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The Best American Travel Writing 2012
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The Best American Travel Writing 2012
Creators: Jason Wilson, William T. Vollmann
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint: Mariner Books
Pub. date: 10/2/2012
Lib. SRP: 14.95 USD
Ret. SRP: 14.95 USD
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
ISBN: 9780547809137
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 355 KB
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Literary Criticism, Nonfiction
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The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Travel Writing 2012 includes

Bryan Curtis, Lynn Freed, J. Malcolm Garcia, Peter Gwin,
Pico Iyer, Mark Jenkins, Dimiter Kenarov, Robin Kirk,
Kimberly Meyer, Paul Theroux, and others

Full Description:
   

The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

The Best American Travel Writing 2012 includes

Bryan Curtis, Lynn Freed, J. Malcolm Garcia, Peter Gwin,
Pico Iyer, Mark Jenkins, Dimiter Kenarov, Robin Kirk,
Kimberly Meyer, Paul Theroux, and others

Reviews:
  Publisher's Weekly
     

October 14, 2013
Guest editor Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) anthologizes a variety of pieces that adhere to her maxim, "No story is automatically interesting; only the telling makes it so." Among the 19 contributors, John Jeremiah Sullivan reflects on a journey to Cuba to visit his wife's family, capturing both the picturesque landscape and the inherent strangeness of being an American there. Colleen Kinder recalls wearing a niqab to a marketplace while on assignment in Cairo. In "The Year I Didn't," Daniel Tyx lampoons self-indulgent travel trend pieces, writing about the road not travelled at all as he opts out of his plan to walk the U.S-Mexico border. Peter Jon Lindberg embraces the idyllic at Pine Point, Maine, and David Farley seeks an elusive recipe in Vietnam made exclusively by one family for generations. Sam Anderson muses on the nature of literary tourism on his trip to the English theme park Dickens World, while Marie Arana provides a hard-hitting look at child labor and the exploitation of workers at a Peruvian gold mine, articulating a powerful plea for the education of young girls. Lynn Yaeger's "Confessions of a Packing Maximalist" addresses the preparation stage of travel and adding a light-hearted touch to the collection. Gilbert made excellent choices for this collection, not a single piece is out of place here.

  Publisher's Weekly
     

October 29, 2012
The contributors to the latest entry in this series give readers a good sense of place—they fold you into the setting. Vollmann (Europe Central) has gathered—from National Geographic, the New Yorker, and elsewhere—a deft mix of high and low, far and wide. "Letter from Paris," for example, from Michael Gorra, sits alongside "Garbage City" by Iraq veteran-turned-journalist Elliott D. Woods. The former evokes wonder: "The Eiffel Tower is always there… and on some nights it seems to go off like a sparkler, its lights popping red and gold as if it were shorting itself out." The latter hones in on Izbet Az-Zabaleen, "a hive of entrepreneurial recyclers… nestled at the edge of Manshiet Nasser, a teeming slum on Cairo's eastern outskirts." Monte Reel's "How to Explore Like a Real Victorian Adventurer," an ironic anthropological guide to a shopping mall in suburban Illinois, shares book-space with Luke Dittrich's "Walking the Border," about borderlands between the United States and Mexico. Not every selection here will work for every reader. Aaron Dacytl's "Railroad Semantics," for example, about life on the rails in the Pacific Northwest, eventually goes off track. But it's a rare disappointment in this volume of mostly enlightening essays.

  Kirkus
     

September 15, 2012
The latest intriguing batch of travel writing from the venerable series. With series editor Wilson, National Book Award winner Vollman (Imperial, 2009, etc.) pulls together a wide range of pieces, including Monte Reel's look at how to explore the world like a Victorian gentleman and Elliott D. Woods' essay on the zabaleen, or garbage pickers, in the Garbage City of Cairo. "There are real-life garbage kings in the village with informal businesses worth millions of dollars," writes Woods, "but most of the 60,000 in the Garbage City live modest lives defined by hard labor and strong family obligations." Indeed, many of the pieces will not make readers hurry to follow the narrator's footsteps--e.g., Henry Shukman's visit to Chernobyl, where a strange lushness permeates the region, or J. Malcolm Garcia's haunting and brutal piece on a murder where everyone knows what happened, but no one is willing to talk for fear of reprisal. Other narratives may entice fellow travelers, however--e.g., Paul Theroux's short piece on the Maine coast and, for those with a religious bent, Kimberly Meyer's essay on the elaborate Passion play performed each year in the Holy City of the Wichitas. From crossing the border in Tijuana in search of the Tijuana Sports Hall of Fame, to walking the border fence between the United States and Mexico, these stories, from such publications as National Geographic, Outside, Esquire and the Atlantic, undoubtedly bring a taste of adventure to readers. Though not filled with glamor and glitz, they open a window onto the strange, seedy and beautiful in the world, offering readers glimpses into places that many will never see or experience except through the eyes and words of these writers. Mostly engaging, diverse tales of offbeat travel adventures.

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