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.

Incognito Street

Barbara Sjoholm

$18.00 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
November 2006

Barbara Sjoholm arrived in London in the winter of 1970 at the age of twenty. Like countless young Americans in that tumultuous time, she wanted to leave a country at war and explore Europe; a small inheritance from her grandmother gave her the opportunity. Over the next three years, she lived in Barcelona, hitchhiked around Spain, and studied at the University of Granada. She managed a souvenir shop in the Norwegian mountains and worked as dishwasher on the Norwegian Coastal steamer. Set on becoming a writer, she read everything from Colette to Dickens to Borges, changing her style and her subject every few weeks, and gradually found her voice. Incognito Street is the story of a young woman’s search for artistic, political, and sexual identity while digesting the changing world around her. As she sheds the ghosts of her childhood, we come to know her quiet yet adventurous spirit. In moments that are tender, funny, bewildering, and suspenseful, we see an evocative look at Europe through the blossoming writer’s maturing eyes.

Tales from the Expat Harem

Anastasia M. Ashman & Jennifer Eaton Gökmen (editors)

$17.00 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
March 2006

This illuminating anthology provides a window into Turkey from the perspective of thirty-two expatriates from seven different nations.

Es Cuba

Lea Aschkenas

$18.00 USD, Trade Paper Original
January 2006

Es Cuba is a poignant and passionate travel memoir about falling in love with a country and one of its compatriots.

Stories from Blue Latitudes

Elizabeth Nunez & Jennifer Sparrow (editors)

$18.00 USD, Trade Paper Original
December 2005

Stories from Blue Latitudes gathers the major and emerging women fiction writers from the Caribbean, including Dionne Brand, Michelle Cliff, Merle Collins, Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, Paule Marshall, and Pauline Melville. Similar themes grace their stories of life at home and abroad. In some, the sexual exploitation of Caribbean girls and women becomes a metaphor for neocolonialism, a biting rejoinder to enticing travel brochures that depict the Caribbean as a tropical playground and encourage Americans to “make it your own.” Other tales deal with the sad legacy of colonial history and the ways in which race, skin color, and class complicate relationships between men and women, parents and children. But whether writing about childhood or adulthood, life in the islands or life abroad, the writers express their particular concerns with a passion that comes from lived experience, and with a love of place and a feminist sensibility that are accessible to new readers of Caribbean literature as well as to an academic audience. “What matters is how well we have told our tale, how well we have drawn pictures of the people and places we write about,” Nunez says. And indeed, this anthology makes those pictures come alive.

The Unsavvy Traveler

Rosemary Caperton, Anne Mathews, & Lucie Ocenas (editors)

$15.95 USD, Trade Paper
September 2005

Women travel for myriad reasons: They venture out to escape the routine of daily existence; to encounter fascinating new people and places; to enrich their lives; to embrace new cultures; to explore. . . . But sometimes none of this works out. This expanded edition of The Unsavvy Traveler adds three new tales of tangled travel to the humorous collection that debuted in 2001. Braving injury and danger, conflict and discomfort, naïve faux pas and mistranslations, these women discover that an unexpected kink in plans can lead to wacky situations: being chased by an itinerant mob in Beijing; trying to outrun a rising river in Malaysia; eating unidentifiable delicacies; and sleeping on a fast-food restaurant booth, on hard jungle ground, or on a swaying fishing schooner. With wry humor and unabashed honesty, these stories convey the unbreakable spirit of the willing adventurer.

Italy, A Love Story

Camille Cusumano (editor)

$15.95 USD, Trade Paper Original and Ebook
July 2005

Legendary for fabulous food, persistent men, and a lyrical language, Italy has inspired many great love affairs—with the country itself.

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