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Great book, what an adventure!
on 10 August 2012
I recently received my hardback copy of Tailgate to Heaven which I had pre-ordered some time ago after I'd heard in the news about Adam Goldstein's trip across America to see an American football (I'm from the UK - so just football to any Americans reading this) game at every major stadium in a single season. What's more, he is a Londoner just like me, whose favourite sport doesn't get a lot of air-time or newspaper inches in his home country. I could barely believe it was possible to arrange the logistics and actually achieve it (which he did, and more, breaking a world record I believe), let alone anyone have the guts to do put everything on hold for a few months and follow your passion... so I had to buy the book in the hope that I could find out what it was like to do just that!
It's clear that the author has a zest for life that makes the decisions most of us would rarely make seem absolutely straightforward. He comes across like a down-to-earth twentysomething guy with a "yes and" and "why not?" attitude. The book starts with the question of "why?"... After a couple of pages and a little insight into the way he thinks, it's almost like it was a "no-brainer".
Tailgate to Heaven is an inspiring book, not only in its account of the author's highs and lows of an amazing road-trip, not only in its affirmation of the kindness of strangers through such a simple, binding concept as a single sport (as opposed to an individual team or competition) but also because of the simple fact this book exists - it all happened! What started out as a love of a sport became a few months of discovering what it means to be a fan everywhere he went.
Adam's style is relaxed and light, he's witty and informal, in an endearing way - the book reads almost like he's a friend telling you his story, that's why I feel we could be on first-name terms by now! I understand that as I write this Adam is on tour across America signing copies of his book - I've checked the web site (don't think I can add the link here, but a quick search online should bring it up) and there are a couple of dates when his book tour comes to London, so I'll be heading there to get my copy signed!