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BILL GEIST is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent and commentator for CBS News, appearing weekly on "CBS News Sunday Morning" and contributing to other programs such as the "CBS Evening News" and "48 Hours," as well as to CBS Sports coverage of the Olympic Games, the SuperBowl, the World Series, and the Final Four. He is the bestselling author of six previous books: "Little League Confidential"; "The Big Five-Oh! --Fearing, Facing, and Fighting 50"; "City Slickers"; "Fore! Play" (it's about golf); "Monster Trucks and Hair-in-a-Can --Who Says America Doesn't Make Anything Anymore?"; and "The Zucchini Plague and Other Tales of Suburbia." Geist and his wife, Jody, have two children, Willie and Libby, and live in New York City.
Writers from John Steinbeck to Bill Bryson to Charles Kuralt have made generations of people smile with their wry, humorous looks at American life off the interstate. Small towns retain a sense of community spirit that is all but lost in big cities. Little towns are proud of small accomplishments-a headless chicken that lived for several months, a hamburger place located in a church, a parade that stands still and lets visitors walk around it-that would often be overlooked in the crowded news pages of a metropolis. Geist is a commentator for CBS News (as was Kuralt), and his travels around America showing the weird, the wild, and the wonderful are popular features. Earphones Award-winning reader Patrick Lawlor captures the humor of Geist's writing, never presenting these people as small-town hicks but as clever grass-roots entrepreneurs who know how to seize some obscure person or event and make it into a celebration that people actually want to attend. It's a bit sad to say, but for economic survival many of these off-the-wall spots depend on getting tourists to their peculiar festivals. Listeners will enjoy the stories of these people who have, indeed, taken lemons and made some mighty sweet lemonade. Highly recommended for all collections.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"A breezy account of [Geist's] travels off the beaten, and sometimes left-for-dead, paths." --"New York Times Book Review""Wise and funny."--"Chicago Sun Times""Geist genuinely delights in his finds, and readers will, too.""--Library Journal""Driving around the country through the eyes and words of Geist is precious. Clearly, Kuralt didn't locate "all" the strange things." --"Deseret Morning News"