There's No Toilet Paper - On the Road Less Traveled edited by Doug Lansky Books in Review
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There's No Toilet Paper - On the Road Less Traveled
edited by Doug Lansky
Travelers' Tales
ISBN 1-932361-27-8
Published November 2005 - Paperback - 199 pages - $14.95

Love travel?  Love humor?  Then you're going to really appreciate this very funny book.  It's full of entertaining (usually not even remotely snickerworthy at the time) stories on the trot, as it were, by some truly humorous (and they can write) people.  For example, Dave Barry writes about trying to learn Japanese, Peter Mayle about a goat race, and P.J. O'Rourke about "A Holy Holiday in Hell" among other great stories.  It's no secret we've all had embarrassing moments on trips, ones we'd rather forget.  But, when you look at them after the fact and from the funny side, and there usually is a funny side, your story becomes a source of entertainment for others.  I enjoyed Mary Roach's Blinded By the White story, and I absolutely howled at David Foster Wallace's Shipping Out story.  I screamed with laughter at his brilliant writing.  I've got to read more of his work!  I love these types of separate chapters books - they're great to pick up whenever you feel like a chuckle, and you're able to start wherever you like in the book.
Conclusion - Refreshingly funny and a great pick-me-up.

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