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The Traveling Curmudgeon: Irreverent Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes on Dismal Destinations, Excess Baggage, the Full Upright Position, and Other Reasons Not to Go There Hardcover – August 19, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (August 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570613893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570613890
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jon Winokur has written many books on humor and other subjects. He lives in Pacific Palisades, CA.

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Jon Winokur is the author of two dozen nonfiction books, including The Portable Curmudgeon (NAL, 1987) and its four sequels; Zen to Go (NAL, 1988 and Sasquatch, 2005); Advice to Writers (Pantheon, 1999); The Big Book of Irony (St. Martin's, 2007) and the critically acclaimed New York Times National Bestseller The Garner Files: A Memoir, co-authored with James Garner (Simon & Schuster, 2011). Winokur maintains the popular AdviceToWriters.com and @AdviceToWriters Twitter feed. He lives in Los Angeles.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Gorski on November 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
On a recent trip to Dallas I picked up this book and stood in the store for over 15 minutes laughing out loud. Every single traveler can relate to all of these ridiculous quotes and stories. The more your friends or family fly, the more they need this book. Here's a sample of some hysteria: "Immediately after Orville Wright's historic 12-second flight, his baggage could not be located." S. Harris. "Branson, Missouri: Vegas for people with no teeth." Dennis Miller. This book will be in my travel bag to keep me laughing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Soule on February 29, 2004
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We loved this humorous collection of international grumbles about the mixed joys of travel. Curmudgeonly quotes from a wide-ranging assortment of grumpy notables from George Bernard Shaw to Dave Barry cover topics from specific destinations, from Akron to Winnipeg, plus notations on food, transportation, and accommodations. Great little book for bathroom reading, bedside tables, and whenever you're feeling grouchy and need a smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Anecdotes, quotes, and excess baggage accompany this jaded view of travel experience. From general words of wisdom ("If you can't see water, don't order fish.") to specifics about countries such as France ("Ever want to slap an entire country?"), Traveling Curmudgeon is impressively packed with insights and humor.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Sanity Inspector on December 19, 2003
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This is a fun if not all that authoritative grab bag of humorous travel quotes, the latest in Jon Winokur's fun Curmudgeon quotes series. I saw quite a few that I hadn't seen before, and was richly entertained throughout. For everyone who has slogged through long car trips, hellish flights, and tried to have a good time at the other end. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your favorite quotehound on the go!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Ingster on January 9, 2007
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If you're the type who gets rather sensitive about hometowns, I suggest staying away from this book, especially if your town is in it. But if you can enjoy sarcasm and cutting wit, this is hilarious. I have enjoyed it quite a bit.
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