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Number-one New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed: A Love Story, Elizabeth Gilbert transports readers to far-flung locales with this collection of the year’s lushest and most inspiring travel writing.

Foreword by Jason Wilson
Introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert


JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN. A Prison, a Paradise
from The New York Times Magazine

KEVIN CHROUST. The Bull Passes Through
from The Morning News

JUDY COPELAND. The Way I’ve Come
from The Legal Studies Forum

COLLEEN KINDER. Blot Out
from Creative Nonfiction

DANIEL TYX. The Year I Didn’t
from Gulf Coast

SARAH A. TOPOL. Tea and Kidnapping
from The Atlantic

GRANT STODDARD. The Paid Piper
from T Magazine

DAVID SEDARIS. Dentists Without Borders
from The New Yorker

LYNN YAEGER. Confessions of a Packing Maximalist
from Travel + Leisure

PETER JON LINDBERG. Summerland
from Travel + Leisure

BERND BRUNNER. Wild Dogs of Istanbul
from The Smart Set

DIMITER KENAROV. Bomb-ing Sara-jevo
from Outside

DAVID FARLEY. Vietnam’s Bowl of Secrets
from Afar

SAM ANDERSON. The Pippiest Place on Earth
from The New York Times Magazine

MARIE ARANA. Dreaming of El Dorado
from VQR

JESSE DUKES. Babu on the Bad Road
from VQR

CHRISTOPHER DE BELLAIGUE. Caliph of the Tricksters
from Harper’s Magazine

RICH COHEN. Pirate City
from The Paris Review

IAN FRAZIER. A Farewell to Yarns
from Outside

Contributor’s Notes
Notable Travel Writing of 2012

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Alexander, Caroline The Man Who Took the Prize National Geographic, September.
Bautman, Elif The View from the Stands The New Yorker, March 7
Brown, J.S. The Codeine of Jordan Bellevue Literary Review, Fall.
C-D
Denison, Dave Your Total Strike Feeling The Atlantic, November
Dyer, Geoff Poles Apart The New Yorker, April 18
E-F
Edwards, Haley Sweetland Our Own Apocalypse Now WorldHum, March 7.
Farley, David Bad “Carma.” WorldHum, August 11
Finkel, Michael Here Be Monsters GQ, May.
Franzen, Jonathan Farther Away The New Yorker, April 18
G-H
Gessen, Keith Nowheresville The New Yorker, April 18
Gillis, Clare Morgana What I Lost in Libya The Atlantic, December
Gorokhova, Elena From Russia with Lies New York Times Magazine, October 23
Grossman, Elizabeth Trading Places Earth Island Journal
Gwynne, S.C. The Lost River of Divine Reincarnation Outside, August.
Hansen, Eric The Killing Fields Outside, August
Henion, Leigh Ann In the Glow of Night Washington Post Magazine, September 18.
I-J
Iyer, Pico From Eden to Eton Harper’s Magazine, November
K-L
Knafo, Saki Operation Iraqi Vacation GQ, April.
M-N
McCarthy, Andrew The Art of the Deal National Geographic Traveler, January/February.
McLane, Daisann Can Japan Recover? Slate, August 30.
O-P
Osborne, Lawrence A Pilgrimage of Sin Harper’s Magazine, March.
Osnos, Evan The Grand Tour The New Yorker, April 18.
Perrottet, Tony The Secret City Slate, December 5.
Q-R
S-T
Saltzstein, Dan Greek Paradise, Lost WorldHum, September 21.
Scott, Amy Lee BabyLand Southern Review, Spring.
Shea, Neil Under Paris National Geographic, February.
Shteyngart, Gary The New Russia Travel + Leisure, October.
Smith, Jesse Let’s Put On an Air Disaster Drill! Smart Set, June 21.
Stevenson, Seth Why Would Anyone Go to Burning Man? Slate, September 18.
Sullivan, John Jeremiah The Last Wailer GQ, January.
Symmes, Patrick Sand Storm Outside, May.
Tabor, Damon Like Butterflies in the Jungle Harper’s Magazine, February.
Trebay, Guy The Global Nomad Travel + Leisure, October
U-V
W-X
Winchester, Simon How Fast Can China Go? Vanity Fair, October
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