James OReilly

About James O'Reilly

James O’Reilly, publisher of Travelers’ Tales, was born in Oxford, England, and raised in San Francisco. He’s visited fifty countries and lived in four, along the way meditating with monks in Tibet, participating in West African voodoo rituals, rafting the Zambezi, and hanging out with nuns in Florence and penguins in Antarctica. He travels whenever he can with his wife and their three daughters. They live in Leavenworth, Washington and Palo Alto, California, where they also publish art games and books for children at Birdcage Press (birdcagepress.com).

30 Days in the South Pacific

30italy_s Escape to the South Pacific, What would you do if you were sentenced to 30 days abroad? We can’t all be shipped off for a month, but whether you have 30 days off or just a few, these 30 true stories of other travelers will give you ideas of where to go, what to do, and what it’s like to be there. What would you do if you were sentenced to 30 days abroad? We can’t all be shipped off for a month, but whether you have 30 days off or just a few, these 30 true stories of other travelers will give you ideas of where to go, what to do, and what it’s like to be there.

Stories to Live By

Stories to Live BySimple Truth, Simple Wisdom “The mythologist Joseph Campbell said that every culture needs ‘myths to live by,’ sacred and timeless stories that lend a sense of ultimate meaning and purpose. This book rests firmly in that venerable tradition of providing stories rooted in lived wisdom, grounded in earned compassion. Stories that even teach us, simply and humbly, how to live.” —Phil Cousineau, author of Once and Future Myths From the time we learn to talk, we tell stories to amuse, teach, frighten, or inspire. When friends, family, or strangers are suffering, we reach into that ancient bag of treasures for comfort. Here, in Stories to Live By, three award-winning editors have chosen some favorites.

The Best Travel Writing 2005

The-Best-Travel-Writing 2005“Travelers’ Tales books luxuriate in that complicated, beautiful, shadowy place where the best stories begin, and the most compelling characters roam free.” —ForeWord Magazine The Best Travel Writing 2005 is the second volume in the annual best Travelers’ Tales series launched last year to celebrate ten years of publishing the world’s best travel writing—from Nobel Prize winners to complete unknowns. These 27 stories cover the globe, from recreating the “Rumble in the Jungle” in a makeshift boxing ring in Malawi to discovering the secret to life and chicken in a humble Parisian restaurant to encountering the ghost of Odysseus and your own past in the Aegean. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass spiritual growth, high adventure, romance, women’s solo journeys, absolute hilarity and misadventure, stories of service to humanity, family travel, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

China

ChinaTravelers’ Tales China takes you through 6,000 years of history to modern-day socialist China, from the Silk Road to the commercial centers of Beijing and Shanghai. Explore the old as well as the new—from the tombs of dead emperors to the world’s largest dam. Wander the vastness of the Gobi Desert, go dancing with Ghengis Khan, explore the Forbidden City, and walk along sections of the Great Wall that are seldom visited.

The Best Travelers’ Tales 2004

Best2004_s“Here in these pages is wonder and delight writ large—and a series of affirmations of a magnificent world…This book is a vivid and delightful testament to just why the world is in essence a wonderfully pleasing place, how its people are an inseparable part of its countless pleasures, and how travel is not so much hard work as wondrous fun….” —From the Introduction, by Simon Winchester