You Can't Get There from Here by Gayle Forman
A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World

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What happens when cable televangelism and gay pride collide on an isolated Polynesian island? When Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy arrives in newly independent Kazakhstan? When DNA tests confirm the existence of a fabled lost tribe of Israel?

In this series of alternately hilarious and poignant tales, journalist Gayle Forman takes readers to the physical and cultural fringes of the earth as she communes with lovelorn transvestites, persecuted punk rockers, unemployed prostitutes, and guerrilla linguists, all of whom show her–and us–the human side of globalization. Traveling with her husband, Forman also takes her own relationship to the edge, offering an extremely personal picture of a marriage under the influence of wanderlust.

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Gayle Forman is an investigative journalist who’s traveled the world to report for such publications as the New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Glamour, Elle, Details, Travel & Leisure, Budget Travel, Jane, and Seventeen. She took her first overseas jaunt when she was seven—she brought her parents with her that time—and has been traveling ever since. Gayle and her husband, Nick Tucker, are back at home (for now) in New York City with their baby daughter, Willa.
Published November 14, 2006 by Rodale. 336 pages
Genres: Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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In Tonga, for instance (which Forman inaccurately describes as “rarely visited by tourists,” even though in the year of her visit there was one tourist for every three natives), she spends time among “fakaleiti, a strange third gender of half-men, half-women” who apparently fit right into Tongan ...

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