Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea

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Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea

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by Kira Salak

Restless Women Travelers

“Kira Salak is tough, a real life Lara Croft… unlike many travel writers, she is hip to her inner workings.”  

The New York Times

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Four Corners is Kira Salak's riveting account of her epic, solo jungle trek across the remote Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea—often called the last frontier of adventure travel. Traveling by dugout canoe and on foot, confronting the dangers and wonders of a largely untouched world, she became the first woman to traverse this remote country and write about it. A New York Times Notable Travel Book, Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea is a must-read for world travelers and adventurous spirits. 

Reviews

"A luminously written, thoughtful account of a solo crossing of Papua New Guinea….Salak’s story offers vivid and informative commentary as it describes a region whose interior was only first explored in the 1930s….Exemplary travel-writing.”

 —Kirkus Reviews

“Kira Salak is tough, a real life Lara Croft…unlike many travel writers, she is hip to her inner workings.”

The New York Times

“The book is tense and packed with action, but it’s also deeply thoughtful: Why does she do the things she does? When will she stop pushing herself? Determined as she is to be tough, tougher than any man she encounters, Salak is also forced to confront the role gender plays in her travels.”

Outside Magazine

“A gripping adventure story….A consistently interesting and well-written memoir.”

Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Kira Salak won the PEN Award for journalism for her reporting on the war in Congo, and she has appeared five times in Best American Travel Writing. A National Geographic Emerging Explorer and contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure magazine, she was the first woman to traverse Papua New Guinea and the first person to kayak solo 600 miles to Timbuktu. She is the author of three books—the critically acclaimed work of fiction, The White Mary, and two works of nonfiction: Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea (a New York Times Notable Travel Book) and The Cruelest Journey: Six Hundred Miles to Timbuktu. She has a Ph.D. in English, her fiction appearing in Best New American Voices and other anthologies. Her nonfiction has been published in National GeographicNational Geographic AdventureWashington PostNew York Times MagazineTravel & LeisureThe WeekBest Women's Travel WritingThe Guardian, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband and daughter in Germany.

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