Travel Literature

Experience the far-flung corners of the world through the eyes and thoughts of our Seal Press authors. Climb Kilimanjaro no matter your size with Kara Richardson Whitely in Gorge, explore the complex and multi-faceted nature of living in modern-day Cuba in The Other Side of Paradise, and immerse yourself in the joys and challenges faced by Nepalese women in While the Gods Were Sleeping.

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No Touch Monkey!

Ayun Halliday

$17.00 USD, Trade Paper
September 2015

A self-admittedly bumbling tourist, Halliday shares—with razor-sharp wit and to hilarious effect—the travel stories most are too self-conscious to tell.

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While the Gods Were Sleeping

Elizabeth Enslin

$17.00 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
October 2014

Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal.

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The Other Side of Paradise

Julia Cooke

$17.00 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
April 2014

Over a period of five years, beginning when Fidel Castro stepped down from his presidency after almost a half-century of reign, journalist Julia Cooke embedded herself in Cuba, gaining access to a dynamic Havana—one that she found populated with twenty-five-year-old Marxist philosophy students, baby-faced anarchists, children of the whiskey-drinking elite, Santería trainees, pregnant prostitutes, and more. Combining intimate storytelling with in-depth reportage, The Other Side of Paradise weaves together stories of the Cubans whom Cooke encountered, providing a vivid and unprecedented look into the daily lives and future prospects of young people in Cuba today. From ambitious Lucía—a recent university graduate with an acerbic sense of humor and plans to leave Cuba for the first country to give her a visa, if she can just get the roadblocks out of the way—to a crew of mohawk-wearing teenage anarchists who toss bricks at police cars and cite lyrics by The Clash (but don’t know the lead singer’s name), the characters of The Other Side of Paradise paint a captivating portrait of Cuban culture and the emerging legacy of Fidel Castro’s failed promises. Eye-opening and politically prescient, The Other Side of Paradise is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after they’ve finished reading. This exquisite memoir paints a vivid and sensually detailed portrait of life on a surreal socialist isle in…

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Breathless

Nancy K. Miller

$16.00 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
November 2013

This stunning memoir chronicles a young woman’s coming-of-age tale, and offers a glimpse into the intimate lives of girls before feminism.

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Goodbye to All That

Sari Botton (editor)

$16.00 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
October 2013

In 1967, Joan Didion wrote an essay called Goodbye to All That, a work of such candid and penetrating prose that it soon became the gold standard for personal essays. Like no other story before it, Didion’s tale of loving and leaving New York captured the mesmerizing allure Manhattan has always had for writers, poets, and wandering spirits. In this captivating collection, 28 writers take up Didion’s literary legacy by sharing their own New York stories. Their essays often begin as love stories do, with the passion of something newly discovered—the crush of subway crowds, the streets filled with manic energy, and the sudden, unblinking certainty that this is the only place on Earth where one can become exactly who she is meant to be. They also share the grief that comes like a gut-punch, when the metropolis loses its magic and the pressures of New York’s frenetic life wear thin on even the most fervent dwellers. As friends move away, rents soar, and love—still—remains just out of reach, each writer’s goodbye to New York is singular and universal, like New York itself. With Cheryl Strayed, Dani Shapiro, Emma Straub, Ann Hood, and more.

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Fast Times in Palestine

Pamela J. Olson

$16.00 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
March 2013

For much of her life—like many Westerners—most of what Pamela Olson knew of the Middle East was informed by headlines and stereotypes. But when she traveled to Palestine in 2003, she found herself thrown with dizzying speed into the realities of Palestinian life.

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