No Touch Monkey!
And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late
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Ayun Halliday may not make for the most sensible travel companion, but she is certainly one of the zaniest, with a knack for inserting herself (and her unwitting cohorts) into bizarre situations around the globe. Curator of kitsch and unabashed aficionada of pop culture, Halliday offers bemused, self-deprecating narration of events from guerrilla theater in Romania to drug-induced Apocalypse Now reenactments in Vietnam to a perhaps more surreal collagen-implant demonstration at a Paris fashion show emceed by Lauren Bacall. On layover in Amsterdam, Halliday finds unlikely trouble in the red-light district -- eliciting the ire of a tiny, violent madam, and is forced to explain tampons to soldiers in Kashmir -- "they're for ladies. Bleeding ladies" -- that, she admits, "might have looked like white cotton bullets lined up in their box."
A self-admittedly bumbling vacationer, Halliday shares -- with razor-sharp wit and to hilarious effect -- the travel stories most are too self-conscious to tell.
Includes line drawings, generously provided by the author.
Praise For No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late…
"No Touch Monkey provides plenty of vicarious adventure for readers who prefer domestic beach hotels to malarial diarrhea and flip-flop-stealing primates."—Bust magazine
Seal Press, 9781580056014, 272pp.
Publication Date: August 25, 2015