An Evening Among Headhunters


An Evening Among Headhunters, And Other Reports from Roads Less Traveled

Lawrence Millman

ISBN 1-57129-055-9 paperback $15.95

Lawrence Millman has an unusual penchant for traveling to the farflung corners of the globe, places where you and I would never dream of going. In this stylish, erudite, often extremely funny collection of essays, the celebrated travel writer visits the islands of the South Pacific, the Canadian Arctic, the largest unknown islands in North America, and the only community in the eastern U.S. not connected to anywhere else by road.  He drinks the Tongan home brew of Kava (“like a blend of liquefied mud and muddy rainwater with a dollop of dental anaesthesia thrown in for good measure”); gets bitten by “war ticks” in Honduras (“I couldn’t write in my journal unless I paused every few seconds to itch an ankle, an armpit, or a flank”); visits the wettest island in the world; is invited by a hospitable Inuit family to dine on raw seal eye (it “met my gaze with a distinctly  unhappy gaze of its own”); and has a very personal part of his anatomy mocked by Ecuador’s Jivaro Indians. Wherever this Pied Piper goes, you are sure to be entertained by his surprising encounters and his rhapsodic, wry, romantic, and opinionated observations. So join him in this remarkable odyssey to the ends of the earth. You will learn why, in the words of one reviewer, “Millman has emerged as one of the best writers in the travel genre since the death of Bruce Chatwin.”

Lawrence Millman writes for Islands, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Escape, and numerous other publications. His other books include Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Hero Jesse, Smell of Earth and Clay, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, the Wrong Handed Man, Last Places, and Wolverine Creates the World. Publishers Weekly noted, “Millman is certainly a guy who likes to get around—to the sorts of places you and I might never think to….(he) is a fine storyteller, just the sort of fellow you’d want to travel with.”

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