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The ultimate backroads adventure and primer on Brazil

A four minute trailer to launch To Belém & Back: Backroads Brazil with my Black Lab, a travel book in which Man & Dog explore a love affair with Brazil, where emotional and physical attachments are fraught with risk

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(by EARTHDOG PRESS)

 

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Have you ever wondered how to travel with your favorite pet in a huge tropical country, where footloose foreigners are suspect?

Novelist Ben Batchelder abandons his cozy corporate life and, instead of returning to the U.S. like most re-pats, moves deep into the interior of Brazil.

Here he drives his two-wheel drive station wagon into the Amazon, on the notoriously dangerous Belém-Brasília highway, and back along Brazil’s endless Atlantic Coast, on roads few if any Brazilians brave.  Hence the need for such a ferocious breed as Labrador: for protection.

Along the way, humorous encounters with countless locals help him to plumb Brazilian culture and history, in so many aspects the flip-side of the American experience, and reveal how he fell in love with Brazil’s beguiling warmth in the first place – along with black Labs.

 

 

Praise for To Belém & Back: Backroads Brazil with my Black Lab

 

“An insightful and poignant account . . . . As in the very best travelogues, the author seamlessly combines the personal, the political, and the cultural . . . .”

– Publishers Weekly,  Star review

“Watch out for the potholes!  Enough of an outside to succumb to fearless wanderlust in a dangerous land, enough of an insider to know better, Batchelder is that rarest breed of travel narrator: part intrepid adventurer, part cultural interpreter, full-time storyteller.  Taking the reader on a rich, at times startling odyssey of modern Brazil, To Belém & Back is told with consummate verve, a sly wit, and sumptuous detail of character and place.  You’ll find yourself booking a flight – and a car rental – before the tale ends.

“The writing is such a pleasure: vivid, witty, evocative, and erudite.  A rare combination!”

– Zach Wallmark PhD, Musicologist and Editor, Neil A. Kjos Music Publishing Co.

 

“If you are looking for a primer on big, brash Brazil, this lovely book is for you.  In it, Batchelder takes a journey of discovery with his black Lab, traveling the country’s interior and encountering its culture, history, and colorful people.  I don’t know of another travel essayist on Brazil who knows the country so intimately. His wry and funny encounters, often provoked by the novelty of a pet dog, remind one of Steinbeck and his Charley.  Saudades!”

– William deBuys, author of The Last Unicorn and The Walk

 

“Batchelder enriches this lively journey through Brazil with his deep knowledge of the history, culture, politics, flora and fauna – not to mention his fine writing and understanding of dogs.”

– Tom Swick, author of The Joys of TravelA Way to See the World and former Editor, Fort Lauderdale Magazine

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