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There's No Toilet Paper . . . on the Road Less Traveled: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure (Travelers' Tales) [Paperback]

By Doug Lansky (Editor)
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A compendium of humorous travel writing includes contributions from Bill Bryson, Steve Martin, Dave Barry, Art Buchwald, David Letterman, Paul Theroux, and others, presenting stories about everything from surviving in a nudist camp to learning how to use an ice-sheet outhouse in Antarctica. Original.

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The perfect trip, where nothing goes wrong, is surely not the memorable trip, which is where everything goes wrong and one lives to tell the tale — and laugh about it. This collection captures the wackiest and most bizarre experiences of well-known writers whose travels have taken a detour. Stories include Nigel Barley escorting a monkey to the movies in Cameroon, Dave Barry vainly trying to learn more Japanese than how to order a beer, Alan Zweible high-tailing it to a nudist camp, Donna Marazzo bravely attempting to use a high-tech Italian toilet, and Richard Sterling feasting on deep-fried potato bugs in Burma. There are even practical tips here too; readers can surely learn from Mary Roach, who discovers that utilizing an Antarctic ice-sheet outhouse at the very moment a seal chooses to use its opening as a blowhole may not be the best way to start the day.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 16, 2005
Publisher   Travelers' Tales
ISBN  1932361278  
ISBN13  9781932361278  

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More About Doug Lansky

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Doug Lansky, a writer and a traveler, has chronicled his travels around the world in his hilarious and vividly descriptive column, "The Vagabond." His travels have included cruising up the Amazon on a cargo ship, living and blowgun hunting with Jaguar Indians in Peru, buying a horse and riding it to Colombia, hitchhiking through Syria and Jordan, where he befriended sergeants in the Iraqi military, riding a camel across the desert in India, and sailing down the Nile. Doug's articles have appeared in "Spy" and "Might" magazines as well as in numerous major U.S. daily newspapers. He is also the co-author of "How to Survive High School with Minimal Brain Damage," published when Doug was just sixteen years old.

Doug Lansky currently resides in the state of Minnesota.

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2Books > Subjects > Travel > General > Essays & Travelogues
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Reviews - What do customers think about There's No Toilet Paper . . . on the Road Less Traveled: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure (Travelers' Tales)?

Funny but cover photo is misleading  Feb 16, 2008
You might think that this book will have something about motorcycle travel. Or, failing that, you might think it would have a funny story about some motorcycle being used to carry a sheep. Right??? That's on the cover!

The stories range from mildly disturbing revelations (tapir ticks on, well, you can imagine the various appendages) to tales of frustration (bus ticket workers who pretend to not know how to speak English) to pearls of wisdom (watch where you step in desert sands).

Make no mistake, it's a funny book. However, it doesn't have any stories to appeal to a motorcycle traveler. Deceptive cover photos dilute the flavor of any book, and this is no exception.
Fun read  Dec 25, 2006
"Humor is not a trick. Humor is a presence in the world--like grace--and shines on everbody."--Garrison Keillor

Lansky compiles humorous and strange trails from numerous writers. Each tale is unique. A collection of experiences from around the world. Some will hit home, while others are totally off the wall. Fun read.

Wish you well
Falls a bit short  Oct 20, 2006
I don't know what I was expecting, but the level of humor in these stories varied fairly dramatically. Maybe the "if you don't find our stories funny, it's you not us" line in the introduction should have been a warning. Some were laugh out loud funny (I have to say A Simian in the Cinema was the most memorable, and the two Bill Bryson stories didn't disappoint) and some were able to coax a smile out of me. But many others just weren't that funny. Some just weren't funny to begin with (An Irishman in Vurjinny and The Duck of Peace come to mind) and many others ended just as they seemed to be getting into a groove. In general, this collection seemed to be going for quantity over quality. Fewer, longer, and better stories would have been more effective.

The title is deceiving as well ... the "road less traveled" apparently includes places like Disney World, Virginia, and Caribbean cruises. Some stories do not disappoint, in terms of exotic locales at least, but the vast majority of the stories rely on slapstick/situational humor of relatively low sophistication or physical humor that is disappointingly context-free. I suppose this book would make for fairly decent light-reading in an airport or on an airplane, but the quality of the promised "best of travel humor and misadventure" is a bit lacking. Heck, even I have had funnier and better "misadventures" on the road than most of these stories. This was a collection that I really wanted to like ... but I have a hard time giving it more than 3~3.5 stars.
A hilarious set of stories from wacky, strange adventures of travel gone wrong around the world  Mar 3, 2006
You won't get caught with your pants down without any good travel humor to read if you pick up Doug Lansky's laugh-filled collection There's No Toilet Paper On The Road Less Traveled: it provides a hilarious set of stories from wacky, strange adventures of travel gone wrong around the world. From a dead 'peace duck' attached to a car which brings attention and respect where ever it roams to a journey to Disney World which proves less than magical, here's the perfect light-hearted take- along tote for vacation.
A few good stories might make this book worth it  Mar 25, 2005
This collection of travel stories and essays by established writers is exactly what you would expect. A handful of the stories are real gems, but I found too many of them to be a little boring, and I'm not sure that the common thread of adventurous travel really comes through in some of the selections.

Highlights include two stories by the incomparable Bill Bryson, who has written several well-received books of his own, a story by editor Doug Lansky, and a bizarre story by Nigel Barley entitled "A Simian in the Cinema," which is about exactly that.

Other famous people whose writings were either less entertaining, or just didn't fit as well with the overall theme of the book, include Dave Barry, Steve Martin, P.J. O'Rourke, Margo Kaufman, Dennis Miller, and David Letterman. It should be noted that while all of these people and many more are cited on the back cover, the contribution of many of them is in the form of quotes and quips rather than actual stories.

As a big Bryson fan, I would say that his writings alone are worth the price of this paperback, but if you're looking for a consistent level of quality that truly represents the best in this genre, look elsewhere.

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