- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion Books (Adult Trd Pap) (Aug 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786885203
- ISBN-13: 978-0786885206
- Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,599,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I've read it three times already! Each time catching things I missed before. This book is hysterical! As I flip each page, I learn a different phrase or tid-bit of information I never knew before about all sorts of places around the globe. Things you could never know without taking up residence in each region.
Even a seasoned traveler like myself was surprised about how little I knew about places like Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Denver, Columbus, Boston, Nashville, and even Scranton, PA. Places I once only thought of as stopovers between business meetings and my home in Portland, Oregon, I now think of as little worlds of their own, with their own rich traditions and idiosyncrasies. The book even informs you on things you should and should not say in places like Beijing, London, Tokyo, Paris, Rome, Rio and even Nairobi.
But the book also goes into gambling slang, golf slang, truck driver slang, day trader slang, military slang, ER slang, and even teenager slang (which will come in handy when my daughter becomes one next year). This book is a riot!
You won't have to be a world traveler like me to appreciate this book. You just have to be curious about the world around you and enjoy the subtle differences that make all of us interesting, wonderful and special. I don't know how the author documented all this, but kudos. What a fun and educational read! Highly recommend!