Where the Road Ends: A Home in the Brazilian Rainforest

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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.

"A good read for armchair travelers." - Kirkus Reviews


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Memoir of building a life in the remote Brazilian jungle.In 1989, with their children grown and an itch for change, Le Breton (The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy ... Read full review


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

CHAPTER 9 The Barefoot Vets
CHAPTER 10 Cremating the Cow
CHAPTER 19 Oxcarts and the Internet

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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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