Like a Leaf on a River [NOOK Book]

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In the opening chapter of this book you’ll discover the reasons of my lifelong passion for wanderlust -- the love of traveling the world – especially on a limited budget. For the next three chapters you’ll accompany me vicariously on a three-month hitchhike from near Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Seattle, Washington, down the West Coast of the United States, east to Tucson, Arizona and from there to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. From there we’ll hitchhike back to Wisconsin along Mexico’s Gulf Coast and northward ...

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Overview

In the opening chapter of this book you’ll discover the reasons of my lifelong passion for wanderlust -- the love of traveling the world – especially on a limited budget. For the next three chapters you’ll accompany me vicariously on a three-month hitchhike from near Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Seattle, Washington, down the West Coast of the United States, east to Tucson, Arizona and from there to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. From there we’ll hitchhike back to Wisconsin along Mexico’s Gulf Coast and northward through Texas and Oklahoma. In the remaining seventeen chapters we’ll travel 30,000 miles around the world through Europe, India, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Cook Islands, and the Marquesas Islands on a four-month trip filled with many adventures and misadventures.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044333888
  • Publisher: Jim Hendrickson
  • Publication date: 2/21/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 929,799
  • File size: 306 KB

Meet the Author

Jim Hendrickson is a retired Professor of Spanish and English as a Second Language. He holds a BA in French Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an MA in Spanish Literature from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D in Psycholinguistics from The Ohio State University.
Jim speaks English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese as well as smatterings of many other foreign languages.
He has taught at all educational levels: elementary school, high school, adult education, community college, college, and university. He has taught in California, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Washington. He worked as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Bolivia and Chile, and a Language Consultant for the United States Peace Corps in Belize. He has presented over one hundred workshops for foreign language teachers worldwide.
Jim has received many teaching and publishing awards including the Distinguished Faculty Award at Lansing Community College in Michigan, the Stephen A. Freeman Award for authoring the best article on teaching techniques to have appeared in a professional journal in 1980, and an award for writing the best article published in The Modern Language Journal in 1978.
Jim has traveled in over 130 countries and is an avid long-distance tour bicyclist. He has cycled extensively in the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, Australia, and on various islands in Oceania. He has presented over 500 travelogues in many schools, churches, libraries, museums, senior and community centers, city auditoriums, as well as on radio and television shows, and has been featured in numerous American and international newspapers.
Jim has published more than 60 foreign language textbooks including The Spice of Life (Harcourt), Our Global Village (Harcourt), Poco a poco (Heinle & Heinle), Intercambios (Heinle & Heinle), Nuevas dimensiones (Heinle & Heinle), and Nuevas alturas (Heinle & Heinle). One of his best-selling books, Poco a poco, has been reconfigured into a new book, Plazas: Lugar de Encuentros (Heinle & Heinle) – a spectacular bestseller. He is also the author of the best-selling Spanish Grammar Flipper (Christopher Lee). Jim has also published articles on psycholinguistics in Foreign Language Annals, TESOL Quarterly, The Modern Language Journal, The Canadian Modern Language Review, and Hispania.
Most recently, Jim has self-published the following five travel ebooks (Smashwords.com) about his adventures and misadventures on the road: Like a Leaf on a River, North to Alaska!, Vagabond on a Bicycle, Travel is my Passion, and Shalom, Israel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Positively an excellent read about following one¿s dreams and ma

    Positively an excellent read about following one’s dreams and making them come true. I surely loved reading this book because it made me feel soooo good.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    The most descriptive of writers, Jim Hendrickson builds his trav

    The most descriptive of writers, Jim Hendrickson builds his travel world as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    A truly remarkable book.. Soaked through and through with atmosp

    A truly remarkable book.. Soaked through and through with atmosphere. From the riches of his imagination Hendrickson has distilled a very rare piece of literature. It stands out, from the very resistance it opposes to classification.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    This highly interesting true-to-life book is hard to put down on

    This highly interesting true-to-life book is hard to put down once a reader begins it. I found it absolutely fascinating, particularly because it is written from a very personal perspective. After finishing this book, I wanted to travel to all the places that the author visited and described in his book. I very highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy armchair traveling at its best!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    A book that is like a river itself, both lively and rebellious,

    A book that is like a river itself, both lively and rebellious, and strong beneath the stillness of its surface.


    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    ¿Like a Leaf on a River¿ (nice title, by the way) is enjoyable b

    “Like a Leaf on a River” (nice title, by the way) is enjoyable because it’s honestly written about Hendrickson’s travels as a young man. Amazing stuff, really. It kept me on my toes, sometimes biting my fingernails.


    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    An engrossing, rawboned story of a young man¿s travels.


    An engrossing, rawboned story of a young man’s travels.


    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    An enormous successful book because it¿s well organized, thought

    An enormous successful book because it’s well organized, thought out, well written, and inspires the reader.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    A powerful statement from a young man who knows how to travel on

    A powerful statement from a young man who knows how to travel on the cheap, can take care of himself, and looks on life with a positive stance.


    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Interesting¿ NO: FASCINATING! I couldn¿t put it down; I just had

    Interesting… NO: FASCINATING! I couldn’t put it down; I just had to read it right to the end. Wow! What a great read!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    I enjoyed ¿traveling¿ along with Hendrickson all the way from hi

    I enjoyed “traveling” along with Hendrickson all the way from his hometown in Wisconsin to the Mexican Yucatan. His descriptions of his adventures along the way are vivid and memorable. Then he travels around the world on another great adventure, every bit as interesting as his hitchhike into Mexico.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    A terrific book that¿s hard to put down. A super excellent read

    A terrific book that’s hard to put down. A super excellent read by a writer who truly knows his craft.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    This book is just short of amazing. Hendrickson¿s descriptions a

    This book is just short of amazing. Hendrickson’s descriptions are vivid, memorable, and brilliant in detail. He writes with a master’s flair of well chosen words and expressions which endear the reader to his excellent books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Like a Leaf on a River is an intimate story of how a young many

    Like a Leaf on a River is an intimate story of how a young many grew up and became a mature man by virtue of his many travels, first to Mexico, then around the world.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    A formidable book that generate many emotions within me as I rea

    A formidable book that generate many emotions within me as I read it: excitement, wonder, worry, ambition, apprehension – always a moment of surprise as this young man reveals his soul: his passion for travel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    I have read few travel books as good as this one. I have read al

    I have read few travel books as good as this one. I have read all the reviews under this book’s heading, and I most certainly agree with them all: it’s a 5-star book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Hendrickson¿s passion for travel as a young man pours forth from

    Hendrickson’s passion for travel as a young man pours forth from this book with boundless energy. He kept me on my toes and biting my nails throughout the entire book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    An interesting, truly fascinating account of a young man¿s desir

    An interesting, truly fascinating account of a young man’s desire to see the world – and he achieves his dream on a shoestring.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    The leaf is Hendrickson¿s metaphor for his bicycle ride to an un

    The leaf is Hendrickson’s metaphor for his bicycle ride to an unknown destiny. The road is filled with adventure; no one knows what’s around the next curve. Exciting!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Glorious. Readers are in for an eye-opening trek. Expect it on


    Glorious. Readers are in for an eye-opening trek. Expect it on my list of the best book of the year.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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