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The best American travel writing 2013
Gilbert, Elizabeth, 1969- , editor, writer of supplementary textual content.
Publication Information:
Boston : Hougton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Physical Description:
xix, 210 pages ; 21 cm.
Gifted authors don't just tell us about unique or out-of-the-way places; they take us to them, show us what they look like, show us who their people are, and make us feel like we've experienced them.
General Note:
"A Mariner original."

Reprinted from various periodicals.
Foreword / Introduction / A prison, a paradise Bull passes through Way I've come Blot out Year I didn't Tea and kidnapping Paid piper Dentists without borders Confessions of a packing minimalist Summerland Wild dogs of Istanbul Bombing Sarajevo Vietnam's bowl of secrets Babu on the bad road Pippiest place on earth Dreaming of El Dorado Caliph of the tricksters A farewell to yarns Pirate City Contributors' notes -- Notable travel writing of 2012.
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Number-one New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed:nbsp;A Love Story , Elizabeth Gilbert transports readers to far-flung locales with this collection of the year's lushest and most inspiring travel writing.

Author Notes

JASON WILSON, series editor, is the author of Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits and the digital wine series Planet of the Grapes. He has written for the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Daily News, and many other publications. He is the founding editor of The Smart Set and Table Matters. ELIZABETH GILBERT is the author of the story collection Pilgrims , a finalist for the 1998 PEN/Hemingway Award. It was a New York Times Notable Book and was listed as one of the Most Intriguing Books of 1997 by Glamour magazine. Pilgrims also won best first fiction awards from the Paris Review , the Southern Review, and Ploughshares . Her fiction has been published in Esquire , Story , GQ , Paris Review , Ploughshares , and the Mississippi Review. She is also a Pushcart Prize winner, and her nonfiction writing has earned her a 1999 National Magazine Award nomination. Annie Proulx called Gilbert a young writer of incandescent talent." Currently a writer-at-large for GQ , Gilbert lives in New York's Hudson Valley."

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Booklist Review

Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love, 2006), guest editor of the latest volume in this always rich yearly anthology, boldly avers that she chose travel stories that were told the most marvelously in 2012. To her, each piece contains awe in strong enough doses to render the reader enchanted, delighted, compelled, or forever unsettled. Such strong billing is not misleading, as readers will learn when they step into the pages of such delights as John Jeremiah Sullivan's beautifully eloquent A Prison, a Paradise (from the New York Times Magazine), about travel to Cuba (I've never stood on a piece of ground as throbbingly, even pornographically, generative); Colleen Kinder's Blot Out (from Creative Nonfiction), a punchy, even scary, account of a Western woman trying to pass as Muslim on the streets of Cairo; David Sedaris' hilarious account of dentistry in Paris, Dentists without Borders (from the New Yorker); and Marie Arana's gripping and sobering report on gold mining in Peru, Dreaming of El Dorado (from Virginia Quarterly Review). All the pieces included here are treasures of excellent writing, regardless of genre.--Hooper, Brad Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

This highly anticipated annual collection of essays comes this year from Eat, Pray, Love author Gilbert and series editor Wilson. This well-told story takes readers around the world, letting them dip their literary toes in many aspects of travel from understanding another culture to learning a place's history and current political situation to finding out new things about ourselves. Travel the streets of Egypt first dressed fully covered in a niqab and then as a Westerner. Learn the history of pirates in New Orleans. Run with the bulls in Pamplona. Visit the illegal gold mines in Peru. Relish the peace of returning yearly to the same vacation spot. Go snowboarding in Sarajevo and experience cockfighting in Afghanistan. Laugh as David Sedaris describes his French dental care. See the changes in modern Cuba. Essays in this year's edition focus primarily on earnest reporting rather than the reflective, adventurous, or humorous aspects of travel but nonetheless are a treasure to read. -VERDICT Once again, this collection is a delight for armchair travel readers and will be of interest to anyone who wants a broader understanding of the world.-Sheila Kasperek, Mansfield Univ. Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.