The Best American Travel Writing 2005

by Jamaica Kincaid (Editor)

Paper Book, 2005




Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005.


"Jamaica Kincaid has assembled twenty-five pieces that showcase the wonder of curiosity and discovery in the face of the unknown. Seth Stevenson gives a hilarious account of disliking a destination. Simon Winchester cherishes a brief encounter with a remote location and gracious hosts. Madison Smartt Bell allows the spirits to guide him in Haiti, while Jim Harrison follows his stomach to a thirty-seven-course meal in France. Ian Frazier proves that one needn't stray far from home to experience real travel as he examines Route 3, the highway that runs between his New Jersey suburb and New York City."--BOOK JACKET.

User reviews

LibraryThing member Don1
I really enjoyed this book and have enjoyed other books in this series which are published annually. There are 25 or so stories by different authors about experiences around the world. They are not all simple stories of, say, someone's week in Paris or Rome. A story might be, for example, from a war correspondent in Afghanistan. Every year someone different chooses the final selections to be published so the books are always quite different.… (more)



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