101 Places Not to See Before You Die
Sure, 101 Places Not to See Before You Die (HarperPaperbacks, 2010) is a guide to some of the least appealing destinations and experiences in the world. But it's also a backhanded tribute to what makes travel great: its tendency to put us in situations that we otherwise never would have experienced. With guest entries from writers like Michael Pollan, Nick Kristof, Mary Roach and A.J. Jacobs, 101 Places Not To See Before You Die is filled with stories and anecdotes of misadventure to which any seasoned traveler can relate. After all, travel should be an adventure, not an assignment — and if you arm yourself with too many checklists, you’re missing the point of leaving home.
“I had no idea so many god-awful places exist in this world….Catherine Price is a hilarious guide to all that is sucky.”
—Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer
101 Places Not to See Before You Die was featured on Morning Edition (audio link below) and the Entertainment Weekly's "Must List," as well as in publications including Salon, the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post.
The Economist described it as combining "the droll wit of Mary Roach with the inventive perversity of a 12-year-old boy." I take that as a compliment.