A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s 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 "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?
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 81-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s 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 America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.
©2014 John Waters (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
have not read the print version, but john waters DOES narrate!
role models. it is also read by john waters.
john waters as himself
the book, of course, made me laugh out loud several times, and like john waters other books, really lifts my spirit
loved it! this is a must for any dreamland fan!! i felt like i was on the road with right next to john the whole time! i hope mr. waters is working on his next idea for his next book! can't wait!
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
Absolutely. More especially if the friend is as familiar with John Waters as I am . I do not think you have to be a John Waters fan to enjoy this book, but it does add to the narrative if you are familiar with the references.
The juxtaposition of real, good and bad trips. It goes without saying that the dark humor was stellar.
Having heard Mr. Waters before, it was almost cozy-felling to have him read his own tale. He is a good reader.
At one point, I was lying in bed while listening to this book and began to laugh out loud. Loudly. It cracked me up as well as making me sad for the sorry state of this country.
I don't like the notion of a book being a summer or beach read, but if pressed -- then this one would fit that bill. Hilarious.
Funny, gross and depraved.
John Water's unlikely friendship with a young man who drives him across country.
Everything. The man is a master storyteller and just the cadence of his voice is hysterical.
It'll make you puke with excitement.
The funniest book I have listened to all year!
Of course! I love the way his mind works!
The fictional animal rescuer. To say this woman is dedicated, is an understatement.
When John goes to Walmart.
I am always captivated by the masterful storytelling of Mr. John Waters and this book was no different. It made me want to start traveling the country like a gypsy.
I appreciate the narration by the author.
Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!
I have always been a fan of John Waters, this just made me love him more! I feel like I want to take a trip down to Maryland and try to see if I can find him on the side of the road. He is just too fab for words!!!
The beginning has John talking about his adventures leading up to the big trip. Great background on his personal hitching adventures. Loved hearing about him and Patty Hearst. I can only imagine the reactions he gets when people realize that he is "The John Waters".
The next section is a riot because John decides to write possible best and worse case scenarios. These are the most bizarre and exaggerated scenes possible. I love that the best case scenarios are so far left of center you might mistake them as bad possibilities. Oh, the peak into Mr Waters' twisted mind.
The actual trip is a bit of a let down after the adventures he had imagined. He spent an awful lot of time on the side of the road begging for a ride. He does have some quality interactions, but he also whines a lot about his predicament. Sorry John, but you were angsty in your desperation.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by the man himself. I love celebrity books read by the celeb, makes me feel like we are having an extended conversation. After so many hours you feel like you are now friends, I totally plan to crash at your house John!! I love his energy and enthusiasm throughout the read.
This is the best possible way to read a biography. I always enjoy chats with my celebrity friends!
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I like Waters, but it seems he jazzed-up this story with quite a bit of fiction. Much of seemed like this account of his adventure was what he wished would have happened instead of what actually happened... but only he knows the truth about that.
Yes, because in general I like him.
Not really, but I may listen to it again just to see if I could like it more. I love real-life adventure stories and I was really trying to like this one.
Stick to writing about the actual trip (only last third is non-fiction).
As others have said, book would have been great if he had stuck to writing about actual trip. Way too many stories about imagined good and bad rides. I ended up skipping most of the middle 1/3 of book to get to the real rides. Could have easily skipped first 2/3 of book. Very disappointing because I was anticipating a great read after hearing him talk about it on NPR Fresh Air.
Yes! Mr. Waters is an excellent narrator - his voice adds to his story.
This is all about John Waters and his cast of characters - both imagined and real. They're all good.
Although John Waters is best known for his trash films, he is actually a thoughtful, funny, creative, kind and sweet human being. He'd be a great friend or neighbor.
Enjoy the laugh out moments, and marvel at how a 66 year old gay man hitched across our great country.
Not only did nothing bad happen to John on his trip, but it restores the reader's faith in the common decency of random Americans. He said it himself, he never wants to hear his coastal friends refer to middle-Americans as flyover people again. Waters' performance, of course, was great as he read his own story and took us along for a really fun bunch of rides.
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