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Be There Now: travel stories from around the world [Kindle Edition]

Mike O'Mary
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"Travel pieces that capture the exterior world and offer a vivid sense of personal reflection." Brevity

"More of an experience than mere reportage; I truly was there instead of here." Marginalia

Be There Now is a collection of true travel stories featuring twenty-two contributors who share adventures and escapades from around the world.

The stories include the tale of an amateurish kidnapping in Nicaragua that could have been told by Woody Allen, and a David Sedaris-esque tale of two ships passing in a Paris art supply store. Existential stories from a man lost on the flooded Amazon River at night, and from a woman who encounters a grizzly--in the same area where her father and stepmother were killed by a bear. Insightful stories about a woman's spiritual journey in Peru (complete with hallucinogens!), and about a female journalist's friendship with an Iraqi translator in Syria. And stories about endangered species in exotic locales, including helping a sea turtle lay its eggs on a Costa Rican beach, and taking a blind man to visit the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

Be There Now is travel writing at its most authentic--real people sharing real stories of awe and insight, fear and laughter, humility and humanity as they explore the world around us and seek footholds on their own inner journeys. In a world that often demands that we "be here now," it is nice to take a break, daydream, and "be there now" with thoughtful people who take us with them on journeys that lead to inspiration, insight, humor, and deeper meaning.

Be There Now is part of a series of anthologies of creative nonfiction on various topics from Dream of Things, which strives to publish anthologies that fill the gap between popular collections that can be regarded as "short and sweet," and the Best American Essays series, which tend to be longer-form. The goal for Dream of Things anthologies is to be not short and sweet, but short and deep.


Editorial Reviews

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"An anthology of vivid travel pieces that capture the exterior world and offer a vivid sense of personal reflection. Travel is a way to see a new and different world, and in doing so, we ourselves can be transformed." Christopher Woods, Brevity

"I really loved how anti-traditional-travelogue this collection was as I read it. I love travelogues and read them regularly, but seeing how this one was put together makes me question some of the best ones I've read before. This collection felt like more of an experience than mere reportage; I truly was there instead of here." Ashley Odell, Marginalia

"A thoroughly well-written collection of travel stories." Dennis Waller, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

From the Author

Be There Now is a collection of true travel stories from twenty-two contributors who share stories from twenty locations around the world. Contents include:
  • Foreword by Mike O'Mary, Series Editor
  • Introduction by Julie Rand, Editor
  • Once in a Lifetime [Guatemala] by Terri Elders: An ex-pat has a close encounter with a scarlet macaw during a total eclipse of the sun.
  • Talk About "Embarrasant" [France] by Dominick Domingo: Another ex-pat wishes he could have had a close encounter with a handsome Frenchman in a Paris department store.
  • Día de los Muertos [Mexico] by Kathe Kokolias: The author takes us with her on her travels to Mexico on the "Day of the Dead."
  • Demon Blockers [China] by Jennifer Choban: Ever been to a public bathroom in rural China? This story might be as close as you want to come.
  • Still Alive [Syria] by Kelly Hayes-Raitt: The author recounts her friendship with an Iraqi translator over several years in Iraq and as a refugee in Syria.
  • The Happiest Place on Earth [Disneyland] by Dina Kucera: The author's family fulfills grandma's wish to see Disneyland - and discovers the happiest place on earth may be elsewhere.
  • Berlin [Germany] by Jennifer Lang: A chance encounter with a teacher leads to an opportunity for a Jewish woman and her mother to talk about the Holocaust with German students.
  • A Quick and Cozy Kidnapping [Nicaragua] by Ben Bellizzi: Held hostage by a dysfunctional family armed with a screwdriver, the author hopes he can escape with his life - and his laptop!
  • Turbulence [On a plane] by Roz Warren: Nothing like a little "turbulence" before the plane even leaves the ground!
  • Encounter [Alaska] by Shannon Huffman Polson: A woman encounters a grizzly - in the same area where her father and stepmother were killed by a bear.
  • Perfect Pulpo [Mexico] by Suzanne LaFetra: Learning to live like a native is hard enough. Learning to cook like one is almost impossible.
  • Where Light Germinates [Peru] by Melissa Heisler: The author goes on a spiritual quest with Peruvian shamans - complete with hallucinogens!
  • The Jigg's Up [Newfoundland] by Carol McAdoo Rehme: The author immerses herself in the culinary delights of a "Jiggs Dinner" in Newfoundland, and learns to love the food - and the people.
  • A Trembling Voice [Costa Rica] by Frank Izaguirre: A late-night trek on a Costa Rican beach culminates when volunteers help sea turtles lay their eggs.
  • Horse, Horse, Tiger, Tiger [China] by Ferida Wolff: An American's attempt to learn Mandarin frightens the locals.
  • Open Eye [New Mexico] by Lynn Pinkerton: A visitor to Georgia O'Keeffe's New Mexico home learns to see the world with an artist's eye.
  • In the Footsteps of Fossey [Rwanda] by Irene Morse: A blind man visits the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
  • Driving Compassionately [Bali] by Peter Marmorek: World peace might be attained if we could learn to cooperate the way the Balinese do when they drive.
  • Pickles and Hiccups [On the way home] by Randy Richardson: Sometimes the most stressful part of the trip is coming home.
  • Treks [Kathmandu] by Katherine Horrigan: A life-and-death experience in Kathmandu leads to respect for all life - even for a ladybug.
  • Virtual Travel [On the Internet] by Trendle Ellwood: A writer explores the world from her home, thanks to Google maps.
  • Nowhere [Drifting in the heavens] by William Hillyard: A man ponders his existence and the concept of "travel" while lost on the flooded Amazon River at night without flashlight or candles.
 

Product Details

  • File Size: 318 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dream of Things (October 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W2MEII
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel the world in your easy chair January 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
BE THERE NOW is a tasty tapas bar of travel morsels that allowed me to tour the world from my easy chair. Through the experiences of 22 fine writers, I experienced adventure, fear, awe, friendship and humor as we journeyed together to every quarter of the world and back again. It was a fun ride with all of the pleasures and none of the discomforts of travel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Be There Now" January 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
,  a compilation of short stories and small injections of cultures. Tales of  experiences and  discoveries that extend into the self explored thrill from the fear of the unknown, to the complete rush of “Are you going to make it out ALIVE?”. The moment of realization that life is more than a paycheck and possessions. The feeling of weight lifted when you now own nothing in this life and the cleanse that you are just a traveler on a life’s journey. Inspiration’s to escape one’s comfortable boredom and taste what life should be. A true virtual trip around the world. Enjoy it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not in the travel guide travel January 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The adventures found within will never be listed in a travel guide. They are the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes sad, always unique experiences which provoke thoughts of the reality of other worlds and the insights and rewards of seeing other perspectives. The short stories are quick to read but may be long to ponder on as we process what they mean. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making the inhuman story human January 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
Kelly brings us face to face with the reality of a worn torn world and the impact on normal people not directly engaged in the conflict. She confronts us with the difficulties forced upon innocent people and the unthinkable struggles they face in their daily lives. Written in a manner that makes it all very human and personal. Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Well Written Collection February 6, 2013
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A thoroughly well written collection of travel stories that was a treat to read. An excellent variety that was captivating and engaging. A superb book that I enjoyed! We need more books like this on Kindle, way to go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Read January 21, 2013
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This book is full of beautiful descriptive prose and inner reflection. I felt as if I had traveled the world, lived the experiences personally, and gained from the insight provided by the authors. I would reccommend this book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Telling stories round the fire January 18, 2013
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Reading 'Be Here Now', I felt like I was with a group of like-minded traveling souls sharing stories late into the night after a long meal. There were the stories that had me in stitches--or tears. The sacred moments, the surprises, the near-misses, the shivery encounters, the moments I wished I could have been there, the ones I was relieved I hadn't been there. Reading this delicious selection reminded me how powerful travel can be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect light read for a Lazy Afternoon January 11, 2013
By Michael
Format:Kindle Edition
What a pleasant surprise this was after a friend recommended it to me. Grabbing a glass of Iced tea I headed to the backyard for a lazy day and started my adventure around the world. The stories are very good and will have you laughing inside, warming your heart, or just thinking "ut-oh". I definitely recommend it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
These travel stories ranged from boring to ho-hum. Nothing like reading a Bill Bryson travel book.
Published 4 months ago by Cath
5.0 out of 5 stars SO much better than typical travel stories!
Fantastically curated collection of people, each telling their story in their own voice. More than 'travel stories', these are little pieces of the human experience.
Published 6 months ago by D. Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
This was a lot of fun. There are several stories of personal, touching stories from around the world. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved, Loved, Loved
Loved many of the stories. Loved the format. Loved the armchair travelling. Who knew you could travel the world via Google. And no luggage and jet lag. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cathy
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok.
The short stories are nice while sitting around an airport. They are definitely not the best stories I have ever read though.
Published 10 months ago by Aren Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written book
The various stories are interesting and the book is well written, but some of the stories missed th mark according to my world view.
Published 10 months ago by Ted
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I expected
I thought this was going to be this wonderful book about strange and wonderful places I could escape to in my mind. It's not. Some of the first stories, I enjoyed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by L.E.Y.
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a promising idea, but *sigh*
I wanted to love this book. But the first chapter proved so insipid that I saw no reason to read further.

Sorry I can't, or won't, be more specific. Read more
Published 10 months ago by P Riehl
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not much adventure.
I'd like to read more adventurous stories from around the world-these were kind of bland and not always about other countries.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Personal perspectives
I liked all of the stories, with perhaps one or two exceptions. My favorite was the one called "Demon Blockers", which I thought was hilarious. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Leeds devil
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