Way off the road : discovering the peculiar charms of small-town America / Bill Geist.

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: The author describes his 5,600-mile RV odyssey across America, along with the eccentric individuals, unusual places, and offbeat celebrations and events he encountered on his journey.
    • Content Notes:
      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 : HRD
      0767922727 : HRD
    • Accession Number:
      2006100688
    • Accession Number:
      fay.233249
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      GEIST, W. Way off the road : discovering the peculiar charms of small-town America. 1st ed. [s. l.]: Broadway Books, 2007. ISBN 9780767922722. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.233249. Acesso em: 25 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Geist W. Way off the Road : Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-Town America. 1st ed. Broadway Books; 2007. Accessed November 25, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.233249
    • APA:
      Geist, W. (2007). Way off the road : discovering the peculiar charms of small-town America (1st ed.). Broadway Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Geist, William. 2007. Way off the Road : Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-Town America. 1st ed. Broadway Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.233249.
    • Harvard:
      Geist, W. (2007) Way off the road : discovering the peculiar charms of small-town America. 1st ed. Broadway Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.233249 (Accessed: 25 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Geist, W 2007, Way off the road : discovering the peculiar charms of small-town America, 1st ed., Broadway Books, viewed 25 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Geist, William. Way off the Road : Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-Town America. 1st ed., Broadway Books, 2007. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.233249.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Geist, William. Way off the Road : Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small-Town America. 1st ed. Broadway Books, 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.233249.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Geist W. Way off the road : discovering the peculiar charms of small-town America [Internet]. 1st ed. Broadway Books; 2007 [cited 2020 Nov 25]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.233249

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2007 June #1

This year marks Geist's twentieth anniversary as an on-air correspondent for the CBS News program Sunday Morning, and by way of celebration, he marks the occasion with this witty, good-natured exploration of small-town America. When Geist says "small town," he means small: one of the places he visists, Hanlontown, Iowa, has a population of 229. Yet the place is lively enough to have its annual Sundown Days, which celebrate the fact that, on the summer solstice, the sun sets on the railroad tracks. Then there's Loyalton, California (population 817), whose paperboy, age 92, delivers the paper from an airplane, sort of dive-bombing his subscribers. (He's a younger cousin of the Wright brothers.) Not all of the places Geist visits are quite so small—Chattanooga, Tennessee, has 154,762 residents—but they are all just as interesting (Chattanooga is home to the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame Museum). Geist, as usual, writes in a friendly, slightly off-kilter tone, pointing out these unusual places with their unusual people but never quite making fun of them.

LJ Reviews 2007 February #2

Geist celebrates 20 years of traveling through small-town America for CBS Sunday Morning by recapping some of his nuttier stories. With a seven-city tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

LJ Reviews 2007 May #1

Why does the Midwest seem to have more colorful characters than the rest of the country? Emmy Award-winning correspondent and commentator Geist (Little League Confidential ) profiles the unique characters, animals, and pastimes of small-town America. Some of the stories will be familiar to fans of his segments on CBS News Sunday Morning , but others are new and definitely of the laugh-out-loud variety. Join Geist as he interviews an entrepreneur who has a successful business vacuuming prairie dogs out of the ground with a used sewer-cleaning truck; discover what happens at a festival dedicated to a headless chicken; and tag along as he searches for new dining pleasures: "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.'" Geist genuinely delights in his finds, and readers will, too. Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/07.]—Susan Belsky, Oshkosh P.L., WI

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