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The Thong Also Rises: Further Misadventures from Funny Women on the Road

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Too many travel guides are dry lists of attractions or portentous histories of a place. This isn't the case with The Thong Also Rises. Hot on the (high) heels of Sand in My Bra and Whose Panties Are These? comes this collection of the best in women’s travel and humor writing. These Ms-adventures take readers around the world and back again — and they’ll be happy to be read ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 18th 2005 by Travelers' Tales
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Amy
Jan 16, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookcrossing
I've been out sick for the past week, and the short stories in this collection were the perfect way to pass the time between fevered wakenings and bouts of coughing. I have a number of my own travel stories that I could probably add as well...like the time in India when the goat nibbled on the end of my sari and it began to unwrap as I walked away...

The collection is mixed, but ultimately, I enjoyed it. I think two of my favorites were the one Gory mentioned "Gently You Have to Avoid a Frighten
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Fayette
May 09, 2016 Fayette rated it liked it
My dear spouse purchased this book series for me knowing I love (1) to travel and (2) to write. He was hoping it would inspire me to write my own stories, and I think it will. It does seem that much of women travel stories revolve around bathrooms and other mishaps with personal hygiene. A quick fun read.
Melissa
Nov 04, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel, humor
Ok, so I've read two others in this series (Sand in My Bra and Whose Panties are These) and didn't really enjoy them. But as they were lent to me I felt compelled to keep reading. I really wish I hadn't. This book was just as dismal as the first two. And another note, these are geared towards women, and as such, I just can't understand the cover. It doesn't bother me per say, but it seems like the kind of missed their audience there.

These books are supposed to be short stories from women travele
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Tami
Apr 15, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing
We've all had at least one of those vacations that didn't turn out as expected. We've all been confronted by unhygienic bathroom situations when we really had to go. We've all likely done or said something so embarrassing while on vacation that we swore to ourselves that we swear we will never tell anyone as long as we live, only to later find ourselves recounting the tale to anyone that will listen.

The Thong Also Rises: Further Misadventures from Funny Women on the Road! is a hilarious compila
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Arthur
Dec 08, 2009 Arthur rated it really liked it

This anthology of travel stories by nearly fifty different women is a hilarious hoot to read especially if you are are a well traveled global traveler like myself.
Each story is about five pages long so it makes great reading if one has little time. Having spend the past twenty years traveling mainly in Asia I especially enjoy the stories set in Asia.
The book is light and easy to carry while commuting or traveling.
Just what I need to get me into the mood for my usual winter holidays in Asia
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Chinch
Oct 14, 2014 Chinch rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
I thought this was a nice compilation of funny stories. I bought it over a decade ago and read some of the chapters. On a recent visit to my parent's house I rediscovered the book and read it all over again. Funnily enough, I still remembered some of the stories. I've actually been a lone woman traveller at some points in my life so it was possible to relate to the women in this book. What I'm really grateful for is that it veers away from scary predatory stories that a lot of books about women ...more
Lubna
Apr 18, 2007 Lubna rated it it was amazing
Just the right kind of book to beat the stress. If your annual leave has been fully utilised, the next best thing is to pick up this book. Not readily avaiable in India at bookstores, but you can order via Amazon. Stories from smuggling drugs (medicines) from across the border - Mexico back to the United States, a case of Viagra gone wrong in an alien country - France, to yours truly writing of her experience of hopping on to a non-Volvo, non-AC ST bus instead of a tourist bus, a variety of Miss ...more
Kristi
Aug 10, 2013 Kristi rated it liked it
While this was still a fast-reading collection of Reader's Digest style snippets, I liked it a lot more than the first book in this series. The stories still often felt abruptly abbreviated, but they were more entertaining than the previous ones, and I even cracked a smile a few times. It's the perfect book for those times when you can only spare a moment or two to read. Bite sized morsels of travel stories.
Kiki
Dec 20, 2007 Kiki rated it really liked it
While exceedingly funny (funny in the sense that it's funny when other people run into glass doors, but not when you do), this book is pretty much chock full of disaster travel stories. I read while on a plane heading to what I hoped would be a fabulous vacay - had to put it down because I thought I might jinx myself. I would recommend reading during a time when you don't have any vacations planned.
Philosophette
Jul 09, 2008 Philosophette rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel
This works well for beach reading or commuting, where you don't have the concentration to devote to a serious novel. I'm curious about the other editions in the series--wondering if the compilations are any stronger. If you're short on time/patience, I thought the 3 best written pieces were:

Ellen Sussman's "Naked Nightmare"
Laurie Notaro's "An American (Drug Smuggling) Girl"
Laurie Frankel's "Mother and Child (and Disco) Reunion"
Jeannie
May 17, 2012 Jeannie rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
This was the third one in the series I've read...I think I might be getting tired of travel stories cause this one was just so-so for me. I will keep dreaming of all the travels I hope to do, just not in these types of ways. A good book to while-a-way a hour or a day...nice to just pick it up and choose a story.
Leslie
Apr 01, 2009 Leslie rated it did not like it
I generally like books of essays, but this book shouldn't be called a book of essays, it should be called a book of two page stories. The entire book is incredibly schizephrenic with two page stories, three paragraph excerpts and a blurb after every story that is basically a sales pitch for the author's book.
Cindy
May 30, 2016 Cindy rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
A collection of essays about women travelling. Some of the stories were humorous, none were hilarious and most were boring. I picked up this book because it listed Laurie Notaro as a contributor but her story was just a snippet from one of her books.
Bess
Jul 26, 2008 Bess rated it really liked it
The 8th chapter, Princess and the Pee by Julie Eisenberg, brought back fond memories of my Caribbean Windjamming days. Sure, I experienced a big, bad toilet issue on one of my 6 WJ-ing years, but the weather, beauty and adventure far outweighed any temporary personal inconvenience for this former farm girl. P.S. I posed for this cover.
Valerie
Jul 19, 2015 Valerie rated it it was ok
Shelves: lemmed
I think the concepts are better than the execution in this collection of travel related short stories. I must confess that I did not quite make it halfway through the book before giving up. There just was not enough there to hold my interest, let alone amuse me.
Diana
Apr 05, 2010 Diana rated it did not like it
I thought this group of stories was poorly edited. The only funny one was the Laurie Notaro piece which I had already read in one of her books. It was a little frustrating that little quotes and short stories were randomly dropped in within other stories. Two thumbs down!
Chelsea
Feb 23, 2008 Chelsea rated it did not like it
Ok, 6 stories shy of finishing this book...I gave up. BORING. So so sorry. Picked this book up thinking it would be funny and it really just put me to sleep. Don't waste your time!
Kelli
Nov 28, 2011 Kelli rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
This book was a little disappointing. I thought the stories would be more entertaining than what they were. Some made me laugh out loud but not enough.
Mandy Faust
Jul 12, 2010 Mandy Faust rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2010
The first few stories in this book were funny. Then, suddenly, they became not-at-all funny. So I got bored and decided not to waste my time finishing the book.
Marie
May 21, 2016 Marie rated it it was ok
This book will make women not want to travel, especially alone. And for that reason I am not a fan.
Toph White
Sep 03, 2013 Toph White rated it really liked it
Mostly stories of awkward or funny moments on women's trips, but good fun. Always got a weird look from the bartender when I would read these on the road.
Kelly
Kelly rated it really liked it
May 07, 2013
Jennifer
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Feb 13, 2012
Cynthia Roach
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Jun 29, 2015
Diann
Diann rated it it was amazing
Apr 14, 2016
Charles
Sep 23, 2012 Charles rated it liked it
Some funny short stories, some more than others. The 910's are my favorite, armchair travel.
Alma
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Nov 08, 2014
Lissa
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Susan Reinhardt
Susan Reinhardt rated it it was amazing
May 29, 2012
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