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Product Details

  • Series: Travelers' Tales Guides
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales; First edition (August 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932361243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932361247
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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By P. Mann VINE VOICE on October 5, 2008
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The thirty-two pieces in this book, all by women, cover quite a range. In the first piece, Ellen Sussman relates the story of her first trip to a nude beach, a theme revisited later in the book by Elizabeth Asdorian in "The Naked and the Wed," an article about the difficulties of seeing the entire wedding party at a beach where clothes are forbidden. Other authors discuss almost everything travel related, from smuggling prescription drugs into the United States to the difficulty using bathrooms in foreign countries to how to respond when airport security in Laos alerts you that your bag is not quite ticking but rather vibrating.

The pieces here are mostly magazine fare and a rather mixed lot at that. Several I enjoyed immensely. Tamara Sheward's "Pills, Thrills, and Green Around the Gills" is an extremely funny account of how not to travel in Laos and what to do if, against all advice, you insist on traveling in a flight on a plane that inspires anything but confidence. Susan Orlean's "Lifelike" is a fascinating glimpse at taxidermists and the 2003 World Taxidermy Championships. I'm not sure what exactly this article had to do with travel, the ostensible theme of the book, but I found Orlean at her best here as she shares a world far removed from most people's everyday experiences. A third piece worth mentioning is Amy C. Balfour's "Just Another Malibu Minnie," an account of the author's participation in a triathlon.
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The stories in this book are told in a manner such that you feel like you've lived the experiences. And they will most definitely make you want to book your next ticket asap! All in all, a very funny and entertaining read. I definitely plan to purchase a few copies for Christmas for the females in my life.
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Having bought several other works with Laurie Notaro's name on it and gotten some good laughs out of them, I was expecting more of the same, only to be sorely disappointed. This is a collection of short stories that are rambling and not particularly well written. The best you might get out of this is a smirk; don't waste your money - go buy one of Notaro's other full novels and thoroughly enjoy yourself.
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I LOVE THE THONG ALSO RISES AND I THINK THOSE MEAN PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS GIVE GOOD BOOKS SUCH BAD REVIEWS SHOULD QUIT READING BOOKS AND STOP WRITTING MEAN HURTFUL REVIEWS GO DO SOMETHING YOU DO LIKE AND LEAVE US READERS AND BOOK LOVERS ALONE.
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This book was recommended to me by a former fellow traveler to Morocco as being laugh-out-loud hilarious. I just must have a different sense of humor, because it did not tickle my funny bone enough for me to even finish it. And I hate to leave a partially read book unfinished.
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Ok, so I've read two others in this series (Sand in My Bra and Whose Panties are These) and didn't really enjoy them. But as they were lent to me I felt compelled to keep reading. I really wish I hadn't. This book was just as dismal as the first two. And another note, these are geared towards women, and as such, I just can't understand the cover. It doesn't bother me per say, but it seems like the kind of missed their audience there.

These books are supposed to be short stories from women travelers that range on the funny side. The traveling takes place all over the world, including the USA and to be honest, there were a couple stories that were so mind numbing I didn't even quite catch where they took place in this one. Some of the stories ranged from sharing a bus with a grandma who kept dirty diapers in a suit case, to other stories about buying underwear. Another story mused on the differences between men's and women's vacations. All travel was varied from airplanes, buses, and car travel.

All of these writers are supposed to be humorous, but I really didn't find them so. In fact, I don't think I even cracked a smile with this book. A couple of the stories were interesting at the very most, but that was about it. Some of them were completely boring too, like the woman who gets jealous over her husband's GPS in a story that could have been told in one paragraph instead of a few pages. And once again, with this book, most of the stories could have happened anywhere. I guess I don't see the point of travel if all you focus on is your underwear. I guess I'd just rather enjoy the travel part of travel in a travel book.

Hopefully I'll manage to stay clear of any other books in this series. I gotta say, there's just better things to read out there.

The Thong Also Rises
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From the very moment you open this book, you will become immersed in the hilarious, often cringe-inducing antics of women on the road. These brave souls bare all (literally, in some cases) as they face challenges and difficulties with spirit, courage, and a good measure of chutzpah. Every woman should own a copy of this book - absolutely brilliant.
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