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Written to appeal to the curious and thoughtful traveler, the armchair adventurer, and anyone interested in great travel writing or writing about the world, this fourth entry in the popular series features an eclectic mix of authors and locales. Twenty-eight essays by 28 different writers who explore both exotic and familiar places around the world and, in the process, are transformed by their experiences.

Michel Moushabeck brings the sights and sounds of 1960s Jerusalem to life in "My Very Last Summer in the Old City." Jonas Knutsson immerses himself in Italy's Magyar culture in "Gypsy Girls." Sean French heads to the stark beauty of Iceland in "First Catch Your Puffin." Adrian Cole finds a series of surprises at Heathrow Airport in the witty "England Sucks! A Love Story." Closer to home, George Vincent Wright offers a bracing tour of New England in "Coming into the Country," while Tony Perrottet reveals the majesty of nature in Montana and Wyoming in "Yellowstone Primeval."

Funny and profound, life-affirming and enlightening, these stories, many of them previously unpublished, bring readers to some of the most colorful corners of the world.

Book News Annotation:

Travelers' tales editors James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger and Sean O'Reilly have worked on some 100 books containing contemporary travel writing. Here they compile 27 essays capturing the insights and peculiar misfortunes granted to the international traveler. Writers including Paul Theroux and Hunter James expound on crises and language barriers in Costa Rica, Argentina's meat obsession, and traveling poor in Paris, among other topics. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The Best Travel Writing 2007 is the fourth volume in the annual series Travelers' Tales launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing — from Nobel Prize winners to emerging writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from probing the depths of a culture in Jerusalem to riding the rails in India and trying to save a life in Costa Rica. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, absolute hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine. In The Best Travel Writing 2007 readers will become a sex slave in Zambia, watch karma play its part in rough travel in Costa Rica, rediscover Jewish roots in Germany, see preconceptions crumble aboard a tramp ferry on the Red Sea, comprehend the social magic of the Mexican taco stand, discover how a restaurant can make miracles with only fish in Italy, hang on the knifes edge between life and death on a mountain in New Zealand, become a kick boxer in Thailand, escape a volcanic eruption in Vanuatu…and much more.

About the Author

James O'Reilly, president and publisher of Travelers' Tales, was born in England and Raised in San Francisco. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1975 and wrote mystery serials before becoming a travel writer in the early 1980s. He's visited more than forty countries, along the way meditating with monks in Tibet, participating in West African voodoo rituals, living in the French Alps, and hanging out the laundry with nuns in Florence. He travels extensively with his wife, Wenda, and their three daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781932361469
Author:
O'Reilly, James
Publisher:
Travelers' Tales Guides
Editor:
Habegger, Larry
Editor:
O'Reilly, James; Habegger, Larry; O'Reilly, Sean
Editor:
O'Reilly, Sean
Author:
Habegger, Larry
Author:
O'Reilly, Sean
Author:
Wheeler, Tony
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best Travel Writing
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 14 oz

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The Best Travel Writing 2007 is the fourth volume in the annual series Travelers' Tales launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing — from Nobel Prize winners to emerging writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from probing the depths of a culture in Jerusalem to riding the rails in India and trying to save a life in Costa Rica. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, absolute hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine. In The Best Travel Writing 2007 readers will become a sex slave in Zambia, watch karma play its part in rough travel in Costa Rica, rediscover Jewish roots in Germany, see preconceptions crumble aboard a tramp ferry on the Red Sea, comprehend the social magic of the Mexican taco stand, discover how a restaurant can make miracles with only fish in Italy, hang on the knifes edge between life and death on a mountain in New Zealand, become a kick boxer in Thailand, escape a volcanic eruption in Vanuatu…and much more.
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