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The Best American Travel Writing
by Jason Wilson and Elizabeth Gilbert


Overview - Number-one New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed: A Love Story , Elizabeth Gilbert transports readers to far-flung locales with this collection of the year's lushest and most inspiring travel writing.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Number-one New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed: A Love Story, Elizabeth Gilbert transports readers to far-flung locales with this collection of the year's lushest and most inspiring travel writing.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780547808987
  • ISBN-10: 0547808984
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publish Date: November 2013
  • Page Count: 240

Series: Best American Travel Writing (Paperback)

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Books > Travel > Essays & Travelogues
Books > Literary Collections > Essays
Books > Literary Collections > American - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Guest editor Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) anthologizes a variety of pieces that adhere to her maxim, "No story is automatically interesting; only the telling makes it so." Among the 19 contributors, John Jeremiah Sullivan reflects on a journey to Cuba to visit his wife's family, capturing both the picturesque landscape and the inherent strangeness of being an American there. Colleen Kinder recalls wearing a niqab to a marketplace while on assignment in Cairo. In "The Year I Didn't," Daniel Tyx lampoons self-indulgent travel trend pieces, writing about the road not travelled at all as he opts out of his plan to walk the U.S-Mexico border. Peter Jon Lindberg embraces the idyllic at Pine Point, Maine, and David Farley seeks an elusive recipe in Vietnam made exclusively by one family for generations. Sam Anderson muses on the nature of literary tourism on his trip to the English theme park Dickens World, while Marie Arana provides a hard-hitting look at child labor and the exploitation of workers at a Peruvian gold mine, articulating a powerful plea for the education of young girls. Lynn Yaeger's "Confessions of a Packing Maximalist" addresses the preparation stage of travel and adding a light-hearted touch to the collection. Gilbert made excellent choices for this collection, not a single piece is out of place here. (Oct.)

 
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