Susan Orlean has been called "a national treasure" by "The
Washington Post and "a kind of latter-day Tocqueville" by "The New
York Times Book Review. In addition to having written classic
articles for "The New Yorker, she was played, with some creative
liberties, by Meryl Streep in her Golden Globe Award--winning
performance in the film "Adaptation.
Now, in "My Kind of Place, 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
"Horror High"; 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 writingsfor "The New Yorker have delighted readers
for over a decade. "My Kind of Place is an inimitable treat by one
of America''s premier literary journalists.
"From the Hardcover edition.