Description : "Americans have treated the highway as sacred space," says Primeau (English, Central Michigan U.) introducing the rich tradition of prose and non-fiction road narratives that include On the Road, Grapes of Wrath, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and the Journals of Lewis and Clark. Primeau critically examines these and other works from the position of travel as pilgrimage resulting in identifiable themes of protest, self discovery, picaresque parody, and myth making. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Description : "Romance on the road is the most complete look ever at women who travel to love foreign men, from beach boys to maharajas. Wild, shocking, yet tender and hopeful, love journeys by women tell a story of a worldwide Affection Defection Disorder, a revolution in mating behavior, and a poignant search for traditional romance."--Publisher description.
Description : What if following your dreams means you'll lose the man of your dreams? Food reporter Liza Dunnigan is determined to change her life. Step one: accept an assignment to track down reclusive advice columnist, Cordelia. If Liza can land an interview, she’ll earn a coveted spot on the investigative reporting team. Problem is, the only way to reach Cordelia is through her publicist – and he’s never said “yes” to anyone. So Liza makes contact by pretending to apply for a job. Jack Graham isn’t just Cordelia’s publicist; he’s a sports agent and well-known man about town. He’s also hiding a secret that could ruin his reputation if it ever got out. But he’s too busy falling for new employee, Liza, to worry about it. Liza’s marching down on the scoop of the decade. But where does she turn for advice when she realizes that blowing this story wide open means she’ll lose her chance for happily ever after? ROMANCE ON THE ROAD is the fourth book in THE BACHELOR NEXT DOOR series – romantic, fast-paced stories with sparkling dialogue and heroes to die for. Try Romance on the Road today and enjoy a lighthearted romp on the road to love! A previous version of this novel was published under the title, Dear Cordelia. ***** With more than a half million copies of her books sold worldwide, award-winning author Pamela Ford creates realistic characters with real problems and emotions that make readers laugh, cry, and fall in love. If you like books by Kristan Higgins and Rachel Gibson, you’ll love Pamela Ford’s Bachelor Next Door series. Don’t miss the Bachelors Next Door! Though these books are a series, each is a stand-alone story. Love on the Lane (#1) Dancing on the Drive (#2) Breathless on the Boulevard (#3) Romance on the Road (#4) Kissing on the Corner (#5) PRAISE FOR ROMANCE ON THE ROAD: 5 stars. “A romantic romp starring a delightful cast of characters.” –The Best Reviews 5 stars. "A humorous story filled with romance and down-to-earth characters that will steal your heart ... Take my advice and buy your own copy for a lively escape to fun and romance." –CataRomance Reviews "A lighthearted romp of a read." –Fresh Fiction "A lighthearted read with fun secondary characters that add to the enjoyment." –Romantic Times AWARDS: Reviewer's Choice Award
Description : Journeys on the Silk Road Through Ages—Romance, Legend, Reality is a compelling narrative about the legendary Silk Road, down the ages. It takes us back to the nearly forgotten times when the dusty, long road was discovered by herders and nomads in search of pastures and oases. It was a long trek into the unknown. This gradually turned into the fabled ‘Silk Road’ spanning from China and across Central Asia, with its numerous trade routes, staging posts, caravanserais on the one hand, and the rugged landscape through steppes, across mountains, deserts and nations on the other. The Silk Road stood out like a great artery, that sustained for centuries. The Road with its routes conveyed not only commerce but also ideas and philosophy of the far-east China to the far-flung Roman Empire in the west, drawing from and contributing to other regions and countries that fell along the way – Turkestan, Afghanistan, India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Phoenicia and Anatolia, thus, linking the ancient and the medieval worlds. It was an enterprise of gigantic proportions; the great highway witnessed trade in almost all products, with silk, precious stones, porcelain, metals, and horses as chief commodities. Of these, silk was the foremost merchandise that merchants transported on camel caravans and upon mules from the Land of Serica. Slaves too were traded. Monks and warriors also walked along the trodden path. Merchants exchanged goods which made trade possible bringing in a flow of wealth, while monks and warriors exchanged philosophy, ideas, and statecraft, despite conflicts and wars. The narrative travels back to the times when the road started making history by joining imperial Xi’an with imperial Rome – a distance of more than 8,000kms – during the period of China’s Han Dynasty, sometime around 200 BC. This strangely endured till the present days of Communist China and OBOR, deliberating the Chinese Puzzle. The book is an adventurous amalgamation of history, travel and the unanticipated, and not merely a clichéd travel account. It presents a fascinating story of realms, rulers, travellers and merchants, both ancient and modern, with captivating collection of anecdotes, lores and current realities, from far and wide. Its brilliant web makes the book immensely readable.
Description : This book analyses the teen film as the rare medium able to represent the otherwise chaotic and conflicting experience of youth. The author focuses on six major issues: alienation, deviance and delinquency, sex and gender, the politics of consumption, the apolitics of youth(ful) rebellion, and regression into nostalgia. Despite the many differences within the genre, this book sees all teen films as focused on a single social concern: the breakdown of traditional forms of authority – school, church, family. Working with the theories of such diverse scholars as Kenneth Keniston, Bruno Bettelheim, Erik Erikson, Theodor Adorno, Simon Frith, and Dick Hebdige, the author draws an innovative and flexible model of a cultural history of youth. Originally published in 1992.
Description : Welcome back to Icicle Falls, where life’s full of surprises, and happiness is just around the corner! Revisit book 3, where one man must ask himself: What do women want? Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can’t figure it out. Take Jonathan, for instance. He’s been in love with Lissa Castle since they were kids but, geek that he is, she’s never seen him as her Mr. Perfect. He has one last shot—their high school reunion. Kyle Long is equally discouraged. The pretty receptionist at his office keeps passing him over for other guys who may be taller but are definitely not superior. And Adam Edwards might be the most successful of Jonathan’s friends, but he isn’t having any success on the home front. His wife’s kicked him out. When Jonathan stumbles on a romance novel at the Icicle Falls library sale, he knows he’s found the love expert he’s been seeking—Vanessa Valentine, top-selling romance author. At first his buddies laugh at him for reading romance novels, but soon they, too, realize that these stories are the world’s best textbooks on love. Poker night becomes book club night…and when all is read and done, they’re going to be the kind of men women want! Previously published as What She Wants.
Description : He was the most dashing, handsome adventure travel writer America ever had! During the roaring 1920s and 30s Richard Halliburton crossed the world like a whirlwind, all the while risking his life by performing stunts during the course of his travels like diving into the accursed Mayan Well of Death, not once but twice. He was welcomed by royalty, lived on Devil's Island, and enlisted in the Foreign Legion. Born in the USA, Halliburton called the world his home. "The Royal Road to Romance was Halliburton's first book and doesn t include a dull page. It details how the young Princeton university student cast aside any notions of a serious career, choosing instead to visit a vast array of countries from England to Japan. During the course of these travels he undertook every sort of madcap adventure that he could find, including swimming the famed Hellespont, exploring the jungles of India, and becoming the first foreigner to astonish Japan by climb snow-covered Mount Fujiyama in midwinter. "Let those who wish have their respectability - I wanted the freedom to search the farthermost corners of the earth for the beautiful, the joyous and the romantic," he wrote. This is the exciting, and charming, story of how this famed traveler found all those dreams, and more.
Description : All travelers know the seductive power of the open road and its suggestions of possibility, escape, renewal, and reinvention. Hit the Road, Jack is an interdisciplinary exploration of the significance of the road as reality and metaphor. Engaging with varied cultural mediums such as literature, reality television, philosophy, and political rhetoric, this collection delves deeply into the symbolic implications of the road. Insightful and accessible essays draw upon both classic "road" texts and films, while investigating themes of individual and national freedom, independence and mobility, and destiny. Referencing postmodern theory, gender and queer studies, as well as personal reminiscence and narrative research, Hit the Road, Jack considers the impact that identity - particularly race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation - has on the way various journeys are taken. While literary depictions of the road have a long history, scholarship about the phenomenon is sparse. This anthology makes a significant contribution to the study of the road, bringing to light aspects of its iconic status in American culture. Contributors include Paul Attinello (Newcastle University), Stacilee Ford (University of Hong Kong), Eleanor Heginbotham (University of Maryland), Susan Kuyper (Des Moines Area Community College), Gina Marchetti (University of Hong Kong), Cotton Seiler (Dickinson University), Max J. Skidmore (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Gordon Slethaug (University of Southern Denmark), Michael Truscello (Mount Royal University), and Wendy Zierler (Hebrew Union College -Jewish Institute of Religion, New York).