Machu My Picchu: Searching for Sex, Sanity, and a Soul Mate in South America

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In her celebrated memoir Dork Whore, Iris Bahr chronicled her stint in the Israeli military and her precollege backpacking trip through Asia, where she spent most of her time eating sketchy foods and trying to lose her virginity. In Machu My Picchu, she finds herself in even more foreign territory: Brown University, where she desperately attempts to fit in among frat boys, Jordanian royalty, vegan hippies, coke heads, and an Ecuadorian guy with a penchant for disturbingly tight jeans.Feeling more alienated than ...

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Overview

In her celebrated memoir Dork Whore, Iris Bahr chronicled her stint in the Israeli military and her precollege backpacking trip through Asia, where she spent most of her time eating sketchy foods and trying to lose her virginity. In Machu My Picchu, she finds herself in even more foreign territory: Brown University, where she desperately attempts to fit in among frat boys, Jordanian royalty, vegan hippies, coke heads, and an Ecuadorian guy with a penchant for disturbingly tight jeans.Feeling more alienated than ever, Iris decides to embark on another backpacking adventure, this time through Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Between love affairs with locals, clashes with travel companions, and near-death experiences, Iris discovers her ability to feel lost no matter where she goes. But through her struggle to find that elusive combination of healthy love, great sex, and peace of mind, she finally learns to embrace the joys of the search. The zany humor of Amy Sedaris meets the neurotic self-awareness of Woody Allen in this invigorating mix of hair-raising adventure, poignant reflection, and bawdy humor. It's one hell of a wild ride.

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Editorial Reviews

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM for Dork Whore: “Girl meets boy, girl meets another boy, and girl meets another boy . . . My kind of book! Dork Whore is hilarious. It’s like listening to a drunk friend tell you all the embarrassing stuff she’ll regret the next day.” —Chelsea Handler “Like Bruce Chatwin with a vagina, Paul Theroux with a sense of humor, Iris Bahr takes an external and internal journey that is exotic, unique, singular, personal, intimate, honest, exciting, wildly funny, smart, and strangely arousing.”—Larry Charles, director of Borat and producer of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm “Much about Ms. Bahr can be learned in her gracefully titled memoir, Dork Whore: My Travels Through Asia as a Twenty-Year-Old Pseudo-Virgin. The subtitle cannot be fully explained here, nor can her unpleasant experience in the audience at a Bangkok sex show, nor her exquisitely detailed gastrointestinal troubles, nor her repeated attempts to bring to an end her pseudo-virginal status.” —New York Times “Bahr has a flair for the self-deprecating wisecrack, a trick that keeps this quick memoir moving.” —Kirkus Reviews “Witty . . . Touching.” —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762772773
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Iris Bahr

IRIS BAHR is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, and director. She executive produces, writes, and directs her original series Svetlana, about a Russian hooker-cum-political consultant. Her one-woman show Dai (Enough) won a Lucille Lortel Award, and she was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, including Best Solo Show. Best known for her recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm, she starred in The Last Exorcism, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and the pilot for Big Bang Theory, and she has also appeared on Friends, King of Queens, The Drew Carey Show, and Star Trek: Voyager. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Prologue / O Captain, My Captain vii

Providence

1 Carton of Kents 3

2 The Fall 15

3 Gouda to Go 18

4 Please Just Shut Up and Give Me My Key 23

5 Where Is Jane Fonda When You Need Her? 27

6 Bonfire of the Baseball Caps 38

7 Ibitha 46

8 Soap 55

9 The Bulb Is Dim 65

10 Outta Here Like Vladimir 69

11 Pastrami on Rye 77

Peru

12 Coulda Walked 83

13 Illuminati 96

14 Fishy 98

15 Dental Dam 102

16 Sock It to Me 107

17 It Began in Afrikaaaa 116

18 Fico de Gallo 120

19 Hard!!! 124

20 Really? 127

21 Koo Koo Roo 127

22 Machu Shitty 130

23 Huggie Bear 132

24 Shining Path Porta-Potty 136

Ecuador

25 Animal Crackers 143

26 Lordy Lordy Lordy 146

27 "Why Do You Ask? 157

28 Open Los Ojos 165

29 Donate Now!! 173

Colombia

30 Loco-Motion 177

31 Hop In! 184

32 Back-Door Policy 191

33 Bakshish 193

34 Boob Bake 205

35 Ski Bunny 213

36 Staring at the Ceiling 221

37 The Stinking Rose 225

38 Cutlery Confessions 232

39 Cardiac Coercion 236

40 A New Dawn 240

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