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Abducting a General
As dawn breaks over Crete, a few rays reach inside a cave sheltering a rag-tag band of British soldiers and their Cretan comrades. Among them, a captive German captain looks out at the majestic landscape and begins quoting a bit of verse from Horace. One of his captors, British Major Patrick Leigh Fermor, sits up and completes the ode, a personal favorite. Does the scene sound familiar? The story-turned-legend of Fermor’s successful 1944 abduction of General Kreipe from Nazi-held Crete has been told before. Rick Stroud recently laid out the historical context—the Battle of Crete and ensuing German occupation—in Kidnap in Crete. Much earlier, Fermor’s fellow co-conspirator Billy Moss wrote his account in 
North Yungas Road, Bolivia
Kindly contributed by writer, producer and traveler J. Ryan Stradal. His debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest follows the life of Eva Thorvald from birth to ascent as a celebrity chef through the eyes of the people in her life, a range of quirky characters representative of the great Midwest. Largely set in Minnesota, the book detours through Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota.
  I have never been a thrill-seeker. My idea of an exciting vacation is a boutique winery tour, languishing at a sidewalk cafe or several quiet hours inside a museum. I like my caravans calm and my voices low.
A Walk in the Woods
Fans of Bill Bryson’s book A Walk in the Woods, in which the satirical travel writer tackles (or tries to, anyway) the whole of the Appalachian Trail, won’t want to miss the new film adaptation, starring Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson and, of course, Robert Redford as Bryson, in theaters September 2. Also recently released: 13 folded
Wild
Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed's memoir about her dramatic trek along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Wild, has been out for awhile now, but it's seeing a resurgence in readers with the release of the new film starring Reese Witherspoon as the inexperienced young hiker.
Inside Tracks

Read the book, watch the film! A recently released major motion picture brings to life Robyn Davidson’s classic travelogue Tracks, the story of a young woman’s epic journey by camel across the formidable Australian Outback. Davidson arrived in the Outback with a dog, a little cash, and she managed to find and train some camels (feral in Australian desert since the 19th century) to carry her on her journey. Her absorbing account of her almost 2,000 mile trek across the desert is a tale of true adventure shot through with a feel for the landscape and empathy for the Aboriginal people she meets along the way.

The Galapagos Affair: Read the Book, See the Film
In 1929, Friedrich Ritter, a German doctor obsessed with Nietzschean romanticism, and his partner in solitude Dore Strauch, settled on the uninhabited Floreana Island in the Galapagos. When news of this unlikely “Adam and Eve” leaked back in their native country, some saw the social experiment as a chance to live in paradise.