From Publishers Weekly
Travel writer Leo has collected 28 short and snappy travelstories bursting with exuberant candor and crackling humor sure toleave readers feeling that to not have an adventure to remember is agreat loss indeed. Many of these bite-size reminiscences chroniclepersonal ordeals endured in places with unfamiliar amenities,languages and/or cultures. For example, Christie Eckardt's elasticallychallenged underwear falls down in a Muslim country; Kathleen Meyer(How to Shit in the Woods) writes about-what else?-"thissubject... which seems to be overwhelmingly mine"; and Anne Lamott isjealous of younger backsides on the beach. The gems of the bunch areNancy Bartlett's "Panic, in Any Other Language," describing anembarrassing incident in an opulent Italian swimsuit boutique;Christine Michaud's "Chador Etiquette," on her well-intentioned butdisastrous attempt to wear a chador (a large black cloak and headcovering) to a Kuwait shopping mall; and Christine Nielsen's titlestory, which manages, completely by her description of participatingin it, to endear readers to the annual Burning Man project in theNevada desert, a "crazy celebration of life's diversity andcreativity." Some of the stories are on the lengthy side, but as awhole, the anthology will definitely light a fire under, as thededication states, "all the women who sit at home or behind theirdesks bitching that they never get to go anywhere."
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Travelers' Tales is a valuable addition to any pre-departure reading list