The Wonder Trail

The Wonder Trail

True Stories From Los Angeles to the End of the World

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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Steve Hely, writer for The Office and American Dad!, and recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, presents a travel book about his journey through Central and South America. Part travel book, part pop history, part comic memoir, Hely's writing will make readers want to reach for their backpack and hiking boots. The Wonder Trail is the story of a trip from Los Angeles to the bottom of South America, presented in 102 short chapters. From Mexico City to Oaxaca; into ancient Mayan ruins; the jungles, coffee plantations, and remote beaches of Central America; across the Panama Canal; by sea to Colombia; to the wild Easter celebration of Popayán; to the Amazon rainforest; the Inca sites of Cuzco and Machu Picchu; to the Galápagos Islands; the Atacama Desert of Chile; and down to wind-worn Patagonia at the bottom of the Western Hemisphere; Steve traveled collecting stories, adventures, oddities, marvels, bits of history and biography, tales of weirdos, fun facts, and anything else interesting or illuminating. Steve's plan was to discover the unusual, wonderful, and absurd in Central and South America, to seek and find the incredible, delightful people and experiences that came his way. And the book that resulted is just as fun. A blend of travel writing, history, and comic memoir, The Wonder Trail will inspire, inform, and delight. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2016
ISBN: 9780451486882
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Sep 07, 2017

I discovered this book rather randomly. The title piqued my imagination. There were no expectations of what the book might hold, the best way to approach anything one is reading. It is always an extra plus that the writer reads their own words. They know these words intimately and the reader/writer's intonations become meaningful.

The story is enhanced with history and background about locations, in addition to the people that Hely has met along the way. It sounds like he is comfortable traveling alone and meeting people along the way. And, he mentions pupusas, my favorite food!

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