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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."
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The Best American Series(r)
First, Best, and Best-Selling
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected and most popular of its kind.
"The Best American Travel Writing 2011" includes
Andre Aciman, Christopher Buckley, Maureen Dowd,
Verlyn Klinkenborg, Ariel Levy, Tea Obreht, Annie Proulx,
Gary Shteyngart, William T. Vollmann,
Emily Witt, and others
SLOANE CROSLEY, editor, is the author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "I Was Told There d Be Cake," which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize, and "How Did You Get This Number." She is also a weekly columnist for the "Independent." She lives in Manhattan, where she is a regular contributor to "GQ," the "New York Times," and National Public Radio.
Look for the other best-selling titles in the Best American series:
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES
THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING
THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES
THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING
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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.