Cathedrals of the Flesh

Cathedrals of the Flesh : My Search for the Perfect Bath

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People journey to Greece for the ruins, Turkey for the Hagia Sophia, and Russia for St. Peter's, but Alexia Brue travels with a different itinerary: to visit the baths. What starts off as an innocent vacation quickly becomes an obsession, as the author ventures to Turkey, Greece, Russia, Finland, and Japan to sample the range of bathing traditions the world has to offer. Caught up in the tide of travel and exploration and crossing paths with fellow travellers along the way, Alexia drifts further and further away from the life she left behind in New York City. Hoping to find a thriving local bath scene, she dips into hamams, banyas, saunas, and onsen, finding both disappointment and bliss. At once deeply personal and highly informative, full of intimacies, discoveries, and unexpected twists, "Cathedrals of the Flesh" is the candid and playful account of one woman's determination to follow her passion, ultimately inspiring readers to do the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 199g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747568545
  • 9780747568544
  • 696,465

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'A lot of books make you feel dirty. This one makes you wish you were clean' Guardian 'An entertaining and revealing book' Scotsman 'Who cares about home when you can steam with Finns and soak with Japanese, while consorting with Belgian art dealers and Romanian prostitutes? beautifully written' Sunday Times 'She has bred a new hybrid, the beauty-travel memoir. Bruce Chatwin by way of Allure magazine' New York Timesshow more

About Alexia Brue

Alexia Brue has written for The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Spa Finder. She has a BA in Classics from Grinnell College and lives in New York City. This is her first more

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114 ratings
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