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Every year, newspapers and magazines review “beach reads”—great paperbacks to take with you on summer vacation. 

But you don’t have to go on vacation to experience a great read.

Books can enrich our lives any time by exposing us to new ideas and wild adventures and enthusiastic adventuresses.

Who of us didn’t fall in love with Scarlet O’Hara? 

I have a friend who can’t get enough of biographies of famous and infamous women—Lady Hamilton, Elizabeth I, Queen Noor, Patty Hearst.

Associate Editor Cam Usher has a floor to ceiling bookshelf of foreign country references and travel guides. Her coffee table always has at least one beautiful hardback full of colored pictures about China, Italy, or Stonehenge.

Another friend collects travel essays and journals. She’s an artist herself, who never travels without a sketchpad and tiny folding tray of watercolors.

In books adventuresses abound!

They’re everywhere, and we love them for it. 

Don’t be put off by that bumper sticker that says “so many books, so little time."

Here’s my advice: if it's really difficult for you to find time to read, try books on tape. They’ve seen me serenely entertained through long drives, grid-locked traffic, and demanding, dull, monotonous housework. 

Grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine, settle into your favorite nook, and get ready to meet—in both fiction and non-fiction—some of our favorites.

SQUEAKY WHEELS - Travels with my Daughter by Train, Plane, Metro, Tuk-tuk and Wheelchair 

Author Suzanne Kamata and her daughter Lilia’s story of travel through Japan, the US. And France presents a powerful message of empowerment for people with disabilities who want to travel. As one reviewer so aptly noted, Squeaky Wheels is “a wonderful example of a parent letting go of expectations for her daughter while giving her wings to fly.”

JILL DOBBE, educator, author, India, Egypt, Honduras, travel, teaching, teach overseas, Only in India

Only in India – Adventures of an International Educator

in her travel memoir, Only in India, Jill reveals an enlightening and colorful tale of a year as principal of an Indian International school in Gurgaon, India.

Mission: Rescue Your Retirement: How Moving Abroad Saved Our Assets. Volume II Letting Go

Cynthia Staton & her husband find themselves facing a future retirement that’s far less desirable from what they had carefully planned. This book reveals their surprising “move.” 

Rick Steves’ Travel As A Political Act 

Mark Twain wrote in 1869, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness.” 

Rick Steves, in his book, Travel As a Political Act, echoes Twain’s sentiments as he presents an in-depth view of conclusions he’s deduced from his decades as a travel celebrity and writer. He has taken this opportunity to ask uncomfortable questions that Americans need to hear, ponder, and consider.

Thirty Days in Quito

Ever wonder what it would be like to pick up one day and move abroad? 

In the summer of 2013, Kris Loomis and her husband sold all their worldly possessions and, along with their three-legged cat, Triplet, did just that. They left their comfy life behind and moved to Ecuador!

Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest At All

Going Gypsy is a thoughtful and thought-provoking memoir of one couple whose first adventure was to marry young and raise three children. 

As their last child moved away to attend college in another city, David and Veronica, married for 30 years, found themselves asking the universal empty-nest question, Now what?

Smashing Through The Roadblocks in the Highways of Your Mind—How to Unlock the Secrets of the Power of Attraction.

Attract adventure or anything else that you decide will enhance or enlighten or excite your life!

Law of Attraction coach Stephanie Slavin reminds us that we can have—and we deserve to have—good things and abundance in our lives.

A Golden Girl's Guide to Retirement in Cuenca

Wherein Ex-Pat Golden Girl Christine A. Collins reveals all for the adventuress who is thinking of retiring abroad, specifically to Cuenca, Ecuador in the Andes Mountains of South America.

Don't leave home without it!

Art Improv 101: How to Create a Personal Art Journal

A how-to art journaling guide by a retired graphic designer and chronic art journal addict that includes dozens of technique illustrations. 

Learn secrets of watercolor techniques, shading with pencils and pens, tools of the "trade" and tips for drawing faces, trees, and other objects.

Combine your thoughts, look inward, officially doodle, have fun & observe your life. 

First You Let It Go

In Portugal Shiana discovers herself through the plaintive music of Fado.

Expats in Ecuador: Life in Cuenca

In which the authors tell all about retiring to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cuenca.

Legal Tender 

Legal Tender Laraine Russo Harper relates her experiences as a former brothel madam and puts a human face on the women who sell sexual services and the men who buy them. 

Dancing in My Nightgown

In this the poignant, yet amusing account of Betty Auchard's loss of her husband of 49 years. Betty's road to self-sufficiency is filled with laughter, creativity, connection, tears and transformation.

Diana Gabaldon's WWII Heroine, Claire Randall 

On her second honeymoon, WWII British nurse Claire Randall steps through a circle of stones and is transported to 18th century Scotland, on the eve of the Battle of Culloden.

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