I'll Be Damned If I'll Die in Oakland by Al Martinez
A Sort of Travel Memoir

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In I'll Be Damned if I'll Die in Oakland, popular Los Angeles Times columnist and world traveler Al Martinez takes us on a funny, crazy, surprising, and sometimes poignant ride around the globe with his wife, the ebullient Cinelli, and then with his children, his grandchildren and, once, his perplexing dog Barney, scattering love, laughter, and memories all along the way.

We journey with them from Africa to China, Greece to Italy, Spain to Austria and beyond, and across the U.S. on a three-month trip from the Pacific to the Atlantic and back again, with Barney barking all the way. It's a trip through time as well as space, as the family grows and the world changes. It's a ride you'll never want to forget.

About Al Martinez

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Al Martinez is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, as well as a screenwriter and an author of books and national magazine articles. He shared a gold-medal Pulitzer Prize in Journalism in 1984 and was a member of a staff that won Pulitzers in 1993 and 1995. He has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists as Journalist of the Year, and has won two National Headliner Awards and a National Ernie Pyle Award.
Published December 8, 2003 by Thomas Dunne Books. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction

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Los Angeles Times columnist Martinez declares at the opening of this spunky though disappointing memoir that it isn't a where-to or how-to book, but rather a reflection on travel's soul-enriching benefits.

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