Just in time for the summer months comes DC food and culture writer Nevin Martell‘s Freak Show Without a Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations, a memoir chronicling his globetrotting family’s misadventures to far-flung corners of the world. Not only is it the perfect beach read, it will add a level of excitement and danger to the much needed R&R you have planned for the months ahead. And should something more thrilling be on your mind, it is no doubt chock-full of ideas.
While it sounds like it’s all fun and games, Martell recalls, ”On our regular adventures, my sister and I often found ourselves thinking, ‘Buy the ticket, take the ride and hope we survive — so we can tell our therapists all about it later.”
In the book’s video trailer (click through the jump), Martell explains that, “By the time I was a teenager, I’d been to out of the way places most adults never get to…Western Samoa. Fiji. The Rio Negro. And Vanuatu. This is the chronicle of my childhood adventures…My dad had a thirst for adventure and wanted our family to explore the farthest reaches of the known, and unknown, world. Freak Show Without a Tent is the story of our family vacations. Forget Disney Land and Club Med. We lived on the edge.”
And for those who just owning a book isn’t enough (we get it, you only do signed copies), Martell will be signing away this Sunday, June 29th from 1 – 3 pm at Trohv (232 Carroll St. NW) in Takoma Park.
Either way, check it out, on bookshelves today. Read more