The Best American Travel Writing 2002

The Best American Travel Writing 2002

by Frances Mayes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0618118802

ISBN-13: 2900618118808

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

For The Best American Travel Writing 2002, guest editor Frances Mayes and series editor Jason Wilson have selected the year's most provocative and enticing travel writing, pieces that appeared originally in Esquire and National Geographic Adventure, The New Yorker and Men's Journal, Double Take and Islands, Outside and Harper's Magazine, among others. As Mayes writes

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For The Best American Travel Writing 2002, guest editor Frances Mayes and series editor Jason Wilson have selected the year's most provocative and enticing travel writing, pieces that appeared originally in Esquire and National Geographic Adventure, The New Yorker and Men's Journal, Double Take and Islands, Outside and Harper's Magazine, among others. As Mayes writes in her introduction, "In The Best American Travel Writing 2002, 'travel' is an adjective. 'Writing' is the most vital word in the title. There are as many reasons to travel as there are travelers ... One goes to a war zone, one takes a wildflower walk, one experiences a gun at the temple, one trails a foot off a sailboat in aquamarine waters. Only the writing will reveal who traveled furthest."

Giving new life to travel writing close to home and far away are David Sedaris on God and airports, Jim Harrison on an extreme soul food trek across America, Andre Aciman on the eternal pleasures of Rome, and Stephen Bodio on the arcane art of falconry among Mongolian masters. P. J. O'Rourke actually makes us smile about Israel, as he reminds us that there's more to the country than the latest explosion. Molly O'Neill writes of a haunting homecoming in Cambodia, as a leading chef tries to reconcile himself to the past with one perfect meal, and Kevin Canty writes about the pungent melding of food and place closer to home, at Mississippi's Neshoba County Fair. These writers and many more contribute to a remarkable volume that reminds us, as John Steinbeck said, that "we do not take a trip; a trip takes us."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900618118808
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Series:
Best American Travel Writing Series
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
386

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Introductionxvii
Roman Hours (from Conde Nast Traveler)1
Below Canal Street (from Esquire)11
Sovereigns of the Sky (from The Atlantic Monthly)20
Throw Junior from the Car (from The Washington Post Magazine)27
Postcards from the Fair (from The Oxford American)36
A Rio Runs Through It (from The San Antonio Express-News)45
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Void (from National Geographic Adventure)81
Forty Years in Acapulco (from Men's Journal)97
Beyond the End of the Road (from National Geographic Adventure)107
The City and the Pillars (from The New Yorker)124
Soul Food (from Men's Journal)131
Slow Flying Stones (from DoubleTake)145
Visiting Norah (from Worth)163
The Scent of Two Cities (from Conde Nast Traveler)188
In the Land of the White Rajahs (from Islands)200
Lambs of God and the New Math (from The San Francisco Chronicle)211
Ancient Roads, Walled Cities (from Hemispheres)220
Where the Bee Sucks (from Harper's Magazine)229
Home for Dinner (from The New Yorker)245
Zion's Vital Signs (from The Atlantic Monthly)263
Spain in a Minor Key (from Islands)282
Making Rain (from Quarterly West)294
The Man Upstairs (from Esquire)310
Stolen Blessings (from The South Florida Sun-Sentinel)316
Spetses, Greece (from Islands)321
The Fist of God (from Outside)327
Contributors' Notes343
Notable Travel Writing of 2001348

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