The Best American Travel Writing 2010


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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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.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547333359
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Series: Best American Travel Writing Series
  • Pages: 323
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

JASON WILSON is the drinks columnist at the Washington Post, the series editor of The Smart Set, and the author of Boozehound: On The Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated. He teaches at Drexel University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jason Wilson Wilson, Jason

Introduction Bill Buford Buford, Bill

Appointment in Istanbul Henry Alford Alford, Henry 1

From New York Times Magazine

Looking for Judas Tom Bissell Bissell, Tom 4

From Virginia Quarterly Review

Down & Out in Fresno and San Francisco Colby Buzzell Buzzell, Colby 23

From Esquire

The Undead Travel Avi Davis Davis, Avi 36

From the Believer

The Hadza Michael Finkel Finkel, Michael 52

From National Geographic

Travels in Siberia Ian Frazier Frazier, Ian 68

From the New Yorker

Batman Returns Ted Genoways Genoways, Ted 128

From Outside

A House is a Machine to Live in J. C. Hallman Hallman, J. C. 141

From the Believer

Strange Stones Peter Hessler Hessler, Peter 161

From the New Yorker

The Lovely Stones Christopher Hitchens Hitchens, Christopher 175

From Vanity Fair

Take in the State Fair Garrison Keillor Keillor, Garrison 182

From National Geographic

Walking: An Essay on Writing Peter Lasalle Lasalle, Peter 188

From Agni

In Defense of Tourism Peter Jon Lindberg Lindberg, Peter Jon 201

From Travel + Leisure

Where Donkeys Deliver Susan Orlean Orlean, Susan 206

From Smithsonian

The Ghost Course David Owen Owen, David 217

From the New Yorker

The Ponzi State George Packer Packer, George 231

From the New Yorker

Lost in the Amazon Matthew Power Power, Matthew 256

From Men's Journal

Me, Myself, and Ribeye Steven Rinella Rinella, Steven 270

From Outside

Guy Walks into a Bar Car David Sedaris Sedaris, David 282

From the New Yorker

The Filthy, Fecund Secret of Emilia-Romagna Patrick Symmes Symmes, Patrick 292

From Conde Nast Traveler

Take Nothing, Leave Nothing Simon Winchester Winchester, Simon 305

From Lapham's Quarterly

Contributors' Notes 317

Notable Travel Writing of 2009 321

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2010

    only one essay by a woman out of 20 plus essays??????????

    If you think women can actually write interesting travel essays, this is not the book for you!

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