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Appalachian Trail Hiker, 4ed
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Appalachian Trail Hiker, 4ed
Victoria and Frank Logue, and Nicole Blouin


The Appalachian Trail Backpacker is a one-stop guide to preparing for and hiking the A.T. Although primarily geared to prepare and sustain the intrepid thru hiker, the book is also a must-have for anyone who wishes to experience the A.T., whether for an hour or for six months.

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Day and Section Hikes: John Muir Trail, 2nd edition
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Day and Section Hikes: John Muir Trail, 2nd edition



Declared as one of the top five hiking trails on the planet by National Geographic's Adventure magazine, the John Muir Trail (JMT) runs a spectacular 211 miles from fabled Yosemite Valley to the foot of Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48. Along the way from Yosemite, the JMT takes in Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks, the Inyo National Forest, and the Devils Postpile National Monument. The only way to experience this world-class trail is by foot, and this new edition of Day and Section Hikes: John Muir Trail, by Kathleen Dodge Doherty and Jordan Summers is here to guide you the entire way.

The section hiking chapter includes user-friendly information on coordinating transit, detailed altitude profiles, where to stay, how to prepare, and more, appealing to a wider variety of readers than the current thru-hiking guides on the market.


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Inline! A Manual for Beginning to Intermediate Inline Skating
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Inline! A Manual for Beginning to Intermediate Inline Skating
William Nealy


    Nealy uses hard earned crash-and-burn skating experience, 4th dimensional drawings, and his twisted sense of humor to give you the most comprehensive, easy to understand, and detailed book on skating ever written. Inline! will teach you everything you need to know to become a seasoned blader. Learn how to skate, from taking your first baby steps on blades to more advanced techniques such as getting air, descending stairs, expert turning techniques and more.

    Inline! also includes chapters on how skates work, skate maintenance, safety, and the all important selection of body armor. Finally, Inline! will teach you the many ways to stop, or safely fall, while you're climbing the learning curve. All of this in Nealy's hilarious, easy to understand cartoon style that makes learning fun.

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Mountain Bike Master: Essential Skills and Advanced Techniques Made Easy
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Mountain Bike Master: Essential Skills and Advanced Techniques Made Easy
Mark Langton


     Ride faster, better, and stronger with professional Mountain Bike Master skills guide Mark Langton. Mountain Bike Master is a practical and inspiring guide that begins with the fundamental skills like shifting, braking, and climbing. Simple moves such as correcting seat-height adjustment and learning how to best-shift when engaging a steep ascent add tons of fun and efficiency to any ride.

    Intermediate skills, including riding technical terrain, power wheelies, and cornering, zips readers into the next level of riding competence. Now sporting a wide grin and the confidence of nailing the basic and intermediate skills, readers transition into advanced skills such as jumps, bunny hops, and counter steering.

After reading and putting Langton's lessons to practice, what once was a thigh-quivering lap around the park should now feel and look more like an iron-saddled grind up a steep mountain path. Today's demanding trails and high-tech bikes meet needs for speed, bumps, and thrills. Veteran mountain biker Mark Langton expertly guides and instills the confidence needed to get out there and have a great time while minimizing injury to self and bike.

    Headed into his twenty second year as a mountain bike trainer and guide, Langton and Mountain Bike Master take the guesswork out of quickly and safely mastering the art and science of cleanly rounding banked mountain curves and getting the most pedal for the metal with efficient riding basics. So grab your bike and get going.

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Mountain Bike!
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Mountain Bike!
William Nealy


    At first glance, you may think that Nealy isn't serious about teaching riding skills. The hand-printed pages–colored with hilarious animations–give the guide a comic-book appearance. But instead of assaulting his readers with dry chapters on technique, Nealy leads his readers on an entertaining tour of the mountain-biking world and how to survive it.

    He explains how to bunny hop, how to downhill, how to ride powerfully, and how to crash with style. He also includes a "Stupid Bike Tricks" section. One trick, The Invisible Mountain Biker, explains how to jump off of your bike and let it glide, unmanned, across the path of frightened hikers. Note that Nealy advises against heaving your bike into a crowd of hikers. Existing laws prohibit it.

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Peaceful Places: Boston - 121 Tranquil Sites in the City and Beyond
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Peaceful Places: Boston - 121 Tranquil Sites in the City and Beyond
Lynn Schweikart


Peaceful Places: Boston leads the reader on an unexpected path to secret delights shared by its insider author. This new title in an unusual guidebook series is for everyone who yearns for a little peace and quiet amidst the urban hubbub. The book entices readers with 121 tranquil oases, in Boston and beyond. There are enchanting walks, historic sites, museums and galleries, outdoor habitats, parks and gardens, quiet tables, spiritual enclaves, inspiring vistas, and urban surprises, all described from the perspective of a local who knows where to find serenity, in both familiar and unexpected places.

And don't think this is all about gardens and churches! The book focuses on 12 diverse categories: Day Trips & Overnights, Enchanting Walks, Historic Sites, Museums & Galleries, Outdoor Habitats, Parks & Gardens, Quiet Tables, Reading Rooms, Scenic Vistas, Shops & Services, Spiritual Enclaves, and Urban Surprises. Some are little known – even to those who live in the area. Others are familiar, even beloved, spots where you can spend some peaceful, rewarding moments if you know how to avoid the crowds.

On one hand, the book is written primarily for locals who may not be aware of all the myriad places to indulge in a little R&R right in their own backyards. But frequent visitors who’ve already taken in the major attractions, and tourists who want a break from sightseeing also will appreciate the opportunity to have more “off-the-beaten path” experiences.

The writing style for each entry is personal as well as informational, as though you’re having a conversation with a friendly insider. You’ll also find a peacefulness rating of one to three stars, a map that locates the spot within a given neighborhood and, for most sites, photos that convey the special nature of the place being described. The author also provides the basics for each site: address, hours, cost (if any), and access by public transportation.

The book's distinctly local flavor emerges from the author's personal experience. She has spent almost 40 years wandering the city’s varied neighborhoods and exploring interesting places in surrounding locales, returning to favorite haunts and discovering new treasures.

Because Boston is such a popular tourist destination, there are many books on the city and surrounding area, so one’s first reaction might be “who needs another guide to Boston? But, in truth, most focus on the city’s justifiably popular attractions and history, rather than places to seek serenity and tranquility. It is that quality that makes Peaceful Places Boston so unique.

Peaceful Places: Boston
follows recent guides to New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. The book shares the insider author's favorite 120 tranquil venues in Boston and its greater metro area.

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Peaceful Places: Chicago
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Peaceful Places: Chicago
Anne Ford


119 Tranquil Sites in the Windy City and Beyond

The fourth in a new series, each one set in a U.S. metropolis, Peaceful Places: Chicago leads the reader on an unexpected path. Author Anne Ford uncovers hidden pockets of relaxation throughout the windy city. Her unique guide reveals the surprising gardens, vistas, sanctuaries, café respites, and neighborhood strolls that make up Chicago communities from downtown to the ‘burbs. Readers will discover new destinations, and they will find tips on when to visit grand and diminutive locales for a bit of quiet time.


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Peaceful Places: Portland
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Peaceful Places: Portland
Paul Gerald


100+ Tranquil Sites in and Around the Rose City

Everybody knows about Portland’s food scene, its outdoor recreation, its bike lanes, beer pubs, and coffee shops. Whether you call it Stumptown or Bridgetown—or even PDX—Portland has been mocked as the city “where young people go to retire.” But seemingly every weekend there’s a festival, organized bike ride, political march, or something else clamoring for participation. In short, Portland is a happening town.

But sometimes folks just want to chill out, to go where there isn’t much happening. They might want to enjoy a quiet meal, take a walk in a park, curl up with a good book, or get out of town to some soul-soothing destination. With books covering all the other activities in town, where’s the one that tells people where they can do …. well, not much?

As of Fall 2012, the answer is Peaceful Places: Portland, written by Paul Gerald, the man who gave this town60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Breakfast in Bridgetown. This time, Gerald is off in search of peace and quiet, and he invites the reader along to quiet tables, parks and gardens, enchanting walks, outdoor habitats, and other retreats.

Seeking out the places or times when the crowds will be elsewhere, Gerald will give you the essence of what each place is about—what makes it peaceful or inviting. But he does not stint on also giving you all the detailed info you need to find the place and get there at the crowd-free time.

Sometimes, this will be a matter of discovery, as in “Do I really stand a chance of seeing a heron in the Pearl District?” Other times it may feel like being let in on a secret, like a meadow full of camas blooming within earshot of Interstate 205. Or maybe it’s just the right time to hit just the right table for a romantic meal or some quality reading time.

But the theme that carries throughout the book is a simple one: Portland is a great city, but it’s still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.



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Peaceful Places: Washington, D.C
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Peaceful Places: Washington, D.C
Denis Collins and Judy Colbert


120 Tranquil Sites in the Nation's Capital and Beyond

Native Washingtonians Judy Colbert and Denis Collins have grown up and lived amid some of the most exciting sightseeing in the country--in their own grand urban backyard. They share this knowledge in Peaceful Places: Washington, DC. Now readers can enjoy the sights without being elbow-to-elbow with visitors from around the country and the world. Their diverse peaceful "finds" unfold in 12 categories of tranquil spots: Day Trips & Overnights, Enchanting Walks, Historic Sites, Museums & Galleries, Outdoor Habitats, Parks and Gardens, Quiet Tables, Reading Rooms, Scenic Vistas, Shops & Services, Spiritual Enclaves, and Urban Surprises. Readers will find places that please the senses of smell, touch, hearing, sight, and taste. 

In addition to the beautifully written site descriptions, the concise entries also include vital information such as locations for the nearest Metro stations or local parking facilities, admission charges (and any free times), and operating hours. Plus, the authors provide a “peacefulness rating” based on three criteria: always peaceful, usually quite tranquil, or peaceful during the times or seasons specified in the peaceful place entry description. 

The entries are arranged three ways: alphabetically by name; by category (see all 12 listed above); and by area (keyed to the guidebook's maps). That is so readers can pick a quiet spot according to interest, mood, and location. Although most of the attractions are in the downtown, National Mall, and northwest sections of Washington, many escapes are located beyond those perimeters and on into Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland. 

Peaceful Places: Washington, DC is not a coffee-table book. It’s one to keep in the car, the briefcase, the backpack, or the purse. Whether the reader is a native, who has lived in D.C. long enough to be considered a native, or is a visitor with only a few hours between business meetings or a hectic tourist schedule, this book will be a treasured asset.


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Shipwrecked!
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Shipwrecked!
Evan L. Balkan


    If clinging to a sinking makeshift raft while fighting off sword wielding and delirious mutineers desperate to wrench the last cask of water from your sun-scorched hands and arms—as sharks circle in anticipation—is your armchair cup of tea, then Shipwrecked: Deadly Adventures and Disasters at Sea is your next read. An extraordinary collection of human suffering at the hands of cruel oceans, cruel captains, and cruel fate, this latest collection of impeccably researched true adventure by Evan Balkan details the astonishing facts of 14 extraordinary maritime disasters spanning the 17th through 20th centuries. Laced with detail, Balkan's seaworthy narratives redefine the limits of desperation, courage, and the human will to survive in the face of death, or worse.

    Included are such legendary stories as the 1629 maiden voyage of the Batavia that ended in mutiny and murder, and the dramatic destruction of the majestic three-masted barquentine Endurance in ice-clogged Antarctic waters in 1912. A vast spectrum of human emotion and activity is featured in these exciting profiles, from deadly incompetence and brutish cannibalism to surprising self-sacrifice and quiet heroism.


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