How to Walk a Puma: and Other Things I Learned While Stumbling Through South America by Peter Allison
"On his nineteenth birthday, Peter Allison flipped a coin. One side would take him to Africa and the other to South America, the two places he wanted to explore before he died. He recounted his time spent as a safari guide in Africa to much acclaim inWhatever You Do, Don’t Run and Don’t Look Behind You. Sixteen years later, he makes his way to Santiago, Chile, ready to seek out the continent’s best, weirdest, and wildest adventures, and to chase the elusive jaguar.
In just the first six months, Allison is bitten by a puma (several times), knocked on his ass by a bad empanada, and surrounded by piranhas while rafting down a Bolivian river—all because of his unusual fear of refrigerators and of staying in any one place for too long. Ever the gifted storyteller and cultural observer, Allison makes many observations about life in humid climes, the nature of nomadism, and exactly what it is like to be nearly blasted off a mountain by the famous Patagonia wind. Allison’s self-deprecating humor is as delightful as his crazy stunts, and his love for animals—even when they bite—is infectious." (By Syndetics)
Paris Revealed: The Secret Life of a City by Stephen Clarke, author of A Year in the Merde
"Where to see fantastic art away from all the crowds? Why Parisian men feel compelled to pee in the street? How to choose a hotel room where you might actually get a good nights sleep? Which is the most romantic spot to say je taime? And the sexiest? What scares Parisians most about their own city?
In this witty and authoritative book, Stephen Clarke goes behind the scenes to reveal everything Parisians know about their city -- but dont want to tell you. Structured by theme, including chapters on architecture, history, romance, food, art and a map of dont miss locations, this is essential reading for anyone who wants the inside scoop on the City of Light. Dont visit Paris without reading this book!" (By Syndetics)
The Well at the World's End: The Epic True Story of One Man's Search for the Secret to Eternal Youth by A. J. Mackinnon
"When A. J. Mackinnon quits his job in Australia, he knows only that he longs to travel to the well at the world’s end, a mysterious pool on a remote Scottish island whose waters, legend has it, hold the secret to eternal youth. Determined not to fly-he claims it would feel as though he were cheating-he sets out with a backpack, some fireworks, and a map of the world and trusts that chance will take care of the rest.
Traveling by land and sea, train, truck, horse, and yacht, Mackinnon travels across the world, getting caught up in a series of hilarious, sometimes surreal, adventures. He survives a near-fatal bus crash in Australia, accidentally marries a Laotian princess, is attacked by a Komodo dragon, and does time in a sketchy Chinese jail, among many other mishaps and misadventures along the way. Each new continent and each new mode of transport brings the possibility of a near-miss or happy accident, all on the quest for eternal youth. This is the astonishing true story of a remarkable voyage." (By Syndetics)