Collected for the first time ever: thirteen of National Book Award winner and trailblazing war journalist Bob Shacochis’s travel and adventure essays that span the globe and world politics from Kathmandu to Christmas Island
Kingdoms in the Air
978-0-8021-2476-0 • $26.00 • Cloth • June 2016
“Shacochis has extended his knowledge and imagination into places most of us have never ventured.”Washington Post
“What other American writer has put as much heart into his creations, as much drive, as much history?”Los Angeles Review of Books
Best known for his sweeping international and political fiction narratives, including The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, which won the Dayton Peace Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Bob Shacochis began his writing career as a pioneering journalist and contributing editor for Outside magazine and Harper’s. Kingdoms in the Air brings together the very best of Shacochis’s culture and travel essays in one live-wire collection that spans his global adventures and his life passions; from surfing, to his obsession with the South American dorado, to the time he went bushwhacking in Mozambique. In the titular essay “Kingdoms,” the longest work in the collection, Shacochis ventures to Nepal with his friend, the photographer Thomas Laird, who was the first foreigner to live in Nepal’s kingdom of Mustang as the forbidden Shangri-la prepared to open its borders to trekkers and trade. When the two men return a decade after Laird first lived there, Shacochis observes in brilliantly evocative prose both the current cultural and political landscape of the country and the changes with which his friend has to reconcile.
Replete with Shacochis’s signature swagger, humor, and crystalline wisdom, Kingdoms in the Air is a majestic and essential collection from one of our most important writers.