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“Through provocative insights and observations, Tom Reed explores the ruggedly beautiful landscape of Southern Chile and Argentina as intensely as he examines the current social, political, and cultural landscapes of North America and his own rich inner and spiritual life. Deeply personal, intellectually astute, and searingly honest, Reed misses no nuance in his inward and outward search for a place he can truly call home.

“Equal parts Romanticist, Beat, Transcendentalist, and Zen Master, Reed is a refreshingly unique new voice in travel and social commentary, and THE OTHER SIDE is an important journey for all who are seeking to discover what it means to truly thrive as individuals and societies in today's complex world.”
--Lauryn Axelrod, Founder of GoNomad.com, alternative travel website



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"Tom Reed is a born traveler and a writer's writer, who makes you his intimate traveling companion, on this, his personal quest for a new home in South America. Along the way, you'll be witness to his adventures and his catastrophes; you'll measure your steps in time to his, sharing moments of ecstasy and despair, probably breathless to keep up, but glad you finally did.

"His conclusions, based on a combination of his political, cultural, and environmental insights, his own spiritual awareness, and this travel experience prove deeply satisfying. Whether you are an outdoor adventurer, an armchair traveler, or a dissatisfied norteamericano just looking for a better landing place, you'll find your journey to THE OTHER SIDE one worth taking, perhaps even unforgettable."

--Irene D. Thomas PhD, author of Olaf Palm, A Life in Art, and The Temptation to Tango

Deeply discontented and disturbed by the state of the Union at the beginning of the second G.W. Bush term, veteran traveler and wilderness photographer, Tom Reed, sets out in search of a new home in South America, his imagined Paradise. He chooses Chile, a place he hopes is the Utopian opposite of his beloved California coast.

Armed with a backpack full of hiking gear, a sharp eye, a bold pen, and an iPod that plays an inspiring soundtrack, Reed explores the wild landscapes, diverse people and fascinating cultures of southern Chile and Argentina while embarking on an unflinchingly honest journey to examine his own beliefs, yearnings, and experience. His wide-ranging odyssey takes him on buses, boats and trails through cities and towns, remote villages and pristine forests, to mountain camps and surfers' beaches, where love affairs and politics, philosophy and ecology, religion and lost cameras all merge into a life-changing, mind-altering adventure. From the summits of high Andean peaks to the depths of his most personal thoughts and spiritual ideals, Reed seeks to discover what it means to be at home in the world, and in your own skin.

what readers are saying

“I read your book while on our boat in Bristol Bay. It's well written, informative and interesting. I hated putting it down and looked forward to finding time between work duties,to pick it up again.” --Tricia, Alaska

“Your book was a compelling read....one could really feel like one was walking alongside you in this adventure, and the musing and discussions you were having are certainly part of this decade's 'zeitgeist'.   Your writing - with its attention to details as well as the universal perspective - is like a microcosm inside a macrocosm.  You blended these two time/space capsules really well so that the reading is seamless.   Well done!”
  Rita, California

"Kudos on your last book. I found myself curled up in my living room's comfy chair, enjoying your stories over a weekend. You truly are a gifted raconteur." -- Claudia, CA

"Just began reading my copy. I consider your eye for beauty masterful. Thanks for capturing the spirit of a Zen Ansel Adams for our generation." --Kat, Alaska

"I find a tremendous pleasure in reading your book, and cannot wait to continue the journey through it with you !
It is fun, informative and genuinely unique!
Right now I get from it a breath of fresh air, and I need it!"
Yasmine, Nepal

"You really are carving a path for the rest of us." --Alena, CA

"I enjoyed the conversational style of your writing, and how great depth is folded with discipline into nearly every observation.” --Asia, AK

"I am now going through a spiritual growth in my life and what little I read of your book was very powerful for me.” --Max, CA

“The writing is so rich, in the way that you are able to pack an enormous amount into a single paragraph. My god, you think a lot, don't you??? and you feel a lot. and you experience things on a level that most people don't even know exists. I think you did a fantastic job.” --Sarah, RI

"What a journey! ...and I felt like your travel comanion for the entire trip. I even had the bus tickets and crude maps (great design element). Just as after all good travels, I have learned much and have many new questions. Thank you." --Susan, NY





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