Encounters in Hawai'i Where the Tour Bus Never Runs
Peter S. Adler
A collection of contemporary Hawaiian essays
"A gorgeous job...I looked forward to reading it day by day, drawn not by some compelling narrative plot but by the caliber of the writing, the philosophizing, the exploring and the scenery just plain old-fashioned reading at its best. This book should be on everyone's bedside table."
"Adler fits comfortably into that naturalist- philosopher-essayist tradition whose roots run from Thoreau to Dillard. Whether describing a day's hike up Mauna Loa, a contest for a state fish, or Kaho'olawe, the small "wounded island" long used by the Navy for target practice, Adler's vision is clear, his prose often lyrical."
284 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. First published in 1993 by Ox Bow Press.
Paper $16. ISBN 1-881987-01-9
|An Island To Oneself
"One of the classic books of the South Pacific."
"An unforgettable tale of peril, beauty, and solitude..."
What we have all now and then dreamed of doing, Tom Neale didgo and live alone on a desert island. For years while storekeeping in the South Pacific, he planned, read and talked until the great day when he was landed on his little kingdom, aware of, but undismayed by the fact that he would have to struggle with the full strength of body and mind to survive. Neale's gripping account of his years spent alone on Suvarov is an unforgettable tale of peril, beauty, and solitude.
255 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4. Reprint of first edition published 1966.
Cloth $24.95 ISBN 0-918024-76-5
"Captain Riesenberg's Cape Horn is...one of the truly great contributions to the literature of the sea..."
The New York Times
"A grand big volume for mariners, whether old salts or armchair sailors."
The New Yorker
Long out of print, Riesenberg's Cape Horn is one of those monumental books that surrounds a subject. The story of the Cape Horn region, including the Straits of Magellan, from the days of the first discoverers, through the glorious age of sail, to the present time; recounting the exploits of Magellan, Drake, Schouten, Fitzroy, Darwin, Melville, and many others. A splendid narrative by a professional mariner who knew his subject backwards and forwards , and who rounded the Cape himself, this book makes Cape Horn real to those who have never been there and will give a chill of recognition to those who have.
468 + xii pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 . Reprint of first edition printed in 1939.
Cloth $39.95 ISBN 1-881987-04-3
|Bone Hunters in Patagonia
J. B. Hatcher
"...a rhapsodic yet blood-and-guts overture to an early masterpiece... ranks with the South American sections of Darwin's Voyage in its mixture of adventure, adversity and natural history."
In 1896 paleontologist John Bell Hatcher set off to collect the wondrous fossils rumored to be found in the harsh and often hostile mountains and plains of Patagonia. Bone Hunters in Patagonia is Hatcher's account of his remarkable three-year expedition. In form and content, it reads much like a continuation of Charles Darwin's Patagonian reports in Voyage of the Beagle. Yet, in many ways, Hatcher is the more interesting author, a man "driven beyond the limits of civilization to study nature in her true form."
209 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition published 1903.
Paper $22. ISBN 0-918024-37-4
Cloth $32. ISBN 0-918024-36-6
|Fifty South to Fifty South Back In Print!!!
Warwick M. Tompkins
Record of the voyage of the Wander Bird, an eighty-five-foot pilot boat, around Cape Horn. Captain Tompkins had sailed the Wander Bird over 80,000 miles before he attempted this trip, which began at Tangier and ended at San Francisco.
268 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. 111 Photographs. Reprint of first edition published 1938.
Paper $24.95 ISBN 1-881987-16-7
|Oxtail Soup for the Island Soul
by Peter S. Adler
"Adler writes with heart and humor about the texture of daily life and the web of relationships that bind island folks together in unpredictable ways. Oxtail Soup is a rich broth. Each chapter ads to the flavor."
"Adler brings curiosity, humor, reflection, and a love for the islands to the task. Oxtail Soup for the Island Soul is wonderful reading - and full of wonders. It belongs on the bookshelves of those who never tire of these Hawaiian Islands."
In Hawaii, everything - people, land, and culture - is connected. Oxtail Soup is all about the bonds and habits that tie things together. It is a celebration of community, the kind we once all lived in, the kind that still exists in far away places.
192 pages, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2. First published in 2001 by Ox Bow Press.
Paper $12.95 ISBN: 1-881987-20-5
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