Laurie McAndish KingAward-winning author
An Elephant Ate My Arm
More true stories from a curious traveler
Coming May 1, 2021!
These stories remind us we live in a world full of wonders! The locations are marvelous: a man-eating lake, the forest home of a three-eyed cannibal, the first labyrinth, a portal to the Uncannny Valley, the perfect site for watching eagle sex…
Even better, the stories raise all kinds of interesting questions—about free will, domestication, compressing time, extinction, memento mori, and rewriting history, for starters. And the provocative discussion questions make this a perfect read for book clubs.
Praise for An Elephant Ate My Arm …
Hilarious, informative, sometimes profound.
Laurie is your pal, your sister, your your shadow-person who does the adventure with you and says just the thing you wish you’d said.
These stories remind me of what I miss most about travel—connecting more deeply to people and places, local food and wildlife.
Insightful travel tales that combine a love of nature with astute observations about the human condition. Bonus: Provocative discussion questions that make this a perfect read for book clubs!
Delightful and intriguing … delivers cultural details with panache and a funny bone on the side.
A delightful excursion to magical places and once-in-a-lifetime experiences! Each chapter will spur you on to hit the road and discover the wonders and life lessons of travel.
Your Crocodile has Arrived
More true stories from a curious traveler
Whether your taste runs to crocodiles or chocolate, ancient relics or flying saucers, you’re sure to find entertainment and illumination in this collection of 21 true stories. Join in as the author…
- Makes a pilgrimage to see a 2,500-year-old tooth.
- Checks out the world’s largest earthworms — some are as much as twenty feet long.
- Receives a full-body chocolate massage.
- Participates in a shamanic ayahuasca ritual.
- Learns the secrets of alien spaceship propulsion — from an Ivy-League astrophysicist.
Praise for Your Crocodile has Arrived …
King is relentlessly inquisitive, and her curiosity propels her to … revelatory discoveries in Your Crocodile has Arrived.
King’s powerful piece on saving wild elephants is a moment you should not miss—even if it hurts.
To see and portray beauty and sorrow in the same lens is King’s gift.
[“The Dumpling Men of Taipei” is] a perfect little gem, filled with sharp and observant writing.
… “tres charmant,” in the best sense of the word, which originally meant to enchant. Each story reads like a veritable treasure in the Cabinets of Curiosity that she deftly describes in her story set in a strange museum in St. Petersburg.
Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive!
True stories from a curious traveler
What happens when a practical midwestern gal sets off to explore the world? Laurie McAndish King’s travels seem innocent in the planning stage, but surprising adventure follows as she finds herself…
- Accidentally marrying a Maasai warrior in Kenya.
- Tracking lions — on foot — without a gun in Botswana.
- Attempting to eat a horse in southern Italy.
- Sampling the world’s most expensive coffee — which is brewed from the excrement of a small mammal in Bali.
Whether she is lost in Melbourne, kidnapped in the Tunisian desert, or eaten alive by the blood-sucking denizens of tropical north Queensland, King’s stories — quirky, poignant, occasionally unsettling, and often quite funny — promise to entertain and inspire you.
Praise for Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive!
“French Kiss” is sexy and funny—a great combination.
Laurie’s writing has appeared in travel anthologies published by Lonely Planet, Travelers’ Tales, Wanderland Writers, and others:
- Travel Stories of Wonder and Change (Bay Area Travel Writers, 2020)
- Wandering in Greece: Athens, Islands and Antiquities (Wanderland Writers, 2020)
- Wandering in Cuba: Revolution and Beyond (Wanderland Writers, 2018)
- Wandering in Andalusia: The Soul of Southern Spain (Wanderland Writers, 2016)
- Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Myth and Transformation in the Land of Ancient Celts (Wanderland Writers, 2015)
- Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light (Wanderland Writers, 2013)
- Travel Stories from Around the Globe (Bay Area Travel Writers, 2012)
- Wandering in Bali: A Tropical Paradise Discovered (Wanderland Writers, 2012)
- Animal Addict’s Guide to Global Volunteer Travel (Dog’s Eye View Media, 2011)
- Wandering in Costa Rica: Landscapes Lost and Found (Wanderland Writers, 2010)
- The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009 (Travelers’ Tales, 2009)
- Venturing in Italy: Travels in Puglia, Land Between Two Seas (Travelers’ Tales, 2008)
- Venturing in Ireland: Quest for the Modern Celtic Soul (Travelers’ Tales, 2007)
- 30 Days in Italy: True Stories of Escape to the Good Life (Travelers’ Tales, 2006)
- The Thong Also Rises (Travelers’ Tales, 2005)
- The Kindness of Strangers (Lonely Planet, 2003) edited by Don George, and with a preface from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Other contributors include Jan Morris, Simon Winchester, Pico Iyer, and Tim Cahill.