The Wonder Trail

The Wonder Trail

True Stories From Los Angeles to the End of the World

Book - 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 any reader want to reach for their backpack and hiking boots. The Wonder Trail is the story of Steve's trip from Los Angeles to the bottom of South America, presented in 102 short chapters. The trip was ambitious--Steve traveled through Mexico City, ancient Mayan ruins, the jungles and coffee plantations and remote beaches of Central America, across the Panama Canal, by sea to Colombia, to the wild Easter celebration of Popayan, to the Amazon rainforest, the Inca sites of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, to the Galapagos Islands, the Atacama Desert of Chile, and down to the jagged and wind-worn land of Patagonia, at the very end of the western hemisphere. Steve's plan was to discover the weird, wonderful, and absurd--not to ignore the challenges and problems in Central and South America--but to focus on 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
ISBN: 9780525955016
Branch Call Number: 917.2804 H3699W 2016
Characteristics: 311 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Sep 01, 2018

Read this before going to South America to gain perspective. I took note especially of Peru to prepare for my journey. Written in an easy style, not a "what to see and do" book but written in the manner of a travel journal to be shared with friends. Interesting but not particularly helpful as the author's focus was narrow, I needed a broader picture of culture and history than this book's purpose. Still an entertaining read.

MomoT Oct 04, 2016

I really enjoyed this. Steve Hely is smart and funny and not too impressed with himself, which is good when you've got to spend an entire book listening to that person's voice in your head.
When you get to the end of the book there's an email address where, if you're interested in the travel book he started writing about Canada, and you want to read it, he will send it to you in a pdf.
It's 47 pages and worth the effort of an email, or at least I thought so.


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