Book Bounty and Other Things You Can’t Get in Vietnam

I recently returned to Vietnam from an amazing two week trip home. On the way my bag was filled with Christmas gifts, and on the way back my bags were stuffed with books that I’d bought on Amazon and had sent to my house in Georgia. I squeaked through customs with a bag weighing exactly 50.0 lbs . Here are the books I brought back, most on the recommendations of others:

  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
  • SuperFreakonomics by Daniel Levitt
  • Brokedown Palace by Steven Brust
  • Sutree by Cormac McCarthy
  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  • The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
  • The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
  • Lincoln by Gore Vidal
  • The River of Doubt: Teddy Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
  • Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman
Beyond books, here are the other “essentials” I brought back to Vietnam:
  • Mini remote controlled helicopter from Brookstone
  • Football, flag football belts and cones
  • Rock climbing shoes (plus chalk bag), a new pair of Topsiders, and some tennis shoes
  • New backpack from REI (awesome pack and got it at their used sale for 30% of the original price)
  • Frisbee with lights on it (for night use)
  • 1 Terabyte External Hard Drive
  • Kodak zi8 video camera (I call it a “Flip” because the name’s so terrible)
  • Digital camera
  • Gorilla tripod (bendable tripod legs! i can hitch my video camera to my motorbike now, etc.)
  • Apples to Apples (all-time favorite party game)
  • New blue jeans, my winter jacket
Oh yeah, I almost forgot: two giant bags filled with Zaxby’s sauce. Mmmmmm…..
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