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Baboons for Lunch: And Other Sordid Adventures by [Dorsey, James Michael]
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“I think a proper story makes us laugh or feel sad or teaches us something important. James Dorsey tells those kinds of stories.”

―Tim Cahill, Co-Founder, Outside magazine, author of Hold the Enlightenment and Jaguars Ripped My Flesh


“James Dorsey’s writing stands out…and not just because of the remote places he visits, but because of how he views the world when he gets there, and later how he shares it with his readers. Few writers understand the story arc, how we need to start somewhere to get anywhere, and in the story, ‘Listening to the Silence,’ we witness a complete transformation. He moves from a restless, distracted trekker, to an inward looking, humbled member of the human race. From a typical tourist to a reflective man, who is, like all of us, searching, but who has found more than many have. His writing always provides not only a glimpse of the outside, but an endearing look at the inside, what he is thinking, and this adds a richness that few authors attempt.”

―Max Hartshorne, Editor and publisher of GoNomad.com


“These stories are a reminder to us all that there is more to this world than what we see on TV news. Thank goodness! That there are welcoming and warm hearts in every corner happily willing to accommodate a wayfarer who sees them with open eyes and mind. Dorsey’s Tales give us permission to be silly, soulful, and serendipitous on this adventure we call life, and a reminder of the transformative power of travel on us and on our misconceptions.”

―Kimberley Lovato, Travel journalist and author of “Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves”


“Whether dodging poop balls hurled by resident monkeys of a Burmese Monastery, or reflecting on the collective consciousness of mankind, while visiting a shaman in Northwestern China, award winning author James Michael Dorsey has opened his heart and mind to the cultural pulse of the societies he has encountered. “Baboons for Lunch” is a fascinating, moving, and memorable read.”

―Darrin DuFord, Author of “Breakfast with Alligators,” and “Is There a Hole in the Boat?”


“These travel stories are big, burly, and bold―rather like James Dorsey. He also exudes humility and kindness. In “Baboons for Lunch” Dorsey masters crafting the perfect sentence and spinning an enthralling yarn. He lures us to faraway places. ‘At this bend of Mali’s Niger River the lethargic water resembles dark roasted coffee as it slowly meanders on towards the fabled city of Timbuktu.’ from ‘Jordan’s Bull.’
In ‘From the Ashes’: ‘The smoke of wood fires dulls the sunrise, silhouetting the spires of Angkor Wat as if in an impressionist painting, and as the sun climbs, I watch their hazy shadow retreat from my feet like an ebbing tide.’


“Dorsey’s stories are like inviting cave mouths, yawning wide with promises of crystals, bats, and mystery, with characters both charming and eccentric. Can I resist diving into, “Breaking Bread in Kanas”: In far Northwestern China, where a shark fin outline on a map punches Russia in the belly and divides Kazakhstan from Mongolia, invisible spirits and deities roam the land.


“James Dorsey’s storytelling casts a spell that is poetic, funny, and poignant. His travels take us on sweeping adventures most of us will never experience.”

―Lisa Alpine, Author of “Wildlife: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman”


“A master storyteller, James Dorsey took me from one side of the world to the other with this collection of travel tales. Edgy, descriptive, hold your breath writing. Once you begin reading, this bastion of the American travel narrative will steal your afternoon. Pull up an armchair and enjoy the journey.”

―Amy Gigi Alexander, Writer, Publisher of Panorama Journal, Explorer


“As the editor of ‘Perceptive Travel’ I’ve had the pleasure of publishing some of James’s stories―a few appear in this book―and I always know that what he sends me won’t be boring. A true explorer with more courage to face the unknown than most 20-somethings, he throws himself headlong into each situation and puts his faith in his newfound cast of local characters. With a keen eye and the patience to listen, he will continue to pile up writing awards on his memento-crowded desk back home.”

―Tim Leffel, Editor, Perceptive Travel


“Ancient Societies, nomadic people; this is the travel world of cultural explorer James Dorsey. Delving into unchartered territory seems only commonplace for the curious Dorsey. The storyteller takes us to undiscovered lands, the likes of hidden regions so far from the commonplace tourist trail, excavating deep into the far regions of the Manyara Highlands that conquer western Tanzania. Astounding interaction with Hadzabe Bushmen, Dorsey weaves tales of Africa that conjure up Stanley and Livingstone; interactions with delicate vanishing civilizations that few of us will ever experience. He enlightens and leaves us lingering for the serendipitous moments of travel, far from the average tale. Life lessons exquisitely told by the humanizing pilgrim author lead us down a path that involves, clans, tribes, and rare minglings, far from the human eye. The astute chronicler, Dorsey rolls the dice on life and lost societies, and has truly come out the winner.”

―Nick Kontis, Author of “Going Local”


“When you read James Dorsey’s book, ‘Baboons for Lunch,’ be prepared to wander off the beaten path. This is a beautifully written travel memoir that explores the far reaches of the planet, from Africa to Asia, Alaska to South America, and even to mythical Timbuktu. From the humorous, to the sublime, Dorsey’s prose covers the terrain of intuitive travel, and a life examined and well lived. James Dorsey is a unique and gifted writer, a nineteenth century adventurer trapped in the body of a twenty-first century writer. I suspect we haven’t heard the last of James Dorsey’s tales of exploration. A must read for travel enthusiasts and those who love a good Sir Richard Burton-like tale to stir the imagination.”

―Tor Torkildson, Series Editor, “The Walkabout Chronicles”

About the Author

James Michael Dorsey is an award-winning author and explorer who has traveled in 48 countries to visit remote cultures before they vanish. He has written for LONELY PLANET, BBC TRAVEL, BBC WILDLIFE, GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITIONS, Chicken SOUP FOR THE SOUL, and is a frequent contributor to UNITED AIRLINES’ HEMISPHERE and PERCEPTIVE TRAVEL. He has also written for COLLIERS, The CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, LOS ANGELES TIMES, WEND, NATURAL HISTORY, and GONOMAD. He writes for numerous African magazines, and is a travel consultant to BROWN&HUDSON of London, and correspondent for CAMERAPIX INTERNATIONAL of Nairobi. He is the author of VANISHING TALES FROM ANCIENT TRAILS, and his stories have appeared in 18 anthologies, including THE BEST TRAVEL WRITING volumes 10 and 11, plus the 2016 Lonely Planet Travel Anthology. He has won the grand prize for best travel writing from the Solas Awards, and other awards from TRANSITIONS ABROAD and NOWHERE MAGAZINE. He is a fellow of the Explorers Club and former director of the Adventurers Club.

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  • File Size: 5083 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales (April 1, 2018)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B079Z1LKCB
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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