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    1. Apple's America : The Discriminating
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    2. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney
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    3. Roadtripping USA : The Complete
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    4. Zagat 2005 New York City Restaurants
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    1. Apple's America : The Discriminating Traveler's Guide to 40 Great Cities in the United States and Canada
    by R. W. Apple
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    Asin: 0865476853
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-16)
    Publisher: North Point Press
    Sales Rank: 861
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Unpretentious, sophisticated, and always appetizing advice from a celebrated authority

    For more than thirty years, R. W. Apple Jr. has roamed the United States as an eyewitness to history. Here, in Apple's America, his robust enthusiasm for the food and culture of New England, the South and West, the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and his native Middle West carries him to forty great cities, where he proves to be our ideal guide--amused and amusing, knowledgeable, indefatigable, and endlessly curious.

    From Boston to Honolulu, from Montreal to Las Vegas, Cincinnati to Seattle, Johnny Apple explores the landmarks, architecture, business, culture, and, of course, the food and beverages of his favorite urban communities. Capturing the tone and style of American city life to perfection, he shows us the hidden treasures, the best buildings, the famous landmarks, the historical aura, and the present-day realities that make each city so memorable. And in each he recommends several places to stay, numerous places to eat, and sites or activities you shouldn't miss. No traveler in the United States will want to do without his recommendations.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Travel Companion
    Apple's America is a God-send for the traveler who is in town for just a day or two but really wants to learn what makes each city tick. No more excuses for just "grabbing dinner" or just passing through on business. I could spend days exploring each city but with this book I've been able to learn more about cities than in years of visiting for business. I've been sending this book to friends of mine to take on business trips and vacation. I prefer Apple's America to any guide out there. ... Read more


    2. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2005
    by BobSehlinger
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    Asin: 0764559729
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-09)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 1868
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The Disney World bible-our #1 travel bestseller, year after year
    * Based on interviews and surveys of 19,500 patrons, this evergreen bestseller ranks and rates all attractions by age group-and shows visitors how to make the most of their time
    * Features objective ratings of each ride, field-tested itineraries to help save time and beat the lines, in-depth rankings and reviews of hotels and restaurants inside and outside the World, and special tips for families with children, honeymooners, and seniors
    * Now updated to cover the latest Orlando-area developments, including a new resort and rides
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential for Your Sanity
    I haven't read the latest edition, but I just returned (as of 5 days ago) from Disney World with a well-worn version of the previous edition. Every review from hotel, to age appropriateness, to rides and inside secrets proved its weight in gold. Each ride was described in detail, included any warnings (motion sickness, frightening aspects, etc.), a star rating guide for a variety of age groups (preschool, grade school, teens, adults, seniors), along with an overall review and letters from readers. The rides and attractions ratings were dead-on accurate and when we doubted a warning from the book and went anyway, we soon regretted it. Conversely, all of the recommendations were highlights of our trip. Restaurants were rated by overall value, price, service, and food quality. While they seemed a little on the harsh side (we loved the Cinderella Castle restaurant), they were very accurate in their suggestions. I neglected to listen to all the money-saving advice, and now regret that I didn't follow the instructions to the "t." From the initial planning to the final day, this will be an indispensable tool and a cheap ticket to your sanity. Skip the official line-- this is infinitely better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Planning Tool!
    I'm in the middle of planning my WDW vacation and this book has been indispensable! It's given me a feeling of confidence about navigating "the world" and my choices of where to stay etc. If you read the reviews of the individual attractions you'll see that the authors really enjoy WDW! Everything a friend or family member has recommended to us has been included in this book.

    The in depth look at each ride/attraction, hotel and restaurant in WDW is amazing. The realistic but humorous tone is great, I read the entire book cover to cover even parts that don't apply to me (the sections for people traveling with children for example).

    If possible I'm even MORE excited about this trip than I was before I read "The Guide"

    Update: 8/16/01 Now that I've been to Disney and back I can honestly say that this book was indispensable! We used the tour plans (the "one Day" plan for Magic Kingdom, MGM and Epcot) and they worked like a charm! Avoiding parks on early entry days let us ride many "Main" attractions 2+ times! I can't reccomend this book enough! Just remember it IS a guide not a "rulebook' you aren't required to follow every suggestion exactly. I know I would have been lost without this book both literaly and figuratively.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time
    Part of the fun of going to Walt Disney World is the anticipation. This book has a negative feel to it and takes away some of the fun from the anticipation. A book can give you the real scoop without giving a negative feel. Steer clear of this book in favor of the Passporter series which is done both realistically and kept positive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Want the best WDW guide? Stop here - this is it.
    I read four books in my preparation to my trip to Walt Disney World in June 2004. I also went to about 7 different websites and subscribed to two different email lists (getting more than 100 emails a day!), all on the subject of what to do and how to save money at WDW. THIS is the best resource for information, bar none. The Unofficial Guide spends pages and pages rating the rides for you, the restaurants, even giving sample itineraries so you don't waste time. It's the best.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Neurosis Delight!
    A thick booked packed with information (along with some additional non disney information just to make the book look thicker). However the tone of the book can be quite negative. Fear the long lines. Fear the lame rides. Fear the long lines again. I think if you followed the advice of the book you would go to the park for one hour in the morning, leave for the rest of the day, and return for an hour just before closing. and oh by the way, if you do not follow the computer generated scientific neurotic tour guides, you will end up wasting at least 3 hours every hour.

    Look, Disney is the delight of crowds. If you dont like crowds, dont go. There message delivered with no need to pound it into the ground like this book does. I have been to Disney several times over the years. Was it crowded, yip. But one of the wonders of Disney is they do a great job with crowd control and there is almost always something fun to do - if if that ride over there has a line up the wazzu. Relax. Have fun. Go skip through the disney water toys for a while.

    Disney is a great experience for those who go looking for a great experience. Disney can be a really downer for those who are uptight or dont like crowds. Go with the child with in and be flexible. ... Read more


    3. Roadtripping USA : The Complete Coast-to-Coast Guide to America (Let's Go)
    by Inc. Let's Go
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    Asin: 0312335695
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Let's Go Publications
    Sales Rank: 2606
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    The Essential Roadtrip Companion
    Let's Go hits the open road to rediscover the classic American roadtrip, and this book offers firsthand advice, budget-savvy tips, and plenty of local flavor to boot.

    COVERING THE BASICS
    - Eight classic cross-country roadtrip routes
    - Over 230 detailed route and city maps
    - Extensive budget-conscious listings for lodging, food, practical information, attractions, and more
    - Pages filled with Americana, roadside kitsch, and informative factoids
    - A guide to time-tested road tunes, movies, literature, and the history of the roadtrip

    A UNIQUE ROADTRIP EXPERIENCE
    - Explore museums devoted to voodoo, UFOs, cookie cutters, holograms, and baking powder.
    - See Nebraska's only lighthouse or get lost in the Great Vermont Corn Maze.
    - Blaze your own trail on detours to North Dakota's Wind Cave or Pennsylvania's Brandywine Battlefield Park.
    - Check our the world's largest frying pan, hairball, ketchup bottle, dreamcatcher, rotating globe, prairie dog, or steam locomotive.
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    Having travelled all over the USA by automobile, I was disappointed at the paucity of information and the highly selective coverage in this book.I had hoped to obtain an update, and more comprehensive coverage of all 50 states.I found it too selective with major ommissions by state (e.g. Kentucky has no entries at all) and smaller to mid-size communities such as Champaign, Illinois, or the beautiful Rock River valley of NW Illinois are conspicuous by their absence.

    Most disturbing is this.I live in the Greater Houston, TX, area, and read the authors' motel recommendation on US-59.Not only is that motel and immediate area known for being a place of constant drug raids, but also it is a major area of known street prostitution and that motel seems to house them.I hardly consider that "family friendly".

    5-0 out of 5 stars 1010 pages of things to see!
    If you want to make every mile count, take this guide on your next trip around the USA.It explores America's classic routes (Route 66, the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail) and off the freeway routes.Travel down these blue highways to find some things you won't find on speedy, but mind-numbing interstates.
    This book includes tips, maps, sights and leads you to great offbeat places to eat.Forget the fast food and find the real America with this heavy-duty guide. ... Read more


    4. Zagat 2005 New York City Restaurants (Zagatsurvey: New York City Restaurants)
    by Curt Gathje, Carol Diuguid, Larry Cohn
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    Asin: 1570066396
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-30)
    Publisher: Zagat Survey
    Sales Rank: 702
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    5. One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey
    by Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
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    Asin: 0882405136
    Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
    Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
    Sales Rank: 161
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    To live in a pristine land ... to roam the wilderness ... to choose a site, cut trees, and build a home ... Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. Here is a tribute to a man in tune with his surroundings who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the great journals of wilderness living
    This is a powerful book and has quite a following. I was given the book by one of my best friends, which I consider a wonderful gift. This book has it all, beautiful photos, Richard's journal notes are amazing in their insight to his thinking and how this adventure unfolded. It is a simply wonderful book, and has people traveling to Alaska just to see the setting for such a balanced book. This book lays claim to new territory, and the claim is valid. No wonder it sells well, it is captivating reading and makes you look hard and close at your own life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One Man's Wilderness
    This has to be one of my very favorite books. I have read it front to back at least 7 times! It is written with the true adventurer in mind. Every detail of his experience makes the reader wish it were he/she that was there with him. If you have ever wished you could just go off into the woods, build a cabin and be self-sufficiant, This is the book for you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful "Alaskana" read
    Sure the writing style isn't polished and there is little action, but I think that is what helps makes this such an enjoyable book. The observations and opinions presented in the closing pages (chapter 9) will cause most any reader to consider their place in their world. There is enough good here for me to add this to my extensive Alaskana library for long term keeping.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One Man's Carpentry
    The book is entirely journal entries that for the most part describe how the author builds his wilderness cabin and goes about other day-to-day tasks. This is not the book for those seeking accounts of extraordinary Alaskan adventures but it is an impressive account of craftmanship. It is a story of impressive feats of carpentry and resourcefulness. You do get a few descriptions of encounters with wildlife but I didn't find that to be a strength of the book. Great pictures, too.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting details, but slow for me
    I like books that contain the kind of real details that this book contains. Properly presented, fact can be more interesting than fiction. The book reads somewhat like a journal. For me, however, it deserves 3 stars because of writing quality, and because it failed to keep me reading past midnight. ... Read more


    6. Into the Wild
    by JON KRAKAUER
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    Asin: 0385486804
    Catlog: Book (1997-01-20)
    Publisher: Anchor
    Sales Rank: 1144
    Average Customer Review: 4.03 out of 5 stars
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    "God, he was a smart kid..." So why did Christopher McCandless trade a brightfuture--a college education, material comfort, uncommon ability and charm--for death by starvation in anabandoned bus in the woods of Alaska? This is the question that Jon Krakauer's book tries to answer. While itdoesn't—cannot—answer the question with certainty, Into the Wild does shed considerable lightalong the way. Not only about McCandless's "Alaskan odyssey," but also the forces that drivepeople to drop out of society and test themselves in other ways. Krakauer quotes Wallace Stegner's writing on a youngman who similarly disappeared in the Utah desert in the 1930s: "At 18, in a dream, he saw himself ...wandering through the romantic waste places of the world. No man with any of the juices of boyhood inhim has forgotten those dreams." Into the Wild shows that McCandless, while extreme, washardly unique; the author makes the hermit into one of us, something McCandless himself could never pulloff. By book's end, McCandless isn't merely a newspaper clipping, but a sympathetic, oddly magneticpersonality. Whether he was "a courageous idealist, or a reckless idiot," you won't soon forgetChristopher McCandless. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Krakauer's story of Chris McCandless
    Why would a talented and gifted young man walk away from his life of promise and lead the life of a penniless wanderer? Jon Krakauer, the nature/travel journalist, takes on this question in the story of Chris McCandless, who after two years of coast-to-coast travel, was found dead in the Alaskan wildreness.

    Krakauer retraces McCandless's steps from his childhood to his days at Emory and uncovers a smart, compassionate young man who revelled in the works of Tolstoy, Jack London, and other figures who advocated a simple self-sufficient existence, turning away from money, government, etc. He interviews several people that Chris, "Alex Supertramp" as he calls himself, met in his hitch hiking travels and discusses his journal writings. I came upon this book after reading Krakauer's newest book, Under the Banner of Heaven. I appreciated Krakauer's style of being in the story as an author/journalist, but keeping the story in its purest form.
    Krakauer first encountered this story after McCandless's death in 1992. He wrote a feature story in Outside magazine, but was very interested in McCandless, so he decided to research the events more. This book is the further research. He provides some insight and answers some of the questions with his own experiences as a mountaineer and outdoor-lover.

    5-0 out of 5 stars FINDING CHRIS MCCANDLESS
    As the mother of sons and a writer for whom reading is the greatest pleasure, I found "Into the Wild" to be one of the finest and most unexpectedly beautiful books I have read in a very long time.

    It is the harrowing story of the death and short life of Chris McCandless, a bright, charming, adventurous young man whose mysterious travels and untimely death left a legacy of heartbreak and confusion to those who loved him.

    In returning to the scene of his own admittedly incomplete reportage of the story for :"Outside" magazine, Jon Krakauer reveals his own honesty and decency as a writer and a man.

    The book is as beautifully written as it is fascinating. Krakauer and his readers come to know Chris McCandless as our own youthful hopes made flesh. We also come to know this boy -- and love him -- as everyone's son, perhaps even our own.

    Late in his troubled adolescence, Chris set out into the American "wilderness" on a journey to adulthood. He did not return.

    He didn't return, that is, until Krakauer, who recognized in this story aspects of his own difficult youth, embarked on an odyssey of his own in McCandless' footsteps. .

    With almost unbearable detail he pieces together the last year of this young man's life and derives from it a compelling pilgrim's tale of anger, fear and courage. Through those who knew him during his "lost" days, we move from dissatisfaction and yearning to spiritual rebirth that arrives gratefully, but late and despite terrible twists of fate

    .Chris McCandless tunneled through Peer Gynt's mountain, punted across the Slough of Despond and into the dark and icy forest. He received boons and encountered spirit guides; listened and learned from scouts and story-tellers All of them later helped the auther piece together the real story, heretofore untold, of a boy who found himself and death in the same process and in the same place. Free at last, he quietly, and even joyously, welcomed the arrival of both with valor and uncommon grace.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
    How does a young man leave a comfortable life with an education and well to do parents and just wander into the wild? This is one of the questions that Jon Krakauer tries to answer. At first the reader is given the idea that Chris McCandless read one too many books like "On the Road" or "White Fang", but as the story develops, he becomes more complex a character. This young man was looking for adventure and decided to leave "normal" life behind. Unfortanuatly for him. it cost him his life.

    Krakauer does an amazing job of bringing McCandless back to life by trying to show what he was thinking. Krakauer used personal notes, interviews with family and friends and historical experiences to flesh out this person. When the personal notes run out and speculation starts, Krakauer gives a personal tale to explain why McCandless was not an idiot and just had some bad luck. This book is a very good read and is time well spent.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The dark side of idealism
    Last Christmas I gave this book to my father. I thought he might enjoy the adventures of Alex (though you know from the start his life will end badly), and thought if things went well I might use this to try to explain to him why it is that I spend all my extra money on travel and why I do illogical things in pursuit of my dreams. His reaction, though, was nothing but frustration with Alex's "idiocy."

    The difference between my response to the book - that Chris/Alex lived an extreme form of the longing I and many others feel - and my father's response is the same gulf that this story seeks to bridge. Jon Krakauer, who has also sacrificed a great deal and risked his life in pursuit of his dreams, clearly feels some sympathy for Alex's wild decisions. But the result of Alex's tramping is his own death and the heartbreak that ensues, which seems to outweigh any selfish satisfaction Alex may have received from his experiences.

    When people create great art or invent something remarkable, society celebrates their achievements in spite of any collateral damage. But Alex is an example of someone whose idealism was far greater than his accomplishments. The art he left behind in his notebooks is unremarkable, and the few friends he made in his travels have not been catalysts for improvement in the world. His one success (or failure) was that he was able to unbind himself from his expected, normal life and give himself wholly to his ideals. So many of us secretly wish that we had the courage to do something similar, and this book forces us to confront that desire. Is the pursuit of a dream a worthwhile end, in and of itself?

    There are no clear answers, in this book or in life, but the question is worth asking, no matter whether you see Alex as someone to be admired or throttled.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lonesome pines in snow
    This is an excellent read! But more than that, it is one of most moving and human stories you will ever have the pleasure of encountering by an author such as Krakauer, a splendid naturalist with a true ear for epiphany. Krakauer has a style unlike any writer this side of the twentieth century, and makes his way honestly and earnestly into the psyche of the reader, unexpectedly portraying a very real and true, almost unspeakable understanding of the young adventurer, Chris McCandless. If you are American, you absolutely must read this book! It should be cannonized. ... Read more


    7. Birnbaum's Walt Disney World 2005 : Expert Advice from the Inside Source (Birnbaum's Walt Disney World)
    by Birnbaum
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    Asin: 0786854286
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: Disney Editions
    Sales Rank: 2038
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    Birnbaum's Walt Disney World, the most respected and well-known name in travel guides, takes readers to the world's most popular tourist attraction. Since our guide is the only guide that's official, this book includes the most accurate information on prices, changes, and new attractions for 2005. Highlights include the lowdown on Disney's latest attractions, including Mickey's PhilharMagic, a 3-D film spectacular where Disney magic meets Disney music, and Wishes, the new nighttime fireworks extravaganza. Get the scoop on the World's newest lodging facility, the deluxe Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa as well as the newest value resort-the colorful and quirky Pop Century. ... Read more


    8. A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail)
    by BILL BRYSON
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    Asin: 0767902521
    Catlog: Book (1999-05-04)
    Publisher: Broadway
    Sales Rank: 560
    Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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    Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes--and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

    For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than fiction
    Typically, I read a lot of fiction. I'm an escapist, I guess. I read to get away from the world we are all here to occcupy, and often I find that the best escape is into a fictonal land where nothing is as it seems, or even plausable.

    I took a chance on this book on a friends recomendation, and I was not dissapointed. Knowing my penchant for escapism, he steered me directly to this often hilarious account of a middle age writer and his drunk hippy college buddy hiking the appalchian trail. Two more mismached fellows I could not imagine.

    This book details a hysterical tale of survivial that leaves you half wanting to call up that old college friend that you haven't seen in 10 years and pack your bags and hit the trail, and half glad to continue to lead your sedintary life writing book reviews on some web site.

    The other great positive that this book offers is it's interesting history lessons. I don't think I've learned as much about american history since 10th grade social studies! Bryson has a little Charles Kuralt going on (well, maybe without the love affairs!) as he leaves the trail and gives frank, raucous descriptions of the little towns he finds food and shelter in along the way.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone with a good sense of humor, a free weekend (it's a quick read) and an escapist personality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny!
    Very seldom do I read anything that makes me laugh out loud. To do so more than once or twice in a single book almost never happens. With "Walk," I became almost hysterical over certain chapters - in an airport, no less, while waiting for my flight. People must have thought I was nuts! Anyway, this is the story of two middle-aged and out of shape men (Bryson and his buddy, Katz) who decide to hike the Appalachian Trail. The AT is the third longest nature trail in the US, stretching from Georgia to Maine, along some incredibly rough terrain. Not all of their journey is rustic, however, as they often take a break to spend a night in the closest little town off the trail to have a shower, sleep in a "real" bed, and wash the grime from their clothes. It is during one such trip to the laundromat that Katz has a rather interesting encounter with 300 lb. Beaulah, her extra-large-sized panties, and a washing machine. Aside from the comical adventures, Bryson also has a great deal to say about the AT itself, and in particular, how much the National Parks Service needs a giant kick in the pants to help preserve these Trails.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Uncovers some effects of civilization...
    Though his book isn't the best book I've read in a while, it was entertaining and did make me walk to start hiking for often. The parts a appreciated most however dealt with the US Forest Service, logging, road building, acid rain, and hunting owls, lions, and bears for bounties. He cites some good sources for information on the destruction of the forests of North America, but fails to deal with the destruction of the planet as a global phenomenon. He also fails to connect the problem with choices being made by people--especially people just like him. While I learned something from his story, there is much more to be said about the violence of our culture and the demise of the natural world.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Read for Someone with Experience
    I read the book before I started backpacking and used Bryson's descriptions for making my decision on where to tackle a section of the AT. I went back later on to read it again, and enjoyed it more the second time. If you have gone through the same sorts of experiences on the AT, met similar people, been in the same areas, and delt with the same problems, its an excellent read. Granted it slows down in part two, but if you're interested in some history and background of the AT it doesn't matter. Part one a must read for those who would like a taste of the AT. Bryson is honest and at times very hilarious about his experiences and lack of skill. You should not read it if backpacking or the Appalachian Trail is of no interest to you.

    2-0 out of 5 stars The previous reviewer got it perfectly...
    ....unfortunately you would need to read the book to understand that review. The book started off nicely, and at times was witty. However, it eventually becomes a big disappointment when the author decides that completing his walk along the whole trail was too much. He then proceeds to occasionally walk snippets of it, and give you lots of filler about some aspect of the area in which he is walking. Overall, he didn't complete his mission, and he gives no compelling reason why he didn't, other than it was too tough. Then, because he is a journalist, he is able to transform that failure into a mediocre book. Perhaps a skilled writer can walk the whole trail, write an interesting book, and then we can stop talking about this one. ... Read more


    9. The Next Exit (Next Exit: The Most Complete Interstate Highway Guide Ever Printed)
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    Asin: 0971407339
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-31)
    Publisher: Next Exit
    Sales Rank: 1711
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars PERFECT GUIDE for all Travlers / Truckers
    One of 2 MUST HAVE travel guides - highly recommended to truckers, RV drivers, road travlers, et alia:

    The NEXT EXIT Guide
    This book saves time & money because you know what services ARE (or, "are NOT") available at the NEXT several exits BEFORE you have to EXIT any of them.
    The guide's TEXT about EXITS along a route correlate to a handy included road MAP of the stretch of highway, which in turn relates to an overall map in your separate ROAD ATLAS.

    ROAD ATLAS (very LARGE TYPE edition for "old eyes").
    As a NEW professional trucker (60 year old retired attorney...really!), I always map-out my trips ahead of time (or, sometimes [only rarely] I need to figure out how I got lost...), and the LARGE TYPE edition lets me see exactly where I'm supposed to be...without reading glasses or a magnifying glass, which sometimes help clarify any map anyway.
    "Young eyes" can get away with the more compact Standard (size type) Edition.Regardless, Walgreens (or any good pharmacy) & truck stops often have an excellent collection of handy pocket size magnifying glasses,

    Drive Safely (drivers - study maps & guides while PARKED and NOT while DRIVING! or, bring along a good Navigator) and
    always know exactly where you are and want to be.

    Some people like to PLAN AHEAD by writing out Route directions
    road by road,
    exit by exit
    (timed- break by break)
    on large Sticky Notes prepared ahead of time for easy reference while driving - and
    stuck right on the dashboard for quick reference, instead of having to repeatedly refer to the Atlas or Next Exit guide.
    A little planning saves lots of time...and promotes SAFETY.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Useful for anyone who travels
    This handy guide lists services at exits off of most major interstates (all 2-digit interstates and selected 3-digit ones as well). If you have your favorite gasoline brand or only want to eat at specific restaurants, you can search the listings for your preferred brand on the stretch of highway you're currently on. Hospitals, parks, shopping centers, and other attractions are also identified. Although the now-defunct "Professional Truckers Exit Guide" had a better layout (individual categories of services, i.e; gas, lodging, etc. were listed on separate lines and every other page had a strip map of the highway covered) I have not seen it in stores since 2000, so I do believe the Next Exit is the only such directory currently in print. This is a valuable tool that no interstate traveler should be without.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Great
    I wouldn't even think about hitting on the road without this book.I gives you all the info about what each EXIT has to offer on every Interstate highway in the U.S.No more getting off at an EXIT only to find that they don't have what you need.Like I need Deisel and a place to park my RV while I get a bite to eat.I've never been diapointed as long as I have "The Next EXIT" with me. ... Read more


    10. Roadfood : Revised Edition
    by JANE STERN, MICHAEL STERN
    list price: $18.95
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    Asin: 0767922646
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
    Publisher: Broadway
    Sales Rank: 2430
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    11. Alaska By Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide To Cruising Alaska, With Pullout Map (Alaska by Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide to Cruising Alaska)
    by Anne Vipond
    list price: $19.95
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    Asin: 0968838979
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-30)
    Publisher: Ocean Cruise Guides
    Sales Rank: 9526
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This international bestseller is a completely updated edition with new information on adventure hiking and land travel. With coverage of ports from Seattle to Anchorage and the Bering Sea, this book is the benchmark of cruise guides to Alaska. The author covers all areas of interest, including new itineraries, port attractions, history, wildlife and native culture. Includes all Alaska cruises, land tours and shore excursions. Detail on Denali Park and tours to far north of Alaska as well as the Yukon and Canadian Rockies. Full-color photos and maps throughout. 368 pp. Updated in 2005 ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and enjoyable
    I just got back from Alaska (June 04) this book had great information.I definitely recommend getting it a MONTH before your cruise and reading it through.Getting it the day before is a little late:(

    5-0 out of 5 stars The benchmark for Alaska cruise guides...
    Excellent coverage of Alaskan ports, including most of the minor ports visited by smaller ships.Essential for the Alaska-bound travelers who wish to maximize their experience in ports of call.By using the walking guides and descriptions of attractions, readers will be able to visit the high points of each port, and skip destinations with less appeal.Helps to cut down on the expense of shore excursions by suggesting interesting alternatives.Also assists you to choose the correct shore excursion for your interests.If you're traveling to Alaska, this is an essential companion.Also contains information on weather, dress, culture, and what to expect in general.Many maps and illustrations add an additional dimension of clarity to the excellent text.- Steve Pickering at DoctorCruise.com

    5-0 out of 5 stars All You Need
    This is all you need to plan your time while on your Alaska cruise.I wanted a book that would enable me to make decisions about where to go when in port, what to see, what to not bother with, and how to amuse myself and my family.Like everybody taking a cruise, we wanted to get as much out of it as possible!This book is an indispensable guide to what you will see on your Alaska cruise.It describes the various ports of call, has maps of the towns, suggestions for what to do with your free time, what not to miss.Having this book precluded me from lugging around 3 different books and grabbing all those touristy brochures along the way.Have you chosen Alaska for your cruise destination?Then take this book along.Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have reference for any Alaska cruise.
    Anne Vipond's straightforward style, well-conceived organization, and excellent content make this book indispensable for Alaska-bound cruisers.Anne patiently describes all the major cruise ports in Alaska and theInside Passage.The detailed town maps with keys to the text descriptionsare excellent.Descriptions of various attractions meaty, yet brief.Thething that is most attractive about this book is its focus on activitiesinteresting to cruisers, as opposed to the long list of hotels andrestaurants common in other guide books.Anyone taking a cruise to Alaskawill find this book invaluable.It seems to be the only referenceavailable that provides assistance in planning your trip to make maximumbenefit from your time in each port. ... Read more


    12. Thomas Guide 2005 Los Angeles and Orange Counties Street Guide: Spiral Binding (Los Angeles and Orange Counties Street Guide)
    by Rand McNally
    list price: $34.95
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    Asin: 0528956027
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-15)
    Publisher: Rand McNally & Company
    Sales Rank: 7453
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    13. Above San Francisco: A New Collection of Historical and Original Aerial Photographs
    by Robert Cameron, Arthur Hoppe, Arthur Watterson Hoppe
    list price: $29.50
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    Asin: 0918684730
    Catlog: Book (1998-06)
    Publisher: Cameron & Company
    Sales Rank: 27402
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    San Francisco,

    For more than a century, writers and poets have tried desperately to grasp the elusive Camelot. It is, perhaps, more a quest for a photographer. Surely its God-given beauty has never been more thoroughly captured than in these exquisite photographs by Robert Cameron. From his helicopter soaring over this idyllic setting, Bob Cameron has looked down with a God-like eye and recorded with his camera what God sees. He has recorded it for you, gentle reader, and for generations yet to come. Here in these pages is proof that, yes, once there was a Camelot.

    With introduction and text by Art Hoppe. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Photos
    This is a great photo book of the San Fransico bay area. It includes just about every area around, including San Jose, Oakland, Stanford, etc. It has photos of the city, Silicon Valley and most of the major Computer companies and chip makers such as Intel and AMD. Living in this area, I really like this book as I can see what my area looks like and there are a lot of photos, including every major bay bridge.
    ...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice, but really "Bay Area from Above"
    Very nice. Title should be "Bay Area from Above." It covers Silicon Valley, San Mateo, Marin, and many other parts of Bay Area -- with SF. My only complaint is the 25 overhead views of wineries out of 200 pages -- they all look pretty much the same... Overall, a very good book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is totally awesome
    I love the before and after pictures contrasting the same street now vs. 100 years ago. Susan likes it too! ... Read more


    14. Here It Is! The Route 66 Map Series
    by Jerry McClanahan, Jim Ross
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    Asin: 0967748119
    Catlog: Book (1994-04-15)
    Publisher: Ghost Town Press
    Sales Rank: 12709
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    This is the newly updated and acclaimed map series to historic Route 66 by nationally known road historians Jerry McClanahan and Jim Ross. Designed for today's tourists, this packaged set of eight fold-out roadmaps, one for each Route 66 state, provides a "through" route and offers clear, detailed driving directions as motorists take the historic journey down America's legendary highway. Generously illustrated with original nostalgia art, points of interest and historical text, these are the only accurate, documented, maps to today's Route 66 in existence. Freshly updated for the year 2000, the Route 66 Map Series is an absolute must for every cruiser. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars THE Guide to the Mother Road
    Throughout my 10 year interest in Route 66, I've read just about every guidebook there is that will get you from Chicago to Santa Monica. Hands down, Here It Is! The Route 66 Map Series is not only the best bang for your buck, but it's also the most accurate. Sure, fancy slick pages with nice color photos are nice to look at in most guidebooks on the market, but they won't do you much good when they misdirect you. Jim & Jerry have created the standard all guidebooks should follow.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It got us there in the end!
    The maps as a whole were very good but unless you have travelled Route 66 before and know the road well some of the directions were very vague in places and it was up to us to guess which way to turn (and possibly got lost)!

    With some guess work and with the help of the maps we managed to completed Route 66 with no worries!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worked like a charm!
    Just back from nine-day trip from Chicago to Southern California on Route 66. This set of maps was our main guide to The Mother Road. Artwork seems crude, but when you get out there and start driving you'll find that it's generally sufficient, and when you get in trouble (translation: Lost, it happens to all of us sometimes!) the written description is enough to get you back on track!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Try... "It's Here"!
    "It's Here" was the comment from 2 young guys touring Route 66 that bought the maps at Lucille's. Lucille said they sat in her drive way and looked up several places they wanted to see and were thrilled that everything was on them. So.. It's Here perfectly describes "Here It Is", a project thoroughly and accurately covered.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't do Route 66 without it!
    Last year me and a friend rode Route 66 on our Vespa scooters. There is no way we could have followed the old road without it. The directions are easy to follow, and the drawings are nice to look at. The only thing I would change is to add directions for some of the lesser known alignments listed, such as the nine foot wide sections in Oklahoma. I guess that would take up too much room though. A group of my friends and I are doing 66 on scooters again this year. I have told each person particiating to get a copy of this map set. You should too, if you plan to drive or ride Route 66. ... Read more


    15. Wandering Home : A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape:Vermont's ChamplainValley and New York's Adirondacks (Crown Journeys)
    by BILL MCKIBBEN
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    Asin: 0609610732
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
    Publisher: Crown
    Sales Rank: 5693
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Three Week Walk In The Woods
    Mt Abraham in Vermont has a beautiful view to the west, to the Champlain Valley and Lake Champlain. Here is where environmentalist, Bill McKibben starts his walk from one home in Vermont to another home in New York State. This is not a book about a walk from country to city, no; this is a walk in the country to the country through the most amazing woodland in the East, the Adirondacks.

    Bill McKibben starts his walk from his home in Ripton, Vermont near the famous Middlebury College where he has a post. Between Ripton and Johnsburg, New York where he finished his walk, we meet the most fascinating environmentalists and friends and glimpse through Bill's view the glorious vistas. This is a novel that takes you into the land. Through out the book, I could picture in my mind what Bill McKibben was actually seeing, his prose is so vivid.He has a love of his land and all land, and that comes through loud and clear. However, he is also quite truthful about the life he and his family live. They know they have a wonderful life, and his righteousness only goes so far. He benefits from what he calls "the systematic abuse of the planet".Cheap food, cheap energy and cheap wood are in abundance. He and his wife have tried to rein themselves in, they have one child, drive a modest hybrid car, and have a solar home.His friends take turns walking with him. The President of Greenpeace and other people involved in environmental groups walk and talk and tell tales of their exploits.

    The most interesting portions of the book are those tales told by the people who live on the land, and the stories of their ancestors.In Lock Muller, a small town in New York, a giant white pine shades the ground, and from it hangs a sign:

    "On this site in 1845 this pine tree, a sapling of twelve years, was transplanted
    by me, at he age of twelve years. Seventy-five years I have watched and protected
    it. In my advancing years it has given me rest and comfort.Woodman spare that
    tree, touch not a single bough, In youth it sheltered me, and I'll protect it now."
    Pascal P Warren, June 14, 1920

    Teddy Roosevelt loved New York State, and he loved the Adirondacks the most. He loved climbing the mountains, and it was on such a mountain that he learned that due to an accident he was now the President of the United States. As Governor of New York, he preserved much of the Adirondacks and it became state land, not to be touched and left in pristine condition. Bill McKibben discusses the logging of the land, and the safe conservation of our land.He gives us much of the past history of the Adirondacks, and the people who inhabit the small towns and villages throughout.This is a lovely book, we walk along with the author, and feel like his neighbor.He tells us stories, and we meet his friends and yearn to see his land as he sees it.This is a wise book that gives us hope. Highly recommended. prisrob
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    16. Malibu : A Century of Living by the Sea
    by Julius Shulman, Juergen Nogai
    list price: $50.00
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    Asin: 0810958856
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Harry N Abrams
    Sales Rank: 37146
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    Renowned Southern California architectural photographer Julius Shulman began exploring Malibu in 1929. Nearly 80 years later, he is still bringing back pictures of paradise—except that the pristine landscape is now a backdrop for luxury homes. In Malibu: A Century of Living by the Sea, more than 300 lush vintage and new photographs by Shulman and his collaborator Juergen Nogai capture the look and feel of a private Shangri-La. While many of the homes were designed by architects with local and international reputations--including James Moore, Frank Gehry and Richard Meier--the book also conveys the quirky flavor of do-it-yourself designs that hark back to the beach town's beginnings. A brief historical section describes how a Massachusetts millionaire's $10-per-acre land purchase was transformed into the Malibu Film Colony. Beginning in 1924, 30-foot-wide oceanfront lots were rented to Hollywood stars, who built modest weekend hideaways. Once ownership restrictions were lifted, the style parade began. In 1948, Modernist architect Welton Becket designed a flat-roofed beach house for his family with broad expanses of glass facing the ocean and a deep roof overhang to protect against the dazzling sun. Twenty years later, John Lautner worked his magic on a narrow lot by designing a towering curved concrete shell—like a surf rider's wave—enclosing the floor-to-ceiling glass facade of Stevens House. Before land costs became prohibitive, artists and musicians often designed their own homes in eclectic, personal styles that incorporated local crafts, or even an oak tree growing in the living room. Local architects developed inventive ways of handling difficult sites, the constant threat of fire and the requirements of the California Coastal Commission. And the super-rich built their palaces, ranging from a crenellated monstrosity called The Castle Kashan to an 7,000-square-foot modular compound designed by Bart Prince. Invitingly packaged, except for the hard-to-read gray type, Malibu is above all a showcase for Shulman's signature manipulation of sunlight and shadow to reveal architectural form. —-Cathy Curtis ... Read more


    17. Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon
    by Michael P. Ghiglieri, Thomas M. Myers
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    Asin: 097009731X
    Catlog: Book (2001-05-25)
    Publisher: Puma Pr
    Sales Rank: 7851
    Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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    Gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World's Seven Natural Wonders.

    Two veterans of decades of adventuring in Grand Canyon chronicle the first complete and comprehensive history of Canyon misadventures. These episodes span the entire era of visitation from the time of the first river exploration by John Wesley Powell and his crew of 1869 to that of tourists falling off its rims in Y2K.

    These accounts of the 550 people who have met untimely deaths in the Canyon set a new high water mark for offering the most astounding array of adventures, misadventures, and life saving lessons published between any two covers. Over the Edge promises to be the most intense yet informative book on Grand Canyon ever written. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Respect The Canyon
    I haven't been to the Canyon yet, but it's on my list of destinations to make in my lifetime. After reading "Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon" I'll know to be careful when I get there. I was unaware that the place is so hazardous--other than the obvious, that a fall off the edge is likely fatal. I read the book for the reason I assume the authors (and certainly the publisher) expect people to read it: morbid curiosity. And I suspected that was going to be the intellectual depth of their work. I was wrong.

    The book is not highbrow literature by any stretch, but there is more research invested than I expected. The writers, Michael Ghiglieri and Thomas Myers, both experienced canyoneers, exert maximum effort to dissect the statistics and draw conclusions about the causes of death and what steps individuals and/or regulatory agencies might do to prevent more. This level of detail may be a turnoff to some readers, but I found it interesting and useful.

    The authors can rest assured they've written an entertaining book that, through its popularity, might even help prevent an unnecessary death someday. ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Over the Edge
    This book is a must read for anyone planning to venture into the Grand Canyon. It chronicles every known death in the canyon and on its rims. Morbid? Perhaps, but the book's real aim is to keep you the reader from making the sorts of decisions that have led to hundreds of people's deaths.

    The fatal incidents are grouped into categories: falls from the rim, falls within the canyon, heat/dehydration, drowning, etc. Some cases are covered in just a sentence or two; others are described in riveting detail. It's a hard book to put down.

    Having made 15 backpacking trips into the canyon, most of them a week long, I figured I knew everything there was to know about safe and sensible behavior in the canyon. But even for me this book was a real eye-opener. For someone going to the canyon for the first time or the hundredth time, "Over the Edge" just might be a life-saver.

    5-0 out of 5 stars death
    i really liked this book,cause it told me everything about the canyon that a traverler, really needs to know before he goes there,the canyon is the most beautifull sight to behold in all its glory,its really amazing, and majestic,but at the same time it can be dangerous,we must have a respect for the canyon, this book will not only tell you about the dangers from falling,and drowning,but will tell you the full history of the grand canyon,these are events that really took place,i hope that everyone who intends to visit the grand canyon,will read this book first,so they can enjoy all the grand canyon has to offer,and live to tell about it....

    5-0 out of 5 stars Preserve your Life; read this book!
    Having just returned from my second cross-canyon hike, and my third trip to the bottom of Grand Canyon, I say this simply: BUY AND READ THIS BOOK BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR TRIP! I was somewhat surprised to find that the book contains much, much more than just tales of death. The two authors are supremely qualified to write about the canyon: One is a former ranger there, and the other is a former doctor there, and both have hiked extensively for years there. The advice they give is some of the best I've ever read in any source, and their explanations of phenomena like flash floods, for example, are the best I've ever seen. I wish I had read this book before my first trip, which was done with an overweight pack and too little knowledge. My last trip was better, with a pack that weighed 33 pounds (vs the 65 of the first one).
    BUY and READ this book!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous reading!
    Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, I have visited the Canyon numerous times throughout my life. And the one question that has always been with me when I see the Canyon is "How many people fall off each year?". In the gift shop of El Tovar, I discovered this book, however, was stuck paying the gift shop price!! The book not only answered my rather morbid question; it took me on a complete journey of stories of those with poor judgement, freak accidents, and those who were just innocent victims of the unknown in such a tremendous place. It is such an eye opener to all of those who have been to the Canyon...and also for those planning to someday visit! I would even be as to so bold so say that those who haven't been to the Canyon SHOULD read this book before entering...it could possibly save your life. This is one of the greatest books I have ever read...and will recommend it to all who are interested in learning a completely different, if not macabre version of what should be a fun, relaxing, family vacation spot! ... Read more


    18. Chowhound's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area, The
    by Chowhound
    list price: $18.00
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    Asin: 0143034413
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
    Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
    Sales Rank: 7870
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    With more than 740,000 visitors a month, Chowhound.com has become a favorite source of information for those who want to take their dining experiences off the beaten path.So why should San Francisco eaters limit their choices to the same old locales found in most restaurant guides?As fun to read as it is comprehensive, The Chowhound's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area is all about finding the perfect bite for every occasion, focusing on the undiscovered gems that will generate tomorrow's buzz.From the best Chinatown noodle shops and secret tamale ladies to sumptuous sushi meccas and sensational stock-up stops for a romantic Sonoma picnic, this is the richest treasure trove of San Francisco restaurants, cafes, take-out counters, delis, farmer's markets, and food carts ever compiled. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The guidebook that covers the Bay Area from A to Z

    You will never be at a loss for fantastic food finds when using this book.

    From the best dishes at Alfred's Steakhouse to Zuni, it covers everything in between, from the finest French Bistros to "Tops under Three Dollars".

    In addition extensive coverage of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley, there are suggestions for restaurants from as far south as Salinas, east as Vacaville and north as Napa/Sonoma.

    There are great indexes at the end by restaurant name, by neighborhood and by cuisine.

    Even the seemingly random organization of the book makes sense. Arranged alphabetically, if you are looking for Sonoma or soup, look toward the S section. Looking for Chinese or crepes, try looking under the entries with a C.

    If you want to go to the places that are not repeated in every other guidebook and would like to eat like a real San Franciscan, this book is for you. Also, I've found it to be more up to date than the other guides. This is the best of the San Francisco guide books.

    The few negative customer reviews about the book can be applied to any guidebook. To me, those reviews seem confused.As they say, the Chowhound website is great to find wonderful places and things to eat. This book is a compilation of the best of that information.

    As someone who has participated on Chowhound for many years,I know you will eat deliciously using these tasty tips.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love it...
    I really wanted to love this book from Chowhound. Unfortunately, I found, like many others, that it:

    1 - is very poorly organized

    2 - seems to be written for the express use of chowhound.com regulars (typical users won't understand the arcane structure).

    3 - is a fine resource for people dining alone, but not particularly helpful as a guide for those people looking for a true city dining guide. It focuses on very narrow niches, but doesn't provide guidance on the dishes that are NOT the pinnacle dishes at a restaurant.

    Chowhound, the website, is a great resource. Keep hitting the "print" button on your computer to store the tips that are relevant and interesting for you -- there is no reason to purchase a book with outdated information, poor organization, and a general disdain for anyone NOT planning their trip to San Francisco around food.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Lost in Translation: A balanced, Shillless Review
    Jim Leff, Chowhound's creator, includes a long disclaimerin this book's introduction. "Don't trust this book", he says. He even describes all of the food tips themselves as "iffy". This is one point on which I agree with him and it leads me to wonder if this book has much use or value at all to the casual user. If it's iffy, why buy it?
    The format of the book, a guide to eating good food in the San Francisco Bay Area,is a visual mess and difficult to navigate, just like the Chowhound.com website itself. I did discover some real gems of information like Melanie Wong's important message about duck juice but it was hard work finding them and more often than not I was just confused.
    The book containsdiscrepancies, anomalies, inaccurate information and strange choices. But I think the major problems are the bad layout and the fact that the entries are extrememly dated. Everything moves so fast in the world of food.
    Aside from the most loyal of Chowhounders and obsessed good-food-foragers, I think the more general public just won't 'get' the cluttered, muddled confused format. I don't think people will be prepared to make the investment (time or money) needed to find the good bits amongst the chaos when they can find out the same kind of info online easily where it will be much more current and freely available.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This Guide Book Needs a Guide Book...
    Oh boy, I've never been so misguided by a guide book in my life, and believe me, I own lots and lots of guide books.This thing is already outdated.A few restaurants have been out of business since the books publishing (not Chowhound's fault), key restaurants have been left out or miscategorized and the format of the book is like a Mr. Magoo tour of SF.What gives?I was really excited about this book.I love Chowhound.com but I can't with good conscience recommend this ten car pileup of a guide book.The only reason to buy it is to help out Chowhound...but honestly, just donate money to them.I can't believe that I'm saying this but I'd rather use a Zagat.Oh well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Guide to SFCHOW!
    Chowhound's Guide is a tremendous resource for everything from upscale to hole-in-the-wall restaurants but the focus is on GOOD FOOD! The book covers almost 1,000 food establishments in the San Francisco Bay Area from restaurants covering dozens of cuisines to many entries in the following categories:

    * Taco Trucks/Street Carts
    * Bakeries
    * Farmers Markets
    * Ice Cream Shops
    * Cheese Shops
    * Wine Shops & Wineries

    The layout of the book at first appears to be a little chaotic but you quickly get used to it. The book is distilled from the gargantuan web site - CHOWHOUND.COM.But this book has one ofthe best indexes for finding what you want - the index alone is nearly 100 pages.

    It's much hipper and more up to date than Zagat's!

    In addition to being an excellent restaurant guide - it's a great read!
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    19. Chowhound's Guide to the New York Tristate Area, The
    by Chowhound
    list price: $18.00
    our price: $12.24
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    Asin: 0143034405
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
    Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
    Sales Rank: 3150
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    With more than 740,000 visitors a month, Chowhound.com has become a favorite source of information for those who want to take their dining experiences off the beaten path. Few places on earth offer as many culinary opportunities as New York City, a town virtually synonymous with culinary variety, but many of its most unique dining experiences have remained unheralded-until now.From Chowhound.com comes the essential guide for anyone interested in a mouth-watering gastronomical adventure.The collective work of thousands of savvy food experts who have scoured every area of New York-as well as New Jersey and Connecticut-The Chowhound's Guide to the New York Tristate Area will satisfy every conceivable craving.Ignoring conventional wisdom, this guide will clue you in to L'Ecole's early bird service-where the teachers cook instead of the students-as well as the lowdown on the Arepa Lady's soulful corn cakes under the #7 train tracks.Reported with passion and humor, this is by far the richest chow treasure trove ever compiled. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Save a Tree.Log-on instead!
    What a mess!Well, the Chowhound board on the internet is a mess but that's part of the fun - the digging, hunting, and eureka, finding!!But in a book, it's annoying.In a GUIDE BOOK, it's extra heartburn aggravating.Hello, editor, major revision next time.It's fun to read but that's because Chowhound's users are fun and interesting.Chowhound should give everyone t-shirts or a percentage because without them this book is as confused as Paris Hilton's autobiography.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a hipper Zagats
    A Chowhound's Guide is a tremendous resource for everything from upscale to hole-in-the-wall restaurants but the focus is on GOOD FOOD!

    It's much hipper and more up to date than Zagat's!

    The layout of the book at first appears to be a little chaotic but you quickly get used to it sorta of like the Chowhound.com web site, from which this book is distilled.When you think about restaurant guidebooks no order is really sufficient whether it's by restaurant name, by cuisine, or by neighborhood.But this book has one ofthe best indexes for finding what you want - the index alone is over 100 pages.

    In addition to being an excellent restaurant guide - it's a great read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a useful book!
    Just open the book at random and you will be almost sure to find helpful information that you can use -- the book is packed to bursting with it. If you would rather seek out a specific craving, the indexing and cross-referencing is top-notch. A true joy -- I just got the book this afternoon and already I have 3 new places on my list to try for lunch.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Food Is My Porn; The Chowhound Guide Is My Kama Sutra
    Unbeknownst by my employers, I have been addictively surfing the Chowhound.com web site daily and repeatedly within a given day (workday or not) for years and am a satisfied, although un-sated subscriber of the weekly ChowNews.The Chowhound Guide is ChowNews on steroids.This is not a typical restaurant guide book, it is a series of narrative dining descriptions and listings (both short and long) of where a hungry `hound can find deliciousness of every kind.It is written not by professionals who are paid to eat, but by lusty, full of life food lovers who live to eat all that is delicious.

    I love that I can read this book just for the pleasure of it and plan to use it as bed-time reading material, like a chocolate left on the coverlet of a bed, it will end my day with a smile in my heart and dreams of meals to come.Lastly, the indexing of this book is fantastic, when my left brain kicks in I have a useful, portable chow-resource.I have already sent copies of the book as gifts to business colleagues, who all have to eat, and who have all benefited and appreciated the chow tips gleaned from Chowhound.com that I have passed along to them in the past.Now they will have a copy of the chow treasure map for themselves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you want to eat Manhattan....
    This is a great guide for anyone visiting New York, New Jersey or Connecticut and wants to know where to find the good grub. A lot of hidden gems and out of the way places that you'd never know about from other sources are listed here.

    It's like a portable version of the Chowhound Web site. ... Read more


    20. Birnbaum's Walt Disney World for Kids, by Kids 2005 (Birnbaum's Walt Disney World for Kids By Kids)
    by Birnbaum
    list price: $12.95
    our price: $9.71
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: 0786854294
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: Disney Editions
    Sales Rank: 9744
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    Book Description

    Children are perhaps Walt Disney World's biggest fans. Eavesdrop on any playground or classroom, and you're bound to hear excited talk about who went to Walt Disney World and what they did each day-or minute. Kids can be wonderful sources of information, and our book is written specifically for children who range in age from 8 to 14. ... Read more


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