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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales; First Edition edition (September 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885211821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885211828
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A collection of writings by noted contributors considers...Turkey’s merchant markets, religious culture, coastal regions [and] ruins..." -- Paper Clips

"A first of its kind collection of stories about vibrant Turkey." -- ForeWord Magazine

More About the Author

Candace Dempsey is an award-winning Italian-American journalist, travel writer and author of MURDER IN ITALY, the true story of Amanda Knox, the American college student wrongly convicted of killing her British roommate. Best True Crime Book Editor's and Reader's Choice awards, Library Journal Bestseller, Top Ten Amazon True Crime.

Drawing upon candid interviews with the key players, case files, police reports, court documents, eyewitness accounts, crime scene videos, prison diaries, and DNA evidence, Candace's well-received Amanda Knox book reveals the real story behind the media frenzy surrounding this sensational international murder case.

Based in Seattle, Candace has written for The New York Times, Slate, MSN, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Phoenix, Art & Antiques, and many other outlets. Her staff positions include: magazine editor, newspaper editor, staff writer, and a producer, editor and writer for MSN. Her travel tales have been published in numerous Travelers' Tales and Seal Press anthologies. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow. She teaches online at writers.com.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
For those who may not know of it, Traveler's Tales is a San Francisco-based publishing house that has earned a reputation for producing high-quality, well-designed books that bring together stories from leading travel writers, presenting a kaleidoscope of outlooks on a specific place or topic. Past editions have focused on places like Mexico, Japan, Tuscany and Tibet, and themes such as romance, food and spiritual travel.
Traveler's Tales' 2002 collection of stories from Turkey contains 31 full-length stories, as well as numerous factual side details, excerpts from literature on Turkey, and anecdotes from the road. It covers grand adventures, like Richard Halliburton's epic swim across the Bosporus and Tim Cahill's mountain search for the legendary Caspian tiger, as well as sublime experiences like Mary Lee Settle's visit to the tunneled moonscape of Cappadocia and Laurence Mitchell's journey with religious pilgrims to the southern city of Urfa, birthplace of Abraham.
The book also provides sensible, sometimes sensual information on such customs as smoking the narghile (water pipe) and sipping Turkish tea. Vivid descriptions of the country are encountered frequently, with some of the best being James Villers' portrait of the vibrant Istiklal Caddesi shopping street in Istanbul and Nicholas Shrady's trip to the tomb of the mystic poet Rumi in Konya.
...Without a doubt, the best story in the collection is Tim Cahill's "Anyone seen a tiger around here?" This rollicking tale describes a real quest- the search for the perhaps extinct Caspian tiger, told with great humor and aplomb by the king of improbable outdoor adventures.
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Klevorn on October 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
Or for people who want to know why she is loved. Poetic without being maudlin. A fine book.
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