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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 a 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.

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Inside the World of Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive!

Read “Big Cats, No Guns” in Marin magazine.

Read the Kirkus profile of Laurie McAndish King.

The Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award

Read “Of Lemurs and Leeches” on SF Gate.

Learn more about The Kindness of Strangers.

Read “Eat, Pray, Scrub” on SF Gate.

What People are Saying:

King brings uncommon heart and soul to her travel stories … a rollicking ride.

Michael ShapiroAuthor, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk about their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration

Part cultural tour, part prayer to the natural world … circles the globe with lively adventures and intimate insights.

Publisher's Weekly

Insightful and humorous, full of … passion, perception and surprise. And yes, she can eat a horse!

Connie BurkeEditor, Venturing in Ireland

Lively and intimate vignettes … read like a close friend’s postcards-turned-keepsakes. A suspenseful and joyous romp around the world!

Tressa BermanAuthor and anthropologist

“French Kiss” is sexy and funny—a great combination.

Jim BenningDeputy Travel Editor, BBC.com

An engaging, meticulously observed journey that brings other cultures alive.

Kirkus Reviews

This wonderful story of human endurance and perseverance [“Silk from Ashes”] is masterfully told… The author’s touch is light and endearing, and her story stays with you.

Society of American Travel Writers

Transports readers to faraway places with vivid details of cultural quirks, real people, flora, fauna, and food.

Camille CusumanoAuthor, Tango, An Argentine Love Story