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The Best American Travel Writing 2007 (Best American Travel Writing)

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Publisher Comments:

Bestselling author and "New Yorker" staff writer Susan Orlean edits this years volume of the finest travel writing from the past year. Contributors include Ian Frazier, Ann Patchett, David Halberstam, Peter Hessler, and others.

Synopsis:

“Travel is not about finding something. Its about getting lost — that is, it is about losing yourself in a place and a moment. The little things that tether you to whats familiar are gone, and you become a conduit through which the sensation of the place is felt.” — from the introduction by Susan Orlean

The twenty pieces in this years collection showcase the best travel writing from 2006. George Saunders travels to India to witness firsthand a fifteen-year-old boy who has been meditating motionless under a tree for months without food or water, and who many followers believe is the reincarnation of the Buddha. Matthew Power reveals trickle-down economics at work in a Philippine garbage dump. Jason Anthony describes the challenges of everyday life in Vostok, the coldest place on earth, where temperatures dip as low as minus-129 degrees and where, in midsummer, minus-20 degrees is considered a heat wave.

David Halberstam, in one of his last published essays, recalls how an inauspicious Saigon restaurant changed the way he and other reporters in Vietnam saw the world. Ian Frazier analyzes why we get sick when traveling in out-of-the-way places. And Kevin Fedarko embarks on a drug-fueled journey in Djibouti, chewing psychotropic foliage in “the worst place on earth.”

Closer to home, Steve Friedman profiles a 410-pound man who set out to walk cross-country to lose weight and find happiness. Rick Bass chases the elusive concept of the West in America, and Jonathan Stern takes a hilarious Lonely Planet approach to his small Manhattan apartment.

Synopsis:

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 a columnist for the Washington Post's food section, as well as the editor of the online magazine The Smart Set.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jason Wilson ix Introduction by Susan Orlean xiii

JASON ANTHONY. A Brief and Awkward Tour of the End of the Earth 1 from WorldHum.com

RICK BASS. Lost in Space 8 from the Los Angeles Times Magazine

KEVIN FEDARKO. High in Hell 24 from Esquire

IAN FRAZIER. A Kielbasa Too Far 43 from Outside

STEVE FRIEDMAN. Lost in America 54 from Backpacker

ELIZABETH GILBERT. Long Days Journey into Dinner 71 from GQ

REESA GRUSHKA. Arieh 89 from the Missouri Review

DAVID HALBERSTAM. The Boys of Saigon 107 from Gourmet

PETER HESSLER. Hutong Karma 115 from The New Yorker

EDWARD HOAGLAND. Miles from Nowhere 129 from The American Scholar

IAN PARKER. Birth of a Nation? 148 from The New Yorker

NANDO PARRADO. The Long Way Home 168 from Outside

ANN PATCHETT. Do Not Disturb 184 from Gourmet

MATTHEW POWER. The Magic Mountain 190 from Harpers Magazine

DAVID RAKOFF. Streets of Sorrow 210 from Condé Nast Traveler

GEORGE SAUNDERS. The Incredible Buddha Boy 219 from GQ

GARY SHTEYNGART. Brazils Untamed Heart 246 from Travel Leisure

ANDREW SOLOMON. Circle of Fire 255 from The New Yorker

JONATHAN STERN. The Lonely Planet Guide to My Apartment 288 from The New Yorker

CYNTHIA ZARIN. Fantasy Island 292 from Gourmet

Contributors Notes 299 Notable Travel Writing of 2006 304

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618582181
Author:
Orlean, Susan
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Editor:
Orlean, Susan; Wilson, Jason
Author:
Crosley, Sloane
Author:
Wilson, Jason
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travelers' writings, American
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American Travel Writing
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
“Travel is not about finding something. Its about getting lost — that is, it is about losing yourself in a place and a moment. The little things that tether you to whats familiar are gone, and you become a conduit through which the sensation of the place is felt.” — from the introduction by Susan Orlean

The twenty pieces in this years collection showcase the best travel writing from 2006. George Saunders travels to India to witness firsthand a fifteen-year-old boy who has been meditating motionless under a tree for months without food or water, and who many followers believe is the reincarnation of the Buddha. Matthew Power reveals trickle-down economics at work in a Philippine garbage dump. Jason Anthony describes the challenges of everyday life in Vostok, the coldest place on earth, where temperatures dip as low as minus-129 degrees and where, in midsummer, minus-20 degrees is considered a heat wave.

David Halberstam, in one of his last published essays, recalls how an inauspicious Saigon restaurant changed the way he and other reporters in Vietnam saw the world. Ian Frazier analyzes why we get sick when traveling in out-of-the-way places. And Kevin Fedarko embarks on a drug-fueled journey in Djibouti, chewing psychotropic foliage in “the worst place on earth.”

Closer to home, Steve Friedman profiles a 410-pound man who set out to walk cross-country to lose weight and find happiness. Rick Bass chases the elusive concept of the West in America, and Jonathan Stern takes a hilarious Lonely Planet approach to his small Manhattan apartment.

"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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