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Way Off the Road

Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-town America
Geist, William (Book - 2007 )
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Celebrated roving correspondent forCBS Sunday Morningand bestselling author Bill Geist serves up a rollicking look at some small-town Americans and their offbeat ways of life. "In rural Kansas, I asked our motel desk clerk for the name of the best restaurant in the area. After mulling it over, he answered: 'I'd have to say the Texaco, 'cuz the Shell don't have no microwave.'"Throughout his career, Bill Geist's most popular stories have been about slightly odd but loveable individuals. Coming on the heels of his 5,600-mile RV trip across our fair land isWay Off the Road, a hilarious and compelling mix of stories about the folks featured in Geist's segments, along with observations on his twenty years of life on the road. Written in the deadpan style that has endeared him to millions, Geist shares tales of eccentric individuals, such as the ninety-three-year-old pilot-paperboy who delivers to his far-flung subscribers by plane; the Arizona mailman who delivers mail via horseback down the walls of the Grand Canyon; the Muleshoe, Texas, anchorwoman who delivers the news from her bedroom (occasionally wearing her bathrobe); and the struggling Colorado entrepreneur who finds success employing a sewer vacuum to rid Western ranchers of problematic prairie dogs. Geist also takes us to events such as the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival (celebrating an inspiring bird that survived decapitation, hired an agent, and went on the road for eighteen months) and Sundown Days in Hanlontown, Iowa, where the town marks the one day a year when the sun sets directly between the railroad tracks.Along the wacky and wonderful way, Geist shows us firsthand how life in fly-over America can be odd, strangely fascinating, hysterical, and anything but boring.
Authors: Geist, William
Title: Way off the road
discovering the peculiar charms of small-town America
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xi, 240 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Contents: Standstill parade: Whalan, Minnesota
The flying paperboy: Loyalton, California
Prairie dog suckers: Cortez, Colorado
The church of the holy BBQ: Huntsville, Texas
Frozen dead guy: Nederland, Colorado
[Flying there]
The land of lost luggage!: Scottsboro, Alabama
Red rails in the sunset: Hanlontown, Iowa
The home of the range: Greenwood, Mississippi
The alien highway: Rachel, Nevada
Bombsville: McAlester, Oklahoma
Illegal porch furniture: Wilson, North Carolina
[Staying there]
The cow photographer: New Glarus, Wisconsin
Population: Elsie: Monowi, Nebraska
Figure 8 school bus racing: Bithlo, Florida
Mike the headless chicken: Fruita, Colorado
The mule train mailman: Supai, Arizona
[Eating there]
Roadkill, the man, and other gourmands: Outside of town, Kansas
The tourist harvest: Olney, Illinois (et al.)
Silver surfer: San Onofre, California
The museum of towing: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Boat church and other outdoor sports sects: Syracuse, Indiana (et al.)
Flamingos in paradise: Celebration, Florida
[Driving there]
Whores and Windex: Pahrump, Nevada
Moonburgers: Moonshone, Illinois
Watermelon capital of the world: Luling, Texas
The nation's icebox: International Falls, Minnesota
The holy grail of roadside attractions: Cawker City, Kansas (et al.)
The Napa Valley of cow chips: Beaver, Oklahoma
ISBN: 9780767922722
0767922727
Branch Call Number: 973.93 Ge
Statement of Responsibility: Bill Geist
Subject Headings: United States History, Local Anecdotes United States Biography Anecdotes United States Social life and customs 1971- Humor United States Social life and customs 1971- Anecdotes City and town life Humor City and town life Anecdotes Geist, William Travel Anecdotes
Genre/Form: American wit and humor
Topical Term: City and town life
City and town life
LCCN: 2006100688
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