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ISBN13: 9780374298630
ISBN10: 0374298637
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A cross-country hitchhiking journey with Americas 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 “Im 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 filmmakers 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 Americas weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

Review:

"The illustrious director of Hairspray, Cry Baby, and Pink Flamingoes embarked on a cross-country hitchhiking journey in 2012. This, Waters's seventh book, is a travelogue of his experiences bumming rides all the way from his home in Baltimore to his apartment in San Francisco. Waters idiosyncratically cuts to the core of American diversity, finding the good (and bad) in any situation with biting wit. The unlikely friendship Waters forms with a young Republican politician is an unexpected twist, and a timely tale of bromance in the midst of hardship. If a dyed-in-the-wool conservative and the pope of Trash can have an adventure in Reno together, aren't all things still possible in this world? But for Waters aficionados, the best parts of this enchanting narrative aren't the ones that actually happened. Fans will delight in the two novellas, with Waters at his campiest and most ludicrous, that precede the nonfiction third act. Presenting the best- and worst-case scenarios for modern hitchhiking as only Waters can, the narratives range from encounters with a pleasant group of marijuana smugglers and Edith Massey, to a harrowing imprisonment in Kansas and traumatic fan meeting. Waters devotees take note: this is required reading. Agent: Bill Clegg, William Morris Endeavor. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known 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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Linda Johnson, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Linda Johnson)
First, I should say that I am NOT a John Waters aficionado; I know who he is and have seen Hairspray the musical on film. Secondly I listened to this book on my iPad. I usually listen to books on my iPad at work at a small university library. I usually place the book on the check-out counter and do not use headphones or ear buds, but I suspected that might be embarrassing with this book. I was right.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part is called "Good Rides". I guess if fulfilling every sexual fantasy you've ever had is a goal, then Waters had "good rides". The second part is "Bad Rides". These rides all involved abuse, physical harm and humiliation. Finally, the third section is what actually happened. I do not know (since I sometimes lose my concentration with audio books) if I had been informed about that previously in the book, but I suspect not.
Waters finds it's not easy to get a ride, but being recognizable usually did the trick.
Interesting premise.
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Linda Johnson, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Linda Johnson)
First, I should say that I am NOT a John Waters aficionado; I know who he is and have seen Hairspray the musical on film. Secondly I listened to this book on my iPad. I usually listen to books on my iPad at work at a small university library. I usually place the book on the check-out counter and do not use headphones or ear buds, but I suspected that might be embarrassing with this book. I was right.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part is called "Good Rides". I guess if fulfilling every sexual fantasy you've ever had is a goal, then Waters had "good rides". The second part is "Bad Rides". These rides all involved abuse, physical harm and humiliation. Finally, the third section is what actually happened. I do not know (since I sometimes lose my concentration with audio books) if I had been informed about that previously in the book, but I suspect not.
Waters finds it's not easy to get a ride, but being recognizable usually did the trick.
Interesting premise.
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writermala, August 10, 2014 (view all comments by writermala)
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!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374298630
Author:
Waters, John
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
United States - Midwest - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travel - U.S./Midwest
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 CDs, 9.5 hours
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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Product details 336 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374298630 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The illustrious director of Hairspray, Cry Baby, and Pink Flamingoes embarked on a cross-country hitchhiking journey in 2012. This, Waters's seventh book, is a travelogue of his experiences bumming rides all the way from his home in Baltimore to his apartment in San Francisco. Waters idiosyncratically cuts to the core of American diversity, finding the good (and bad) in any situation with biting wit. The unlikely friendship Waters forms with a young Republican politician is an unexpected twist, and a timely tale of bromance in the midst of hardship. If a dyed-in-the-wool conservative and the pope of Trash can have an adventure in Reno together, aren't all things still possible in this world? But for Waters aficionados, the best parts of this enchanting narrative aren't the ones that actually happened. Fans will delight in the two novellas, with Waters at his campiest and most ludicrous, that precede the nonfiction third act. Presenting the best- and worst-case scenarios for modern hitchhiking as only Waters can, the narratives range from encounters with a pleasant group of marijuana smugglers and Edith Massey, to a harrowing imprisonment in Kansas and traumatic fan meeting. Waters devotees take note: this is required reading. Agent: Bill Clegg, William Morris Endeavor. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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