Road Trips

Road Trips

by Tamim Ansary


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Road Trips, a memoir by Tamim Ansary, recounts stories from his years as part of the American '60s and '70s counterculture, after he arrived from Afghanistan where he was born and raised. The book revolves around three arduous journeys he launched from his home base in Portland, Oregon, between 1969, when he hitchhiked across North America with five dollars in his pocket, and 1975, when he and a girlfriend went on a four-month road trip that ended up in the Yucatan jungle near the ruins of Tulum. These odysseys are bracketed by a prologue, in which ten-year-old Ansary accompanies his father on a journey to find a legendary alabaster mountain in southwestern Afghanistan; and an epilogue, in which Ansary stumbles on a sheaf of long-lost letters from his counterculture years. The stories unfold against the familiar background of communes and collectives, Woodstock and Watergate, sex, dope, acid, rock'n'roll, and the end of civilization as we know it. At heart, however, this is not a history of those all too-well-chronicled times; it's that mythic private story of which we all have our own idiosyncratic version: the passage from wonder-struck childhood to chastened old age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684194889
Publisher: Kajakai Press
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Afghan-American author Tamim Ansary wrote the bestselling Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes, which won the Northern California Book Award for nonfiction in 2009. His 2003 memoir West of Kabul, East of New York was selected as San Francisco’s “One City One Book” pick in 2008. Ansary also wrote Games Without Rules, The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan, nominated for a Northern California Book Award in 2012, The Widow’s Husband, a historical novel set in Afghanistan, and numerous nonfiction children’s books including Holiday Histories and Native Americans. Ansary ran the San Francisco Writer’s Workshop for 22 years and has taught memoir writing workshops in Portland, San Francisco, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and has lived in the United States since 1964. Today he lives in San Francisco, California, where he hosts a Memoir Pool, a blog devoted to the art of the real-life story. He can also be found at

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