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Unconquered, The: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes

Brazilian Whacks Author: Scott Wallace Generally speaking, I’d be up for visiting most parts of the planet (excluding the ones that aren’t currently at war or experiencing a natural disaster). But I think I might have to draw the line at the Amazon jungle after reading Scott Wallace’s harrowing nonfiction account, The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes. While most people wouldn’t want to endure the hardships, starvation, and murderous flora and fauna that Wallace encountered on a seemingly hourly basis during his jungle trek, it does make for a thrilling tale of high adventure, best enjoyed [...]

2016-12-31T17:56:48-07:00September 20th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , |

A Different Kind of Amazon

Nine times out of ten, if I'm saying "books" and "Amazon" in the same sentence, I'm talking about the kind with free super saver shipping. But this time, I just finished a double header of books about the Amazon jungle — and the horrors I encountered therein have convinced me to keep my ass planted firmly on the couch for the remainder of my sedentary but not-eaten-by-crocodiles life. First I read Ann Patchett's State of Wonder, in which a team of research scientists studying a native tribe's miracle fertility drug disappears into the jungle for months, then years. The pharmaceutical [...]

2016-12-31T17:59:10-07:00August 28th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , |

Why I (Still) Don’t Have a Kindle

Update: Reader, I purchased one! Read all about my still-going-strong love affair with my Kindle Touch. For the last several years, I’ve had to gently remind friends, coworkers, and family that I don’t own an iPhone. (Until 2011, in fact, I didn’t even have a smartphone – more on that later – and now that I finally do, it’s actually an Android.) “You don’t?” they would say, in tones ranging from confusion to accusation. “Sure you do – I’ve seen you use it!” Actually, what they saw was me using my distinctly less fancy, wifi-powered iTouch (which I only own [...]

2016-12-31T17:57:51-07:00September 9th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , |
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