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An American traveler : true tales of adventure, travel, and sports
White, Randy Wayne.
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Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, [2003]

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197 pages ; 24 cm
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G465 .W49 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An American Traveler comprises more than a dozen essays by former fishing guide and best-selling novelist Randy Wayne White. White, creator of the Doc Ford eco-thriller series, has produced an eclectic mix of pieces with a singular, driving theme: A so-called "safe" sedentary life is as predacious as slow cancer. In this book, White demonstrates by example that the fun, the drama, the craziness of exploration -- internal and external -- is a singularly important part of the human experience. White dives with great white sharks in South Africa, but his love and concern for his two sons, who are traveling with him, generates powerful and subtle undertones that carry throughout the book, and makes this far more than a collection of travel-adventure narratives. White hangs out in Australia with the Crocodile Hunter, he writes about the late Peter Blake and the New Zealand sailing team, he jogs the Mayan ruins of Guatemala, and he battles insects in his backyard garden. He's the lead sledder for an entry in the US toboggan championships, he explores Vietnam (and gets lost jogging in Hanoi) -- and just as powerfully explores what it's like to reach middle age.

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Randy Wayne White was born in Ashland, Ohio in 1950. He is an outdoorsman, journalist, and novelist. He worked for the Fort Myers News-Press for four years before becoming a light-tackle fishing guide at Tarpon Bay Marina in Sanibel Island, Florida for thirteen years. His first articles on travel, natural history, archaeology, anthropology, and politics were published in Outside Magazine. He also writes a bimonthly column for Men's Health magazine.

His first novel, Sanibel Flats, was published in 1991. He writes the Doc Ford series as well as non-fiction books including Batfishing in the Rainforest: Strange Tales of Travel and Fishing, An American Traveler: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Sport, and Last Flight Out: True Tales of Adventure, Travel, and Fishing. He also writes under the names of Randy Striker and Carl Ramm. In 2015 his title Cuba Straits made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
The Gold Medallionp. 1
The Big Queasyp. 11
The Back of Beyondp. 21
The Lightning Stalker Strikes Againp. 29
No More Curse of the Sheepherdersp. 37
Let There Be Lightp. 47
Embraced by the Strangler Figp. 55
Top Guns of Tobogganingp. 63
Croco%#@! Dundeep. 71
Tomato Warsp. 83
Half Manp. 91
Running Toursp. 99
Shark from a Kayakp. 109
Journey into Middle Agep. 117
When Fear Hits the Highwayp. 125
The Justice Leaguep. 131
John D. MacDonaldp. 137
Poison Ivyp. 147
Life of the Camp-outp. 155
Gift of the Gamep. 159