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Edited by The New Yorker's Bill Buford, the pieces collected here "prove that a restless, intrepid spirit isn't unwelcome to American readers" (New York Times Book Review).

Foreword by Jason Wilson

Introduction by Bill Buford

Appointment in Istanbul by Henry Alford from New York Times Magazine
Looking for Judas by Tom Bissell from Virginia Quarterly Review
Down and Out in Fresno and San Francisco by Colby Buzzell from Esquire
The Undead Travel by Avi Davis from The Believer
The Hazda by Michael Finkel from National Geographic
Travels In Siberia by Ian Frazier from The New Yorker
Bat Man Returns by Ted Genoways from Outside
A House is a Machine to Live In by J.C.Hallman from The Believer
Strange Stones by Peter Hessler The New Yorker
The Lovely Stones by Christopher Hitchens from Vanity Fair
State Fairs by Garrison Keillor National Geographic
Walking: An Essay on Writing by Peter Lasalle from AGNI
In Defense of Tourism by Peter Jon Lindberg Travel + Leisure
Where Donkeys Deliver by Susan Orlean from Smithsonian
The Ghost Course by David Owen The New Yorker
The Ponzi State by George Packer from The New Yorker
Me, Myself, and Ribeye by Steven Rinella Outside
Guy Walks Into a Bar Car by David Sedaris from The New Yorker
The Filthy, Fecund Secret of Emilia-Romagna by Patrick Symmes Condé Nast Traveler
Nothing, Leave Nothing by Simon Winchester from Lapham's Quarterly

Contributors' Notes

Notable Travel Writing of 2009

Other distinguished submissions on this topic, selected by the series editor.

A.A. Gill The Out-Of-Towners from Vanity Fair, January.
Bucky Mcmahon Relocation! Relocation! Relocation! from GQ, December.
Candace Dyer Greetings From Helen from Atlanta, September.
Carolyn Kormann Last Days of the Glacier from Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring.
Christopher Vourlias At Home in…Zanzibar from Washington Post, October 11.
David Amsden The Lost Art of Getting Lost from GQ, July.
Daniel Duane My Father's Mountain from Men's Journal, September.
David Farley On the Perils of Travel Writing from WorldHum, July 6.
David Rompf In Mr. Hiyoshi's Building from Memoir (and), Fall/Winter.
David Sedaris Laugh, Kookaburra from The New Yorker, August 24.
Emily Stone The Chapín from The Smart Set, September 11.
Frances Mayes Under the Polish Sun from Smithsonian, September.
Gary Shteyngart A Winter's Tale from Travel + Leisure, December 2009.
Ginger Strand and James Wallenstein In Pursuit of the Wild Cohiba from The Believer, October 2009
Herbert Gold The Messiah Returned to Haiti, But It Didn't Help from Hudson Review, Autumn.
J. Malcolm Garcia Call of the Narcocorrido from Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall.
J. Malcolm Garcia Who Is In The Power? from McSweeney's, Panorama edition.
Jason Motlagh Sixty Hours of Terror from Virginia Quarterly Review, November.
Jeffrey Tayler Cycling India's Wildest Highway from WorldHum, February 23.
Jeffrey Tayler Face-Off on the Congo from WorldHum, June 1.
John Lancaster Study Abroad from The Smart Set, June 26.
Jonathan Harr Lives of the Saints from The New Yorker, January 5.
Jon Mooallem Raiders of the Lost R2 from Harper's, March.
June Thomas Men at Work from Slate, January 26-30.
Katherine Boo Opening Night from The New Yorker, February 23.
Kimberly Beekman El Otro Lado (The Other Side) from Ski, March/April.
Leigh ann Henion The Dangerous Spring from Washington Post Magazine. March 29.
Leslie Anthony No Zen on a Powder Day from Skiing, February/March.
Luke Barr At Home in Provence from Travel + Leisure, April 2009.
Marc Peruzzi Teton Passing Lane from . Mountain Sports + Living, Winter.
Matthew Aikins The Master of Spin Boldak from Harpers, December.
Melinda Gerosa Bellows In Search of Magic from National Geographic Traveler, November/December.
Michael J. White One Night in Villa from New York Times Magazine, May 31.
Negar Azimi Dubai is for Flamingos from Harper's, June.
Patrick Symmes Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea from Outside, September.
Patrick Symmes Hugo's World from Outside, April.
Paul Theroux The Long Way Home from Smithsonian, September.
Peter Lasalle Plasticize Your Documents: With G. Flaubert in Carthage from Another Chicago Magazine,
Peter Laufer Calexico: Bordering on a State of Mind from Southern Review, Autumn.
Pico Iyer Nowhere Need Be Foreign from Lapham's Quarterly, Summer.,
Rob Story Welcome To Switaly from Skiing, January.
Robert Draper Shattered Somalia from National Geographic, September
Robert Young Pelton The New War for Hearts and Minds from Men's Journal, February
Rolf Potts Where No Travel Writer Has Gone Before from WorldHum, November 16.
Seth Stevenson The Young Couple and the Sea from Slate, October 19-23.
Shoba Narayan My Life as a Geisha from Conde Nast Traveler, October.
Susan Conley China Flu Blues from New York Times Magazine, November 29.
Ted Conover Slipping From Shangri-La from Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring.
Tony Perrottet Hellfire Holidays from Slate, December 14-18.
Verlyn Klinkenborg Northern Light from National Geographic, June.
William Powers Freewheelin' Liberia from Washington Post, July 19.
Witold Rybczynski Words Apart from The American Scholar, Summer.