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Attempted Hippie (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

David Noonan
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No smartphones, no internet, no internships, no ambition, no plans, no money. Just lots of pot and cheap beer and a half-baked desire to become a hippie. Welcome to the end of the 60’s era. In 1972, David Noonan dropped out of college for no good reason, worked nights in a gas station and days in a cemetery, then quit both jobs to hitchhike west and meet up with his brother John, a natural-born rambler and a certified member of the counterculture. Attempted Hippie is Noonan’s vivid account of his odyssey from New Jersey to California and back again. It’s a funny, un-romanticized tale of a young man with the wrong glasses and the wrong hair searching for himself …and his next ride.

David Noonan is a former Senior Editor at Newsweek and author of the critically acclaimed novel Memoirs of a Caddy. His journalism has been published in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, the New York Times Magazine and other publications. Besides pumping gas, burying people and caddying, he has also worked as a plumber’s helper, a dishwasher, a cab driver, a diamond weigher and a roustabout.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1015 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Travels of a Frustrated Hippie 21 Jan. 2014
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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It's 1972 and 21 year old David is a college drop out grave digging during the day and working at a gas station at night. He is still living in New Jersey with his parents. Half-stoned, he impulsively decides to hitchhike 3000 miles across America to visit his younger brother John in Tucson, Arizona. His trip is full of incident, often amusing. Eventually, arriving in Tucson, brother John, has gone to San Francisco. On tracking him down, they travel around the Rockies in a clapped out car on a fun and randomly spontaneous journey. Fuelled on beer and permanently stoned, it seems, their dreams suddenly end as does the story.

A fun exploration of travels across America and the joys and troubles of David trying to join the Hippie scene but not quite succeeding. Well-written by David Noonan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Attempted Read! 30 Jan. 2014
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This book is O.K. Thats all I can say about it really. I read it all because it was a short read but I don't think I could have read much longer. Its just not my sort of read, sorry D. Noonan.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 4 Sept. 2014
By thirza
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Not really what I expected!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boomers, get this book! 23 Dec. 2013
By Emily Zylber - Published on
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David Noonan draws you in from his first line in this hilariously funny, and honest story about his 1972 trip across country to meet up with his brother, while making a go of becoming a true hippie. Noonan has an amazing ability to let the reader into his head, and understand his feelings, his misery, and dreary circumstances that led him, or drove him, to get out of New Jersey and off to the west coast--all the while providing a hugely entertaining, laugh-out-loud, but touching tale about a young man's wish to make a change in his life. Great read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What I did on my summer vacation 11 Jan. 2014
By Bean - Published on
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Enjoyable story as the author tells us about his cross country hitchhiking adventure. But essentially it is a "what I did on my summer vacation".
The story ended abruptly.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious romp across the end of the 60s. 22 Dec. 2013
By Grant Gouldon - Published on
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Join David Noonan on a journey of self-discovery, piloting by thumb and happenstance across the country, in an effort to attain the nirvana of the carefree and elite life of a true hippie. His adventures and mishaps are enthralling, funny and insightful. Though it might be his journey, you will find a bit of yourself there too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not overly impressed 2 Feb. 2014
By Good Amazon Customer - Published on
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It was OK - he's a decent writer, but the story does not measure up to the many real hippie adventures I have heard (and personally experienced). I guess that's his fault - and why he was "attempted".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Attempted Hippie 24 Jan. 2014
By Hobie - Published on
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It got off to a good start but faded quickly to repetitive silliness. It was good for a few laughs and the price was right. Wouldn't be a good book to promote on 420.
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