Posts Tagged Travel
Driving Miss Norma: One Family’s Journey Saying Yes to Living
by Tim Bauerschmidt, Ramie Liddle
Genre: Memoirs/Parenting & Relationships/Eldercare/Travel
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When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Miss Norma—newly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage—rose to her full height of five feet and told the doctor, “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.”
And so Miss Norma took off on an unforgettable around-the-country journey in a thirty-six-foot motor home with her retired son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their dog Ringo.
As this once timid woman says “yes” to living in the face of death, she tries regional foods for the first time, reaches for the clouds in a hot air balloon, and mounts up for a horseback ride. With each passing mile (and one educational visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Norma’s health improves and conversations that had once been taboo begin to unfold. Norma, Tim, and Ramie bond in ways they had never done before, and their definitions of home, family, and friendship expand. Stop by stop, state by state, they meet countless people from all walks of life—strangers who become fast friends and welcome them with kindness and open hearts.
Infused with this irrepressible nonagenarian’s wisdom, courage, and generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma is the charming, infectiously joyous chronicle of their experiences on the road. It portrays a transformative journey of living life on your own terms that shows us it is never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope, or become a trailblazer.
Latino in London: Live, Laugh, Love
by Agustin Rubini
Genre: Literature & Fiction/Travel/Action & Adventure/Hispanic-American
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The story of all expats that land in a big city like London…
Live in London through the eyes of a newcomer!
Twenty-two-year-old Juan Martinez’s humdrum life takes a drastic upward turn when he learns that he’s won a trip to London to see the Rolling Stones in concert. London is the stuff his dreams are made of.
Landing in London, he’s dazzled by the bright lights and fast pace, and fascinated by the rich culture. The London he discovers isn’t anything like the one he’d seen on the big screen or read about in books. He grabs the once in a life time opportunity with both hands and, despite a few hiccups along the way, can’t help but fall in love with the city.
- Is London everything that Juan ever dreamt of?
- Will he be able to get back on that plane after just one week?
- Or will he end up having an even bigger adventure then he’d ever imagined possible?
- Or will he end up having an even bigger adventure then he’d ever imagined possible?
This is not the typical novel, or the classic touristic guide. This book will get you under the skin of a cheeky adventurer that brings out the life in London
Buy this book now and start living the London dream…
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True to Herself
by Barbara M. Webb
Genre: Mystery & Suspense/Psychological/Romance
When Moira Capaldi finds her husband of ten years in their bed with another woman, she takes the opportunity to realize a lifelong dream—leave her teaching job in Sydney and return to small town English life to pursue a career as an artist.
It’s easier said than done.
After a short holiday to clear her head, Moira resigns from her teaching position, files for divorce and heads for the UK.
I don’t fault Moira for leaving, I just didn’t care for all the effort she took in avoiding Guido Capaldi. She’d done nothing wrong, and I felt a face-to-face confrontation was called for.
Of course, I didn’t know the whole story yet.
The mind-numbing, time-consuming bureaucracy of re-establishing her English citizenship is a piece of cake compared Moira’s struggles with herself.
Extreme changes in her finances, living arrangements… and the weather cause Moira to second-guess her decision to strike out on her own.
She begins to settle into an easy peace, slowed at times by her interactions with her growing network of acquaintances… and a surprise supernatural element.
Three of Moira’s acquaintances are women experiencing their own personal dramas.
Zara is a gallery owner who gives Moira her first job. She appears to run hot and cold, is always concerned about money, and is too protective and forgiving of a frequent rude and abrasive customer to the gallery.
Felicity is a trip. She’s a successful, well-known—but not big name—artist who’s forsaken motherhood for the sake of her art career in a male-dominated field. And her marriage is falling apart.
Teacher and former dancer, Scarlett, is Moira’s closest confidante. And she’s in counseling because her marriage is falling apart.
There’s also two men—Mike and Tony–who enter Moira’s life. She connects with them on different levels and both leave her puzzled for different reasons.
True to Herself is an engaging read. The situations aren’t unique or uncommon but watching Moira Capaldi and her supporting cast tackle the emotional issues of life in their own way held my interest and kept me turning pages. I wouldn’t trade places with any of them though and didn’t always agree with their decisions… but I understood.
Moira reveals what drove her hasty exit from Sydney, as well as her behavior in her marriage. A short time later, a family emergency requires a return down under. Many long-held issues are laid to rest for Moira during the trip, but before she can leave the country, she suffers a vicious attack.
Despite her personal humiliation and wounded dignity, the attack seems to push Moira forward in high gear, making her more aggressive and decisive.
It would appear other characters moved forward as well… with some interesting couplings.
While I can appreciate characters/stories continuing on past a book’s end, some things felt unresolved to me.
- Moira mentioned “being the eldest” but no mention of siblings was made again, and I thought there would have at least been contact during the family emergency.
- – the attack on Moira was violent and malicious, but there was only mention of a restraining order, with no follow-up.
- The wedding engagement! Who? What? How? WHY?
- – the situations of Scarlett, Felicity, and Zara were messy and unconventional, and I felt no ‘closure’ for any of them…especially Zara.
- – the supernatural events were easily explained but confusing as they were supposedly all tied to the cottage itself and didn’t feel all-encompassing.
- – Moira’s romantic interests… feels like Choose Your Own Adventure.
Like I said, some things felt unresolved TO ME, however, my issues don’t keep True to Herself from being an enjoyable read, and I do recommend it.
The year is 1985. The first British mobile phone call has been made, and the first debate in the House of Lords has been televised.
What brings four women together in West Gidding a village near London? Scarlett Hughes is a sexy, dark-haired teacher who was a Bluebell dancer in Paris in her youth; Zara James, an eccentric art gallery owner, who escaped from what was known as Yugoslavia, harbours a secret; Felicity Green, a talented water colourist, refuses to have children in order to carve out a place for herself in a male-dominated art world; and then there is Moira Capaldi, formerly an international air hostess, who comes all the way from Sydney, Australia.
Resigning from an established career in education, vacating her marital Sydney apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean and abandoning her wayward husband, Guido, Moira Capaldi arrives in West Gidding to follow her passion for art and develop her painting skills.
Instead, the neatly devised plans are disrupted when romance unexpectedly seeks her out on the Greek island of Leros, and Australia lures her back for a short visit with devastating consequences.
Does Moira need to address the demons of her past before she can embrace any happiness in the present?
“So, You Want to Be Canadian: All About the Most Fascinating People in the World and the Magical Place They Call Home” by Kerry Colburn, Rob Sorensen
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“So, You Want to Be Canadian: All About the Most Fascinating People in the World and the Magical Place They Call Home“
Release Date: January 20, 2012
So, you want to be Canadian? Who doesn’t these days? Canucks are enjoying a major renaissance in attention, from their enlightened social policies to their wild and wooly pop culture. This playful, trivia-packed book is a long-overdue celebration of all things Canadian, from the mysteries of “eh?” to the difference between an Ogo Pogo and a Windingo to how to prepare moose stroganoff (mmm!). Featuring a dreamy list of Canadian hotties, a toe-tapping roundup of Canadian smash hit songs, a handy Canadian-American translator, and pointers on how to eat, dress, and apologize like a Canadian if you weren’t lucky enough to be born a Canuck, So, You Want to Be Canadian demonstrates once and for all why Canada is so cool (formerly just cold).
Kerry Colburn is the co-author of The Rebound Journal, My Fabulous Life and My Dysfunctional Life. She lives in San Francisco.
Rob Sorensen is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, but now lives in San Francisco, where he left his heart.
“The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novell”
By Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
Genre: Science Fiction/Steampunk/Time Travel
Release Date: June 13, 2017
From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.
When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidentally meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.
Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “jams” the “frequencies” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.
And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.
Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterizes all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.
Neal Stephenson is known for his speculative fiction works, variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, and cyberpunk. He is the author of the bestselling Reamde, Anathem, the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle as well as Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine’s Top 100 All-Time Best English-language Novels. He also writes nonfiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired magazine and has worked part time as an adviser for Blue Origin, a company developing a manned suborbital launch system.
Nicole Galland’s five previous novels are The Fool’s Tale; Revenge of the Rose; Crossed; I, Iago; and Godiva. She writes a cheeky etiquette column for the Martha’s Vineyard Times. She is married to actor Billy Meleady and owns Leuco, a dog of splendid qualities.