Susan Orlean has been called "e;a national treasure"e; by "e;The Washington Post"e; and "e;a kind of latter-day Tocqueville"e; by "e;The New York Times Book Review."e; In addition to having written classic articles for "e;The New Yorker,"e; she was played, with some creative liberties, by Meryl Streep in her Golden Globe Award--winning performance in the film "e;Adaptation."e;
Now, in "e;My Kind of Place,"e; the real Susan Orlean takes readers on a series of remarkable journeys in this uniquely witty, sophisticated, and far-flung travel book. In this irresistible collection of adventures far and near, Orlean conducts a tour of the world via its subcultures, from the heart of the African music scene in Paris to the World Taxidermy Championships in Springfield, Illinois-and even into her own apartment, where she imagines a very famous houseguest taking advantage of her hospitality.
With Orlean as guide, lucky readers partake in all manner of armchair activity. They will climb Mt. Fuji and experience a hike most intrepid Japanese have never attempted; play ball with Cuba's Little Leaguers, promising young athletes born in a country where baseball and politics are inextricably intertwined; trawl Icelandic waters with Keiko, everyone's favorite whale as he tries to make it on his own; stay awhile in Midland, Texas, hometown of George W. Bush, a place where oil time is the only time that matters; explore the halls of a New York City school so troubled it's known as "e;Horror High"e;; and stalk caged tigers in Jackson, New Jersey, a suburban town with one of the highest concentrations of tigers per square mile anywhere in the world.
Vivid, humorous, unconventional, and incomparably entertaining, Susan Orlean's writings for "e;The New Yorker"e; have delighted readers for over a decade. "e;My Kind of Place"e; is an inimitable treat by one of America's premier literary journalists.
"e;From the Hardcover edition."e;