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  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374298637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374298630
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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From the Pope of Trash himself, John Waters, Carsick is his hilarious (if not always 100% true) account of hitchhiking fearlessly into the heart of middle America.

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John Waters decides for his next book he is going to hitchhike from his home in Baltimore to his home in San Francisco then write a book about it. During the trip he meets all manner of crazy people and has some great adventures such as a drugs dealer who agrees to fund his next movie, a stock car driver who sneaks him into the race, a policeman who likes to do poppers, joins a freakshow and calls a number in a toilet stall for a good time and ends up with a cute young guy who ends up his boyfriend...
Actually it is not like that at all, the first part is his imagination of what the perfect trip would be like. In the second part even wilder shenanigans are in store as he imagines the worst that could possibly happen, being arrested, kidnapped and eventually murdered by a serial killer who is bumping off cult filmmakers. It could be fun or it could be very very scary.
Finally the last part of the story is the real trip and it is much more mundane! Baltimore provides some lifts straight away, evidently being a local celebrity helps. From then getting a lift is harder than he expected, even after word gets out that he is on the road, but many of the lifts he gets don't even know who he is! He meets some nice people but nobody wildly unusual and has a few adventures along the way and experiences a little life on the seedier side of the tracks.
I enjoyed it as I do all of John's books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Keir on 2 Oct. 2014
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This is a fantastic roller coaster ride with John Waters behind the wheel, though not literally because he's hitch hiking. Classic weird and wonderful characters join John on his ride across America. Some fiction and some factual, all hilarious. If you like John waters or have a sense of humour of any kind, you won't be able to help yourself from laughing out loud as John Waters invites you along on his weird and wonderous hitch hiking journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sock Monkey on 28 Nov. 2014
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I have had to stop reading this on the train home from work because it makes me burst out laughing at regular intervals with tears of mirth rolling down my cheeks. This disturbs other commuters, two of whom asked me yesterday what on earth I was reading.

Very, very funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 16 Dec. 2014
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John Waters in the flesh is brilliantly and irreverently funny. The part of this book which is about his hitchhiking rides across America is interesting and engaging, though not riveting enough to make an entire book of. Which is doubtless why the first half of the book is imagined hitchhiking rides. They are well done but not what I had bargained for.
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By Bingojesus on 4 Aug. 2015
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Very entertaining read from the King of camp sleaze. Part fantasy, part journal, the first section of the book is Waters' wild imaginings of what could go wrong (and right) on his hitch-hiking trip from his headquarters in Baltimore to his apartment in San Francisco. Nothing is too bizarre or extreme as Waters meets an ever more whacky selection of characters in ever more surreal circumstances. Murder, mayhem, and sexual intrigue abound. Hugely entertaining, but not for the faint of heart or small of mind. The second part of the book recounts the actual journey. Much more down to earth, but just as engaging in its own way. Waters is a born story-teller, and impresses as a naturally gregarious character, willing to try anything, and talk to anyone.
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A great book from the witty and ever inspired John Waters. The first half of the book, the imagined journeys are humorous and in ture filth style. The actual journey leaves you wanting more, it's kind of what you would expect to happen if you were to hitchhike across America. A great book to read whilst on travels!
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An off beat story but worth a read. Took me a while torealise most of this was made up then when we got to the real rides they were worth it. Waters has a greatvoice and is very funny.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Viktor Wynd on 17 Oct. 2014
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brilliantly and fluidly written - highly enjoyable
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