EARTHDOG PRESS

Travel, well done, tells the story of life

Vision Travel, well done, tells the  story of Life 

Mission  To publish high-quality writing marked by significant journey, outwards or inwards or both.


 

 

Just published

 

We are delighted to announce the launch, in November 2019, of Ben Batchelder’s My World Book 2: Tramping the Globe on $10 a Day.


My World Book 2 coverThis is the author’s fourth work to be published in five years and ends the My World Book series.  Like My World Book 1, which launched a year ago at Books & Books in Coral Gables to an overcapacity crowd, it is, at times, an harrowing coming of age tale, which elucidates how a lost young American traveling on $10 a day can survive – and find his place in the world. 

Here, he drives his two-wheel drive station wagon into the Amazon, on the notoriously dangerous Belém-Brasília highway, and back along Brazil’s endless Atlantic Coast, on roads few if any Brazilians brave. Hence the need for such a ferocious breed as Labrador: for protection.

Along the way, humorous encounters with countless locals help him to plumb Brazilian culture and history, in many aspects the flip-side of the American experience, and reveal how he fell in love with Brazil’s beguiling warmth in the first place – along with black Labs.

 

Fresh out of college, Batchelder despairs of his first career, chaotic life, and diseased family.  When an invitation to Europe falls into the depths of a New York winter, he grabs at the chance to renew himself.

 

Abandoning it all, including family with the threat never to return, he crosses the Atlantic and begins an odyssey, traveling ever-east on a shoe-string and a hope.                

It is a tale of a young man losing his innocence, awakening politically, falling in love, and finding the support, and resourcefulness, to pull through the most dangerous miles of his life.

 

 

A short trailer to launch My World Book 2: Tramping the Globe on $10 a Day, which ponders at what cost comes such freedom?

My World Book launch trailer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

For more: www.benbatchelder.com/world 



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Exciting news for To Belém & Back

 

We are also delighted to announce that that the Federal University of São João del Rei, in Minas Gerais, Brazil has agreed to translate into Portuguese and publish under its university imprint Batchelder’s To Belém & Back: Backroads Brazil with My Black Lab. The book was published by Earthdog Press in 2015 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.


To Belém & Back cover

Batchelder abandons a cozy corporate career and, instead of returning to the U.S. like a normal re-pat, moves deep into the interior of Brazil.                                                                                                                                                              

Here, he drives his two-wheel drive station wagon into the Amazon, on the notoriously dangerous Belém-Brasília highway, and back along Brazil’s endless Atlantic Coast, on roads few if any Brazilians brave. Hence the need for such a ferocious breed as Labrador: for protection.                                                                                            


Along the way, humorous encounters with countless locals help him to plumb Brazilian culture and history, in many aspects the flip-side of the American experience, and reveal how he fell in love with Brazil’s beguiling warmth in the first place – along with black Labs.
 

   

Watch a short trailer to launch To Belém & Back, a travel adventure in which Man & Dog explore a love affair with Brazil, where emotional and physical attachments are fraught with risk.                                                           

To Belém & Back trailer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

For more: www.backroadsbrazil.com                                                                                                                                     

For purchase options, click here                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Previously published

 

Borderlands USA: or, How to Protect the Country by Car, also by Ben Batchelder

 

When 9/11 struck, Batchelder was living overseas.  Dumbfounded, he wondered: How could he help?

After leaving his marriage and overseas career, he returns to the U.S. with an outlandish plan: to protect the country by car, driving a silver-plated VW Beetle as close to the remote borders as possible, without getting arrested. 

Along the way he gets to know his beloved country again and meets many unheralded borderlanders, whose stories of hard work, patriotism, and perseverance go well beyond the usual headlines.  Instead, he finds that the nation’s edges reveal much about its core – and in the process comes home to an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

 

After leaving his marriage and overseas career, he returns to the U.S. with an outlandish plan: to protect the country by car, driving a silver-plated VW Beetle as close to the remote borders as possible, without getting arrested. 

 

Along the way he gets to know his beloved country again and meets many unheralded borderlanders, whose stories of hard work, patriotism, and perseverance go well beyond the usual headlines.  Instead, he finds that the nation’s edges reveal much about its core – and in the process comes home to a place of of gratitude.

 

Instead, he finds that the nation’s edges reveal much about its core – while coming home to a place of gratitude.

 

A two minute trailer to launch Borderlands USA 

 

For more: www.borderlandsusa.com

 

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Borderlands USA cover