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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 Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, In a Sunburned Country, A Walk in the Woods, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, One Summer: America, 1927, Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away, A Short History of Nearly Everything
After living in Britain for two decades Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children he had read somewhere that nearly million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens as he later put it it was clear my people needed me They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes twenty four hour dental floss hotlines and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item br br Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark I m a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man s attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away, b From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language a vivid nostalgic and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the s br b br Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century in the middle of the United States Des Moines Iowa in the middle of the largest generation in American history the baby boomers As one of the best and funniest writers alive he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all American childhood for carat memoir gold Like millions of his generational peers Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero In his case he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers and morons in his head as The Thunderbolt Kid br br Using this persona as a springboard Bill Bryson re creates the life of his family and his native city in the s in all its transcendent normality a life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy It was he reminds us a happy time when automobiles and televisions and appliances not to mention nuclear weapons grew larger and more numerous with each passing year and DDT cigarettes and the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered harmless or even good for you He brings us into the life of his loving but eccentric family including affectionate portraits of his father a gifted sportswriter for the local paper and dedicated practitioner of isometric exercises and OF his mother whose job as the home furnishing editor for the same paper left her little time for practicing the domestic arts at home The many readers of Bill Bryson s earlier classic i A Walk in the Woods i will greet the reappearance in these pages of the immortal Stephen Katz seen hijacking literally boxcar loads of beer He is joined in the Bryson gallery of immortal characters by the demonically clever Willoughby brothers who apply their scientific skills and can do attitude to gleefully destructive ends br br Warm and laugh out loud funny and full of his inimitable pitch perfect observations i The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid i is as wondrous a book as Bill Bryson has ever written It will enchant anyone who has ever been young, 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, 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