The Best American Travel Writing 2012

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William T. Vollmann, Jason Wilson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 - Literary Collections - 231 pages
22 Reviews
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The Best American Travel Writing 2012 includes

Bryan Curtis, Lynn Freed, J. Malcolm Garcia, Peter Gwin,
Pico Iyer, Mark Jenkins, Dimiter Kenarov, Robin Kirk,
Kimberly Meyer, Paul Theroux, and others
  

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I like to read travel writing. - Goodreads
Clearly, they vary from writer to writer. - Goodreads
Very few pieces of writing by women here. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Alan - Goodreads

I like to read travel writing. The problem is with shorter pieces: not enough for the the strong ones, almost too much for the weak. Only a few of the pieces stayed with me a few months later, even after skimming through them. Read full review

Review: The Best American Travel Writing 2012 (Best American Travel Writing)

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Like most anthologies a little uneven. Still, makes me want to TRAVEL. :) Read full review

Contents

Monte Reel How to Explore Like a Real Victorian Adventurer
1
Peter Gwin The Telltale Scribes of Timbuktu
13
Henry Shukman Chernobyl My Primeval Teeming Irradiated Eden
23
Elliott D Woods Garbage City
38
Thomas Swick My Days with the AntiMafia
58
Robin Kirk City of Walls
75
J Malcolm Garcia Now Ye Know Who the Bosses Are Here Now
83
Paul Theroux The Wicked Coast
96
Dimiter Kenarov Memento Mori
143
Pico Iyer Maximum India
152
Lynn Freed Keeping Watch
163
Luke Dittrich Walking the Border
168
Mark Jenkins Amundsen Schlepped Here
187
Mark Jenkins Conquering an Infinite Cave
202
Aaron Dacytl Railroad Semantics
208
Back Matter
223

Michael Gorra Letter from Paris
100
Kenan Trebincevic The Reckoning
107
Bryan Curtis The Tijuana Sports Hall of Fame
110
Kimberly Meyer Holy City of the Wichitas
120
Back Cover
233
Spine
234
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About the author (2012)

Journalist and novelist William T. Vollmann was born in 1959 and educated at Cornell University. He worked as a comptuer programmer before becoming a journalist and covering Bosnia, Sarajevo and Afghanistan. He has written extensively since 1987, when his first book, You Bright and Risen Angels, was published. The Atlas (1996) won the PEN Center USA West Award for the best novel by a writer living west of the Mississippi. His newest work of Non-Fiction is entitled, Imperial.

JASON WILSON Â is the drinks columnist at the Washington Post, the series editor of The Smart Set , and the author of Boozehound: On The Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated . He teaches at Drexel University.

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