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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).

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"Author Winchester (The Professor and the Madman) and series editor Jason Wilson collect 25 travel essays, from publications including Outside, Slate, and National Geographic, covering everything from wrestling in Bolivia to Arctic distance swimming to the ski runs of James Bond to the problem of 'mysterious genital disappearance' in Nigeria. Less exotic but no less entertaining are Calvin Trillin's search for the best Texas barbeque, Matthew Power drifting down the Mississippi on a handmade raft, and Brownen Dickey visiting North Georgia for a Deliverance-haunted trek in the backcountry. Kiran Desai, Roger Cohen and even Chuck Klosterman also make appearances. Fans of travel writing will not be disappointed in this latest series entry, which fully supports Winchester's claim that 'American travel writing... is better and more stimulating than anywhere else in the world.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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A collection of the best travel writing pieces published in American periodicals during 2008.

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The hilarious and well-traveled Sloane Crosley, author of the New York Times bestseller IWas Told There'd be Cake, helms this collection of the genre's gems.

About the Author

JASON WILSON is the drinks columnist at the Washington Post, the series editor of The Smart Set, and the author of Boozehound: On The Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated. He teaches at Drexel University.

Simon Winchester's many books include The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, Krakatoa, and A Crack in the Edge of the World. Each of these has been a New York Times bestseller and has appeared on numerous best and notable lists. Mr. Winchester was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 2006.

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Ronald Scheurer, November 29, 2009 (view all comments by Ronald Scheurer)
BOOK REVIEW: 2009 – The Best American Travel Writing, Simon Winchester, Editor.

The 25 collected travel tales cover the world in one sense, but writers in quite another. It is not about countries. It is about individuals and cultures, and how adventuresome travelers react to social circumstances unlike their own; and the obverse, how others react to visitors from other places.

The Forward, by Jason Wilson, and the Introduction, by Winchester, are not to be skipped. Both define the nature of travel writing. It involves the awareness that geography is much more than the names of countries and capital cities. It’s about people living in other places, and their adaptations to both the physical and political environments of those places.

Less than 70 percent of America’s children can find France on a world map. Test yourself with a blank world map to fill in country names; or a blank map of the United States and Canada for states and provinces.

Ironically, American travel writing is among the best and most widely distributed in the world. And if it were matched by energetic travel reading, US citizens might become more aware of world events and other cultures. Winchester’s selections are a great start.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618858668
Author:
Winchester, Simon
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Editor:
Wilson, Jason
Author:
Crosley, Sloane
Author:
Wilson, Jason
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American Travel Writing
Publication Date:
20091031
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Author Winchester (The Professor and the Madman) and series editor Jason Wilson collect 25 travel essays, from publications including Outside, Slate, and National Geographic, covering everything from wrestling in Bolivia to Arctic distance swimming to the ski runs of James Bond to the problem of 'mysterious genital disappearance' in Nigeria. Less exotic but no less entertaining are Calvin Trillin's search for the best Texas barbeque, Matthew Power drifting down the Mississippi on a handmade raft, and Brownen Dickey visiting North Georgia for a Deliverance-haunted trek in the backcountry. Kiran Desai, Roger Cohen and even Chuck Klosterman also make appearances. Fans of travel writing will not be disappointed in this latest series entry, which fully supports Winchester's claim that 'American travel writing... is better and more stimulating than anywhere else in the world.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A collection of the best travel writing pieces published in American periodicals during 2008.
"Synopsis" by ,
The hilarious and well-traveled Sloane Crosley, author of the New York Times bestseller IWas Told There'd be Cake, helms this collection of the genre's gems.
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