The Best American Travel Writing 2014

The Best American Travel Writing 2014


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“Travel connoisseurs divide the world into those places they’ve been dying to visit or revisit and places they’d never set foot in but are glad someone else did. This year’s volume of travel writing . . . focuses mostly on the latter with derring-do dispatches.” — USA Today

A far-ranging collection of the best travel writing pieces published in 2013, collected by guest editor Paul Theroux. The Best American Travel Writing consistently includes a wide variety of pieces, illuminating the wonder, humor, fear, and exhilaration that greets all of us when we embark on a journey to a new place. Readers know that there is simply no other option when they want great travel writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544330153
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Best American Travel Writing Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

PAUL THEROUX’s renowned travel books include The Last Train to Zona Verde, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star,Dark Star Safari, and The Great Railway Bazaar. His acclaimed novels include The Mosquito Coast,Hotel Honolulu, and The Lower River.

JASON WILSON writes the spirits column for the Washington Post and is the editor of The Smart Set. He is also the author of Boozehound.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xviii

Poisoned Land Elif Batuman 1

Amigos Julia Cooke 13

Life During Wartime Janine Di Giovanni 28

America the Marvelous A. A. Gill 37

Christmas in Thessaloniki Arnon Grunberg 42

Fifty Shades of Greyhound Harrison Scott Key 55

Au Train de Vie: That Voice You Hear When Traveling Peter Lasalle 63

460 Days Amanda Lindhout with Sara Corbett 84

Clear-Eyed in Calcutta Andrew McCarthy 106

This Must Be the Place Michael Paterniti 109

Love in the Time of Coca Stephanie Pearson 124

Birthplace of the American Vacation Tony Perrottet 134

Excuse Us While We Kiss the Sky Matthew Power 144

Dream Acres Steven Rinella 158

Now We Are Five David Sedaris 165

My New York: A Romance in Eight Parts Peter Selgin 176

Sun King Bob Shacochis 195

The Last of Eden Alex Shoumatoff 204

Maximum Bombay Gary Shteyngart 224

A Moving Experience Thomas Swick 233

Born on the 9th of July Patrick Symmes 241

In the Abode of the Gods Jeffrey Tayler 256

Loving Las Vegas Colson Whitehead 274

Open Water Sean Wilsey 280

Contributors' Notes 301

Notable Travel Writing of 2013 306

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