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The best American travel writing. 2014
Theroux, Paul, editor.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 308 pages ; 21 cm.
Presents an anthology of the best travel writing published in 2014, selected from magazines, newspapers, and web sites.
General Note:
"A Mariner original."
Poisoned land / Amigos / Life during wartime / American the marvelous / Christmas in Thessaloniki / Fifty shades of greyhounds / Au train de vie: that voice you hear when traveling / 460 days / Clear-eyed in Calcutta / This must be the place / Love in the time of coca / Birthplace of the American vacation / Excuse us while we kiss the sky / Dream acres / Now we are five / My New York: a romance in eight parts / Sun king / Last of Eden / Maximum Bombay / A moving experience / Born on the 9th of July / In the abode of the gods / Loving Las Vegas / Open water
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PS648 .T73 B48 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Travel connoisseurs divide the world into those places they've been dying to visit or revisit and places they'd never set foot in but are glad someone else did. This year's volume of travel writing . . . focuses mostly on the latter with derring-do dispatches." -- USA Today

A far-ranging collection of the best travel writing pieces published in 2013, collected by guest editor Paul Theroux. The Best American Travel Writing consistently includes a wide variety of pieces, illuminating the wonder, humor, fear, and exhilaration that greets all of us when we embark on a journey to a new place. Readers know that there is simply no other option when they want great travel writing.

Author Notes

Paul Theroux, guest editor, is the author of many renowned travel books, including The Last Train to Zona Verde, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, and The Great Railway Bazaar. His acclaimed novels include The Mosquito coast, Hotel Honolulu, and The Lower River.

Table of Contents

Elif BatumanJulia CookeJanine Di GiovanniA. A. GillArnon GrunbergHarrison Scott KeyPeter LasalleAmanda Lindhout with Sara CorbettAndrew McCarthyMichael PaternitiStephanie PearsonTony PerrottetMatthew PowerSteven RinellaDavid SedarisPeter SelginBob ShacochisAlex ShoumatoffGary ShteyngartThomas SwickPatrick SymmesJeffrey TaylerColson WhiteheadSean Wilsey
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xviii
Poisoned Landp. 1
Amigosp. 13
Life During Wartimep. 28
America the Marvelousp. 37
Christmas in Thessalonikip. 42
Fifty Shades of Greyhoundp. 55
Au Train de Vie: That Voice You Hear When Travelingp. 63
460 Daysp. 84
Clear-Eyed in Calcuttap. 106
This Must Be the Placep. 109
Love in the Time of Cocap. 124
Birthplace of the American Vacationp. 134
Excuse Us While We Kiss the Skyp. 144
Dream Acresp. 158
Now We Are Fivep. 165
My New York: A Romance in Eight Partsp. 176
Sun Kingp. 195
The Last of Edenp. 204
Maximum Bombayp. 224
A Moving Experiencep. 233
Born on the 9th of Julyp. 241
In the Abode of the Godsp. 256
Loving Las Vegasp. 274
Open Waterp. 280
Contributors' Notesp. 301
Notable Travel Writing of 2013p. 306