Lake of the Ozarks : my surreal summers in a vanishing America / Bill Geist.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Before there was 'tourism' and souvenir ashtrays became 'kitsch,' the Lake of the Ozarks was a Shangri-La for middle-class Midwestern families on vacation, complete with man-made beaches, Hillbilly Mini Golf, and feathered rubber tomahawks. It was there that television host Bill Geist spent summers in the sixties during his school and college years, working at Arrowhead Lodge -- a small resort owned by his bombastic uncle -- in all areas of the operation, from cesspool attendant to bellhop. What may have seemed just a summer job became, upon reflection, a transformative era where a cast of eccentric, small-town characters and experiences shaped (some might suggest 'slightly twisted') Bill into the man he is today. It was this time in his life that had a direct influence on his sensibilities, his humor, his writing, and ultimately a career searching the world for other such untamed creatures for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and CBS News. Geist takes readers back to a bygone era, and demonstrates how you can find inspiration in the most unexpected places.
    • Content Notes:
      The drive down: Now and then -- The strip -- The tourist trappers -- Uncle Ed -- The Chili Pond -- Extreme dishwashing -- Another day, another dollar -- Amateur night in the kitchen -- The great salad bar debate -- Ozark bellhops -- The Pow Wow Room -- La Noche de la Larry Don -- Sisterhood of servers -- I don't get it -- Night desk -- The Ozark outback -- Getting to the point -- Cross-cultural exchange -- The best laid plans -- Autumn leaves.
    • ISBN:
      9781538729809
      1538729806
    • Accession Number:
      2018048035
    • Accession Number:
      on1048944619
      1048944619
    • Accession Number:
      fay.652122
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      GEIST, W. Lake of the Ozarks : my surreal summers in a vanishing America. [s.l.] : Grand Central Publishing, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Geist W. Lake of the Ozarks : My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America. Grand Central Publishing; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652122. Accessed November 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Geist, W. (2019). Lake of the Ozarks : my surreal summers in a vanishing America. Grand Central Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652122
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Geist, William. 2019. Lake of the Ozarks : My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America. Grand Central Publishing. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652122.
    • Harvard:
      Geist, W. (2019) Lake of the Ozarks : my surreal summers in a vanishing America. Grand Central Publishing. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652122 (Accessed: 18 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Geist, W 2019, Lake of the Ozarks : my surreal summers in a vanishing America, Grand Central Publishing, viewed 18 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Geist, William. Lake of the Ozarks : My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America. Grand Central Publishing, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652122.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Geist, William. Lake of the Ozarks : My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America. Grand Central Publishing, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652122.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Geist W. Lake of the Ozarks : my surreal summers in a vanishing America [Internet]. Grand Central Publishing; 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 18]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652122

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2

Geist (Way off the Road, 2007) pays tribute to the summers of his 1960s adolescence spent working at the Arrowhead Lodge resort in central Missouri at the Lake of the Ozarks. In this meandering, free-association ramble through Geist's memory bank (he will often break into a recollection with yet another, tangentially related anecdote), readers time-travel through the rites of passage of a midcentury, midwestern teen boy. "Accidentally" broken air conditioners for rooms rented by pretty girls? Aplenty. Shenanigans involving the youthful staff and stolen booze? By the case. Thwarted attempts to lose his virginity? Loads. The wistful retelling of these halcyon summers becomes clear towards the end as Geist turns to the next chapter in his life, combat photography in the Vietnam War. The juxtaposition of his raucous, fun-filled days with the stark realities of war sinks in even further when he attempts to revisit the lodge; like his youth, it now exists wholly in memory. Readers of Geist's vintage will enjoy sauntering through his formative summers and perhaps recall some of their own on the way. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 April #3

Humorist and former CBS correspondent Geist follows up Way Off the Road with another enjoyable look at an offbeat corner of the U.S., the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Geist, as a teenager in the 1960s, spent summers working there at his uncle's resort, Arrowhead Lodge. He recounts his summers in this "Midwestern Shangri-La," where "frugal, middle-class Midwesterners could rent speedboats to ride on the water during the day and spend evenings on a midway where you could play Skee-Ball or shop for souvenirs." Geist writes about the other young men and women he met while working at the resort who all enjoyed "an opportunity to be on our own and away from incessant interrogation about where we were last night." Describing his most recent trip to the area, which he hadn't visited since the lodge was demolished in 2007, Geist delivers a tenderhearted remembrance for "the whole menagerie of wonderfully bizarre eccentrics drawn by their own peculiar circumstances to this remote, unlikely destination." Geist's entertaining account of life in a resort town in the 1960s will certainly resonate with folks of his generation, and will offer younger readers a glimpse into a bygone era. (May)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.