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The Arts in Five Days: Music, Movies, Art, Television and Comedy

Program Number: 20374RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/31/2014 - 8/5/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation; Art History/Criticism; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Enjoy an exceptional adventure in the arts in five days. Explore beautiful art, be moved by stimulating music and revisit memorable movies and television shows.




Highlights

• Attend classes taught by experts in their fields.
• Embark on a field trip in the San Francisco bay area, bringing your classroom experiences to life. See Date Specific Notes for details.
• Enjoy live entertainment closing night.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on field trip.




Date Specific Information

7-31-2014

"Americans Abroad: The Lure of Paris 1830-1900." "Piano Music of the Romantic Era." "The Art of Being Kennedy." "California Dreaming: Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Jack London and Bret Harte." "Jazz and the Pop Song."
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Burlingame

A bustling suburb set between San Francisco Bay and the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range, Burlingame affords great views of San Francisco to the north from the walking paths along the bay.



Accommodations
Hotel overlooking San Francisco Bay. Indoor pool, gym, walking path, free airport shuttle and trolley to charming downtown Burlingame.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton SFO Bayfront
  Burlingame 5 nights
 Hilton SFO Bayfront
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hilton SFO Bayfront is ideally located just four miles from San Francisco Airport in the contemporary neighborhood of Burlingame, CA, a short drive from downtown San Francisco. The hotel offers inspiring views overlooking San Francisco Bay and nearby there's a scenic walking path where guests can enjoy a stroll along the Bay. The charming downtown section of Burlingame is filled with plenty of shopping and dining options.
  Contact info: 600 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-340-8500
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.html
  Room amenities: Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in all guest rooms. Each guest room contains a 42 inch flat screen HDTV with complimentary HBO(R), in-room movie channels, on-demand movies, cable, CNN and ESPN. All rooms are equipped with a coffee maker and tea service, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, arm chair with ottoman, clock radio with MP3 connection, curved shower rod, non-allergenic feather pillows, safe, visual strobe for the hearing-impaired, bathroom amenities and telephone featuring auto wakeup, voicemail, and a dataport. 24-hour housekeeping is standard and evening room service is available. Guests receive USA Today daily, Monday through Friday. Refrigerators available upon request.
  Facility amenities: WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in the lobby and guest rooms. The Hilton SFO Bayfront is a 100% smoke-free hotel. It offers guests many fine amenities including the California culinary-inspired restaurant, Windows on the Bay, which provides sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. Guests can also enjoy their favorite cocktail in the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel's Lobby Lounge. The hotel features an indoor heated pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as a 24-hour business center. Guests may plug in their iPod, camera or laptop to an in-room system. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from SFO and to downtown Burlingame.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on availability Call the hotel for current room rates, or go to sanfranciscoairportbayfront.hilton.com and enter dates that are before or after program, then go to menu on left side of screen and click on link at the bottom that says "Have a special code"; on the next screen enter the corporate account number: 2747104 and click update information. The Road Scholar preferred rates, if available, will be shown under the regular hotel rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based on availability Call the hotel for current room rates, or go to sanfranciscoairportbayfront.hilton.com and enter dates that are before or after program, then go to menu on left side of screen and click on link at the bottom that says "Have a special code"; on the next screen enter the corporate account number: 2747104 and click update information. The Road Scholar preferred rates, if available, will be shown under the regular hotel rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is from 3:30-4:30PM. Orientation begins at 4:30PM followed by dinner at 5:30PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront that night.
  End of Program:
1:00PM after lunch on closing day. Please arrange your travel plans so you can join us for the final class on closing day. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Personal Information Form (PIF), you are asked to list any food allergies or intolerances. In addition, please include any foods (i.e. fish, beef, poultry entrees) that you do not or are unable to consume. In lieu of the regular meal plan, you will receive a vegetarian entree. In order to accommodate your request, we must have this information three weeks in advance (no exceptions). There will be no changes to the menu once the program has started. Also indicate to us, on your PIF, the name of your roommate/ traveling companion and if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame
  Nearest city or town:  Burlingame
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Burlingame
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
phone: 650-340-8500

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Five miles

   

The hotel shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Exit SFO on Departure level and cross intersection to wait for shuttle to come by within 20 minutes. Look for black shuttle which reads, HILTON SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT BAYFRONT/EMBASSY SUITES.

 
Driving Directions
  From Highway 101 north of Burlingame Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Highway 101 south of Burlingame Take Highway 101 north. Take the Peninsula Ave exit, EXIT 417B. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Turn slightly right to stay on Airport Blvd. Hilton Hotel is on the right at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Interstate 5 north of Sacramento Travel I-5 south to I-505. Travel I-505 south to I-80 west. Cross Bay Bridge ($6 toll). I-80 becomes Highway 101 south. Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Interstate 5 north of San Diego Travel I-5 north to I-580 west. Take I-580 to I-238 north. Take I-238 to I-880 south. Take I-880 to the San Mateo Bridge. Cross bridge ($5 toll). Take Highway 101 north towards San Francisco. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation/Introductions
(Thursday, July 31)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Program Registration: 3:30-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table (located either in the hallway in front of the Road Scholar meeting room or just inside the meeting room) and pick up your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

During free time, the Group Leader will be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

This evening, enjoy a plated, 3-course dinner plus complimentary coffee and hot tea; other beverages available for purchase in the hotel bar.

 Evening: Take the rest of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Lure of Paris: American Artists Abroad 1830-1900/ San Francisco Highlights
(Friday, August 1)

Note: Four hour bus trip to San Francisco with stops for bathroom breaks and picture taking



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, enjoy a daily tasty breakfast buffet of sliced fresh fruit, assorted pastries, breads, bagels & cream cheese, cold cereals, fruit & plain yogurts, homemade granola, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, smoked country bacon, grilled sausages breakfast potatoes with onions & sweet peppers, fruit juices, coffee and assorted teas.
 Morning: American Artists Abroad: The Lure of Paris 1830-1900

Paris was the cultural capital of the world in the 19th century and proved an irresistible magnet for Americans who flocked to the City of Light. In the decades preceding and following the Civil War, hundreds of Americans joined the throngs headed to Paris. This course examines the history of Paris and its lure for expatriates who thrived in the stimulating environment Paris offered and whose experience in Paris transformed the world of art.

Artists discussed in class:

Samuel F. B. Morse

Elizabeth Jane Gardner

William Morris Hunt

David Jefferson Chalfant

Thomas Hovenden

Mary Cassatt

Willard Metcalf

Theodore Robinson

Theodore Earl Butler

Frederick William MacMonnies

Enid Yandell

Mary Fairchild MacMonnie Low

Lilla Cabot Perry

Robert Vonnoh

Frederic Porter Vinton

John Singer Sargent

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Cecilia Beaux

Anna Elizabeth Klumpke

Henry Ossawa Turner

Elizabeth Nourse

Nelson Norris Bickford

Charles Courtney Curran

Frederick Childe Hassam

 Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.
 Afternoon: Narrated field trip to highlights of San Francisco, everyone's second hometown.
 Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.
 Evening: Time to socialize with fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: California Dreaming: Mark Train, Bret Harte, Jack London and John Steinbeck/ Jazz and the Pop Song
(Saturday, August 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel
 Morning: California Dreaming: Mark Twain and Bret Harte

People do not usually think of Mark Twain as a California author, but the fact is that his formative years were spent in the San Francisco area. In this talk, you will learn about five influences on his writing, five characteristics of his style, and his use of materials from his early life in his works. The talk will focus on his book, "Roughing It."

Bret Harte moved to the Bay area as a teen and held a variety of jobs before becoming a famous writer. You will learn some characteristics of his fiction, hear an excerpt from his hilarious parody of James Fenimore Cooper, and learn about his two most famous short stories, "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" and "The Luck of Roaring Camp."

 Lunch: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.
 Afternoon: Jazz & the Pop Song

Follow the rise of the pop solo singer from Al Jolson, and Bessie Smith to Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland as the styles and the rise and fall in popularity of each artist are explored.

 Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.
 Evening: Jazz & the Pop Song, Part 2
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Lure of Paris: American Artists Abroad 1830-1900/ The Art of Being Kennedy
(Sunday, August 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel
 Morning: The Lure of Paris: American Artists Abroad 1830-1900, Part 2
 Lunch: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea.
 Afternoon: The Art of Being Kennedy

The Hyannis Port Clan has provided Americans with high drama, tawdry entertainment, lofty idealism, shocking cynicism, tragedy, and farce for over eighty years. In this course we will examine some of the key themes of the Kennedy worldview: fierce ambition, a peculiarly Outsider/Machismo complex, dedication to public service, risk-taking behavior (the Kennedy Curse), altruistic empathy, and a strangely amoral pragmatism oddly linked with inspiring idealism. We will delve into the overwhelming, suffocating influence of father Joseph--The Ambassador--as even his children called him. We will attempt to locate the source of the image of the Long-Suffering Mother and the connection of this image with the often callous treatment of women within the Kennedy Weltanschauung. But above these shadows the admirable Kennedy capacity for intellectual flexibility, growth, and development will shine brightly. In the first portion of the class we will focus on Jack’s transition from adolescent playboy to mature statesman. We will describe how the young, not seriously committed freshman congressman from the 11th congressional district of Massachusetts gradually morphed into a thoughtful, cautious legislator striving to carve out a political path independent of his domineering father. We will trace Jack’s path to the White House, and demonstrate how like Lincoln during his first two years, he struggled to master the complexities of high office. Our central thesis will be that JFK was initially overwhelmed by the presidency, but with the help of his ever loyal brother and Attorney General Robert managed to cultivate the leadership skills needed to navigate the treacherous waters of both international and domestic crises. We will see that 1963 marked a turning point in his career, and that by June we can detect the early signs of his potential greatness. Sadly, we must also discuss the horrible events of Friday, November 22, "The Day the Music Died."

 Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.
 Evening: The Art of Being Kennedy

Part Two of the class will be devoted to Robert’s parallel development from an inexperienced, hot-headed political brawler into a deeply caring, thoroughly committed political reformer. We will see how the young cold warrior/communist-hunting aide to Senator Joseph McCarthy eventually evolved into one of the country’s foremost critics of the Vietnam War, and led a crusade to recover his brother’s visionary legacy. In the process he attempted to redefine and revivify the spirit of the Democratic Party, which had grown old and stale under Lyndon Johnson and the aging “New Frontiersmen.” We will take a particularly close look at Robert’s extremely significant role in resolving the Cuban Missile Crisis, and analyze that frightening event’s role in his philosophical transformation. Finally, we will look briefly at Edward Kennedy’s career, and see how the youngest brother rebounded from tragedy and disgrace to become one of America’s most influential senators during the last quarter of the twentieth century. Our time together will give us an opportunity to revisit the always fascinating, often glorious and sometimes shockingly disappointing journey of American politics from the 1940s to 2009—The Age of the Kennedys.

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Piano Music of the Romantic Era/ Live Entertainment
(Monday, August 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel
 Morning: Piano Music of the Romantic Era

No other instrument better exemplifies the Romantic era in music than the piano. More than a century after the fact, the music composed for the piano throughout the 19th century remains the staple for performers and audience members alike. No other classical music is more dearly loved. Piano masterpieces by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Debussy, and others will engage, enrich and entertain participants.

 Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel with complimentary hot and iced tea.
 Afternoon: Piano Music of the Romantic Era, Part 2
 Dinner: Enjoy a plated 3-course dinner in the hotel which includes complimentary coffee and hot tea.
 Evening: Live Musical Entertainment

NOAM EISEN was born and raised in Toronto Canada where he studied classical music at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and jazz improvisation with private teachers. He began performing at an early age, starting with concerts for family and friends, and then professionally at weddings, corporate events, and house parties. Noam moved permanently to the Bay Area in 2001 after earning a masters degree from Stanford University and following his three years of living a cultural dream in Paris. Currently based in the San Francisco, Noam regularly performs and delights audiences at concerts, house parties, wedding celebrations, birthdays, and corporate events. With his rich musical styling and interpretations, and hundreds of songs at his fingertips, Noam chooses and performs his music spontaneously according to the spirit of the moment and the musical tastes of his listeners. Above all, Noam enjoys creating a highly interactive experience by leading audiences in enthusiastic sing-along to jazz standards, rock classics, show tunes, and international (French, Brazilian, Italian, and Israeli) music. More information available at www.noameisenmusic.com

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: California Dreaming: Mark Train, Bret Harte, Jack London and John Steinbeck
(Tuesday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel
 Morning: California Dreaming: Jack London and John Steinbeck

Jack London's illegitimate birth in 1876 in San Francisco prefigures his concern with identity in his works. This talk will reveal his two favorite themes, contradictory though they are. It will also deal with his strengths and weaknesses as a writer and will focus on three works, "The People of the Abyss," "The Call of the Wild," and "White Fang."

John Steinbeck, who lived as a young man in San Francisco, produced twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels. This talk will focus on his first success, "Tortilla Flat," his tear-jerker "Of Mice and Men," and five characteristics of his writing. It will also deal with his favorite themes and the aspects of his writing for which he is most often criticized.

 Lunch: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea. The program concludes with lunch.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame Bay Front Trail
Walk along the scenic San Francisco Bay Trail adjacent to the bay and the hotel. You will see sweeping views of the South Bay, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Alameda and the San Francisco skyline. For additional information, visit http://baytrail.abag.ca.gov/
  Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum explores the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society and is home to the largest collection of computing artifacts in the world. Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5; 650-810-1010; 1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View; take 101 south exit Shoreline Blvd, turn left onto Shoreline, cross through intersection, museum on right. For additional information, visit http://www.computerhistory.org/
  Downtown Burlingame
Downtown Burlingame is filled with interesting shops and restaurants. For additional information, visit http://www.burlingame.org/Index.aspx?page=96
  Filoli
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource. (Courtesy of Filoli.org). Take Highway 101 south to 92 west to 280 south. Exit Edgewood Road, Exit 29. Right on Edgewood. Right on Canada. Left at 86 Canada Road. For additional information, visit http://filoli.org/
  Hiller Aviation Museum
Hiller Aviation Museum is dedicated to the dreams of flight, looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. Open 10-5 daily; six miles south of hotel at 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos; 650-654-0200; take Hwy 101 south to Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy exit. Go east onto Redwood Shores Pkwy. Turn right onto Airport Road. Turn right onto Skyway Road. The restoration shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Museum collection includes aircraft exhibits: vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Extensive gift shop. Museum is adjacent to San Carlos Airport where you can watch commuter planes take off and land. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org/
  NASA Ames Exploration Center
Experience NASA technology and missions first hand; open Tuesday-Sunday 12-4, free admission; 650-604-6274 or 650-604-6497; Moffett Field; Take 101 south, Exit Moffett Blvd./NASA Parkway, at the stop light, turn right, as you approach Moffett Field, turn right at the stop sign before the main gate, The center is on the right, proceed behind the dome for parking. For additional information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html
  San Francisco
Some of the main attractions in America's favorite city include Chinatown, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill and North Beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Ferry Building and downtown Market Street, the Asian Art Museum, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park with the Japanese Tea Garden and deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores, Nob Hill and Grace Cathedral, the Presidio with the Walt Disney Family Museum, Union Square, Yerba Buena Center with the SF Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum. For additional information, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/
  Stanford University
Stanford University: Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around campus at your leisure, or take a one-hour, student-led Campus Walking Tour at 11am or 3:15pm. Suggested sights to see: Hoover Tower, Memorial Church, Cantor Arts Center and the Hanna Honeycomb House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Go south on 101 to Embarcadero Road. Travel three miles. Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street when you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road. For additional information, visit http://www.stanford.edu/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The People of the Abyss


Author: Jack London


Description: Illustrated in this edition by more than thirty of Jack London's own photographs, "'The People of the Abyss'" documents the author's two months spent undercover in the East End of London in the summer of 1902. The young American writer graphically describes his first-hand experiences of the poverty and drudgery of the lives of the inhabitants. Disguised in an outfit of dirty old clothes, his frank and eye-opening account describe his visits to the area's slums, workhouses, doss-houses, park benches, pubs and coffee-shops. Above all, London brings us the voices of the hundreds of thousands of people for whom the harsh conditions of the East End were the backdrop to their daily struggle for survival.



Roughing It


Author: Mark Twain


Description: A classic tour of the wild west. In 1861, a young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the wild west and Roughing It is his hilarious record of his travels come to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales.



The Call of the Wild


Author: Jack London


Description: "The Call of the Wild," written in 1903, brought Jack London to the world's attention. It is the story of Buck, part St. Bernard and part Scotch shepherd dog, who shows the strengths of both breeds when he is stolen and sold off as a sled dog in the Yukon during the gold rush. A heartfelt story that appeals to both children and adults, "The Call of the Wild" remains a timeless classic.



White Fang


Author: Jack London


Description: A classic adventure novel detailing the savagery of life in the northern wilds. Its central character is a ferocious and magnificent creature, half dog, half wolf, through whose experiences we feel the harsh rhythms and patterns of wilderness life among animals and men.



Outcasts of Poker Flats (Signet classics)


Author: Bret Harte


Description: The glorious fringe-inhabitants of Gold Rush California---the slick gambles, the impetuous but soft-hearted dance-hall girls, the mining camp eccentrics---are immortalized in these classic chronicles of the Far West of the nineteenth century. THE RIGHT EYE OF THE COMMANDER; M'LISS: AN IDYL OF RED MOUNTAIN; THE LUCK OF ROARING CAMP; THE OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT; TENESSEE'S PARTNER; THE IDYL OF RED GULCH; BROWN OF CALAVERAS; MIGGLES; HOW SANTA CLAUS CAME TO SIMPSON'S BAR; MRS. SKAGG'S HUSBANDS; WAN LEE, THE PAGAN; A PASSAGE IN THE LIFE OF MR. JOHN OAKHURST; AN INGENUE OF THE SIERRAS AND A PROTEGEE OF JACK HAMLIN'S



Tortilla Flat


Author: John Steinbeck


Description: Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthur’s castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging—men who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude.



Of Mice and Men


Author: John Steinbeck


Description: They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of lonelinss and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.



The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris


Author: David McCullough


Description: Not all pioneers went west. This book tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, the intellectual, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world, fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned.



The Kennedys: An American Drama


Author: Peter Collier and David Horowitz


Description: A national bestseller based on hundreds of interviews with family members and associates, archival research, and previously unused sources reveals the all-too-human saga behind a high profile political family. Reprint.



After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family - 1968 to the Present


Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli


Description: For more than half a century, Americans have been captivated by the Kennedys - their joy and heartbreak, tragedy and triumph, the dark side and the remarkable achievements. In this ambitious and sweeping account, Taraborelli continues the family chronicle begun with his bestselling Jackie, Ethel, Joan and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the years "after Camelot." He describes the challenges Bobby's children faced as they grew into adulthood; Eunice and Sargent Shriver's remarkable philanthropic work; the emotional turmoil Jackie faced after JFK's murder and the complexities of her eventual marriage to Aristotle Onassis; the the sudden death of JFK JR; and the stoicism and grace of his sister Caroline. He also brings into clear focus the complex and intriguing story of Edward "Teddy" and shows how he influenced the sensibilities of the next generation and challenged them to uphold the Kennedy name. Based on extensive research, including hundreds of exclusive interviews, After Camelot captures the wealth, glamour, and fortitude for which the Kennedys are so well known. With this book, J. Randy Taraborrelli takes readers on an epic journey as he unfolds the ongoing saga of the nation's most famous-and controversial-family.





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