Best American Travel Writing 2005

ISBN-10: 061836952X

ISBN-13: 9780618369522

Edition: 2005

Authors: Jamaica Kincaid, Jason Wilson, Jason Wilson

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The Best American series has been the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the very best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected--and most popular--of its kind. The Best American Travel Writing 2005 includes William Least-Heat Moon - Ian Frazier - John McPhee - William T. Vollmann - Simon Winchester - Tom Bissell - Madison Smartt Bell - Timothy Bascom - Pam Houston - and others Jamaica Kincaid, guest editor, is the author of numerous award-winning works, including the memoirs My Brother and The Autobiography of My Mother and the novel Annie John. Her travelogue Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas appeared in 2005. She lives in Vermont with her two childen and a garden, in which she travels a great deal.
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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/5/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Jamaica Kincaid came to the United States in 1966 as a free-lance writer and is now on staff at the New Yorker. Her first volume of stories, At the Bottom of the River (1983), depicts men and women alienated from each other by conflict, physical separation, or death. The story "My Mother" vividly describes the painful separation between mother and daughter; and the stories in Annie John (1985) clearly reveal that the world of the past cannot be recaptured. Kincaid's poetic use of language and everyday images allows the reader to experience ordinary events with a new and heightened sensitivity. Kincaid is a relatively new writer whose works are beginning to receive critical attention.

Jason Wilson is emeritus professor of Latin American literature at the University College London. He is the author of Octavio Paz: A Study of His Poetics, An A-Z of Modern Latin American Literature in English Translation, and Buenos Aires: A Cultural and Literary Companion.  

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Say No More: from the New York Times Magazine
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My Thai Girlfriends: from The Missouri Review
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Adrift: from Esquire
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