Friday, January 28, 2011

Books of Essays

When I was selecting what to include in my birthday book bash giveaway contest I came across Sand in my Bra and Other Misadventures. I received this book from a friend a while back and decided to pay it forward. I loved it and, in fact, it reminded me how much I adore books of essays.

It's so great to be immersed into a new world, to travel on an adventure with character friends in short digestible bites especially if you're reading during a morning commute like I often do. You can easily consume an entire story in one sitting. What's also unique about short stories is given their length you're thrown into the action straight away.

Here's the book's description:

Button your blouse, here comes a sandstorm of laughs!

Travel isn't always what we dream it will be, but oh, the stories that follow. Share in the hilarious, bizarre, and unforgettable misadventures of 29 women whose trips went comically awry. From Australia to Zambia, up Nepal's mountains and along Mexico's beaches, the true stories in this collection will make you laugh, groan, and sympathize with these travelers who took a trip on the lighter side.

* Lose your panties on a city street in Abu Dhabi with Christie Eckardt

* Dodge beer bottles and punches with Alison Wright as she serves up brew at a wild pub in Australia

* Enjoy the nutty nitty-gritty of Burning Man in the Nevada desert with Christine Nielsen

* Feel the delicious freedom to be fat in Tahiti with Sandra Tsing Loh

* Turn beet red with Kate Crawford in Paris, locked out of her boyfriend's apartment in a t-shirt and nothing more

* Toss your cookies with Deborah Bear as she tests alternative seasickness remedies on a Pacific voyage.

My favorite part of this book is that it's the underbelly mishaps of traveling and as a piece of nonfiction, it's all true. Forget the glamorous, romantic getaways where a character meets a dark, mysterious, dreamy stranger and they fall in love a la many a fiction storyline. I love those fiction stories but I also equally love these.

These are like the Bridget Jones-version of travel stories. And what I adore about Bridget Jones is that on days when things are going awry, Bridget makes me feel like I'm not alone.

The hope too is that the next time your train is heading in the wrong direction and you get off at a different stop or your friends con you into taking an unexpected road trip with no real plans and no map, maybe you'll embrace it or at the very least have good fodder for a story that you can laugh at if not in the moment then at least in retrospect.

Have you had any crazy trip misadventures?

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