Synopses & Reviews
Any woman whose passport has been stamped a few times knows the surest method of keeping her travel fire alive: by reading and telling stories from the road, passing them along like a torch in a relay race.
From Travelersand#8217; Tales comes The Best Womenand#8217;s Travel Writing, Volume 8: True Stories from Around the Worldand#151;the eighth collection in the annual best-selling, award-winning series that invites readers to ride shotgun alongside intrepid female nomads as they travel the world to discover new places, people, and facets of themselves. The stories in this yearand#8217;s edition are as diverse as the geographic locations, the common thread being fresh, compelling storytelling from a womanand#8217;s perspective aimed at making readers laugh, weep, wish they were there, or be glad they werenand#8217;t.
In The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8, readers will:
Fend off angry bulls on a mountaintop in Kyrgyzstan
Start a new life in a boat on the Ganges
Climb the Great Wall with a 9-month-old and a 91-year-old
Battle it out with an alter ego in a jungle in Mexico
Learn about survival in a slum in Rio de Janeiro
Walk the Camino de Santiago from France to Spain
Find romance in a strip club in Oman and a boat in Belize
Discover family in Sicily, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Zambia
... and much more.
Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love
, 2006), guest editor of the latest volume in this always rich yearly anthology, boldly avers that she chose travel stories that “were told the most marvelously in 2012.” All the pieces included here are treasures of excellent writing, regardless of genre. - Booklist
The latest installment of the travel-writing series upholds the tradition of world-expanding excellence.The wonder continues in the fact that, regardless of subject, each story takes its place in the collection proudly and deservedly. - Kirkus
Since publishing the original edition of A Womanand#8217;s World in 1995, Travelersand#8217; Tales has been the recognized leader in womenand#8217;s travel literature, and with the launch of the annual series The Best Travel Writing in 2004, the obvious next step was an annual collection of the best womenand#8217;s travel writing of the year. This title is the eighth in an annual seriesand#151;The Best Womenand#8217;s Travel Writingand#151;that presents stimulating, inspiring, and uplifting adventures from women who have traveled to the ends of the earth to discover new places, peoples, and facets of themselves. The common threads connecting these stories are a womanand#8217;s perspective and fresh, compelling storytelling to make the reader laugh, weep, wish she were there, or be glad she wasnand#8217;t. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes are as eclectic as in all of our books, including stories that encompass spiritual growth, hilarity and misadventure, high adventure, romance, solo journeys, stories of service to humanity, family travel, and encounters with exotic cuisine.
A collection of the best travel writing pieces published in American periodicals during 2012.
Number-one New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed: A Love Story, Elizabeth Gilbert transports readers to far-flung locales with this collection of the years lushest and most inspiring travel writing.
About the Author
JASON WILSON, series editor, is the author of Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits and the digital wine series Planet of the Grapes. He has written for the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Daily News, and many other publications. He is the founding editor of The Smart Set and Table Matters.
ELIZABETH GILBERT is the author of the story collection Pilgrims, a finalist for the 1998 PEN/Hemingway Award. It was a New York Times Notable Book and was listed as one of the Most Intriguing Books of 1997 by Glamour magazine. Pilgrims also won best first fiction awards from the Paris Review, the Southern Review, and Ploughshares. Her fiction has been published in Esquire, Story, GQ, Paris Review, Ploughshares, and the Mississippi Review. She is also a Pushcart Prize winner, and her nonfiction writing has earned her a 1999 National Magazine Award nomination. Annie Proulx called Gilbert a "young writer of incandescent talent." Currently a writer-at-large for GQ, Gilbert lives in New York's Hudson Valley.