Nevin Martell

Headshot (red)Nevin Martell writes about food, travel, and culture for the Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, the Travel Channel, NPR, and many others. He is the author of five books, including The Founding Farmers Cookbook: 100 Recipes for True Food & Drink and the small press smash Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip. He lives in DC with his wife and son. Find him online at or on Twitter @nevinmartell.

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Fishing for piranhas in the Amazon, getting stoned at Fijian kava ceremonies, and witnessing the ancient ritual of land diving on Pentecost Island is the stuff of National Geographic cover stories – and Nevin Martell’s childhood vacations. His family’s globetrotting took them from the South Pacific to South America and many points nowhere in-between.

Though their lifestyle choices were eccentric, the locations they visited exotic, and the people they met extraordinary, these escapades are firmly grounded in the trials, tribulations, and tribal rivalries that plague all families. Freak Show Without a Tent is a grandly hilarious memoir-misadventure that is equal parts National Lampoon’s VacationRomancing the Stone and Crocodile Dundee.

Woven seamlessly into the stories of exploring the far side of the far side, near death experiences and gastronomical catastrophes is the storyFreak Show_v2_6x9_bleed of a young boy coming of age, and a family coming apart. With the honesty and innocence that can only come through the eyes of youth, Martell reveals the symbiosis of interdependence and independence that exist deep within both the rainforests and families.

To paraphrase a family motto: buy the ticket, take the ride, and hope you survive, so that you can tell your therapist all about it.

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Number of pages: 224

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