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The Friendly Planet Newsletter

Published May 9, 2020
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Even though packing your bags and hopping on a plane takes you to new and exciting destinations, sometimes cracking open a book and getting lost in the pages does the same! Now's a better time than ever to dive into books that will fuel your wanderlust and inspire your future adventures.
by Isak Dinesen
Out of Africa is Isak Dinesen's memoir of her years in Africa, from 1914 to 1931, on a four-thousand-acre coffee plantation in the hills near Nairobi...Her account of her African adventures, written after she had lost her beloved farm and returned to Denmark, is that of a master storyteller, a woman whom John Updike called 'one of the most picturesque and flamboyant literary personalities of the century.'”
by Gabriel García Márquez
“The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.”
by Mark Adams
Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams’ fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world’s most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?”
by Paulo Coelho
“Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.”
by Lisa See
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship.”
by Elizabeth Gilbert
“Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali.”
Staff Feature: Judy, Product Manager
Staff Feature:
Judy, Product Manager
Q: What is your favorite book?

A: My favorite would be Out of Africa. Karen Blixen, using her pen-name Isak Dinesen, wrote a marvelous account of her life in Kenya. It made me dream of visiting one day, and I was fortunate to do so not too long ago. One of the many highlights was visiting her house, which is now a museum. I could almost hear her voice talking about her life on the farm, the people, the open spaces and the magnificent wildlife.
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