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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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I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away, In a Sunburned Country, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, A Short History of Nearly Everything, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, Notes from a Small Island, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, A Walk in the Woods, One Summer: America, 1927
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, 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, 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, In Bryson s biggest book he confronts his greatest challenge to understand and if possible answer the oldest biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us To that end he has attached himself to a host of the world s most advanced and often obsessed archaeologists anthropologists and mathematicians travelling to their offices laboratories and field camps He has read or tried to read their books pestered them with questions apprenticed himself to their powerful minds b A Short History of Nearly Everything b i i is the record of this quest and it is a sometimes profound sometimes funny and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge as only Bill Bryson can render it Science has never been more involving or entertaining