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How to Be a Carioca


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An international bestseller since 1992 with over 350,000 copies sold worldwide, How to Be a Carioca: The Alternative Guide for the Tourist in Rio, by Priscilla Ann Goslin, with illustrations by Carlos Carneiro, takes a humorous look at what makes up one of the world’s most colorful characters.

The locals have a unique way of maintaining an up-beat samba-like swing while dealing with the woes of the day-to-day in paradise. How to be a Carioca will help any traveler understand the endearing carioca attitude about life by capturing an insider’s view into the unique daily rituals of the charming natives who populate this marvelous city. So, if you dream of blending in with the locals while visiting Rio de Janeiro, help is at hand.

Written by a U.S. native who has made Rio her home for more than forty years, this international bestseller includes a complete list of essential words and phrases you’ll never find in any English-Portuguese dictionary.

Throughout the book, which includes more than fifty satirical illustrations by Rio-native Carlos Carneiro, Goslin details the irreverence and eternal cup-half-full optimism of the carioca. A must for the tourist who is unaccustomed to the whims of Rio, the capital of fun in the sun.

Currently in its 36th printing and ninth edition, the first two editions of How to be a Carioca sold over 100,000 copies, receiving extensive national and international media coverage, including TIME magazine, Travel & Leisure, The New York Times, Brazil with Michael Palin, the Washington Post, National Geographic Traveller, and Readers Digest, among others.

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Author: Priscilla Ann Goslin
Illustrator: Carlos “Carlão” Carneiro
Paperback, 152 pages
Kindle version available on Amazon
Published by Livros TwoCan Ltda
ISBN 978-85-85556-04-4