The Best American Travel Writing 2011 Paperback – Oct 4 2011
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Review"[Crosley's] selections succeed in piquing the armchair traveler’s wanderlust."
About the Author
Sloane Crosley is the author I Was Told There'd Be Cake , which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her second collection, How Did You Get This Number , finds her riffing on European vacation disasters and doing bridesmaid duty in Alaska.
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.
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The travel writing in this anthology does just that. Each author presents life in a new and different light that makes the reader pause and think. We are given insight into the culture, geography, and history of a certain place or people through another's observation, description, analysis or comment.
The beauty of this collection is in the variety of places in the individual pieces and the particular voice of each author. Some essays are light and playful while others are quite serious. Ben Austen's "Southern Culture on the Skids" is a far cry from William Vollmann's "A Head for the Emir." Annie Proulx's "A Year of Birds" could also be described as excellent nature writing. "Miami Party Boom" by Emily Witt displays an edgy youth culture totally unfamiliar to suburbanites.
I'm not sure the articles in this volume are the very best of travel writing today since there is so much published in print and online, but each of these articles did provide the unexpected in an entertaining manner. Each essay presented a new experience for the reader, giving meaning to present life in an engaging manner that was fresh, original and creative. That's what I like.
Author names aren't included in the Kindle version table of contents. That may seem minor, but one of the great things about these anthologies is that you can skip around from author to author. The Kindle version makes it impossible to do this, which is frankly kind of annoying. The "Look Inside!" table of contents for the paperback version is what it should look like.
If you read anthologies from front to back, then ignore this "notice". If you're like me and you like to skip around by author (or even magazine), you might be better off buying the paperback. I wish I had.