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|Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil||The best non-fiction novel since "In Cold Blood" is a true story of intrigue, murder, forgery and eccentricity set in the steamy, surreal atmosphere of Savannah, Georgia. The unpredictable twists and turns of a murder case are skilfully interwoven with a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South.|
|The Songlines||The songlines are the invisible pathways that criss-cross Australia, ancient tracks connecting communities and following ancient boundaries. Along these lines Aboriginals passed the songs which revealed the creation of the land and the secrets of its past. In this magical account Chatwin recalls his travels across the length and breadth of Australia seeking to find the truth about the songs and unravel the mysteries of their stories.|
|Pink Highways: Tales of Queer Madness on the Open Road||An offbeat travelogue by a noted gay writer takes readers to the April 1993 gay rights march in Washington, D.C. and travels across America, citing the gay experience in Maine, the Southwest, the Ozarks, and more.|
|Gay, History, Travel|
|Search for Nirvana||Robin Maugham describes Search for Nirvana as "a sequel to my autobiography". Adn with it he has found an even more fascinating formula for writing about his personal adventures.|
It is, in fact, a tremendous voyage of exploration in which he visits or revisits various parts of the world which seem to promise a hope of earthly happiness or the potential of spiritual peace.
|Autobiography, Religion, Travel|
|Packing It In||Packing It In forms a fascinating coda to David Rees's highly-praised autobiography Not For Your Hands. This collection of essays - written and arranged to form a year-long diary - opens with an all too brief visit to Australia, continues with a tour of New Zealand and a final visit to a much loved but sadly depleted San Francisco, before returning to familiar Europe (Barcelona, Belgium, Rome) and new perspectives on the recently liberated Eastern Bloc countries.|
Written from the distinctive and idiosyncratic point of view of a singluar gay man, this is a book filled with acute and sometimes acerbic views written in a style that is at once easily conversational and utterly compelling.
|Diary, Essays, Gay, Travel|
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|A Better Class of Blond: California Diary||David Rees, author of many books including The Milkman's On His Way, spent a year in and around San Francisco in the early 1980s, and this is a diary of that year. Teaching 12 hours a week at the university he had plenty of time for extracurricular activities, and his diary concentrates primarily on just two, the scenery and the gay scene.|
He makes many conquests during his year, mostly with younger men of all races and colours, but he falls in love with a young Vietnamese man and for a while they live together. Interspersed with the progress of his love life and the more casual acquaintances Rees provides vivid descriptions of San Francisco and California, and of living with the constant threat of earthquakes. An additional threat comes from the emergence of a new decease threatening the gay population, AIDS. One thing is certainly clear, the author knows how to enjoy life and live it to the full.
Part travelogue, part a personal account of the joys of one aspect of David Rees' priv...
|Diary, Gay, Travel|
|To a Mountain in Tibet||The master of travel writing at his most elegiac and luminous best tackling an arduous Tibetan mountain and his mother's recent death.|
In his new book, Colin Thubron travels to Tibet, and takes the pilgrimage route to Kailas, the most sacred of the world's mountains, holy to one fifth of the earth's people, but rarely visited by westerners. Buddhists and Hindus have ritually circled the mountain for centuries, but its steepest slopes are sacrosanct and no one has ever climbed to the summit. Thubron made the expedition shortly after his mother's death, and his hike through a challenging terrain of rocks, lakes and remote monasteries is perhaps one of his most personal and poetic books to date.
|States Of Desire: Travels In Gay America||In this city-by-city description of the way homosexual men lived in the late seventies, Edmund White gives us a picture of Gay America that will surprise gay and straight readers alike. With great wit and humor, the co-author of The Joy of Gay Sex tells what goes on behind the glittering surface of fashionable nightspots and glamorous resorts. But he also shows us gay engineers, gay computer experts, and gay cowboys; this is a look at a vast world never before documented. By introducing us to a wide variety of gay people, White gives us remarkable new insights into what it means to be gay in America. In States of Desire, you will meet a gay timber baron from Portland and a "big-wig" (literally as well as figuratively) in the Florida drag world. Here are: handsome lifeguards in Chicago—those "bronzed demigods . . . who lord it above us on their white wood towers"; a Hollywood host who has just spent "a typical L.A. day, driving 150 miles assembling the twelve ingredients for supper"; a...|
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