Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
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A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America's most beloved weirdoJohn 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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      • content: 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 best--and REAL self--with the diary of the trip. The fiction comprises Waters's fantasies about meeting fans--most of whom do not know him--and 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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        Two tedious novellas open this book, which concerns Waters's (Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters) 2012 Baltimore-to-San Francisco hitchhiking trip. One novella imagines a dozen or so fantastically good rides replete with sexual promise and fulfilled peccadillos; the other contains "bad" ones. Though presented under a veil of friendliness, they are typical Waters fare--weird, raunchy, and peppered with characters and lines from his movies that serve little purpose. The remainder chronicles Waters's actual trip and, unlike the first two thirds in which he is trying very hard to get his own rocks off, here his conversations with regular people prove him witty, intelligent, and a good listener. Few sparks fly, however, because the liberal Waters isn't terribly challenged by most of the nice folks who pick him up. As narrator, Waters proves frenetic and capable of drawing in listeners; no one could do it better. VERDICT The author's reputation and driven-to-shock persona prove his undoing. The fictional sections are too outre for some, too tame for others, while the travelog proves him the loveliest of American renegades. ["A rollicking, raunchy romp that delivers big-time laughs. For open-minded travel-journal fans and pop/trash culture addicts," read the review of the Farrar hc, LJ 5/15/14.]--Douglas C. Lord, New Britain P.L., CT

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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