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Carsick

Waters, John (Book - 2014 )
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The visual artist behind such cult films as "Hairspray" traces his haphazard cross-country hitchhiking journey at the sides of a motley group of unsuspecting drivers, including a gentle farmer, an indie band, and the author's unexpected hero.

McMillan Palgrave
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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The visual artist behind such cult films as Hairspray traces his haphazard cross-country hitchhiking journey at the sides of a motley group of unsuspecting drivers, including a gentle farmer, an indie band and the author's unexpected hero. 75,000 first printing.

Authors: Waters, John, 1946-
Title: Carsick
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 322 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue
The best that could happen
The worst that could happen
The real thing
Soundtrack playlist
ISBN: 9780374298630
0374298637
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 WATER WATER
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Jul 10, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Infamous movie director Waters decides to hitch-hike across the country at age 60 and writes all about it. However, he starts by penning two long fantasies about how the trip COULD go. Actual trip much less interesting -- and he takes advantage of his celebrity-hood since so many who pick him up do so because they recognize him!

What would you expect a book by John Waters about hitching rides cross country to be like? Sick, twisted, funny, charming and compulsively readable.

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