Synopses & Reviews
The stories are all beautifully written. USA Today
A far-ranging collection of the best travel writing pieces published in 2015, collected by guest editorbest-selling author Bill Bryson.The Best American Travel Writing consistently includes a wide variety of pieces, illuminating the wonder, humor, fear, and exhilaration that greets all of us when we embark on a journey to a new place. Each volume promises to gratify both armchair travelers and the most seasoned and fearless thrill-seekers . . . with] refreshingly original stories, alternately humorous, nostalgic, exhilarating and horrifying (Kirkus Reviews). When readers look for top-notch travel writing, they know there is simply no other option."
Why do I travel? Why does anyone of us travel? Bill Bryson poses these questions in his introduction to The Best American Travel Writing 2016, and though he admits, I wasn t at all sure I knew the answer, they are questions worthy of examination. While the various contributors to this collection all travel for different reasons, one thing is for certain they come back with stories. Whether traversing the Arctic by dogsled, attending a surreal film festival in North Korea, or strolling the streets of a fast-changing Havana, their insights into the world and the human condition are illuminating and enthralling, providing an answer: This is why I like to travel.
The Best American Travel Writing 2016 includes Michael Chabon, Alice Gregory, Paul Theroux, Dave Eggers, Helen Macdonald, Sara Corbett, Stephanie Pearson, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Pico Iyer, and others
BILL BRYSON, guest editor, is the best-selling author of A Walk in the Woods; A Short History of Nearly Everything; One Summer: America, 1927; The Road to Little Dribbling; and numerous other books.
JASON WILSON, series editor, is the author of Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits; Spaghetti on the Wall; and the forthcoming Why Wine Matters. He has written for the Washington Post Magazine, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and many other publications, and has won awards for Best Food Column from the Association of Food Journalists four times."