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The Bird Man And The Lap Dancer: Close Encounters with Strangers by Eric Hansen

The Bird Man And The Lap Dancer is a book of travel essays by Eric Hansen, telling not only of his wanderlust, but also his affinity for not making plans and being impetuous when it comes to deciding how to spend any day. He samples hallucinogenic kava on Vanuatu, helps a man search for his wife's plane crash site on Borneo, works at Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying Destitute in Calcutta, survives a cyclone while working on a prawn trawler, and meets a ornithologist who takes topless dancers on bird-watching expeditions with him. It's his passionate experience of life, shared with strangers from around the world, that brings that same energy to his essays. The Bird Man And The Lap Dancer has received positive reviews with the Seattle Times saying, "Deft storytelling, flavorful prose, a canny gift for bringing characters alive on the page, a receptivity to all that is strange and unruly in our world - these traits make Hansen an extraordinarily pleasurable and eye-opening author to read."
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