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Carsick

Waters, John

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Carsick
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"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?"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374298630
0374298637
9780374709303
Branch Call Number: 791.430233 W329c 2014
Characteristics: 322 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Car-sick

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Have you ever picked up a hitchhiker? What if the person hitchhiking was John Waters? In the Spring of 2012 John Water set out to hitchhike from his home in Baltimore to his apartment in San Francisco.
This book chronicles his adventures, both real and the ones that he makes up. This book is w... Read More »

John Waters is hilarious, smart and interesting. And this book allows you to join him on his cross-country hitchhiking trip!

What happens when the filthy and famous thumb their way across country? John Waters finds out.


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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!

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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