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Read online The Best American Travel Writing 2000.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Best American Travel Writing 2000 The extraordinary popularity of books and magazines dedicated to travel comes as no surprise given that more and more Americans are traveling each year for business pleasure and especially adventure Our fascination with travel has never been so well represented as in this new addition to the Best American series a wide ranging compendium of the best travel writing published in culled from more than three hundred magazines newspapers and Web sites This first collection of THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING reads like a good novel Best selling author Bill Bryson and series editor Jason Wilson have put together a book that will surprise knowledgeable travelers and entrance newcomers with the glories of new worlds Articles by such well loved writers as Bill Buford and Ryszard Kapuscinski are included as are those by exciting new voices Ranging across myriad landscapes from Central Park in New York City to the Ouadane oasis in Saharan Mauritania THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING showcases the diversity and creative power of travel writing today by Bill Bryson, Alden Jones

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The Best American Travel Writing 2000
Title:The Best American Travel Writing 2000
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ISBN:0618074678
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Number of Pages:336
Category:non-fiction, travel, essays, short-stories
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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away, A Walk in the Woods, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, Notes from a Small Island, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America, In a Sunburned Country, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, A Short History of Nearly Everything, One Summer: America, 1927
Houses aren t refuges from history They are where history ends up br br Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped Yet one day he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home To remedy this he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to write a history of the world without leaving home The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene the bedroom sex death and sleep the kitchen nutrition and the spice trade and so on as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life Whatever happens in the world he demonstrates ends up in our house in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture, Bill Bryson s first travel book i The Lost Continent i was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years In i Neither Here nor There i he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack keeps a tight hold on his wallet and journeys from Hammerfest the northernmost town on the continent to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia Fluent in oh at least one language he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before br br Whether braving the homicidal motorist of Paris being robbed by gypsies in Florence attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant window shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen Bryson takes in the sights dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations He even goes to Liechtenstein, b Suddenly in the space of a moment I realized what it was that I loved about Britain which is to say all of it b br br After nearly two decades spent on British soil Bill Bryson bestselling author of i The Mother Tongue i and i Made in America i decided to return to the United States I had recently read Bryson writes that million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another so it was clear that my people needed me But before departing he set out on a grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home br br Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again i Notes from a Small Island i is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings Shakespeare Twiggie Winkie s Farm and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile, Subtitle Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America majestic mountains silent forests sparking lakes If you re going to take a hike it s probably the place to go And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you ll find He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy or just foolhardy folks he meets along the way and a couple of bears Already a classic i A Walk in the Woods i will make you long for the great outdoors or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in