Stefansson. Bernard tries to understand what Joe was looking for in Alaska, and why he himself felt compelled to live there. …Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe long walk / Slavomir Rawicz.
“Slavomir Rawicz was a young Polish cavalry officer. On 19 November 1939 he was arrested by the Russians, and after brutal interrogation and a farce of a trial he was sentenced to 25 year’s hard labour in the Gulag.
After a three-month journey to Siberia in the depths of winter he escaped with six companions, realising that to stay in the camp meant almost certain death. In June 1941 they crossed the trans-Siberian railway and headed south, climbing into Tibet, and, finally, freedom nine months later in March 1942 after travelling on foot through some of the harshest regions in the world, incluing the Gobi Desert.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverWhere am I eating? : an adventure through the global food economy / Kelsey Timmerman.
“Kelsey Timmerman set out on a global quest to meet the farmers and fisherman who grow and catch our food, and also worked alongside them: loading lobster boats in Nicaragua, splitting cocoa beans with a machete in Ivory Coast, and hauling tomatoes in Ohio. Where Am I Eating? tells fascinating stories of the farmers and fishermen around the world who produce the food we eat, explaining what their lives are like and how our habits affect them.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWay of the wanderers : the story of travellers in Scotland / Jess Smith.
“Scottish Gypsies, known as Travellers or Tinkers, have wandered Scotland’s roads and byways for centuries. Their turbulent history is captured in this passionate new book by Jess Smith, the bestselling author of Jessie’s Journey and a Traveller herself. Her quest for the truth takes her on a personal journey of discovery through the tales, songs and culture of the ‘pilgrims of the mist’, who preferred freedom to security, and a campfire under the stars to a hearth within stone walls.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy Greek island home / text and photography Claire Lloyd.
“The tang of salt in the air. Sunlight sparkling on clear blue water. Pomegranate seeds glistening like jewels in your palm. Australian artist, designer and photographer Claire Lloyd had a successful career in London, a beautiful apartment and a life filled with excitement and travel. However, she was beginning to feel exhausted by her life’s hectic pace. One day a chance conversation with a friend led her to the Greek island of Lesvos, where she finally found what she was looking for a sense of peace and the return of her creative drive. This book describes Claire’s journey to a small village in Greece the ancient land of gods and poets, where the seasons govern a way of life that has barely changed over thousands of years. Accompanied by Claire’s stunning photographs filled with colour and light, this inspirational story of reconnecting with nature and community, and finding beauty in the smallest details, will make you see the world anew.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Turk who loved apples : and other tales of losing my way around the world / Matt Gross.
“”Gross once hopped between cities as The New York Times “Frugal Traveler”, and here the Brooklyn resident mulls an affinity for travel that began when he was a child, “sitting in the backseat of the family station wagon, looking out the window.” Rather than simply rehash pieces from over the years, though, Gross gets introspective. …Gross talks about the 55-year-old Turkish farmer in whose apple orchards he volunteered for several days in exchange for food and lodging. Their meeting affected him tremendously, giving him greater confidence. Reflections and experiences like these keep Gross’s work from getting too self-involved and add substance to what could have been one travel writer’s self-indulgent catch-all. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.” (Publisher Weekly)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWild swimming / Daniel Start.
“Britain’s rivers, lakes and waterfalls are cleaner, safer and more accessible than at any time in living memory and the health benefits of a natural dip are increasingly well known. To celebrate, award-winning author and photographer Daniel Start returns with this revised and expanded version of the best-selling guide to Britain’s swimming holes” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverKite’s eye view, India : between earth and sky / Nicolas Chorier ; foreword by Zubin Mehta.
“Breathtaking images of India taken ingeniously by attaching a camera on a kite. Nicolas Chorier, one of the finest exponents of kite photography has spent the last 10 years traveling and photographing the length and breadth of India. Kite photography is unique, eco-friendly and gives a perspective that is not possible through other aerial means.” (Amazon summary)

Syndetics book coverHitchhiking with Larry David : an accidental tourist’s summer of self-discovery in Martha’s Vineyard / Paul Samuel Dolman.
“”…While summering on Martha’s Vineyard after a failed relationship, Dolman was hitchhiking when Larry David, of all people, stopped and picked him up. They had a lengthy, wandering, even occasionally profound conversation, and then David dropped Dolman at his destination. That appeared to be the end of Dolman’s encounter with David, whose TV series, Dolman was embarrassed to admit, he had never seen, not one episode. But as the summer wore on, they kept running into each other, and a weird sort of friendship grew. -Pitt, David Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverI promise not to suffer : a fool for love hikes the Pacific Crest Trail / Gail D. Storey.
“Gail Storey was definitely not a hiker, never mind a camper. But when her husband, Porter, leaves his job as a hospice doctor to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, she refuses to let him go alone – even though the prospect of leaving their comfortable Houston home, hiking twenty miles a day while popping anti-depressants and hormones, and sleeping outside for six months terrifies her. Carrying Porter’s handmade ultralight equipment, they sizzle in the Mojave Desert, nearly drown fording a swollen river, kick steps up icy mountains in the High Sierra, and stumble through the lava fields of Oregon. With every step and switchback, as the trials of the trail test and deepen their relationship, Gail and Porter each walk into the question Who am I? Gail, confronting dangerous weight loss and her mother’s prolonged illness back home, feels herself irrevocably changed by life on the trail. She faces down a mountain lion and fierce alpine storms, alternately frightened by nature’s power and inspired by its profound force–finding a wisdom that three master’s degrees and a life in the city never taught her. This journey of harrowing hilarity and reluctant revelations will be loved by active hikers (appendices include details of their unique ultralight gear and other essential how-to information), fans of female adventure stories, and those just as happy at home kicking back with a glass of champagne.” (Amazon summary)