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The Black Penguin Hardcover – April 25, 2017
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"Few writers possess a passion for travel and life that is matched by their storytelling talents. I love Evans's winning combination of both." --Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
"In this endearing stunt memoir, travel writer Evans combines an improbable trek to Antarctica with his struggles surrounding religion, family, and sexuality . . . These two distinct halves hold together surprisingly well, thanks to Evans's excellent writing and eye for detail. The work will appeal equally to fans of clever travel writing and those looking for LGBTQ memoirs that don't fixate on the angst of coming out." --Publishers Weekly
"In THE BLACK PENGUIN, Evans interweaves three urgent personal quests: his expedition, his effort to convince his family to accept his homosexuality and his struggle for the right to marry the man he loved . . . "The Black Penguin" relays the ups and downs of that journey, but the terra incognita Evans claims is his own pride." -- New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Andrew Evans has completed more than thirty assignments for National Geographic, reporting from all seven continents. He is the author of the Bradt travel guides Iceland and Ukraine and lives in Washington, DC.
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Perhaps my favorite aspect of the book was that Evans never forgot his other main character, the bus. From Greyhound transport to chicken buses, Andrew slept, Tweeted, twisted, slumped, leaned, chatted, and kept careful notes in a public conveyance across two continents. I closed the book knowing how he looked, often smelled, and felt from one place to another. Far more than a travelogue, The Black Penguin was a richly rewarding read.