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eBook Friday: Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, by David Lipsky

In David Lipsky’s view, David Foster Wallace was the best young writer in America. Wallace’s pieces for Harper’s magazine in the ’90s were, according to Lipsky, “like hearing for the first time the brain voice of everybody I knew: Here was how we all talked, experienced, thought. It was like smelling the damp in the air, seeing the first flash from a storm a mile away. You knew something gigantic was coming.”

Then Rolling Stone sent Lipsky to join Wallace on the last leg of his book tour for Infinite Jest, the novel that made him internationally famous. They lose to each other at chess. They get iced-in at an airport. They dash to Chicago to catch a make-up flight. They endure a terrible reader’s escort in Minneapolis. Wallace does a reading, a signing, an NPR appearance. Wallace gives in and imbibes titanic amounts of hotel television (what he calls an “orgy of spectation”). They fly back to Illinois, drive home, walk Wallace’s dogs. Amid these everyday events, Wallace tells Lipsky remarkable things—everything he can about his life, how he feels, what he thinks, what terrifies and fascinates and confounds him—in the writing voice Lipsky had come to love. Lipsky took notes, stopped envying him, and came to feel about him—that grateful, awake feeling—the same way he felt about Infinite Jest. Then Lipsky heads to the airport, and Wallace goes to a dance at a Baptist church.

A biography in five days, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself is David Foster Wallace as few experienced this great American writer. Told in his own words, here is Wallace’s own story, and his astonishing, humane, alert way of looking at the world; here are stories of being a young writer—of being young generally—trying to knit together your ideas of who you should be and who other people expect you to be, and of being young in March of 1996. And of what it was like to be with and—as he tells it—what it was like to become David Foster Wallace.

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eBook Friday: North Carolina Weekends

North Carolina Weekends, by Lynn Setzer:


During her 10 years as a North Carolina travel writer, Lynn Setzer has seen all the state’s places in all of their seasons. Some of her favorite things? Enjoying a mineral bath in a tub by the French Broad River as the paddlers go past. Watching the sapphire waves as she crosses the Bonner Bridge at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Cycling the Road to Nowhere and hiking the mountain balds near Bryson City.

North Carolina Weekends offers ideas for 49 mini-vacations from Corolla to Murphy. Each highly readable chapter covers everything from lodging and dining to outdoor adventures and “Kid Stuff” to historical tidbits. If you have a particular destination in mind, just use the book’s geographical groupings to find which chapters cover the region you want to visit. Or if you’re pursuing a passion—whether it’s hang gliding, Christmas-tree hunting, antiquing, gem mining, waterfall viewing, or numerous other possibilities—consult the “Planning Your Weekend Getaway” section to find which trips offer the activity you’re seeking.

All the state’s classic destinations—like historic Wilmington and arty Asheville—are covered here. But you’ll be surprised at the pleasures waiting in unexpected places—like the homey museums and thriving wineries around Mount Airy, the history and architecture of Salisbury, and the potteries and transportation museums in the Uwharries.

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eBook Friday: How To Be the World’s Smartest Traveler (And Save Time, Money, and Hassle)

How To Be the World’s Smartest Traveler (And Save Time, Money, and Hassle), by Christopher Elliott:

Leading travel expert and USA Today columnist Christopher Elliott shares the smartest ways to travel in this tip-filled guide from National Geographic. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience as a consumer travel advocate, Elliott gives you the inside scoop on how to navigate the often perplexing world of travel, with detailed advice on:

• Airlines
• car rentals
• cruises
• hotels and alternative lodging
• the TSA and security
• staying connected
• review websites
• resolving complaints
• vacation rentals
• passports and visas
• and much more
Full of recommendations, real-life case histories, and the answers to the most common–and confounding–questions, this book is a must-read for anyone traveling anywhere.

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Free eBook Friday: Travel North Carolina

Travel North Carolina, by Carolyn Sakowski:

This is the fourth edition of this comprehensive guide to the entire Tar Heel State. In this volume, you will find information about historic places, gardens, tours, museums, science centers, cultural offerings, special shopping, recreation, and seasonal events.

The guide also includes annotated entries about unique places to eat and stay. Since the authors accepted no advertising fees when selecting what to include in the book, you can be assured their suggestions are solid recommendations from longtime residents.

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Free eBook Friday! Traveling with Your Pet

Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook

Annual updates make this the most complete travel guide for those taking their pets along on trips. Find more than 14,000 pet-friendly, AAA-Approved lodgings and campgrounds across the U.S. and Canada. Discover plenty of places for a family frolic including dog parks and pet-friendly national public lands and attractions.

The easy-to-use guide packs a wealth of useful features:
• Reservation options for convenient booking at AAA-Approved accommodations
• Essential lodging details, including pet requirements and fees
• Extensive list of animal clinics
• Tips for preparing dogs and cats for automobile and air travel
• Practical advice about packing, safety and health
• Information for disabled travelers with service animals
• List of animal and pet-related organizations
• U.S./Canada border crossing procedures  (From the book description)

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Free eBook Friday: Backroads of North Carolina

Backroads of North Carolina: Your Guide to Great Day Trips & Weekend Getaways, by Kevin Adams:

North Carolina is a traveler’s dream, from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks’ historic lighthouses, wild horses, and charming fishing villages; from battlegrounds of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars to the “heart of motorsports;” from rolling wine country and golf courses to stately plantations and rustic settlements. Whether you travel North Carolina for its historic treasures or natural beauty, this handy guide will help you find the Old North State’s most spectacular sites and secret treasures. The book charts weekend adventures and day trips along back roads and scenic routes, into the state’s many mist-shrouded mountains–the Black, the Blue Ridge, and the Great Smokies–and down to its ever-changing shores. Sumptuously illustrated, with maps and all manner of interesting detail, Backroads of North Carolina is a page-by-page pleasure, as well as a passport to the more off-beat delights of the Tar Heel State.  (From the book description)

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Free eBook Friday: Animal Adventures in North Carolina

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Animal Adventures in North Carolina, by  Jennifer Bean Bower:

Weekend and day trips are always fun. Combine them with attractions that allow the viewing, touching, and feeding of animals and such excursions suddenly become adventures. If you have ever dreamed of feeding reindeer, listening to the howls of a New Guinea singing dog, trekking through the mountains beside a llama, or seeing your first Siberian chipmunk, then Animal Adventures in North Carolina is the guidebook for you—and you won’t even need a passport.

Throughout North Carolina, facilities dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation of various animal species abound. Some of the fun to be found in Animal Adventures in North Carolina:

• Visit a wolf sanctuary in Bakersville where you can pet Cherokee White Rose, an Arctic wolf
• Get an up-close view of Radar and Lil Wayne, two ligers (a hybrid cross between a tiger and a lion) at Tiger World in Rockwell
• Meet Igor, a Brahma bull that travels the Eastern Seaboard attending fairs and agricultural events, at Sunny Slopes Farm in Asheboro