The Twentieth Century has been a time of great discovery for both men and women. Charles Townes, the scientist of Adventures of a Scientist, received the Nobel Prize in 1964 for discovering the principles behind the Laser, the practical applications of which has transformed modern civilization. Frances Townes, his wife, has also been on a trail of discovery, searching for the core of individual relatedness that must lie behind and beyond technology if our civilization is to survive. Her work with homeless and runaway youth in Berkeley, California, has been ground-breaking. Born in 1916, just as women were getting the vote, Frances confronted the conflicting demands of her generation. Her personal experiences, broader struggles and triumphs have helped redefine the role of women in the modern world.
Both a memoir in travel essays and an anti-guidebook, Bad Tourist takes us across four continents to fifteen countries, showing us what not to do when traveling. A woman learning to claim her own desires and adventures, Suzanne Roberts encounters lightning and landslides, sharks and piranha-infested waters, a nightclub drugging, burning bodies, and brief affairs as she searches for the love of her life and finally herself. Throughout her travels Roberts tries hard not to be a bad tourist, but owing to her cultural blind spots, things don’t always go as planned. Fearlessly confessional, shamelessly funny, and wholly unapologetic, Roberts offers a refreshingly honest account of the joys and absurdities of confronting new landscapes and cultures, as well as new versions of herself. Raw, bawdy, and self-effacing, Bad Tourist is a journey packed with delights and surprises—both of the greater world and of the mysterious workings of the heart.
A collection of humorous tales of travel adventures and misadventures by twenty-five contributors--including Anne Lamott, Ellen Degeneres, Sandra Tsing Loh, Sarah Vowell, and Cynthia Kaplan--ranges from being chased by a herd of African elephants to getting bitten by a goddess-possessd healer in Kathmandu. Original.
Meriwether Humperdinckand yes, thats his real namewas a private detective who had never had an interesting casethat is until he met Igor Mortimer Blackheadand yes, thats his real name, too. Of course, Meriwether didnt expect that his first real client would end up dead, having been the only person to see the body of billionaire Howard W. Lacey before it suddenly disappeared. Desperate to the solve the mystery and to prove to himself that he is the big private dick he thinks he is, Meriwether must eventually risk life and ego in order to track down a killer and to change his own personal existence forever. Filled with just the right dose of wit and wisdom and capacious amounts of comedy, Meriwethers story is sure to lead readers on an entertaining journey through the mind of an inexperienced detective, not only unsure of himself but of humankind in generalsuch that, his quest for his true identity as a genuine private eye is marked by many a mysterious encounter with a myriad of oddball eccentrics and with one fine and sassy lady.