Crossing the Heart of Africa by Julian Smith
An Odyssey of Love and Adventure

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“This rapturous adventure narrative…shows that love really does conquer all.” —Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Thunder

“Charming, wise, and captivating.” —Dean King, bestselling author of Skeletons on the Zahara


About Julian Smith

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Julian Smith is an award-winning travel writer whose work has appeared in Outside, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, Wired, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. He is the author of guidebooks to El Salvador, Ecuador, Virginia, and the southwestern United States, and he has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers for writing the best guidebook of the year. He lives with his wife and daughter in Portland, Oregon.
Published December 7, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 344 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Smith, who writes for Outside and National Geographic, offers a perilous saga of commitment and cannibals in this travel memoir. Saying farewell to his bachelorhood, Smith prepares for his trip to the

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Our modern day hero, Julian Smith, needed to prove to himself more than anyone else, that he was ready to make that lifelong commitment to the woman of his dreams and proposed this journey as a test of his resolve.

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The Washington Post

His whole journey seems senseless and irrelevant, we don't care about him and his rather adolescent anxieties, and in the end it's hard to forgive him for repeatedly putting himself in the way of Grogan's story, which Smith otherwise tells with both undisguised admiration and matchless skill.

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Oregon Live

Gertrude's aunt agreed to subsidize Grogan's journey, Smith writes, suggesting that the family was not entirely hostile to Grogan's campaign to win Gertrude's hand.

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However, as Julian Smith tells the story of a little known explorer and intermingles it with his own story, it’s hard not to fall in love with "Crossing the Heart of Africa.” Ewart Grogan was an explorer in the 1800’s, who did everything from becoming the youngest member of the Bri...

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