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I really should have stayed home : the worst journeys from Harare to Eternity
Rapoport, Roger.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Oakland, Calif. : RDR Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiv, 294 pages ; 21 cm
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G163 .I188 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Looking forward to your summer rental? Think again."- Publisher's Weekly Book of The Day "A funny and insightful book that reminds all travelers that sometimes worst-case scenarios do come true. While all relate nightmare trips abroad, each is told with a sense of humor that ultimately transforms the nightmare into a useful lesson for us all." - Santa Cruz Sentinel Rapoport's anthology goes straight for the belly laugh. - St. Petersburg Times "What makes this collection so appealing is the ordinariness of the victims."- New York Times

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The punny subtitle tells us pretty much all we need to know about the tone of this collection of vacation horror stories. This is a lighthearted, anecdotal book featuring stories full of oddball characters, bizarre incidents, and lots of weirdness. Here are insects that smuggle themselves into countries by hiding in vacationers' clothes; unfathomable European traffic patterns; a trip to Africa that somehow was routed through Germany; an April snowstorm in Wyoming; and other unexpected delights. A sequel to 1994's I Should Have Stayed Home, this volume does not feature as many wellknown contributors as its predecessor, and without the likes of Paul Theroux or Barbara Kingsolver, the writing loses a little in style and wit; still, the content remains fascinating in that special way that disasters are always fascinating. A solid addition to travel literature. --David Pitt

Library Journal Review

This collection of travel disasters, from a press that seems to specialize in such matters while also publishing the "Getaway" guides, contains 44 short tales of woe. Each one features a traveler who winds up being robbed, stranded, sick, lost, or without a passport among other vacation nightmares while traveling anywhere from New York City to Romania's "Orient Distress." The stories are humorous, even if for the authors they were anything but at the time. The last story is a happy one, perhaps in an attempt to relieve the unrelenting disasters. Overall, the writing in this anthology is uneven, but this sequel to I Should Have Stayed Home is nevertheless an entertaining read. For all public libraries. George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Roger RapoportCameron M. BurnsBrooke ComerClaudia R. CaposBrian AbrahamsZona SageMarius BoscCarol Nicholas and Pete WileyRandy PruittClaudia R. CaposNadine Michele PaynLarry ParkerBrian AbrahamsCarole DickersonBrooke ComerZona SageCameron M. BurnsKent FosterJulia Niebuhr EulenbergLoretta Graziano BreuningNeal SandersMatthew A. FikeEva MansellStephanie L. FreidRalph A. BoltonDocia Schulz WilliamsCharles NeviDorothy ThompsonBurt DraginDorothy Ciminelli DelmonteAnn L. EganJan DeGrassJennell WoulfChristine A. BradyJanet BartonRuby E. McCreightElena NicoladisDiane M. McNaughtonWilliam A. DouglassKimberly RobinsonDonna FeuersteinPriscilla BurgessJoel ThurtellCameron M. Burns
Disasters That Can't Wait to Happenp. xi
Take Time to Watch the Bugsp. 1
Night Train to Luxorp. 9
Pass the Anteater, Pleasep. 16
A Wacky Little Place Called Belgiump. 23
Something in the Airp. 29
Food Fightp. 34
Snowed Inp. 36
The Ugly Californiansp. 41
One Too Many Nights in Tunisiap. 53
The Orient Distressp. 59
It Was a Lovely Viewp. 70
Road Warriorp. 74
Ship Wreckedp. 89
The Mean Streets of Cairop. 95
Thais That Bindp. 104
What a Kickp. 110
Real Pain in Vietnamp. 119
Hold the Saladp. 123
The Ryokan Experiencep. 129
One Step Ahead of Troublep. 134
Where Sins Are Forgivenp. 136
Traveling by The Bookp. 155
Hormones and Horsesp. 164
Urchins and Minksp. 170
Day Trip to Denverp. 174
Riding a Mule in Molokaip. 178
The Road to Tunisp. 183
A Detour in Paradisep. 190
The Great Train Robberyp. 195
Are We Done Yet?p. 198
Side Trip to the Hospitalp. 204
No Stiff Upper Lipp. 209
Not Such a Grand Tourp. 221
The Out of Townersp. 225
Not a Fish Storyp. 230
Sleep Tightp. 233
Bowled Overp. 237
Trip of a Strife Timep. 240
Car Troublep. 255
You Shouldn't Go Home Againp. 259
This Is a Testp. 263
Exchange Studentp. 267
Puppy Love in Playap. 277
About the Authorsp. 285