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  • Series: Best Women's Travel Writing
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales; Original edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932361634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932361636
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lucy McCauley's travel essays have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The Los Angeles Times, Harvard Review, Science & Spirit, and Salon.com. She is series editor of Best Women's Travel Writing, and editor of three other Travelers' Tales anthologies - Spain (1995), Women in the Wild (1998), and A Woman's Path (2000), all of which have been reissued in the last few years. In addition, she has written case studies in Latin America for Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and now works as a developmental editor for publishers such as Harvard Business School Press.

More About the Author

Born of a Nordic-American mother and a Nigerian father, Faith Adiele was raised as the sole African girl on a farm in the Pacific Northwest. After flunking out of Harvard, she shaved her head, took a vow of silence, and moved into the forest, becoming Thailand's first black Buddhist nun. She then won a fellowship to Nigeria, where she met her father-originally thought killed in the Biafran War-and siblings for the first time. A second trip inspired the PBS documentary "My Journey Home." A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Nonfiction Writing Program, she has worked as a community activist and diversity trainer, and lectured and taught writing all over the world. She is finishing TWINS, an epic memoir about 4 generations of family on 3 continents.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Legend of a Cowgirl on May 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Many of women travel books state that the writing are humorous, but the stories aren't funny. Others have women lamenting over how she looks in a bathing suit or a romantic breakup, neither of which has anything to do with the place they're visiting or the people they meet. Thankfully this book only has one story that fit the second fault stated above. It's "Homecoming Istanbul" by Banu Francoise Hummel.

The other essays are wonderfully descriptive and expressive stories of each woman's interactions with the people, cities, countries, and sites. I got a sense of the sensations and experiences that the writers were trying to convey.

I felt the sogginess, sexiness and coldness of the rains in France, Mexico and Scotland; the gritty sand in the Taklamakan desert; again coldness in Italy; fear in the Amazon and Botswana; and learned that there are many different types of trips in Jamaica.

Each story was so delightful (except the one written in Turkey) that I couldn't wait to read the next one. These stories inspired me to want to go to places I never considered before, which a true travel book should instill in it's readers.

Great job to all the essayists and the editor, Lucy McCauley.
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Format: Paperback
This outstanding collection of travel experiences offers a solid travel literature piece of true stories from women around the world, and makes for a 'must' pick for any library catering to travelers or including women's issues in the mix. A country-by-country chapter listing makes it easy to locate experiences specific to different nations and lends to the browsing interest of an outstanding literary collection of experiences.
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By Liz on June 20, 2014
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I love the series of essays by these incredible, intrepid women. Highly recommended for anyone -- male or female, but particularly female -- who wants the armchair adventure.
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