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The Best American Travel Writing 2018 is in the shops. Here are links to lots of the great essays from the book:

Goodbye, my Brother by Elliot Ackermann – During a rooftop firefight in Fallujah, in one of the most harrowing battles of the Iraq War, something happened to Elliot Ackerman that he would never forget. Twelve years later, he went back to confront the past.

Why Should a Melon Cost as Much as a Car? by Bianca Bosker – Japan’s high-end fruit market elevates produce to works of art, and asking why starts you on a path to at least partial understanding of the severe codes that bind Japanese life

My Mother And I Went Halfway Around The World To Find Each Other by Jennifer Hope Choi – When my mother started traveling alone after her divorce, I saw a new side of her — and it helped me understand myself.

Signs and Wonders by J. D. Daniels – A 2,000 trip to America’s psychotic core

Why Does Mount Rushmore Exist? By Sam Anderson – This gargantuan shrine to democracy has never felt so surreal.

What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution? By Ian Frazier – We journey through Vladimir Putin’s Russia to measure the aftershocks of the political explosion that rocked the world a century ago

Going It Alone by Rahawa Haile – What happens when an African American woman decides to solo-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine during a summer of bitter political upheaval?

Estonia, the Digital Republic by Nathan Heller – Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?

Some Kind of Calling by Pam Houston – Memorable lives combine tough choices, an adventurous spirit, hard work, and luck—and who knows where any of it comes from? For our writer, the wellspring was a Colorado spread that she was barely able to buy in 1993. It became her escape from a violent childhood and the magical ground that changed her life.

Over the River by Richard Manning – Returning home to Flint

Out of Sight by Ryan Knighton – “Over there” becomes a tricky concept for a man who is losing his vision

Traveling While Black by Camille Dungy – What a menace, to live in bodies that are so frequently assumed to be corrupt.

Thinking Outsie the Bots by Gary Shteyngart – In the world’s most futuristic city, a tech-obsessed novelist confronts the invasion of mesmerizing machines

For stacks more great travel writing, click here to buy the book

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