Michael Gregory Rowe (born March 18, 1962) is an American television host and narrator. He is known for his work on the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs and the CNN series Somebody’s Gotta Do It. He currently hosts a series produced for Facebook called Returning the Favor in which he finds people doing good deeds and does something for them in return. He also hosts the podcast The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe, which he describes as “short stories designed specifically for the curious mind plagued with a short attention span”. Rowe has narrated programs on the Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, and National Geographic Channel such as Deadliest Catch, How the Universe Works, and Shark Week.

  • A Curious Discovery

    In A Curious Discovery, media titan John Hendricks tells the remarkable story of building one of the most successful media empires in the world, Discovery Communications.,John Hendricks, a well-respected corporate leader and brand builder, reveals that his professional achievements would not have been possible without one crucial quality that has informed his life since childhood: curiosity. ,This entrepreneur???s story takes you behind the scenes of some of the network???s most popular shows and greatest successes, and imparts crucial lessons from the network???s setbacks.,With insights, anecdotes, photographs, and real-world wisdom, A Curious Discovery is more than a powerful autobiography and corporate history: It also a valuable primer for business innovators and entrepreneurs.

  • A Tan and Sandy Silence

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, A Tan and Sandy Silence is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.,Travis McGee is unnerved when he receives an unexpected guest???real estate developer Harry Broll, who is convinced that McGee is hiding his missing wife. Angry and jealous, Harry gets off a shot before McGee can wrestle his gun away. The thing is, McGee hasn???t seen or heard from Mary Broll in three years, and it isn???t like her to keep troubles to herself???if she???s alive to tell them.,???As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me.??????Dean Koontz ,McGee is a heartbeat away from crisis. He???s getting older, Lady Jillian Brent-Archer is trying to make him settle down, and he???s just been shot without fair warning. Nervous that he???s losing his touch, McGee decides to get Harry off his case and prove he???s still in top form all in one fell swoop. ,McGee???s search for Mary takes him to Grenada, where he???s soon tangling with con artists and terrifying French killers, not to mention a slew of mixed motives. No longer wallowing in self-pity, McGee has more pressing concerns???like saving his own skin.

  • At Home

    In these pages, the beloved Bill Bryson gives us a fascinating history of the modern home, taking us on a room-by-room tour through his own house and using each room to explore the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

  • Bright Orange for the Shroud

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, Bright Orange for the Shroud is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.,Travis McGee is looking forward to a ???slob summer,??? spending his days as far away from danger as possible. But trouble has a way of finding him, no matter where he hides. An old friend, conned out of his life savings by his ex-wife, has tracked him down and is desperate for help. To get the money back and earn his usual fee, McGee will have to penetrate the Everglades???and the mind of a violently twisted grifter.,???John D. MacDonald was the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.??????Stephen King,McGee has never seen a man so changed by one year of life. Arthur Wilkinson had been an amiable and decent young man looking to invest some of his considerable inheritance in a marina enterprise. Then a pretty blonde named Wilma Ferner showed up. She was soon Mrs. Wilkinson, and it took her only a year to leave Arthur bankrupt and broken.,But what starts out as a simple job turns into a dangerous situation when McGee comes face-to-face with a quick-thinking and quicker-fisted foe in the Florida swamps. Now Arthur???s fortune isn???t the only thing on the line: This job may mean McGee???s life.

  • Cinnamon Skin

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, Cinnamon Skin is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat., ,In the Florida Keys, a houseboat explodes in a giant white flash, instantly killing the honeymooners onboard. Travis McGee???s best friend, Meyer, loses not only his home and every single thing in it but his last living relative. Now he wants answers. And he and McGee plan to get them???or die trying., ,???To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.??????Kurt Vonnegut, ,If Travis McGee hadn???t arranged a lecture tour for his friend, Meyer would be dead. As it was, Meyer lent the John Maynard Keynes to his just-married niece, Norma, and her husband, Evan, hoping to give them the perfect honeymoon. Instead: tragedy. When a group of Colombian terrorists take responsibility for the brutal act, Meyer and McGee travel to Mexico to seek justice. Or payback., ,Once south of the border, Meyer and McGee discover many things: Evan???s seedy past, a beautiful local named Barbara, a lethal drug cartel, and, perhaps, even Meyer???s long lost courage. But does Meyer, always content in McGee???s shadow, have what it takes to avenge the killing of the person he loved most?, ,Features a new Introduction by Lee Child

  • Nightmare in Pink

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, Nightmare in Pink is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat., ,Travis McGee???s permanent address is the Busted Flush, Slip F-18, Bahia Mar, Lauderdale, and there isn???t a hell of a lot that compels him to leave it. Except maybe a call from an old army buddy who needs a favor. If it wasn???t for him, McGee might not be alive. For that kind of friend, Travis McGee will travel almost anywhere, even New York City. Especially when there???s a damsel in distress., ,???As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me.??????Dean Koontz, ,The damsel in question is his old friend???s kid sister, whose fianc?? has just been murdered in what the authorities claim was a standard Manhattan mugging. But Nina knows better. Her soon-to-be husband had been digging around, finding scum and scandal at his real estate investment firm. And this scum will go to any lengths to make sure their secrets don???t get out., ,Travis is determined to get to the bottom of things, but just as he???s closing in on the truth, he finds himself drugged and taken captive. If he???s being locked up in a mental institution with a steady stream of drugs siphoned into his body, how can Travis keep his promise to his old friend? More important, how can he get himself out alive?, ,Features a new Introduction by Lee Child

  • Pale Gray for Guilt

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, Pale Gray for Guilt is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. ,Travis McGee???s old football buddy Tush Bannon is resisting pressure to sell off his floundering motel and marina to a group of influential movers and shakers. Then he???s found dead. For a big man, Tush was a pussycat: devoted to his wife and three kids and always optimistic about his business???even when things were at their worst. So even though his death is ruled a suicide, McGee suspects murder . . . and a vile conspiracy.,???As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me.??????Dean Koontz,Tush Bannon was in the wrong spot at the wrong time. His measly plot of land just so happened to sit right in the middle of a rich parcel of five hundred riverfront acres that big-money real estate interests decided they simply must have.,It didn???t matter that Tush was a nice guy with a family, or that he never knew he was dealing with a criminal element. They squashed him like a bug and walked away, counting their change. But one thing they never counted on: the gentle giant had a not-so-gentle friend in Travis McGee. And now he???s going to make them pay.

  • The Deep Blue Good-By

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Deep Blue Good-by is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.,Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He???s also a knight-errant who???s wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He???ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half. ,???John D. MacDonald was the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.??????Stephen King,McGee isn???t particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who???s been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn???t anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior???s latest victim, Lois Atkinson.,Frail and broken, Lois can barely get out of bed when Travis finds her, let alone keep herself alive. But Travis turns into Mother McGee, giving Lois new life as he looks for the ruthless man who steals women???s spirits and livelihoods. But he can???t guess how violent his quest is soon to become. He???ll learn the hard way that there must be casualties in this game of cat and mouse.

  • The Lonely Silver Rain

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Lonely Silver Rain is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.,Travis McGee has luck to thank for his reputation as a first-rate salvager of stolen boats. Now Billy Ingraham, a self-made tycoon, is betting that McGee can locate his $700,000 custom cruiser. McGee isn???t so sure. He knows all too well the dangerous link between Florida boatjackings and the drug trade, and he???s vowed never to swim with the sharks???but if he wants to keep his head (AKA finances) above water, swim he will.,???As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me.??????Dean Koontz,Even though McGee doesn???t feel like sticking out his neck for this case, Billy???s wife, Millis, convinces him to step up to the challenge. Sort of. After a pilot friend leads him to the stolen vessel, McGee immediately regrets not going with his gut. The yacht is no longer an ordinary boat. It???s a slaughterhouse.,After witnessing the sordid scene, McGee realizes he???s knee-deep in the white-hot center of an international cocaine ring. In the midst of this terrifying ordeal and an affair with a very dangerous woman, McGee is shocked by the return of a secret from his past. Over the years, McGee has recovered many wrecks???now he???ll need to salvage his own life.

  • The Lost Continent

    ???The kind of book Steinbeck might have written if he???d traveled with David Letterman.??? ???New York magazine,An inspiring and hilarious account of one man???s rediscovery of America and his search for the perfect small town. ,Following an urge to rediscover his youth, Bill Bryson left his native Des Moines, Iowa, in a journey that would take him across 38 states. Lucky for us, he brought a notebook. With a razor wit and a kind heart, Bryson serves up a colorful tale of boredom, kitsch, and beauty when you least expect it. From Times Square to the Mississippi River to Williamsburg, Virginia, Bryson’s keen and hilarious search for the perfect American small town is a journey straight into the heart and soul of America.