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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: NiceTiger (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937777030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937777036
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Richard Bach...inspires us to find our passion and pursue it with the same child heart he shows each time he puts words on paper."--The State Journal-Register
 
"In 2012, Bach suffered a near-fatal crash in this craft...so the text overflows with...dramatic and other ironies, his characteristic effervescent...'you call down your angels, and somehow they see you through your storms'."--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Like many of Bach's previous works...an expression of love--love for flying, for an airplane, and the joy it brings."--AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)


"Travels with Puff is a "gentle-adventure" about spirit and the power of thought...You'll need to ride through the mechanical details of piloting a plane (just when you've had enough, Bach realizes it, too), but you'll be rewarded with a view of life from the cockpit, stunning photographs...and choice Bach-isms like: 'there's no disaster that can't become a blessing'."--New Consciousness Review

"Bach's voice is at once exuberant and meditative, infusing these pages with vitality...Bach's explorations with Puff are a fresh and welcome contribution to the canon of great American travel literature. A piquant, contemplative offering from a writer who once again reminds readers that there's a wide and exciting world beyond the ordinary..."--Spirituality and Health Magazine

From the Inside Flap

In the tradition of John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, and his own bestseller Illusions, Richard Bach's Travels with Puff recounts his journey from Florida to Washington state in a small seaplane he christened "Puff." With the humor, wisdom and insight that could only come from one of the world's favorite writers, Travels with Puff challenges our ideas of fate and our futures and asks us how can we prepare for the emergencies in our own lives? Can we ever really be safe? And . . . is being safe always what we want?

More About the Author

Richard Bach's inspirational classic Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one of the few books that dominated the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for two consecutive years. With humor, wisdom and insight that could only come from one of the world's most beloved authors and an accomplished pilot, his most recent book, Travels with Puff, recounts Bach's journey from Florida to Washington state in his small seaplane, Puff. With over 60,000,000 copies of his books sold, Richard Bach remains one of the world's most beloved authors. A former USAF fighter pilot, Air Force captain and latter-day barnstorming pilot, Bach continues to be an avid aviator-author, exploring and chronicling the joys and freedom of flying, reporting his findings to his devoted fans. His latest book, Illusions II, is a remarkable account of his angel's lessons, by the way of a seaplane crash. His website is www.richardbach.com.

Customer Reviews

Richard Bach has written a great flying story.
helga3
Five minutes into this one and I realized how much I had missed it.
The Chief
You will find adventure, although "gentle" in nature.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gramma Sharon on March 14, 2013
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I was fortunate enough to have been a member of richardbach.com at the time that Richard and his SeaRey (the Puff of the title) were making the trip from Florida to Washington. I waited every day for his latest update and photos. Here, in one wonderful package is the story of that trip, almost exactly as he wrote it back then, `on the fly' so to speak. This book will appeal to pilots, photographers, lovers of good photography, lovers of flight in general, and those who just love a good story. Bach mixes humor and a subtle dose of his philosophical musings with an engaging travelogue. If you loved `Nothing By Chance' or `Illusions' you will love this book; it's a modern take on both, and yet unique, with gorgeous color photographs.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Norma on March 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
On January 1st, 1967, I woke up with the worst hangover of my young life and realized I was well on my way to alcoholism - unless I came up with a goal ... a dream ... an impossible quest, if you like. The only problem was, I couldn't think of anything. So I got into my car, drove to the only convenience store open on that long-ago New Year's Day and poured over the racks of magazines in search of an answer. I spotted a copy of Flying, pulled it down, and watched it fall open on an article by a writer named Richard Bach. Within days I discovered Bach was also a writer of books and as I devoured copies of his now-classic aviation tales such as "Stranger to the Ground" and "Biplane" - along with stories of his adventures as a 1920's style "Barnstormer" in the extraordinary "Nothing By Chance" - I fell in love with Flying.

By the end of that year, I was a licensed pilot. A few years later, I had my own airplane, and by 1971, a rare antique biplane in which my partner and I barnstormed from coast to coast across North America. Even more amazing - Michelle and I had the incredible honour of becoming friends with Bach in the years before the world discovered him (by way of his immortal classic "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" - one of the best-selling books of all time!)

But as much as JLS and the books that followed (Illusions, One, The Bridge Across Forever, etc.)made Bach known around the world (and recently placed him at #13 in the list of top 100 "Spiritual Leaders" alive today), there was a group of his original aviation fans who deeply missed "their writer" - the man who expressed, better than anyone they know, what it means to be a pilot; experiencing the ultimate freedom of being aloft in the vast blue sky in your very own airplane.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lincoln Buff 2 on March 16, 2013
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Love, adventure, inspiration -- you'll find them all in "Travels with Puff." As long-time storyteller Richard Bach picks up his pen again -- or taps at the keyboard on his computer -- we watch him meet, earn the trust of and soar across country with his new-found love, Puff, a plane/boat/being known to mortals as a SeaRey.

Along for the journey in his own SeaRey, Jennifer, is a geologist aviator with a camera, Dan Nickens. As Bach chronicles the adventure in words and Nickens in images, the two create memories they'll long cherish and a book that will ever inspire the rest of us.

In this book, the seasoned reader of Bach's work will see reminders of his earlier stories -- a bit of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, an iconic reminder from Illusions, morsels of his Ferret Chronicles, images first shared by little Dickie in Running from Safety, and more.

Nothing on the book says, "Only read this if an experienced lover of Bach's books," though, just as nothing warns, "Beware, at the end of this book, you'll be in love, too -- with the words on these pages and the freedom of flight."

So, take the chance, spread your wings, pick up a copy. Richard Bach hasn't lost the touch he has to pull us in on the very first page, take us flying toward his dreams and our own, and inspire us to find our passion and pursue it with the same child heart he shows us each time he puts words on paper.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joe Jansen on March 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A writer who is serious about his privacy, Richard Bach is a man most generous in spirit and on the page. In this his latest, Richard opens his story by saying, "Destiny brought us together for this flight, and for love of you, dear reader...." I felt welcomed along on this particular journey.

Richard brings us with him as he travels from his home in Washington State to the lakes of central Florida, where he is introduced to his new light amphibian seaplane, a SeaRey we come to find has named herself: Puff.

We readers are introduced to Puff as one might be to a skittish filly, or to a young lady abandoned if not orphaned. Of two previous and careless owners, the most recent "was pretty sure he didn't need a checkout" and promptly clipped a tree on a takeoff. "He doesn't care for the airplane, now, doesn't want her anymore." Puff is not one to trust pilots.

An already experienced aviator, Richard spends the time to get to know her, Puff. He builds his trust in her, and hers in him, as he invests the time to learn her ways. Training to fly her as if he were a cadet: how she handles in what kinds of winds, how heavy or light he needs to be on her controls, the ins and outs of water takeoffs versus runway takeoffs.

It's a courtship, really, as Richard and Puff get to know one another, building friendship, coming to trust, then respect, and even love. As intimates do, they move toward becoming one, as Richard put it, "... a pilot unmoving, alone with his new airplane on that silent beach, two futures now locked together, stretching way out ahead where it's all just fog.
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