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Funny and profound, life-affirming and enlightening, these stories, many of them previously unpublished, bring readers to some of the most colorful corners of the world.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