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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (Oct. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547333366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547333366
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #299,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Sparkling Selections Feb. 3 2012
By Anne Burnik - Published on
Format: Paperback
The criteria for selecting the pieces that make up this collection are stated in the Forward and in the Introduction to this collection of essays. Travel writing isn't guidebook information and a series of lists. Rather it is storytelling and approaching a place or certain locale from a different perspective that illuminates the subject matter by storytelling. It is a window into life as we don't know it. It presents the unexpected.

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.
40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Love the Series, Hate the Kindle Table of Contents Oct. 13 2011
By J. Peyton - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
NOTE: This is not a review of the contents. This is a buyer beware notice:

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great way to travel while curled up on the couch... Oct. 19 2013
By Katie Pickard Fawcett - Published on
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Every year I buy The Best American Travel Writing. A different editor every year and this is reflected in the essays that appear. It's always a great read and so much better than travel books that provide simply lists of hotels and attractions and places to eat. These essays let you walk the cities and trek the jungles and climb the mountains with the authors. If you like to travel or just read about travel, this is a great series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Always Great Aug. 13 2013
By Mark Price - Published on
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I look forward to these every year. They never disappoint. Yes, there are some authors and stories that you will enjoy more than others. But you are sure to find a few gems that you would not otherwise have come across. This is not guidebook travel writing. This is great travel storytelling.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great winter read! March 22 2013
By Dominique Crow - Published on
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I love a book like this one. If one chapter is boring, the next one often turns out to be a delight. However, this one is delightful from cover to cover.