By Travel + Leisure
Updated: February 02, 2017

For her first memoir, You Can't Get There from Here ($23.95; Rodale), journalist Gayle Forman lived along the fringes of society in eight different cultures. Whether she's recounting her time among Tonga's cross-dressing fakaleiti or praying with the Lembain Soweto, her candor sheds new light on an ever-shrinking world.

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