A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America's most beloved weirdo John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash? Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker's unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette. Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion-and a celebration of America's weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.
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by John Waters
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"Who better than quirky film director John Waters himself to narrate his hitchhiking odyssey? His book is divided into two fictional sections and the story of his actual journey. Waters, as author and narrator, outdoes himself on the fictional parts and is his bestÑand REAL selfÑwith the diary of the trip. The fiction comprises WatersÕs fantasies about meeting fansÑmost of whom do not know himÑand even his own movie characters. In the real-life passages, his delivery conveys his fear, bravado, or admiration for the strangers he encounters, most of whom are kind and generous to him. A range of people from a minister's wife to a young Republican are fascinatingly portrayed. Listeners will feel they've been along for the whole ride as Waters joyfully reaches his destination. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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