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Ebook Details
  • 07/2016
  • B01FMX5LEE
  • 294 pages
  • $8.95
Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2016
  • 9780692664438 0692664432
  • 294 pages
  • $15.95
Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns, and Revelations in the Americas

A sharp-shooting SWAT team, a Venezuelan producer of alcoholic love potions, and an audacious subway rat are among the cast of characters award-winning author Darrin DuFord encounters in Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns, and Revelations in the Americas. Through such mediums as public transit, cuisine, urban wildlife, and music, DuFord (author of Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama Without a Car, 2007 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards silver medalist) has created a collection of insightful pieces that expose the desires and realities shaping landscapes from Chile to Canada. From surviving a journey in a homemade submarine off the coast of Honduras to receiving a lesson in aging from the street art of Valparaiso, Chile, DuFord serves up lively, engaging narratives that show how travel has the ability to illuminate cultures while unleashing their bottomless complexities.

Reviews
Offering vignettes from across the American hemisphere, omnivorous travel writer DuFord (Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama Without a Car) weaves a lattice of narratives into a semi-cohesive picture of the Americas from various locales between Cape Columbia and Cape Horn. Moving deftly across the hemisphere—tasting cassareep syrup in Guyana, getting his haircut in Panama City, submarining off the coast of Honduras, and taking agrotourist bicycle trips in Quebec, among other adventures—DuFord offers impressions of South, Central, and North America in all their stunning diversity, contradictions, and complexity. Chronicling his gastronomic and geographic adventures, DuFord’s playful and pop-culture peppered prose (describing Nicaragua’s Caballito as “the country’s White Castle of hooch”) makes for succulent travel writing. His amiable introduction of the various wayfarers and residents he encounters along the way add palatable texture to the locales he chronicles. He also finds space to develop his and his wife Melanie’s own budding romance, which offers an opportunity to spin together tales of travel in both love and life. DuFord is not afraid to take the reader to places previously unknown. (BookLife)
Glenn Dallas, San Francisco Book Review

"Breakfast for Alligators is an eye-opener for both the untraveled and the well-traveled alike because this is no shiny tourism guide, this is down-home firsthand experience, and all the more charming for it."

Chris Backe, One Weird Globe

“Darrin DuFord’s thoughtful, reflective prose offers a short episodic-type glimpse of the moments in question—competing wine festivals that weren’t all that competitive in Chile, a slice of the drumming life in Montevideo, Uruguay....There’s plenty to entertain.”

David Farley, author of An Irreverent Curiosity

“Darrin DuFord’s latest magnum opus vividly takes us from the steamy New Orleans suburbs to the jungles of Guyana to the coffee-covered hills of Nicaragua and beyond. This is more than breakfast: it’s a readable, enjoyable feast, best consumed any time of day or night.” 

Frank Bures, author of The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death...

“In a world full of overwrought and contrived travel stories, Darrin DuFord’s collection, Breakfast for Alligators, is a breath of fresh air: open, honest, and in love with the world (and its many flavors) in a way that makes you yearn to go along with DuFord as he follows his curiosity to the far corners of the Americas.”

Gregory Hubbs, editor of Transitions Abroad

“DuFord has created a series of magical and often humorous travel stories in which no local foods, material realities, or local rituals are off-limits. Breakfast for Alligators is a joy to read.”

Spud Hilton, The San Francisco Chronicle

“An anthology of rollicking, sometimes baffling adventures (and plenty of misadventures)....A bunch of great stories.”

Tony Perrottet, author of Napoleon’s Privates: 2,500 Years of History Unzipped

“DuFord captures the best of travel writing—by turn informative and entertaining, often hilarious, sometimes moving... He takes us on one wild ride after another.”

William Caverlee, Perceptive Travel

"Gritty, funny, street-savvy, boisterous, and informative."

Zora O’Neill, author of All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the...

“Intrepid and chronically curious, Darrin DuFord charges into the more obscure corners of Latin America and brings back revealing, sometimes bizarre details. Warning: may inspire impulse plane-ticket purchases.”

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 07/2016
  • B01FMX5LEE
  • 294 pages
  • $8.95
Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2016
  • 9780692664438 0692664432
  • 294 pages
  • $15.95

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