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Mona Lisa's Pajamas: Diverting Dispatches from a Roving Reporter Hardcover – April 7, 2009
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In Mona Lisa's Pajamas, A. Craig Copetas takes you on a rollicking journey around the globe. Thanks to Copetas’s wonderful eye and graceful writing, the reader gets to be his faithful sidekick, seeing what he sees, hearing what he hears, smelling what he smells. Even if you are well traveled, he will take you places you've never been before--and would love to visit.”Lawrence Ingrassia, business editor, The New York Times
Mona Lisa's Pajamas is an astute and perceptive book that is a joy to read. As journalist A. Craig Copetas roams our planet, he illuminates our times from rare perspectives that no historian could match. With a keen eye, deft insights and sly humor, Copetas assembles a rich mosaic of our world that will enlighten, amaze and entertain anyone with the good sense to snap up his book and savor it."-- Nicholas Gage, author of Eleni and Greek Fire
Humanity at its quirkiest pursuits. [D]ispatches are delivered in a deadpan hybrid of Robin Leach and Monty Python; Ira Glass with a little more chortle.”--The Los Angeles Times
[A] travel book of sorts so far above the usual old Pierre’s Bistro is where the locals dine’ sort of writing that it simply must not be considered in the same light. [Y]ou can treat the book as a learning experience, but you should probably read it just for fun.”Providence Journal
About the Author
A. Craig Copetas is a senior writer at Bloomberg News whose travel pieces often run in the International Herald Tribune. In the 1970s, Copetas worked as a correspondent for Rolling Stone's London bureau and as an editor at Esquire. He has lived and worked in Russia, China, Great Britain, Latin America and the Middle East.