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The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World

by Steve Hely

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While the author did quite a few little anecdotes, he actually focused more on history (!) and wasn’t trying to be heartfelt -- to his benefit, in my opinion.

What kind of book is this? Well, that’s the question that kicks off the book. The answer: “This is the story of a trip, from Los Angeles to Patagonia. True tales and stories and adventures collected by a traveler. As long as there’ve been books, this has been a kind of book."

The amount of history involved made this book hard to pick up, but the short, bite sized chapters made for an easy read. Worth it for the first chapter alone -- a quick, funny, and colloquial history of the travelogue genre itself. ( )
  Andibook | Nov 26, 2016 |
The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World by Steve Hely is described as “part travel book, part pop history, part comic memoir." For me unfortunately, it fails to deliver in any of these directions. For a variety of reasons, I am not the right reader for this book. I love the idea of a "wonder trail" but unfortunately, this version is not the armchair trip for me.

Read the reasons why and my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2016/06/the-wonder-trail.html

Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program ( )
  njmom3 | Jun 5, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525955011, Hardcover)

Steve Hely, writer for The Office and American Dad!, and recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, presents a travel book about his journey through Central and South America. Part travel book, part pop history, part comic memoir, Hely's writing will make readers want to reach for their backpack and hiking boots.

The Wonder Trail is the story of Steve's trip from Los Angeles to the bottom of South America, presented in 102 short chapters.  The trip was ambitious - Steve traveled through Mexico City, ancient Mayan ruins, the jungles and coffee plantations and remote beaches of Central America, across the Panama Canal, by sea to Colombia, to the wild Easter celebration of Popayán, to the Amazon rainforest, the Inca sites of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, to the Galápagos Islands, the Atacama Desert of Chile, and down to the jagged and wind-worn land of Patagonia at the very end of the Western Hemisphere.

Steve's plan was to discover the weird, wonderful, and absurd in Central and South America, to seek and find the incredible, delightful people and experiences that came his way. And the book that resulted is just as fun. A blend of travel writing, history, and comic memoir, The Wonder Trail will inspire, inform, and delight.

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"Steve Hely, writer for The Office and American Dad! and recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, presents a travel book about his journey through Central and South America. Part travel book, part pop history, part comic memoir, Hely's writing will make any reader want to reach for their backpack and hiking boots. The Wonder Trail is the story of Steve's trip from Los Angeles to the bottom of South America, presented in 102 short chapters. The trip was ambitious--Steve traveled through Mexico City, ancient Mayan ruins, the jungles and coffee plantations and remote beaches of Central America, across the Panama Canal, by sea to Colombia, to the wild Easter celebration of Popayan, to the Amazon rainforest, the Inca sites of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, to the Galapagos Islands, the Atacama Desert of Chile, and down to the jagged and wind-worn land of Patagonia, at the very end of the western hemisphere. Steve's plan was to discover the weird, wonderful, and absurd--not to ignore the challenges and problems in Central and South America--but to focus on the incredible, delightful people and experiences that came his way. And the book that resulted is just as fun. A blend of travel writing, history, and comic memoir, The Wonder Trail will inspire, inform, and delight"--… (more)

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