Getting Stoned With Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu by J. Maarten Troost

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Troost has a good job in Washington D.C. One that might even lead to a career. But he’s bored and feels trapped. So he and his wife pack their bags and return to the South Pacific (he’s chronicled an earlier stay on Kiribati in the equally hilarious Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific). Her job takes them to Vanuatu--and later, Fiji--where Troost spends some serious time exploring the sedating properties of the local brew, kava. Along the way we enjoy a bit of history, a smidgen of social commentary, a healthy helping of self-effacing memoir all delivered with irreverent wit. It’s a handbook for living and surviving as an expat. But it’s also a poignant tale of finding one’s home. Check Our Catalog

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