The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia

The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia

Synopsis: In The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, author Chris Tharp recounts his misadventures in countries across the region he’s called home for the last ten years. He takes us to the back-alley restaurants of Vietnam on a quest to eat cobra; to the neon streets of Japan, where he goes on tour with a jazz band, gets lost in the depraved depths of a comic book shop, and nearly causes a riot at a punk rock bar; to far Western China, where he narrowly misses a terrorist attack and endures a harrowing drive on the world’s highest highway. Whether he’s losing his lunch on the boat ride to the disputed Dokdo islets, surviving a bus wreck on a Korean highway, eating chicken embryos in the Philippines, or riding a dilapidated motorbike through the dirt tracks of Laos, Tharp delivers his tales with a mixture of honesty, wit, and humor that will inspire readers to strap on a backpack and hit the road. Metadata: Publication date: December 2, 2014 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 384 ISBN: 978-988-12196-3-3 Price (paper): US$18.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 94,000 eISBN: 978-988-12196-7-1 Price (e-book): US$8.99   Buy E-books: Amazon Apple Smashwords Paperback:  Amazon Book Depository Blurbage: In The Worst Motorcycle in Laos, Tharp takes us on a wild ride from the neon streets of Tokyo to the dirt tracks of Indochina. The essays are insightful, humorous, and unflinching. A great read for the active and armchair traveler alike. – Michael Breen, author of The Koreans Tharp’s done it again. He’s got a knack for finding himself in, shall we say, interesting places and situations: from fake flowers and monks to persistent touts, these are the stories few can experience for themselves. Make no mistake, Tharp makes life happen on his own terms. – Chris Backe, travel blogger at oneweirdglobe.com The Worst Motorcycle in Laos is a thoughtful rampage through the backwaters of Asia. Tharp writes about his travels with a refreshing, humble honesty, unafraid of exploring the gritty and the grimy, the seedy and the sublime. Witty, poignant and at times even disturbing, this is a great read for both the seasoned journeyer and those content to enjoy from the comfort of home. – Brandon W. Jones, author of All Woman and Springtime Author bio: Originally hailing from Washington state, Chris Tharp has called Busan, South Korea home for over a decade. He is the author of the travel memoir Dispatches from the Peninsula: Six Years in South Korea, and his award-winning writing has appeared both online and in print. He lives with his wife, a dog, and an indeterminate number of...

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Dispatches from the Peninsula: Six Years in South Korea

Dispatches from the Peninsula: Six Years in South Korea

      By Chris Tharp Meta: Publication date: September 27, 2011 ISBN (print): 978-988-15161-1-4 eISBN: 978-988-15161-5-2 Paper edition specs: Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 perfect bound trade paperback Page count: coming soon E-book specs: Formats: ePub, mobi (Kindle), PDF Word count: 90,000 Synopsis: Thousands of young adults pass through South Korea each year, teaching English in private schools that together make up one of the country’s largest industries. Korea, long isolated by culture and geography, with a complex language and set of social mores, can be a difficult place to call home. Chris Tharp has begun to make a name for himself as a travel writer, and in this gruff but affectionate memoir, explains why Korea can be both hard to like and hard to leave. He navigates his way through the timeless alleys and neon streets of Korea’s cities, painting a picture of a society that is at once ancient and utterly modern; he serves in the trenches of the English teaching industry, working his way from the private, for-profit academy to the university; he treks through the peninsula’s mountain valleys and rides deep into the country’s rural soul on the back of his motorcycle; he also explores the internal geography of Korea, from nearly being deported over a comedy performance, getting caught in the middle of a street riot, to staring face to face with North Korean soldiers along the DMZ. During this six-year journey Tharp must also deal with the death of his parents, which forces him to ask the question: Is home a place that we’re from, or is it something we take with us wherever we go? Praise: Tharp is like some punk-rock Huck Finn, as aware and humane as he is blithely non- PC, drama springing up around him with every choice he makes: another country, another drink, another thought he maybe should have kept to himself—but his brain is bigger than his mouth, and Dispatches from the Peninsula gives us the whole show. And somehow, amid all its intelligence and humor, the book packs a deeper wallop too, as a serious meditation on the lifelong experiment of growing up. – Lawrence Krauser, author of Lemon, The Joy of Google, and The Day in Question   Tough and true is Tharp’s journey in South Korea. I found myself back here, welcoming anew Korea’s wonder, her wrangle, the distinct spirit of the peninsula and her people. All along the way, Tharp is an observant and steady companion.   – Cullen Thomas, author of Brother One Cell Buy: Paperback: Amazon Book Depository Paddyfield What the Book Powell’s E-book: Amazon (US) Barnes & Noble Omnilit.com Apple Smashwords Kobo (Or just google it. Our e-books are sold...

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