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Traveling with People I Want to Punch in the Throat

While I thoroughly enjoyed spending the entire month of March reading almost nothing but mystery novels, I’ve decided to focus on reading books from a variety of genres during the month of April. One of the books that I chose to read this month was Traveling with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Barefoot Passengers, Armrest Hoggers, and Other Traveling Troublemakers.

Traveling with People I Want to Punch in the Throat is a hilarious collection of non-fiction essays by author Jen Mann. In the most recent addition to her People I Want to Punch in the Throat series, Mann shares stories from three decades of travel.

The book includes essays about the author’s trips to locations such as Paris and Woodstock, tells the story of the time she was deemed a security risk while in Budapest, explores the joys of food poisoning and potty training while traveling, and relates an experience with a very sketchy rental property.

This was my first time reading this installment in Mann’s series of books, and I really enjoyed it. Many of the essays had me laughing out loud, and I really liked the fact that Mann chose to present her travel experiences in chronological order. It was very interesting to see how traveling has changed for her over the years, especially since her reasons for traveling change along the way.

Traveling with People I Want to Punch in the Throat is a pretty fast read as well. The book includes a total of seventeen essays, and they’re all great! I actually found myself reading the entire book in a single sitting, just because I was enjoying it so much.

Like the other books in this series, Traveling with People I Want to Punch in the Throat is probably best suited for an adult audience. In addition to some profanity, the book does include some content that is more adult in nature. There is also one essay in this book (essay number 16) that might cause discomfort for some readers, as it discusses unwanted sexual attention, and relates a story about the sexual harassment of a minor.

Whether you are a fan of Jen Mann’s writing, or enjoy humorous essays about world travel, then I highly recommend taking the time to read Traveling with People I Want to Punch in the Throat. It’s a great book that I think you’ll really enjoy.

And if you’re interested in learning more about some of Jen Mann’s other books, I hope you’ll check out my reviews of People I Want to Punch in the Throat and Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat.

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