Journeys Book Reviews

The Art Matrix Magazine Journey Book Reviews features books under the umbrella theme of holistic well-being.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do.
So throw of the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbour.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain


Winds of Skilak” by Bonnie Rose Ward

Bonnie Rose is a tale of true grit, true love and survival in the Alaskan Wilderness. This insightful exploration of living outside one’s comfort zone brings us behind-the-scenes experiences of what this can mean.

“What do you mean you put the house up for sale?”

“We’re going to Alaska!”(1980)

… our new cabin felt like a mansion to me. i could sit at my kitchen table and look out the window at the ever-changing panoramic view of Skilak Lake..forever to be a part of who we are, imprinted deep within us …

FIRST PLACE – JOURNEY AWARDS for Narrative Non-Fiction

Leaving behind friends, family, and life as they know it, the Wards embark on a journey into the Alaskan wilderness that will change them forever. 

Tracks” by Robyn Davidson

Camel trips do not begin or end, they merely change form.

Robyn Davidson

‘I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there’s no going back.’ So begins Robyn Davidson’s perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.

Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia’s landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity.

Letting go of boundary and merging with everything around me

The Wild Unknown Archetypes Deck and Guidebook” by Kim Krans

The New York Times bestselling author, Kim Krans, brings us a box-set deck of 78 gorgeous circular oracle cards. Krans, who has redefined tarot for the twenty-first century, takes us seekers on a journey of self-discovery. It opens the door to deep exploration into the collective unconscious. And, through the realm of archetypes, we explore the terrain where dreams and myths meet.

With an open mind, we can illuminate the revelatory power of archetypes—the ancient, universal symbols that have endured across time and cultures and reside deep in our shared psyche.

Sacajawea (Lewis & Clark Expedition)” by Anna L. Waldo

The tropical emotion that has created a legendary Sacajawea awaits study by some connoisseur of American sentiments. Few others have had so much sentimental fantasy expended on them.

Clad in a doeskin, alone and unafraid, she stood straight and proud before the onrushing forces of America’s destiny: Sacajawea, child of a Shoshoni chief, lone woman on Lewis and Clark’s historic trek — beautiful spear of a dying nation.

On the Road” by Jack Kerouac

The legendary 1951 scroll draft of On the Road, published as Kerouac originally composed it, in just three weeks.


American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

There was thirst and hunger, and you were the fruit.
There were grief and ruins, and you were the miracle.

–Pablo Neruda, “The Song of Despair”

Books: Cheaper than airline tickets …

… read the chalkboard sign Lydia has posted outside her bookstore in Acapulco. Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favourite books in her store.

And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favourites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

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