Part memoir, part travel book, Lost Among the Baining looks back with wry humor on a field trip I took with my husband to live with the Baining, an isolated people in Papua New Guinea. Many people warned us against this trip--but we were too young to take anyone's advice.

The Baining, with their enigmatic culture, upended our lives and haunted us for years. We viewed the experience as a fiasco. But decades later, we returned to these people who had changed our lives, and found a new ending to the story.

Reviewers have called the book "provocative," "inspiring," "compulsively readable," and "laugh-out-loud funny."

Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork is available in hardcover and Kindle from Amazon. It's also available as an ebook from Smashwords.

My essays, columns, and book reviews have appeared in many publications, and my previous books are: Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America, and Other People's Mail: An Anthology of Letter Stories.

I was born in New York City and I now live with my husband in Cambridge, MA and winter in Sanibel, FL where--when I'm not writing--I spend my time reading, gardening, and observing the magnificent wildlife.

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Travel Memoir
"Loved this book, which appears to be but is more than an account of an anthropological expedition, more than a travel book, more than a memoir."--Barbara Beckwith, author of What Was I Thinking?: Digging Deeper into Everyday Racism,
"It is undoubtedly the best written account of, and reflection on, fieldwork I have read, and --perhaps -- the best book on fieldwork (period) I have come across. --Joel Savishinsky, Professor of Anthropology (Emeritus), Ithaca College, author of Trail of the Hare.
“An impressively insightful, deftly written, accessibly articulate, expertly knowledgeable, and decidedly analytical survey of…book reviewing today.”
Midwest Book Review
“Captivating stories in an anthology of epistolary fiction from the last 50 years.”

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