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About the author:
Scott Stone is a long-time resident and champion of New York City, when not traveling. He resides there with his wife Zehua, who shares his enthusiasm for travel. Since college graduation, Stone has held executive positions in both magazine publishing and the cruise industry. A "man for all seasons," he has varied interests from opera, jazz and art, to sports and cuisine. His greatest passion continues to be travel, especially to remote destinations that are culturally rich with indigenous minority groups and dramatic landscapes.
A Passion-For-Life Memoir Backpacking Around the World
INSATIABLE is a compelling, deeply personal memoir of my over two years backpacking around the world. The book sparkles with life, shimmers with truth; and shines with hope, humanity and high humor.
The year was 1976. It all began with a trans-Atlantic crossing on the QE2 luxury liner; a college graduation gift from my proud parents. It was to be a brief ten day trip, focused on London and Paris. But all that was to change . . .
Once in London the world opened up . . . I was filled with a profound sense of wonderment that all things were possible. I felt my sensibilities exploding with a passion-for-living. A visceral rush consumed me with an insatiable thirst and curiosity to explore and discover more.
This was the beginning of the best decision of my lifetime: to travel on.
With my life savings ($914), I was determined to travel as long and as far as possible. I wanted a "global odyssey." With little money, but with lots of grit, grace, and ingenuity, I backpacked around the world (thirty-four countries) on less than $2 a day. My travels included: Europe, North Africa, and across overland Asia to India; Southeast Asia and on to the Orient.
I left just a kid out of college. I would return a RICH MAN with a "WEALTH OF LIVING."
And $11 in my pocket.
INSATIABLE contains thirty-five true stories (chapters) all taken from my personal travel journals. Some of the representative titles include:
. Last Night in Paris
. Hunger's Drive to Desperate Deeds: I was Shameless
. Austria: Snow Shoveling Czar
. Morocco: Bat Cave at Knife Point
. Brittany Belly Buster
. Munich Trolley Stalker
. What's a Guy Like You Doing In a Place Like This?
. Titian Art Treasures Leads to Botticelli Beauty
. Istanbul: Crosswords of the Backpacker's Universe
. Burma: My Buddhist Savoir - Hero
. Afghanistan: Romance and Rapture in the Hindu Kush
. India: Hindu Pilgrimage on Being Deified
These riveting stories embrace a broad spectrum of raw life experiences from the "sublime to the ridiculous" to the "agony and the ecstacy"; from the death-defying, to the sensual and romantic; to the other-worldly; and "outrageously funny."
A rich, varied tapestry of the stories is woven together from different times, different places, different people, situations and settings; creating an electric vibrancy and dynamic diversity. This powerful memoir will resonate strongly with its diverse readers:
. From a first-time backpacker with aspirations to travel the world.
. To the discerning arm chair vicarious traveler equipped with a first-rate imagination, and seeks first-rate travel prose.
. To the pragmatist who wants a "how to" book full of value wisdom, and nuts n' bolts solid advise for the traveler; such as how to travel on a tight budget, and how to connect and make close, meaningful contact with the various people of the world.
INSATIABLE resonates with anyone and everyone. This must read memoir transcends travel: It is for anyone that has a passion for life and for everyone wants a hell of a great read.
Let me share this once-in-a-lifetime journey with you, my valued reader. Open the book! Embrace travel! Embrace life! Let the magic begin!
- Publication Date:
- 1500665878 / 9781500665876
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Travel / Essays & Travelogues