Hiking to Siberia: Curious Tales of Travel and Travelers

Hiking to Siberia: Curious Tales of Travel and Travelers

by Lawrence Millman
     
 

Literary Nonfiction. Travel Writing. In HIKING IN SIBERIA, Lawrence Millman follows the trail of a woman who once tried to walk (and row) from New York City to Siberia. He also gets a ride from an apparent ghost in Iceland and attends a feast in Micronesia where the pièce de résistance is fruit bat penis. This stylish, often very funny collection of

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Literary Nonfiction. Travel Writing. In HIKING IN SIBERIA, Lawrence Millman follows the trail of a woman who once tried to walk (and row) from New York City to Siberia. He also gets a ride from an apparent ghost in Iceland and attends a feast in Micronesia where the pièce de résistance is fruit bat penis. This stylish, often very funny collection of essays affirms Millman's place among the very best living travel writers.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Millman (Our Like Will Not Be There Again: Notes from the West of Ireland) has focused primarily on remote places in his travel writing. Of his many sharp, amusing essays, these are among his best. The 22 very short pieces, the majority of which appeared originally in such publications as Atlantic Monthly and the Los Angeles Times, have no geographic or even thematic thread in common, though he tends to favor cold, seldom-visited places where ice cream cones and souvenir T-shirts are nowhere to be seen. The title essay is about an eccentric, homesick Russian immigrant (who was probably mentally ill), Lillian Alling, who walked from New York to the Bering Strait and tried to continue on to Siberia around 1930. (Unsuccessfully, as one might guess.) The book's appeal lies in offbeat stories like this. VERDICT Quick and easy to read in a small, portable format, this title is perfect for in-flight diversion. However, because these pieces have already appeared elsewhere and are not enhanced with illustrations or maps, it is not a high-priority acquisition.—Harold M. Otness, formerly with Southern Oregon Univ. Lib, Ashland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934513378
Publisher:
sunnyoutside
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,158,458
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Lawrence Millman has written fifteen books, including such titles as Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Last Places, NORTHERN LATITUDES, An Evening Among Headhunters, HIKING TO SIBERIA, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, and—most recently—the first ever guidebook to New England mushrooms. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Atlantic Monthly, and Outside. As a traveler, he chooses his destinations based on the Internet: if a place doesn't have a website, he'll immediately pack his bags and head there. He keeps a post office box in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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