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The Best American Travel Writing (Best American Travel Writing)by William T Vollmann
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The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites . A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.
The Best American Travel Writing 2011 includes
André Aciman, Christopher Buckley, Maureen Dowd,
Verlyn Klinkenborg, Ariel Levy, Téa Obreht, Annie Proulx,
Gary Shteyngart, William T. Vollmann,
Emily Witt, and others
"The contributors to the latest entry in this series give readers a good sense of place — they fold you into the setting. Vollmann (Europe Central) has gathered — from National Geographic, the New Yorker, and elsewhere — a deft mix of high and low, far and wide. 'Letter from Paris,' for example, from Michael Gorra, sits alongside 'Garbage City' by Iraq veteran-turned-journalist Elliott D. Woods. The former evokes wonder: 'The Eiffel Tower is always there... and on some nights it seems to go off like a sparkler, its lights popping red and gold as if it were shorting itself out.' The latter hones in on Izbet Az-Zabaleen, 'a hive of entrepreneurial recyclers... nestled at the edge of Manshiet Nasser, a teeming slum on Cairo's eastern outskirts.' Monte Reel's 'How to Explore Like a Real Victorian Adventurer,' an ironic anthropological guide to a shopping mall in suburban Illinois, shares book-space with Luke Dittrich's 'Walking the Border,' about borderlands between the United States and Mexico. Not every selection here will work for every reader. Aaron Dacytl's 'Railroad Semantics,' for example, about life on the rails in the Pacific Northwest, eventually goes off track. But it's a rare disappointment in this volume of mostly enlightening essays. (Oct. 2)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A collection of the best travel writing pieces published in American periodicals during 2008.
Acclaimed writer Simon Winchester brings his keen literary eye to this year's volume of the finest travel writing from the past year. "Full of insights, humor, the exotic and distant, and the ordinary and near" (Library Journal) this collection finds "a perfect mix of exotic locale and elegant prose" (Publishers Weekly).
Edited by The New Yorkers Bill Buford, the pieces collected here prove that a restless, intrepid spirit isnt unwelcome to American readers” (New York Times Book Review).
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