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The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer: Close Encounters with Strangers

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ISBN13: 9780679771821
ISBN10: 0679771824
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Eric Hansen survives a cyclone on a boat off the Australian coast, cradles a dying man in Calcutta, and drinks mind-altering kava in Vanuatu. He helps a widower search for his wife's wedding ring amid plane-crash wreckage in Borneo and accompanies topless dancers on a bird-watching expedition in California. From the Maldives to Sacramento, from Cannes to Washington Heights, Eric Hansen has a way of getting himself into the most sacred ceremonies and the most candid conversations.

Synopsis:

Eric Hansen is an intrepid traveler with a keenly perceptive eye and an appreciation for the odd and unusual. He will go anywhere and try anything. Through it all he manages to capture the most revealing conversations and the most transporting moments in his travels, from the Maldives to Sacramento, from Cannes to Borneo and far beyond.

Hansen writes about the mind-altering experience of drinking kava in Vanuatu and about heartrending moments working at Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying Destitute in Calcutta. He joins a grieving husband searching for his dead wife's wedding ring at a crash site in the Borneo rain forest. He recounts his miraculous survival of Cyclone Tracy on a fishing boat off the north coast of Australia, and he befriends an elderly Russian woman who would prepare catered dinners for George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky in her tiny Manhattan kitchen while drug dealers were shot to death in the downstairs lobby. He spends time with an ornithologist who studies endangered ants and the sex lives of banana slugs--and takes topless dancers on bird-watching expeditions.

Each essay is a passionate experience of life refracted through the eyes and voice of a singularly evocative and original writer.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Eric Hansen lives in San Francisco, but over the last twenty-five years he has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Nepal, and Southeast Asia. He is the author of Stranger in the Forest, Motoring with Mohammed, and Orchid Fever. His articles, photographs, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Travel & Leisure, Cond? Nast Traveler, and Outside magazine, among other publications worldwide. He can be reached at ekhansen@ix.netcom.com.

Table of Contents

1. Arlette and Madame Perruche

2. Life at the Grand Hotel

3. Listening to the Kava

4. Night Fishing with Nahimah

5. Life Lessons from Dying Strangers

6. Cooking with Madame Zoya

7. The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer

8. Three Nights on the Mountain

9. The Ghost Wind

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CS Pertgen, October 16, 2013 (view all comments by CS Pertgen)
Holy moly! This book often becomes a favey gift item for my friends and family. It has a little something for everyone, but mostly it has side-splitting laughter!! The story about the Grand Hotel watch débâcle is an instant classic - I'm grinning wildly just remembering it. So when you buy this little fella, be sure to buy two or three copies. That way, when your friends don't return it after having borrowed it, you won't have to take any drastic measures. Enjoy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679771821
Other:
Hansen, Eric
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Other:
Hansen, Eric
Author:
Hansen, Eric
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Hansen, Eric
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Hansen, Eric - Travel
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Outdoors-Lore and Survival
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.5 in 0.55 lb

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Product details 240 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679771821 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Eric Hansen is an intrepid traveler with a keenly perceptive eye and an appreciation for the odd and unusual. He will go anywhere and try anything. Through it all he manages to capture the most revealing conversations and the most transporting moments in his travels, from the Maldives to Sacramento, from Cannes to Borneo and far beyond.

Hansen writes about the mind-altering experience of drinking kava in Vanuatu and about heartrending moments working at Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying Destitute in Calcutta. He joins a grieving husband searching for his dead wife's wedding ring at a crash site in the Borneo rain forest. He recounts his miraculous survival of Cyclone Tracy on a fishing boat off the north coast of Australia, and he befriends an elderly Russian woman who would prepare catered dinners for George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky in her tiny Manhattan kitchen while drug dealers were shot to death in the downstairs lobby. He spends time with an ornithologist who studies endangered ants and the sex lives of banana slugs--and takes topless dancers on bird-watching expeditions.

Each essay is a passionate experience of life refracted through the eyes and voice of a singularly evocative and original writer.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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