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An Innocent Abroad
Life-Changing Trips from 35 Great Writers. Lonely Planet Travel Literature
More than 20 well-known writers and celebrities share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives. Contributors include Dave Eggers, Richard Ford, Pico Iyer, John Berendt, Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Smiley.About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.
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'From Cold War Yugoslavia to modern-day Yemen, Lonely Planet's latest collection of nonfiction travel stories doesn't leave a stoner or continent unturned. Readers will relish Simon Winchester's boyhood tale of a near-death experience in the Arctic Circle and Marina Lewycka's vodka-soaked narrative of being stranded at a Russian summer camp... high-quality tales from John Berendt, Cheryl Strayed, Tim Cahill, and Anna Vodicka are enough to keep readers paging through this enjoyable collection.' PW Weekly 'The premise of this book is deceptively simple but brilliantly executed. Thirty-five authors known for their travel writing are asked to share a story of a journey that transformed them in some way. The contributors are an eclectic smattering of accomplished and gifted writers...The theme throughout the fresh and compelling accounts is that innocence can be lost time and again through travel and that innocence and worldliness can coexist in the same individual. Standout essays include -Baldacci's sentimental journey to his grandfather's birthplace in Barga, Italy, and Iyer's riff on experiencing a "first time" again and again here and there across the globe. -VERDICT Highly recommended for larger travel collections and for careful readers who savor deeply personal stories.' Library Journal 'An Innocent Abroad: Life-Changing Trips From 35 Great Writers takes us along on journeys all over the world with writers such as Dave Eggers, Jane Smiley, John Berendt, and Alexander McCall Smoth...Their travel stories can be our travel stories as we tag along...All the stories are short enough to read in one sitting. Perfect for a bathroom reader or for an armchair traveler, An Innocent Abroad...will charge (or recharge) your wanderlust. GeekDad 'There is an assumption that accomplished writers possess a more finely honed sense of observation than the rest of us. Or, at the very least, a heightened proclivity for the quirky. This anthology...does little to dispel that notion.' Foreword Reviews