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The unsavvy traveler : women's comic tales of catastrophe
Caperton, Rosemary.
Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Seal Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiv, 283 pages ; 20 cm
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G465 .U52 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Everyone loves a good travel story, and this compilation presents a selection of 28 excellent ones. In each, a woman tells about something that went wrong on a trip, but, of course, all the recollections are underscored by the implied sense that it's all part of the adventure of travel. Toni Landis, in "`Born Again' in Paradise," relives a time in the South Pacific when she had to abandon her "Protestant hypochondria" and adopt her husband's Christian Science "pragmatism." In "On and Off the Kokoda Trail," the reader can feel Sharon Grimberg's pain as she remembers her arduous hike across Papua New Guinea. Language problems throw Laura Carlsmith for a loop in "Lousy Directions," and Christine Schick is accused of being a transsexual in "Last Date in the Czech Republic." These four stories and more result in great armchair reading. --Brad Hooper

Library Journal Review

These two new collections of entertaining travel essays focus on female travelers. The Unsavvy Traveller includes hilarious stories of trips gone horribly wrong, while A Woman Alone contains stories of intrepid women traveling solo. The first is the more unusual of the two, vividly describing experiences that are both horrendous and humorous, including getting lost in the jungle, being chased by a bear, and being questioned by the police on the suspicion of taking photos of a nude man sunbathing. Contributors include Caryn Bark, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, and Novella Carpenter. Many of the stories in A Woman Alone are about women of various backgrounds (e.g., veteran travel writer Mary Morris and Faith Adiele, a Buddhist nun) connecting with others while traveling alone. "In the Ladies' Compartment," for example, describes one woman's experience traveling by train in India. Her previously established connection to other women on the train aids her when the guard thinks she is a man and threatens to throw her off the train. Other adventures include driving in a snowstorm alone, going on a religious pilgrimage in Mexico, and befriending women in Senegal. While many of the tales are unique, the theme itself is not, and there are already quite a few books in print that cover similar ground more thoroughly. For example, Susan F. Rogers's Solo: On Her Own Adventure (LJ 5/01/96) not only offers a more consistent treatment of the same theme but also addresses more immediate concerns of women traveling alone in the outdoors. Nevertheless, with the increasing popularity of travel essays, public libraries may wish to purchase both of these volumes, depending on their patrons' interests. Those with limited funds should opt for The Unsavvy Traveller. Alison Hopkins, Queens Borough P.L., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Pam HoustonTanmeet SethiToni LandisL. A. MillerAyun HallidaySharon GrimbergNovella CarpenterJulie GerkSarah WeppnerA. C. HallIngrid WendtKristin BeckLea AschkenasTrina TruthtellaKari BodnarchukRachel BerkoffLaura CarlsmithGinu KamaniLucy Jane BledsoeNancy Cooper FrankMielikki OrgPatrice MelnickMarilyn AbildskovChristine SchickElizabeth Roper MarcusAlice EvansSusan DanbergMichelle KehmCaryn Bark
Introduction: Mathilda, the Original Savvy Travelerp. VII
Mob Mentalityp. 3
"Born Again" in Paradisep. 12
Hoofed Ham and a Pair of Bootsp. 17
(Carry Me) Out of Africap. 25
On and Off the Kokoda Trailp. 37
The Mongrelsp. 48
El Jolote Locop. 56
Sea Penisp. 65
Japan, My Footp. 70
An American in Venicep. 83
Spare Mep. 94
Saving the Guaymip. 102
When Cubans Become Vegansp. 116
Awash in the Junglep. 124
Fete du Moutonp. 138
Lousy Directionsp. 146
Nowhere to Hidep. 153
On Being at Seap. 160
Exposurep. 183
Under the Golden Archesp. 189
Blood, Milk and Milletp. 199
The Occurrencep. 214
Last Date in the Czech Republicp. 226
Travel Warsp. 235
Trouble Bearp. 244
Lying Like a Rugp. 257
First Night in Tokyop. 263
VIP Treatmentp. 269
Contributorsp. 277
Resourcesp. 284