During his first year at public school, one teacher took a special interest in the boy and often made a point to praise him for his work, slowly raising his confidence. By the end of that year, he came home with a glowing, straight A report card. His father was apoplectic. “What year is it?” HOMECOMING The next day, March 27, was my fifth in the hospital but only the second time I had allowed my dad into my room. Most of the time I stared off into space, without any visible display of emotion, my psychosis now completely replaced by passivity. Still, these remote spells were sometimes punctuated by a few passionate pleas for help. In my few seemingly lucid moments (which are, like the rest of this time, still foggy or entirely blank in my own recollection), my dad felt as if some primal part of me was reaching out to him as I repeated over and over,“I’m dying in here. This place is killing me. Please let me leave.” These invocations deeply pained my father. He desperately wanted me out of this soul-sucking situation, but he knew there was no other option than to stay.

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As authors and publishers of independent travel guidebooks, Avalon believes travel is perhaps the most valuable means by which we learn about the world and our place in it.
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Rick Steves

One of America’s best-loved travel icons, Rick Steves brings decades of exploring the cities, towns, waterways and countrysides of Europe to travelers eager to experience the old world. His mission to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans is realized in his best-selling travel guides and a series of helpful maps, phrasebooks, and DVDs.

Learn more about the Rick Steves series.

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Moon Travel Guides

Everyone approaches the world in a different way. Moon knows this, and with its distinct guidebook series—Handbooks, Living Abroad, Outdoors, Spotlights, and MapGuides—travelers and adventure-seekers will find the guide that matches their individual style. Explore a new place, get lost in a great city, head out on a scenic trail, run away from home—there’s a Moon guide for you.

Learn more about Moon Travel Guides.

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Other Travel Titles

In addition to Rick Steves and Moon, Avalon Travel publishes niche guides for independent-minded travelers.

These individual titles include The People’s Guide to Mexico, The Practical Nomad, Great American Motorcycle Tours, and the Dog-Lover’s Companion series.

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2015 Frankfurt Restaurant Map

For those attending the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair, we’ve assembled some of our favorite restaurant recommendations in the area. Use the map to pinpoint restaurants near you, or browse the listings by cuisine to find the perfect location. Download the 2015 Frankfurt Restaurant Map (pdf) Visit Avalon Travel and the Perseus Books Group at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair at Hall 6.0...
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