The Wonder Trail by Steve Hely
True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World

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A disappointing book considering the ambitious journey that was undertaken and the potential for engaging a wide range of curious armchair travelers.
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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 readers want to reach for their backpack and hiking boots.
 
The Wonder Trail is the story of a trip from Los Angeles to the bottom of South America, presented in 102 short chapters. From Mexico City to Oaxaca; into ancient Mayan ruins; the jungles, coffee plantations, and remote beaches of Central America; across the Panama Canal; by sea to Colombia; to the wild Easter celebration of Popayán; to the Amazon rainforest; the Inca sites of Cuzco and Machu Picchu; to the Galápagos Islands; the Atacama Desert of Chile; and down to wind-worn Patagonia at the bottom of the Western Hemisphere; Steve traveled collecting stories, adventures, oddities, marvels, bits of history and biography, tales of weirdos, fun facts, and anything else interesting or illuminating.

Steve's plan was to discover the unusual, wonderful, and absurd in Central and South America, to seek and find 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.


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About Steve Hely

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Steve Hely writes for the Fox animated comedy "American Dad!" He was twice president of The Harvard Lampoon, and has been a writer and performer on "Last Call with Carson Daly" and a writer for "The Late Show with David Letterman," the latter earning him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Comedy Show. Vali Chandrasekaran writes for television's "My Name Is Earl," In 2006, his script "Jump for Joy" was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award. He has been an editor of "The Harvard Lampoon" and a management consultant for Boston Consulting Group, and he runs the Web site Vali's Views. In a memorable turn "on"-screen, he played the role of "Vali" on the NBC hit comedy "The Office,"
 
Published June 14, 2016 by Dutton. 330 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 06 2016

A disappointing book considering the ambitious journey that was undertaken and the potential for engaging a wide range of curious armchair travelers.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 22 2016

This book ends by accomplishing what it meant to: making itself indispensable, even when its author is just plain treading water.

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