Jeff Greenwald

Shopping for Buddhas

Jeff Greenwald

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Jeff Greenwald's four previous books, including his best-selling "Shopping for Buddhas" and "The Size of the World," have taken thousands of readers on journeys from the ruins of Angkor to the California Lottery's "Big Spin": voyages at once sublime and provocative, spiritual and absurd. Scratching the Surface is the best of Greenwald's 20-year travel writing career, hand-picked from two decades of open-eyed dispatches. The thirty-one tales in "Scratching the Surface" span the globe, from the jungles of Nepal to a solar eclipse in the skies above Iran; from an "electric bath" in Tokyo to moonwalker Buzz Aldrin's Beverly Hills flat.

Jeff Greenwald

Bronx-born Jeff Greenwald moved West when he was 19, and has lived in Oakland, California for the past 15 years. Since 1979 he has traveled throughout the world, working as an writer, photographer, and visual artist.

Shopping for Buddhas

Jeff Greenwald's classic travelogue follows his quest for the "perfect" Buddha statue. At turns hilarious and moving, his quest features a cast of amazing characters — from a passionate palmist to a flying lama — who provide unforgettable glimpses into the daily life and culture of the former kingdom (including a wild ride on Kathmandu’s very first escalator).

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