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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Insight Into Smalltown America
I had visited the US several times during the 90's - LA, Vegas, NY, Florida and DC and thought that I knew the country well. It was only when I went to visit a friend in rural West Virginia at the end of the decade though when I realized that I had only seen the tip of the iceberg - the same tip of the iceberg whenever you see an American movie or TV show. Most of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: The Kindness of Strangers :Penniless Across America - Mike McIntyre
It's quite a substantial risk to quit your job and decide to venture on a journey from east to west across America. To leave behind loved ones for several weeks and to leave your credit cards at home and give your last change to a stranger. That is what Mike McIntyre did. Choosing to use a notice labelled with his destinations rather than his thumb, he hitched lifts...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Insight Into Smalltown America, 7 Jan 2012
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I had visited the US several times during the 90's - LA, Vegas, NY, Florida and DC and thought that I knew the country well. It was only when I went to visit a friend in rural West Virginia at the end of the decade though when I realized that I had only seen the tip of the iceberg - the same tip of the iceberg whenever you see an American movie or TV show. Most of America - the flyover states - aren't like that at all and it's this America which is the subject of this book.

Maybe it's telling about America that the 'Kindness' referred to in the book's title comes from those who have the least to give. The stories of the people that the author meets are nearly all sad; some of them heart-breaking. The author is an excellent writer - one of the best that I have read in quite a while since I started playing Russian Roulette with random titles out of the Kindle bargain bin.

In summary, I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in poignant travel writing in general, and smalltown America in particular.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McIntyre takes you on an eloquently captured adventure., 5 Jan 1997
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This book is a great read. I couldn't set it down. McIntrye has an amazing ability to capture the humor, irony and sadness in the lives of every day people. He meets the full spectrum of amazing characters, as well as ordinary people, and writes with beautiful simplicity, reminiscent of Raymond Carver. This is an adventure for the 90's, when most Americans fear adventuring into their own country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow., 24 Aug 1999
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An incredible reading experience. I'm envious of Mike's journey and his experiences. I just finished the book about an hour ago, and I'm still awestruck. Wow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating for a Brit to read, 23 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America (Kindle Edition)
I bought this because...? I can't recall why but I did. I find the book irritating in that it is hard to close it because Mike never dwells on a stranger for too long and I know there is always another down the road.

I have found myself glancing at the bottom of my Kindle page to see how far through the book I am - my knowledge of the States is not enough to allow me to visualise a map and I never seem to think to look when I have one to hand.

It is my experience that strangers are often very kind rather than out to do me harm and that those who have least in material terms are often the most generous; however, this book reminds me not to judge and to give a little more of myself. It also tells me much about a country that is more than its coastal strips might have us believe.

At a time when Presidential elections are on the news in the UK I find myself avidly flicking the pages and wondering how a President can reach out to all the citizens of such a huge and diverse country.

This month I, too, am penniless; had it not been for this fact i would have The Wander Year on my shelf already. Great stuff! many thanks from over here in the UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational, 12 Aug 1998
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I bought this book only days before I left on my own roadtrip across the country. I honestly didn't think that anyone else had expressed the exact same fears that I had when leaving my life behind. Between this book and my own travels, my faith in humanity was restored. There are still good people in this land that will take you in and feed you, even tho' you've met them minutes before. I lost this book during my travel to someone whom I know needed it, and I don't regret that loss. It's always given as a gift to anyone who asks me about what it was like on the road for 6 months with only $1,000. I currently cannot survive without a roadtrip every 2-3 months now. To quote the book, "Hell... maybe you'll find Utopia out there and won't want to come back."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, insightful, humerous, genuine., 2 Aug 1998
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Mike Mcintyre has managed to put a little bit of hope back into the human race after a tremendous journey. He manages to tell his story of his quest across america with no $$ with a great deal of sincerity and a nice touch of humor. His writing stlye is so friendly, that you feel like you know him when you read the last page. I have loaned the book to five other people and everyone has loved it. Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect read for frustrated optimists with cabin fever., 11 Jun 1998
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Mike McIntyre has come as close as possible to capturing a solitary road trip in a book. It is filled with the freedom and spontenaiety that comes with abandoning responsibility, but also with the urgent need to know whether or not the world is still prepared to protect its free spirits. It is extremely motivational with out any psychobabble, deeply touching without excessive sentiment, and most of all, reassuring, with absolute sincerity. A great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic road-trip, 25 May 2013
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Another great book by Mike McIntyre, having read his fictional novel 'The Scavenger's Daughter', which I would highly recommend. This book is the account of his journey across the 'real' America, without a penny to his name, encountering many interesting characters. Thankfully there is a further book of Mike's I have yet to read, which I'm really looking forward to reading from this extremely eloquent author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing journey into the heart and soul of America., 23 Nov 1996
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So, you think you're broke? Imagine setting out to cross America on foot, with nothing in your wallet...in fact, no wallet. Relying entirely on "the kindness of strangers." This is the challenge that journalist/author Mike McIntyre set for himself, and his adventures into the heart (and soul) of
America are recorded in this highly addictive and uplifting book. With sharp, concise writing, McIntyre describes his encounters with various people who helped him, and draws strength from their simple acts of kindness and grace. The book is a quick read, and makes a terrific gift, particularly since it's a friendly-sized paperback.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book, 29 Jun 2014
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This is a very good book no matter where you want to read it , try it and see if you believe allthat happens, I did, great.
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