For centuries the Alps have seen the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers and the dreams of engineers — and some 14 million people live among their peaks today. In The Alps, Stephen O'Shea takes readers up and down these majestic mountains, journeying through their 500-mile arc across France, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia.
The founders of Atlas Obscura offer a tour of the world's most unique and amazing places, highlighting natural wonders, weird and magical structures and mind-boggling events from around the globe.
Describing how, after moving to Geneva, the author decided to learn French in order to become closer to her husband and his family, a laugh-out-loud effort marked by the complexities of the language, the nature of French identity and her growing appreciation for French-specific communication nuances.
The award-winning author of Cold New World describes his experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world's most exotic locales.
Traces the author's experiences as an English teacher to the sons of North Korea's elite during the last six months of Kim Jong Il's reign, an effort complicated by oppressive regime enforcers, propaganda, and evangelical missionaries.
Looks at how the Asian Silk Roads have acted as a crucible of culture throughout history, capturing the importance of these networks that linked the Atlantic with the Pacific, the Mediterranean with India, and America with the Persian Gulf.
A collection of author-curated pieces celebrates the essayist's celebrated career and offers insight into her establishment of the "novelized nonfiction" form. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An American Childhood.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Unaccustomed Earth traces her enduring love affair with the Italian language that prompted her family's move to Rome, where her efforts to master the language as a writer shaped her feelings of belonging and exile. Translated by Ann Goldstein.
A sequel to Notes From a Small Island stands as the author's tribute to his adopted country of England and describes his riotous return visit two decades later to rediscover the country, its people and its culture.
A journalist chronicles his journey down Amur River, one of Asia's great rivers that serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China, interspersing history, ecology and peoples throughout to show a region obsessed with the past — and what it means for the future.
Explores the inspiration for A.A. Milne's fictional Hundred Acre Wood, South-East England's Ashdown Forest, and how it influenced the author's famous works.
Drawing from the fields of history, politics, geography, meteorology, ecology, and physics, a pilot and writer offers a comprehensive reminder of the strange combinations of forces that make modern air travel possible.
The author took a 2000-mile trip on the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules. He discusses the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration and its significance to the United States.
The author of Born to Run describes his investigation into ancestral training techniques that have enabled Mediterranean athletes to achieve extraordinary levels of strength and fitness.