Waters, John

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Baker & Taylor
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.

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.

& Taylor

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.

Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374298630
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 WATER WATER
Characteristics: 322 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Feb 20, 2015
  • BHreads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book always left something to be desired, but in a bad way. While reading the first two parts, I was anxious to get to what really happened. Yet when I finally read what really happened, I was under-whelmed and longed for the made up versions.

Sep 03, 2014
  • looper46 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

To be precise: I cannot say it better than reader Tracy Guza!!

Aug 27, 2014
  • JMFlaherty rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Waters wrote 3 sections in this book: what he hoped, what he feared and what really happened. The best section is the last, what really happened. Because, as I've been saying to my writer friends for several decades, the narration of real life is far better than any fiction ever could be. And this revealing (re: Waters and people he encounters), and enjoyable fun book proves it. :)

Aug 10, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The first two-thirds of "Carsick" made me sick. However, the last third of the book which in fact described the actual hitchhiking, rather than the author's fantasy, was interesting and made me glad that I had persevered. Perhaps the most important words the writer wrote were in the "acknowledgement": "My riders were brave and open-minded, and their down-to-earth kindness gave me new faith in how decent Americans can be." That about sums up this journey!

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!

Jul 06, 2014

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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Dec 23, 2014
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