An engaging, meticulously observed journey that brings other cultures alive.
Part cultural tour, part prayer to the natural world … circles the globe with lively adventures and intimate insights.
Wonderful story of human endurance … masterfully told … stays with you throughout your day.
Jury panel, “Silk from Ashes”
Winner, Society of American Travel Writers 2013 Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Cultural Tourism
“French Kiss” is sexy and funny—a great combination.
Jim Benning, Deputy Travel Editor, BBC.com
King brings uncommon heart and soul to her travel stories… From start to finish, Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive is a rollicking ride.
Author, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration
If I were going to be eaten alive (or lost, or kidnapped), I’d prefer it was in the company of Laurie McAndish King. I’d be laughing out loud as the anaconda swallowed me—and learning fascinating facts about its digestive process, and the global distribution of pythons.
Author, Shopping for Buddhas and The Size of the World
… delightful new collection of travel tales … riddled with humor and spirited with surprise.”
Author, The Art of Pilgrimage and The Book of Roads
Insightful and humorous … And yes, she can eat a horse!”
Co-editor, Venturing in Southern Greece: The Vatika Odysseys (Travelers’ Tales)
Venturing in Ireland: Quests for the Modern Celtic Soul (Travelers’ Tales)
Venturing in Italy: Puglia, Land between Two Seas (Travelers’ Tales)
What are the two things I adore about every one of the stories in Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive? The compassion and the wit. King made me want to protect a toucan named Stravinsky, laugh at French lingerie (not to mention French appliances), and savor mussels in Apulia. Each story is an adventure, but each traces the geography of the heart as well as that of the world.
Travel writer and author of Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch
… droll, delightful and insightful observations … terrific companion for armchair travel, taking readers (and our brains) to adventures where most of us have never gone before.
Author, The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain
A delicious feast for the curious mind…. With insight and a ready wit, Laurie takes you with her to hidden worlds, survives close encounters, and offers moving meditations on nature and life.
Author, That Paris Year
Member, The Society of Women Geographers
King shows how to turn a strange, scary, funny, wild and crazy moment in time into a life-altering adventure to remember.
Author, Colonel Baker’s Field: An American Pioneer Story
Director, Central Coast Writers Conference
I love King’s eco-biology pieces… this is a very fun trip!
Editor; culture critic; former travel editor, San Francisco magazine
King’s keen insight and evocative nature resonate… My personal favorite is her search for “Sheela-na-Gig” in Country Cork, Ireland—a provocative tale of the “fertile darkness.”
Author, Her Journey to 50
Wild and funny … a new book out full of more fab travel stories. Can’t wait to get mine!
Nola Lee Kelsey
Author, Animal Addict’s Guide to Volunteer Travel
Some of my favorite travel stories are in this collection…
Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Author of Namako, The Hand of Buddha and Dead Love
I still smile—months after reading Lost, Kidnapped and Eaten Alive—as I recall its hilarious stories from the far corners of the earth. You are bound to savor … King’s quirky world view.
Author, The Wine Seeker’s Guide to Livermore Valley and
Romancing the Coast: Romantic Getaways Along the California Coast
Host, NPR Affiliate Radio Travel Show
… invites us along as she inquires, investigates, and digs deep into the histories, cultures, cuisines and characters of places all over the world… be ready for a wild ride.
Editor, Vignettes and Postcards from Paris
King transports readers to faraway places with vivid details of cultural quirks, real people, flora, fauna, and food… readers connect deeply with her adventures and misadventures.
Author, Tango, an Argentine Love Story
King’s impish humor, sharp intelligence and adventurous spirit are on brilliant display in this wonderful collection of travel essays. I couldn’t put it down!
Author, Found Meals of the Lost Generation and
Wild Heart: A Life—Natalie Clifford Barney and the Decadence of Literary Paris
… lively and intimate vignettes…read like a close friend’s postcards-turned-keepsakes. A suspenseful and joyous romp around the world!
Tressa Berman, Ph.D.
Anthropologist and Author, Circle of Goods: Women, Work, and Welfare in a Reservation Community
King takes readers deep into the traveller’s soul in these intimate, frightening, endearing stories. They so thoroughly deliver the unique sense of each locale, readers should qualify for a special passport stamp upon completion!
Author, Little Shifts and The Sugar Divorce