Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

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Little, Brown Book Group Limited, 2014 - Hitchhiking - 322 pages

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin moustache, 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?

Along the way, 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?

Laced with subversive humour and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable ride with a wickedly funny companion - and a celebration of America's weird, astonishing, and generous citizens.

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User Review  - iowabooker - LibraryThing

I dont know which about the book was better, the fictional rides he dreamed up or the real ones! It was fun, weird, stretching of the imagination all the while glimpsing into Americans from all walks of life and his take on their conversation. Read full review

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User Review  - noblechicken - LibraryThing

I listened to the audio version of this, read by Waters himself. It really is as if you are in a long winded, but wonderful conversation with him. The first half of the book is completely over the top ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer and visual artist best know for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos and Cecil B. DeMented. He is also the author of a memoir, Role Models. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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