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Jade's Reviews

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

When mystery author Douglas Preston was offered the opportunity to explore one of the few places on earth still untouched by modern society, he seized it with gusto. Accompanying a team of scientists, Preston helicoptered into the Honduran jungle. There, he encountered snakes, ancient ruins, and a flesh-eating illness. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781455540013
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 5th, 2017

Best Women's Travel Writing Vol 11 ed. by Lavinia Spalding

While there are definitely many examples of the joy of travel to be found here, there are also occasions of suffering and confusion. From the harsh reality of encountering Syrian refugees whilst on vacation in the Greek isles, to the isolation of not knowing the language in a foreign country, the raw experiences shared here are brave and important and make for a truly inspiring read. - Jade

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By Lavinia Spalding (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781609521110
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - May 16th, 2017

One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson

The summer of 1927 was particularly momentous for America. Major milestones were reached in aviation, baseball, automobiles, and entertainment. Bryson narrates these achievements with his trademark charm and a healthy dose of skepticism. He’s quick to point out that while great triumphs were had, many heroes of the era were deeply flawed. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780767919418
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Published: Anchor - June 3rd, 2014

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

When Christopher Knight was captured from Maine wilderness in 2013, he hadn’t uttered a word in 27 years. Knight was detained for theft, and Finkel was slowly able to establish a written correspondence with the hermit. Their tenuous friendship led the author to examine loneliness, isolation, and how large a role companionship plays in making us human. - Jade

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Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2017

Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

On the eve of September 9th, 1900, a category 4 hurricane smashed into the town of Galveston, Texas, destroying it completely. Larson pieces together survivors’ accounts and historical records to create an exciting and suspenseful narrative. The similarities between this storm and hurricane Harvey have me pause, and reminded me of how often we allow history to repeat itself. - Jade

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Published: Vintage - July 11th, 2000

A Season With the Witch by J.W. Ocker

When the author moves his family to Salem, MA for the month of October in order to research and explore the town’s dark history and its current culture, he finds a place unlike any other. Ocker has a playful approach to the subject (think Bill Bryson), and this book is a fun, lighted hearted look at a not so fun or light hearted period in our country’s history. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781581573398
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Published: Countryman Press - October 4th, 2016

Tales of Two Americas by John Freeman

This coalition of authors have created a moving collection of essays, short stories, poetry and more. The result is as varied and difficult to encapsulate as the American experience itself. From gentrification in the Bay Area, to eking out an existence in rural Michigan, each contribution is unique and powerful, and I was left deeply moved. - Jade

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Published: Penguin Books - September 5th, 2017

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

I'm 25, frugal, and I generally can't distinguish much about a wine beyond whether it's red or white, but Bianca Bosker really drew me in to the wine world with her funny, straightforward approach. Follow her journey from civilian to sommelier as she tries to discern what makes a good wine, and why. - Jade

Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz

A customer recommended this book to me, and I’m so glad she did! Horwitz and his wisecracking, alcoholic friend follow the same course as the legendary sailor Captain James Cook. Horwitz’s journey helps him strike a balance between admiration for Cook’s achievements, and an acknowledgement of the irreversible catastrophes he unintentionally wrought on the native cultures he encountered whilst circumnavigating the globe. - Jade

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Published: Picador - August 1st, 2003

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

I’m super late to the party with this one, but this book is hilarious! I’m a huge fan of Bourdain’s TV shows and his voice comes out  into his writing. When he’s not busy being a smartass, Bourdain also has lots of interesting and useful tips for navigating the restaurant world. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780060899226
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Published: Ecco - January 9th, 2007

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