Be There Now

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Editors: Julie Rand & Mike O’Mary
Publisher: Dream of Things
ISBN 978-0-988439009

Be There Now is a collection of true travel stories featuring twenty-two contributors who share adventures and escapades from around the world.

The stories include the tale of an amateurish kidnapping in Nicaragua that could have been told by Woody Allen, and a David Sedaris-esque tale of two ships passing in a Paris art supply store. Existential stories from a man lost on the flooded Amazon River at night, and from a woman who encounters a grizzly–in the same area where her father and stepmother were killed by a bear. Insightful stories about a woman’s spiritual journey in Peru (complete with hallucinogens!), and about a female journalist’s friendship with an Iraqi translator in Syria. And stories about endangered species in exotic locales, including helping a sea turtle lay its eggs on a Costa Rican beach, and taking a blind man to visit the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

Be There Now is travel writing at its most authentic–real people sharing real stories of awe and insight, fear and laughter, humility and humanity as they explore the world around us and seek footholds on their own inner journeys. In a world that often demands that we “be here now,” it is nice to take a break, daydream, and “be there now” with thoughtful people who take us with them on journeys that lead to inspiration, insight, humor, and deeper meaning.

Be There Now is part of a series of anthologies of creative nonfiction on various topics from Dream of Things, which strives to publish anthologies that fill the gap between popular collections that can be regarded as “short and sweet,” and the Best American Essays series, which tend to be longer-form. The goal for Dream of Things anthologies is to be not short and sweet, but short and deep.

Be There Now is a collection of true travel stories from twenty-two contributors who share stories from twenty locations around the world. Contents include:
Foreword by Mike O’Mary, Series Editor
Introduction by Julie Rand, Editor
Once in a Lifetime [Guatemala] by Terri Elders
Talk About “Embarrasant” [France] by Dominick Domingo
Día de los Muertos [Mexico] by Kathe Kokolias
Demon Blockers [China] by Jennifer Choban
Still Alive [Syria] by Kelly Hayes-Raitt
The Happiest Place on Earth [Disneyland] by Dina Kucera
Berlin [Germany] by Jennifer Lang
A Quick and Cozy Kidnapping [Nicaragua] by Ben Bellizzi
Turbulence [On a plane] by Roz Warren
Encounter [Alaska] by Shannon Huffman Polson
Perfect Pulpo [Mexico] by Suzanne LaFetra
Where Light Germinates [Peru] by Melissa Heisler
The Jigg’s Up [Newfoundland] by Carol McAdoo Rehme
A Trembling Voice [Costa Rica] by Frank Izaguirre
Horse, Horse, Tiger, Tiger [China] by Ferida Wolff
Open Eye [New Mexico] by Lynn Pinkerton
In the Footsteps of Fossey [Rwanda] by Irene Morse
Driving Compassionately [Bali] by Peter Marmorek
Pickles and Hiccups [On the way home] by Randy Richardson
Treks [Kathmandu] by Katherine Horrigan
Virtual Travel [On the Internet] by Trendle Ellwood
Nowhere [Drifting in the heavens] by William Hillyard

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