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The Best American Travel Writing 2007 (2007)

by Susan Orlean (Editor), Jason Wilson (Editor)

Other authors: Jason Anthony (Contributor), Rick Bass (Contributor), Kevin Fedarko (Contributor), Ian Frazier (Contributor), Steve Friedman (Contributor)15 more, Elizabeth Gilbert (Contributor), Reesa Grushka (Contributor), David Halberstam (Contributor), Peter Hessler (Contributor), Edward Hoagland (Contributor), Ian Parker (Contributor), Nando Parrado (Contributor), Ann Patchett (Contributor), Matthew Power (Contributor), David Rakoff (Contributor), George Saunders (Contributor), Gary Shteyngart (Contributor), Andrew Solomon (Contributor), Jonathan Stern (Contributor), Cynthia Zarin (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Travel Writing (2007), Best American (2007)

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Orlean, SusanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, JasonEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Anthony, JasonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bass, RickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fedarko, KevinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frazier, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friedman, SteveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grushka, ReesaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Halberstam, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hessler, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoagland, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parker, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parrado, NandoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Patchett, AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Power, MatthewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rakoff, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saunders, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shteyngart, GaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Stern, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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“Travel is not about finding something. It’s about getting lost -- that is, it is about losing yourself in a place and a moment. The little things that tether you to what’s familiar are gone, and you become a conduit through which the sensation of the place is felt.” -- from the introduction by Susan Orlean

The twenty pieces in this year’s collection showcase the best travel writing from 2006. George Saunders travels to India to witness firsthand a fifteen-year-old boy who has been meditating motionless under a tree for months without food or water, and who many followers believe is the reincarnation of the Buddha. Matthew Power reveals trickle-down economics at work in a Philippine garbage dump. Jason Anthony describes the challenges of everyday life in Vostok, the coldest place on earth, where temperatures dip as low as minus-129 degrees and where, in midsummer, minus-20 degrees is considered a heat wave.

David Halberstam, in one of his last published essays, recalls how an inauspicious Saigon restaurant changed the way he and other reporters in Vietnam saw the world. Ian Frazier analyzes why we get sick when traveling in out-of-the-way places. And Kevin Fedarko embarks on a drug-fueled journey in Djibouti, chewing psychotropic foliage in “the worst place on earth.”

Closer to home, Steve Friedman profiles a 410-pound man who set out to walk cross-country to lose weight and find happiness. Rick Bass chases the elusive concept of the West in America, and Jonathan Stern takes a hilarious Lonely Planet approach to his small Manhattan apartment.

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"Travel is not about finding something. It’s about getting lost -- that is, it is about losing yourself in a place and a moment. The little things that tether you to what’s familiar are gone, and you become a conduit through which the sensation of the place is felt.” -- from the introduction by Susan Orlean The twenty pieces in this year’s collection showcase the best travel writing from 2006. George Saunders travels to India to witness firsthand a fifteen-year-old boy who has been meditating motionless under a tree for months without food or water, and who many followers believe is the reincarnation of the Buddha. Matthew Power reveals trickle-down economics at work in a Philippine garbage dump. Jason Anthony describes the challenges of everyday life in Vostok, the coldest place on earth, where temperatures dip as low as minus-129 degrees and where, in midsummer, minus-20 degrees is considered a heat wave. David Halberstam, in one of his last published essays, recalls how an inauspicious Saigon restaurant changed the way he and other reporters in Vietnam saw the world. Ian Frazier analyzes why we get sick when traveling in out-of-the-way places. And Kevin Fedarko embarks on a drug-fueled journey in Djibouti, chewing psychotropic foliage in "the worst place on earth.” Closer to home, Steve Friedman profiles a 410-pound man who set out to walk cross-country to lose weight and find happiness. Rick Bass chases the elusive concept of the West in America, and Jonathan Stern takes a hilarious Lonely Planet approach to his small Manhattan apartment.… (more)

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