Humorous essays from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author on travel, late-life parenting, and other perils.
P. J. O'Rourke, hailed as "one of America's most hilarious writers" by Time
, is the author of the classic travelogue Holidays in Hell
, in which he traversed the globe on a fun-finding mission to what were then some of the most desperate places on the planet, including Warsaw, Managua, and Belfast.
In Holidays in Heck
, O'Rourke embarks on supposedly more comfortable and allegedly less dangerous travels--often with family in tow--which mostly leave him wishing he were under artillery fire again. The essays take O'Rourke on a whirlwind of adventures, from the National Mall in Washington to a family ski vacation (to the Aspen of the Midwest--Ohio--where the highest point of elevation is the six-foot ski instructor that his wife thinks is cute). He also experiences a harrowing horseback ride across the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The result is a hilarious and often moving portrait of life in the fast lane--only this time as a husband and father.
"In this cheeky follow-up to Holidays in Hell
, former war correspondent O'Rourke trades battle zones for more appealing travel destinations, often with his family in tow . . . O'Rourke loses none of his sly humor, finding many opportunities to lampoon American politics under his new guise as a traveling family man." --Publishers Weekly
"[O'Rourke] provides colorful, earthy descriptive passages regarding stag hunts in Britain, extreme horseback riding in the wilds of Kyrgyzstan, a poignant look at his bout with cancer and a brief jaunt to Kabul, Afghanistan." --Kirkus Reviews