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Eric Hansen
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  • About this Author
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Eric Hansen lives in San Francisco, but over the last twenty-five years he has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Nepal, and Southeast Asia. He is the author of Stranger in the Forest, Motoring with Mohammed, and Orchid Fever. His articles,
photographs, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Outside magazine, among other publications worldwide. He can be reached at

Stranger in the Forest, Motoring with Mohammed, and Orchid Fever are available in paperback from Vintage Books.

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The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer
Close Encounters with Strangers
Written by Eric Hansen

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $15.95

Eric Hansen survives a cyclone on a boat off the Australian coast, cradles a dying man in Calcutta, and drinks mind-altering kava in Vanuatu. He helps a widower search for his wife's wedding ring amid plane-crash wreckage in Borneo and accompanies topless dancers on a bird-watching expedition in California. From the... Read more >

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Motoring with Mohammed
Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea
Written by Eric Hansen

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 1992
Price: $16.00

In 1978 Eric Hansen found himself shipwrecked on a desert island in the Red Sea. When goat smugglers offered him safe passage to Yemen, he buried seven years' worth of travel journals deep in the sand and took his place alongside the animals on a leaky boat bound for a country... Read more >

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Orchid Fever
A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy
Written by Eric Hansen

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 27, 2001
Price: $15.00

The acclaimed author of Motoring with Mohammed brings us a compelling adventure into the remarkable world of the orchid and the impossibly bizarre array of international characters who dedicate their lives to it.

The orchid is used for everything from medicine for elephants to an aphrodisiac ice cream. A Malaysian species can... Read more >

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Stranger in the Forest
On Foot Across Borneo
Written by Eric Hansen

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $16.00

Eric Hansen was the first westerner ever to walk across the island of Borneo. Completely cut off from the outside world for seven months, he traveled nearly 1,500 miles with small bands of nomadic hunters known as Penan. Beneath the rain forest canopy, they trekked through a hauntingly beautiful jungle where... Read more >
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