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Rachel Friedman is the author of The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure (Bantam Books, 2011). It was chosen as a Target Breakout Book and selected by Goodreads’ readers as one of the best travel books of 2011.  She’s written for The New York Times, National Geographic TravelerNew York, BUST, Bitch, Creative Nonfiction, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bon Appetit, Gadling, The Hairpin, and Nerve, among others.  She’s a contributor to The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals (Vintage, 2012) and The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 9 (Travelers’ Tales, 2013), and the winner of Creative Nonfiction‘s 2012 Australia Essay Contest. Her essay “Discovery” is listed as a notable piece in The Best American Travel Writing 2013.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA, MA) and the creative nonfiction program at Rutgers-Newark (MFA), she teaches literature, journalism, and writing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and New York University.  Here’s a recent interview. And here’s another. If podcasts are more your thing, you can get my voice in your ears here.


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  • [...] Rachel Friedman, author of the travel memoir The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost, loves nothing more than a colorful tale of misadventure. Recreate your most memorable travel mishap in 500 words or less. (Double points if there’s a language barrier. Triple points if your life flashed before your eyes). Submit them to rachelfriedmanwriter@gmail.com with your contact information no later than May 6th, 2011, and by June 1st Rachel will choose one lucky winner to receive a year’s worth of travel reading* (not limited to travelogues, but fiction and nonfiction set in foreign destinations) with the option to choose 10 books from a list of up to 20, including: [...]


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