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Getting Naked for Money: An Accidental Travel Writer Reveals All Paperback – October 16, 2016
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Funny, fresh, frank, frisky, and sometimes ferocious. It is a revelation to read about Edie Jarolim's career in travel writing and editing for some of the biggest players in the business, her insider's insights into the good, the bad, and the really ugly. Go with this nice Jewish girl around the globe as she strips at a nudist resort in Palm Springs, has sex on the job in Egypt and Mexico, takes a perilous ride down into the Copper Canyon, drinks, laughs, cries, and transforms from a woman who thought "arugula" was a mispronounced "rugelach" to a respected food writer. I had a hard time putting this book down. It's engaging on all levels.
--Judith Fein, travel writer, speaker, and author of LIFE IS A TRIP: The Transformative Magic of Travel, and THE SPOON FROM MINKOWITZ: A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands
I've known Edie for many years, and here at last is the book I always hoped she would write--the totally entertaining, often informative, and at times touching tale of her life behind the travel editor's desk and on the road. This is what happens when a Brooklyn-born scholar of modern poetry goes west and becomes a dedicated and intrepid adventurer, one who never loses her sense of humor (or self-preservation). Funny, surprising, and highly recommended for the armchair traveler.
--Lydia Davis, fiction writer, translator, author of THE COLLECTED STORIES and CAN'T AND WON'T
Edie Jarolim's tell-all on travel writing is great fun and illuminating. Her scorched-earth approach exposes the role of money in vacation prose, and offers a dismaying look at this under-appreciated career. Full disclosure: The author was once my editor and says very nice things about me in her book.
--Phyllis Richman, restaurant critic, author of THE BUTTER DID IT and other gastronomic mysteries.
About the Author
Edie Jarolim earned her PhD in English and American literature from NYU; her dissertation was the basis of The Collected Poems of Paul Blackburn. She worked as a guidebook editor at Simon & Schuster (Frommer’s) and Random House (Fodor’s) in New York and Rough Guides in London before moving to Tucson, Arizona, and becoming a freelance writer (or, as her mother might have put it, you left your good job in New York to do what?).
She is the author of three travel guides, Frommer’s San Antonio and Austin, The Complete Idiot’s Travel Guide to Mexico’s Beach Resorts, and Arizona for Dummies, and one dog guide, Am I Boring My Dog: And 99 Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew. Her articles have appeared in publications ranging from Brides and Sunset to The New York Times Book Review, National Geographic Traveler and The Wall Street Journal. She created three blogs, WillMyDogHateMe.com, focussing on all things canine; FreudsButcher.com, devoted to genealogy, psychology, and meat; and EdieJarolim.com, primarily dedicated to discussing writing and publishing, but likely to go off on odd tangents (that’s true of all the blogs, come to think of it). She currently spends most of her time in Tucson, where she is best known as a dining reviewer, but her terrier mix, Madeleine, is showing signs of restlessness.
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The familiar and friendly tone of this book, sprinkled with a measured dose of self-deprecating humor and dry wit, made me retire early every night just so I could continue my journey into Edie's fascinating world.
Jarolim's style is fearlessly autobiographical. She doesn't hesitate to reveal things about her past that others might be tempted to forget. She also sprinkles a wonderful sense of humor throughout the book---we look forward to her next unexpected barb and quip.