Anyone whose passport has been stamped a few times knows the surest method of keeping the travel fire alive: by reading and telling stories from the road, passing them along like a torch in a relay race.
From Travelers’ Tales comes The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 9: True Stories from Around the Worldthe ninth collection in the annual best-selling, award-winning series that invites readers to ride shotgun alongside intrepid female nomads as they travel the globe to discover new places, people, and facets of themselves. The stories in this edition are as diverse as the destinations, the common thread being fresh, compelling storytelling that will make you laugh, weep, wish you were there, or be glad you weren’t.
In The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 9: True Stories from Around the World, readers will:
Tangle with snakes and alligators in Bangladesh
Chase tornadoes with Chinese celebrities
Dodge fireballs while half-naked in Ecuador
Get stuck in the mud by the Ganges in India
Hunt frogs in a Louisiana bayou
Get cheerfully deported from South Africa
Be transformed by a Mexican revolution
Survive close encounters with rhinos in Namibia
Experience life under niqab in Egypt
Find love in a tree house in Laos
... and much, much more.
|Publisher:||Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated|
|Series:||Best Women's Travel Writing , #9|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Lavinia Spalding is the author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, and coauthor of With a Measure of Grace: The Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. Her work has also appeared in such publications as Sunset Magazine, Yoga Journal, Inkwell, and Post Road Magazine. She grew up in New Hampshire and Flagstaff, Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona creative writing program. She has kept travel journals throughout thirty countries on five continents, and is the editor of The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011 and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2012.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This collection of 30 travel essays written by women will entertain and enlighten both the adventurer and the arm-chair enthusiast. The stories range from searching for frogs in southern Louisiana to chasing tornadoes in Oklahoma to a Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico with a mother and her young son. Each author invites the reader to not just visit a place, but to see it through the lens of the people and the local culture, accompanying the writer on her own emotional journey. I enjoyed Blair Braverman's "Rangefinder Girl" as she trekked through Namibia studying black rhinos. Fearful at the beginning, she comes to appreciate the land and the creatures that occupy it, calmly flicking a scorpion from her leg on the last night. I also liked Holly Morris's "The Risky Path," a recounting of her fear of snakes and an effort to overcome it while in Bangladesh. She quotes Martin Luther King Jr., "Salvation is being on the right road, not having reached a destination." Each of these stories is a possible road, traversed by other women, but in the sharing perhaps they will spur you toward your own.