Paul Theroux “The Last Train to Zona Verde”

June 17th, 2013

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One of the greatest travel writers of our time is bidding a farewell to the land that gave him his inspiration.

With his new book “The Last Train to Zona Verde,” Paul Theroux had planned to complement his 2003 bestseller “Dark Star Safari,” in which he traversed eastern Africa from Cairo to Cape Town. His plan this time was to start in Cape Town and work his way north, through western Africa, with a potential end point of Timbuktu. But once he was out of South Africa, past Namibia, and into Angola, Theroux began to rethink his plan.

Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of postcolonial independence movements.

The heat and poverty, roadblocks, mobs, and anarchy take their toll, and after 2,500 arduous miles, Theroux comes to the end of his journey in more ways than one.

His new book is called “The Last Train to Zona Verde.”

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Ken Budd “The Voluntourist”

May 16th, 2012

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Some people travel to see the sights, some for self-enrichment, some for adventure.

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And then there are those who travel to far-off places to volunteer their help. “Voluntourists,” they’re sometimes called. And Ken Budd is one of them.

The death of his father hit him hard, and made him reassess what he was doing with his life. That was the moment an opportunity serendipitously presented itself, and .. well, Ken Budd had found a new calling.

His new book is called “The Voluntourist.”

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Ina Caro “Paris to the Past”

July 14th, 2011

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Ina Caro is in love with France and its history — and with Paris and its beauty. So you can imagine her delight a few years ago when she discovered that thanks to the sophisticated high-speed French rail system, many sites rich with history are easily accessible by rail.

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You can immerse yourself in the 14th century in the day, and be back in Paris in time for dinner. Her book “Paris to the Past” is a Francophile’s guide to exploring the past while keeping one foot in the present.

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Mike Farrell “Of Mule and Man”

October 16th, 2009

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Actor-producer Mike Farrell‘s book tour for the paperback edition of his 2007 memoir “Just Call Me Mike” was no ordinary book tour. His publisher asked him if he would consider driving himself from city to city – a 25-stop odyssey that covered nearly nine thousand miles.

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Mike said, sure. He rented a Prius and was on his way. Kind of. His new book “Of Mule and Man” tells the story…

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Paul Theroux “Ghost Train to the Eastern Star”

September 25th, 2008

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To many of us 1975 was just a blink ago. But the world has changed a lot in three-plus decades, as renowned travel journalist and essayist Paul Theroux found when he undertook to retrace the route he took, back in 1975, for his book “The Great Railway Bazaar.”

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Now, in “Ghost Train to the Eastern Star,” Theroux finds familiar places and old friends, fresh perspective and new friends.

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