Bowling Across America: 50 States in Rented Shoes

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Macmillan, Oct 28, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 292 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

Contents

RESERVING THE LANES
1
LACING UP THE RENTAL SHOES
8
OHIO
17
ILLINOIS
28
WISCONSIN
33
MICHIGAN
45
INDIANA
57
KENTUCKY
63
MISSISSIPPI
166
MISSOURI
169
IOWA
175
MINNESOTA
180
NORTH DAKOTA
184
SOUTH DAKOTA
188
NEBRASKA
189
KANSAS
192

PENNSYLVANIA
69
NEW YORK
74
MASSACHUSETTS
88
VERMONT
92
MAINE
96
NEW HAMPSHIRE
105
RHODE ISLAND
109
CONNECTICUT
112
NEW JERSEY
115
DELAWARE
118
MARYLAND
121
VIRGINIA
125
NORTH CAROLINA
129
SOUTH CAROLINA
134
FLORIDA
137
GEORGIA
147
ALABAMA
152
TENNESSEE
156
LOUISIANA
161
WEST VIRGINIA
205
ARKANSAS
210
OKLAHOMA
215
TEXAS
221
NEW MEXICO
225
COLORADO
232
WYOMING
236
MONTANA
244
IDAHO
249
UTAH
253
NEVADA
258
ARIZONA
260
CALIFORNIA
265
OREGON
273
WASHINGTON
277
ALASKA
282
HAWAII
287
EPILOGUE
291
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About the author (2008)

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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