Bowling Across America: 50 States in Rented Shoes

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St. Martin's Press, Oct 28, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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Inspired by his father's unexpected passing, Mike Walsh, a 27 year-old Chicago advertising executive, quits his job to embark on a one-of-a-kind quest. The destination: bowling alleys in each of the 50 states. Though dubbed "career suicide" by colleagues, the endeavor soon touches a nerve among many people--from frustrated middle managers to radio talk show hosts to a woman who merely identifies herself as "Bowling Spice" in an innuendo-laden email.

Conversations and adventures with the people he finds in bowling alleys at all hours of the day and night--retired Maine lobstermen, saucy European nannies, recovering addicts, former bowling champions, college students, World War II vets and lingerie saleswomen, to name a few--combine to form a picture of what America looks like while standing in a pair of rented shoes.

Hilarious, insightful and at times moving, BOWLING ACROSS AMERICA is an epic journey that will enthrall readers everywhere.


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User Review  - skinglist - LibraryThing

It took a month to read this, not because it wasn't good, but because I had to set it down due to life. A fun, light and quick read despite the circumstances of Walsh's trip. I'd love to visit all 50 ... Read full review

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User Review  - aardvark2 - LibraryThing

An enjoyable and amusing book about the author's road trip to bowl in all 50 states, inspired by his recently-deceased father's goal to play handball in all 50 states. Written in a very funny ... Read full review


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Lacing Up the Rental Shoes
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MIKE WALSH is one of the world's leading authorities on the geographic nuances of rented footwear. A graduate of Miami University, he grew up in a family of six children in Upper Arlington, Ohio. He and his wife Amy reside in Chicago within walking distance of four bowling alleys.

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