Bergers Book Reviews

The World


Publisher: Hammond
Genre: Atlas
ISBN: 978-0843-709094
Pages: 288
Price: $19.99

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If you wanted to explore the world, you’d pull out your trusty atlas for guidance. And there is none better to reach for than one created by Hammond, the leader in maps.

The World is up-to-date as of 2009. This imitation leather travel guide is broken down into sections by continent. Within these sections, each country is shown with major cities labeled. The United States, Canada and Mexico are also shown at the state and province levels. In addition to these maps, the reader will find suggestions of places to explore, and a little history is also included.

Discover, explore and experience the world with Hammond. Maybe you’re only traveling in your armchair, or you’re planning to see some of these recommended sights in person. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this quality atlas.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

July 6, 2010 Posted by | atlas, travel | Leave a comment

Good Night and God Bless


Author:  Trish Clark
Publisher:  Hidden Spring
Genre: Travel
ISBN: 978-1-58768-053-3
Pages: 242
Price: $20.00

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Traveling around Europe on a budget doesn’t have to mean skimping on accommodations. Sure, you could stay at a youth hostel, but you might find it more cozy at one of the many convents and monasteries who accept overnight guests. And you’ll be surprised by the many health spa amenities they offer, in addition to lodging.

In Good Night and God Bless, Trish Clark provides a guide to travel in Austria, the Czech Replublic, and Italy. Within each geographic section, there are open houses who welcome everyone, some that are only open to women or men, and those who also offer spiritual refreshment to travelers. Descriptions and contact information for each of the convents and monasteries is provided, along with some interesting sites to see while visiting.

Overall, this is a great travel guide with lots of information that would be hard to find anywhere else. But there were two things this book lacked, in my opinion. I would have loved to see some photos of the accommodations offered, and website addresses would have been helpful, even though many of the sites are written in other languages.

Trish Clark clearly did a lot of research on this subject, and has created a helpful and comprehensive travel guide. If you’re thinking of visiting these countries and are interested in great, inexpensive lodging or a spiritual retreat, I highly recommend this book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

January 8, 2010 Posted by | travel | Leave a comment

GrassRoutes: Oakland & Berkeley

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Author: Serena Bartlett
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Genre: Travel
ISBN: 978-1-57061-606-8
Pages: 288
Price: $16.95

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It’s fun to travel to new places, and if you want to see all the sights that interest you, you need a good guidebook. But what if your interests are a little off the beaten path? Or a bit greener than most? GrassRoutes Guides were designed with the eco-tourist in mind.

This guide to Oakland and Berkeley shares some of the best places to visit, broken down into sections by city. Within each of these two geographical sections, things to do are organized in helpful categories like “Outside,” “Do Lunch,” “Get Inspired,” “Film Buffs,” and “Stay Up Late.”

Symbol keys identify businesses that bank & hire locally, use organic products, run a green establishment, and recycle. Costs, dog friendliness, reservation info, and other factors are also included to make planning a breeze.

If you’ve always longed to visit Oakland or Berkeley, but prefer to venture onto roads less traveled, this guide will be indispensable for you. Bike, walk, volunteer, and eat healthy, while visiting the places you most want to see. It’s easier to travel green with your GrassRoutes guide.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

August 6, 2009 Posted by | travel | Leave a comment

GrassRoutes: Northern California Wine Country

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Author: Serena Bartlett
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Genre: Travel
ISBN: 978-1-57061-607-5
Pages: 288
Price: $16.95

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Traveling to new places is fun and exciting, and it’s helpful to have a guidebook to see all the places that interest us. But what if our interests are a little off the beaten path? Or a bit greener than most? GrassRoutes Guides were designed with the eco-tourist in mind.

The Northern California Wine Country guide shares some of the best places to visit, broken down into sections by location: Napa & Suisun Valleys, Livermore Valley, Inland Sonoma County, and the Northern West Coast. Within each of these geographical sections, things to do are organized in helpful categories like “Sweet Tooth,” “Gardens,” “Bookish,” “Pamper,” and “Volunteer.”

Symbol keys identify businesses that bank & hire locally, use organic products, run a green establishment, and recycle. Costs, dog friendliness, reservation info, and other factors are also included to make planning a breeze.

If you’ve always longed to visit California Wine Country, but prefer to venture onto roads less traveled, this guide will be indispensable for you. Bike, walk, volunteer and eat healthy, while still sampling some of the best wines on the market. It’s easier to travel green with your GrassRoutes guide.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

July 31, 2009 Posted by | travel | Leave a comment

CruiseMinder Journal

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Author: F.E. Wilkins
Publisher: MemoryMinder Journals
Genre: Journal
ISBN: 978-0-9637968-5-1
Pages: 144
Price: $16.95

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You’ve just booked the cruise of a lifetime, and although it may be months in the future, you know you’ve got a lot of planning to do before your big trip. The CruiseMinder Journal was created with all your needs in mind.

Divided into four sections, this journal is designed to make sure you stay organized. The first part is the anticipation section, which includes information on packing, planning your agenda, a mini address book for postcards you’ll send, and anything you’ll need to do once you get home again. The next section is your daily diary, where you can record any activities you participated in, along with general thoughts about the day. The third section allows you to record information about the ship, the crew, expenses incurred, and any new friends you’ve made while on the cruise. And the reference section has helpful nautical terms and maps.

The journal pages are of high-quality paper, with a spiral binding and sturdy cover. An introductory section explains how to use this journal for maximum effectiveness. This pretty and useful little book will record the details of your cruise for a lifetime of memories.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

July 7, 2009 Posted by | journal, travel | Leave a comment