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The Best American Travel Writing 2010

The Best American Travel Writing 2010

by Bill Buford (Editor), Jason Wilson (Editor)

Edited by The New Yorker’s Bill Buford, the pieces collected here “prove that a restless, intrepid spirit isn’t unwelcome to American readers” (New York Times Book Review).


Edited by The New Yorker’s Bill Buford, the pieces collected here “prove that a restless, intrepid spirit isn’t unwelcome to American readers” (New York Times Book Review).

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According to results from recent surveys, sixty percent of Americans are taking no vacation at all or staying at home during their off-time weeks. That means that most of us have become fantasy travelers, leisure readers of others' far-flung adventures. There is no better way to indulge in this pleasurable (and remarkably inexpensive) activity than to grab a chair and wade into the essays of The Best American Travel Writing. This annual anthology, now beginning its second successful decade, places particular emphasis on the variety of world cultures and travel experiences. Like the best trips, this paperback surprises you at every turn. A paperback original.

Publishers Weekly
Buford notes in this robust collection that "place matters, in varying degrees-sometimes a lot, sometimes hardly at all," and goes on to prove it with this year's anthology. Michael Finkel's fascinating account of his stay with the Hazda people in East Africa and Ted Genoways's recollection of a poignant trip with his father to Suriname both will appeal to readers with a curiosity about spots less traveled. But readers with greater interest in human experience than exotic locales will also find much to cherish. David Sedaris's anecdotes of encounters with strangers on trains and Peter LaSalle's contribution on the connection between walking and writing, both bravely candid, could occur anywhere. Peter Jon Lindberg, in the standout "In Defense of Tourism," questions the tendency of travel enthusiasts to "parse the world's offerings into things tourists do versus things 'locals' do, as if the mere act of residing somewhere confers a sense of style." With a welcome range of geography and point-of-view, Buford has curated a diverse and engrossing collection.
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Meet 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.


BILL BUFORD is an author and a staff writer for The New Yorker, as well as the founding editor of Granta, which he edited for sixteen years. His books include Among the Thugs and Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany.

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