Headhunters on My Doorstep
A True Treasure Island Ghost Story
By J. Maarten Troost
(Gotham Books, Hardcover, 9781592407897, 262pp.)
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
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Readers and critics alike adore J. Maarten Troost for his signature wry and witty take on the adventure memoir. Hailed by "Entertainment Weekly" as a "funny, candid, and down-to-earth travel companion," Troost's bestselling debut, "The Sex Lives of Cannibals," is an enduring favorite about life in the South Seas.
"Headhunters on My Doorstep" chronicles Troost's return to the South Pacific after his struggle with alcoholism and time in rehab left him numb to life. Deciding to retrace the path once traveled by the author of "Treasure Island," Troost follows Robert Louis Stevenson to the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, Tahiti, the Gilberts, and Samoa, tumbling from one comic misadventure to another as he confronts his newfound sobriety.
Somewhere en route from the shark-infested waters of Fakarava to the remote islands of Kiribati, Troost gradually awakens to the beauty of life and reconnects with his family and the world. "Headhunters on My Doorstep" is a funny yet poignant account of one man's journey to find himself that will captivate travel writing aficionados, Robert Louis Stevenson fans, and anyone who has ever lost his way.