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Travels with Puff: A Gentle Game of Life and Death Hardcover – March 19, 2013
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"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
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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?
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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.
As a young man I bought a used Piper Colt, 2 seat over wing aircraft with tricycle landing gear. At the time I had a pilot's license that still had wet ink. My first grand adventure was to fly from Washington DC to Seattle. Washington. What an adventure and a great relationship builder. You really become part of your plane. Bach had thousands of hours in will over 100 planes but this little plane was clearly a relationship born in flying heaven.
His trip from Florida to Washington State is documented with great descriptions and many photographs of this sweet little ship and the companion plane that accompanied them, another SeaRey. The trip was a fun adventure to be shared with others. How kind of Bach to share it with all of us who find this book.
The problem is this book starts the pilot juices flowing, I should buy a plane, but I am too old, but he is 4 years older than I. On the sad side, He clipped some power lines going in to a friend's private airstrip just west of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island of Washington a few days after sending this book to the publisher. Puff ended up upside down. The plane was badly damaged and Bach was severely injured. But he survived. I hope, to fly again in Puff.
What a fun adventure it has been, canvas unfolding by Richard's comfortable way of painting a picture with words. "Clouds of flamingos", he describes, "rose from the reeds". I felt as though I was right there beside him throughout the journey.
Filled with life lessons I've come to know and love since Jonathan Livingston Seagull there are new ones with Puff; "It's the most difficult tests we face, when we pass `em, make us happiest." "What scares more than dying by storm or mountain is being bored to death." "Should you not be completely satisfied with this lifetime, dear mortal, you may choose an indefinite number of different lives, at no charge to yourself beyond your prepaid deposits of courage and humor." "We can change lifetimes whenever we wish, by deciding we'll be different from who we were before." Word art from a wordsmith.
Puff is with me in digital format on my ipad, always with me, and I also have her in hardcover on my nightstand - the best way to enjoy the ink and paper pictures.
I eagerly anticipate another round of tales, and can't help but wait and hope that Puff and Richard have more to share. Thank you Richard and nice to meet you Puff.