Where the Road Ends: A Home in the Brazilian Rainforest (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, May 11, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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The colorful story of one couple’s journey across the world to build their dream home in the heart of the Amazon

In 1989, as their mid-life crises approached, concert pianist Binka Le Breton and her husband Robin, an agricultural economist, decided to uproot themselves from their home in Washington, D.C. and start a new life in Brazil.

Where the Road Ends is their story of building a house, a rainforest research center, and a new dream. Since then, they’ve learned how to work with the trees, the animals, the weather, the local community, and each other. Their technology now ranges from the oxcart to the Internet, and in 2000 they opened a rainforest conservation and research center that is visited by foreign researchers and Brazilian school children.

From meeting their resident cowboy, Albertinho, to beheading snakes, to chauffeuring a local wedding—the adventures described here are unparalleled. This delightful memoir takes the armchair traveler deep into another world where matters of providing food and shelter can never be taken for granted. Binka and Robin have embarked on an adventure that many readers only dream about—transplanting themselves in a different country and learning (often the hard way) what it takes to survive and flourish.


  

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Review: Where the Road Ends: A Home in the Brazilian Rainforest

User Review  - Connie - Goodreads

This is a memoir written by concert pianist Binka Le Breton about her husband Robin, and agricultural economist, and her move from Washington, DC, to Brazil. They build a house, a rainforest conservation and research center, and learn how to work with the local community. Read full review

Review: Where the Road Ends: A Home in the Brazilian Rainforest

User Review  - Ginger - Goodreads

great story! makes me so very gealous of their lives. I don't want to be a farmer, but I would love to live as they did and slowly build their homes and lives out of the mountain! how cool is that! Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Where Minas Begins
1
CHAPTER 2 Home on the Range
21
CHAPTER 3 Lords of the Land
37
CHAPTER 4 Busting the Broncs in Belisário
53
CHAPTER 5 Friends and Neighbors
67
CHAPTER 6 The Piano
81
CHAPTER 7 The Casa Grande
99
CHAPTER 8 A Christmas Christening
117
CHAPTER 11 The Brazilian Blues
159
CHAPTER 12 Policemen and Pistoleiros
173
CHAPTER 13 The Rain It Raineth Every Day
189
CHAPTER 14 The Tale of the Telephone
201
CHAPTER 15 Where Farm and Forest Meet
215
CHAPTER 16 A Womans Place
229
CHAPTER 17 Song of Limeira
243
CHAPTER 18 Forest Angels
257

CHAPTER 9 The Barefoot Vets
131
CHAPTER 10 Cremating the Cow
143
CHAPTER 19 Oxcarts and the Internet
273
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About the author (2010)

BINKA LE BRETON runs the Iracambi Rainforest Research Center, lectures and broadcasts internationally on rainforest and human rights topics. She is also president of Amigos de Iracambi, and in her spare time writes books.

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