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Escape! Great Travel Writing from HGD

Created by hgdistribution
tagged: travel writing, adventure writing, journey, memoir
HGD has some fantastic travel titles highlighting the allure and excitement of international travel and escape. At a time when most adventurers and globe trotters are hunkered down at home and not venturing too far from their community bubbles, readers are undoubtedly looking to escape into books that can transport them to destinations near and far. Here's a list to help every armchair traveller!

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It's Only the Himalayas

And Other Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker

by S. Bedford
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: personal memoirs, essays & travelogues

A laugh-out-loud travel memoir that reveals backpacking’s awkward side.

Sue, a disenchanted waitress, embarks upon a year-long quest around the world with her friend, Sara—who’s exasperatingly perfect. Expecting a whimsical jaunt of self-discovery, Sue instead encounters an absurd series of misadventures that render her embarrassed, terrified, …

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Lost and Found

Adrift in the Canadian Rockies

by Jamey Glasnovic
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: essays & travelogues, western provinces

For many people, moving to a mountain town is the realization of a dream, the final step in a pilgrimage to a relaxed lifestyle in a rugged and beautiful setting. After a long journey that began when he was a teenager in the 1980s with the vague idea there might be a better life somewhere “out west,” Jamey Glasnovic eventually fled the chaos an …

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Slow Road to Brownsville

A Journey through the Heart of the Old West

by David Reynolds
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: literary

In Slow Road to Brownsville, Englishman David Reynolds embarks on a road trip along Highway 83, a littleknown twolane highway that runs from Swan River, Manitoba, to the Mexican border at Brownsville, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Enthralled by the myth of the Wild West and the romance of the open road, Reynolds explores the realities behind both …

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Olive Odyssey

Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit That Seduced the World

by Julie Angus
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged: world, history, adventure

Inspired by her Syrian forebears’ intimate relationship with the olive, Julie Angus embarks on a voyage around the Mediterranean to unlock the secrets of the fruit that meant so much to them. Accompanied by her husband and their ten-month-old son, Angus collects samples from ancient trees to determine where the first olive tree originated; feasts …

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Running Toward Stillness

by Stephen Legault
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: running & jogging, rituals & practice

In 2006 Stephen Legault experienced a period of tremendous upheaval, the result of bad decisions and a lifetime of anger and fear that left him in a deep depression, struggling to come to terms with the choices he had made. While running on a sun-dappled trail he realized that, like so many other people, he felt alone and afraid and was suffering, …

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Through Dust and Darkness

A Motorcycle Journey of Fear and Faith in the Middle East

by Jeremy Kroeker
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: essays & travelogues, mennonite

Jeremy Kroeker is a Mennonite with a motorcycle. When his seemingly unflinching faith in a Christian worldview begins to shift, Kroeker hops on his bike to seek answers from another perspective. After shipping his ride to Europe, Kroeker discovers that the machine wobbles back and forth worse than his own opinions about spirituality. Still, he cari …

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And Then There Were Nuns

Adventures in a Cloistered Life

by Jane Christmas
tagged: religious, spiritual growth, women's studies

Bestselling author Jane Christmas decides to enter a convent to discern whether she is, as she puts it, ""nun material."" But just as she convinces herself to take the plunge, her long-term partner, Colin, surprises her with a marriage proposal. Determined not to let her monastic dreams get sidelined, Christmas puts her engagement aside and embarks …

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The Endangered Species Road Trip

A Summer's Worth of Dingy Motels, Poison Oak, Ravenous Insects, and the Rarest

by Cameron MacDonald
edition: Paperback
tagged: endangered species, personal memoirs, road travel

A roadtrip to the edge of extinction, told with the humour and insight of Bill Bryson.

Crammed into a minivan with wife, toddler, infant, and dog, Cameron MacDonald sets out on a journey to observe North America's rarest species. In California, the family camps in the brutally hot Mojave, where MacDonald hopes to see a rare desert tortoise. And in C …