Carsick (Hardback)
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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 16/10/2014
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John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin moustache, 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?

Along the way, 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?

Laced with subversive humour and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable ride with a wickedly funny companion - and a celebration of America's weird, astonishing, and generous citizens.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781472118929
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 223 x 145 x 30 mm
Edition: Digital original


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Fantastical and plush . . . Carsick becomes a portrait not just of America's desolate freeway nodes - though they are brilliantly evoked - but of American fame itself. * The New York Times Book Review *
In [Carsick] John Waters - the evil genius of Baltimore, the living, breathing embodiment of camp, the man with the bristling pencil-thin mustache and vocabulary that would make a drill sergeant blush - betrays his deepest and darkest secret. In these pages the apostle of outrage - the actor, writer and director whose contributions to cinematic glory include Pink Flamingos, Mondo Trasho and Hairspray - reveals himself to be a . . . sentimentalist . . . Underlying it all is a highly developed sense of fun, a desire to amuse more than to shock . . . Funny engaging and - of course - occasionally outrageous . . . A cool trip and a delightful book. * Washington Post *
This is all good, dirty subversive fun. * San Francisco Chronicle *

Waters idiosyncratically cuts to the core of American diversity, finding the good (and bad) in any situation with biting wit. The unlikely friendship Waters forms with a young Republican politician is an unexpected twist, and a timely tale of bromance in the midst of hardship. If a dyed-in-the-wool conservative and the pope of Trash can have an adventure in Reno together, aren't all things still possible in this world? But for Waters aficionadoes, the best parts of this enchanting narrative aren't the ones that actually happened. Fans will delight in the two novellas, with Waters at his campiest and most ludicrous, that precede the nonfiction third act . . . Waters devotees take note: this is required reading.

* Publishers Weekly *

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“John Waters is great!”

Two parts fiction, one part non fiction, this is a brilliant book. John Waters is funny, witty, cutting and clever. He first imagines the best and worse case scenarios that could befall him on this trip, both of which... More

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