The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America Paperback – 2 Mar 2014
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From the Author
This book chronicles my cashless journey through the land of the almighty dollar. I relied solely on the kindness of strangers, accepting their hospitality while refusing their money. The story of my continental leap of faith--and the country that caught me. "Blue Highways" on an empty tank. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mike McIntyre bounced around a lot as a child. As an adult, nothing's changed. He's lived, worked and traveled in more than eighty countries. His newest book is The Distance Between, a travel memoir about his three decades of wanderlust. His other travelogues are The Wander Year and The Kindness of Strangers, which was featured on Oprah. He's also the author of the crime novel The Scavenger's Daughter. After earning degrees from the University of California, Davis, and the University of Michigan, he turned to journalism, writing for the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. He's a frequent visitor to Scotland, where he indulges his passion for links golf. When not traveling, he lives in San Diego with his wife and cat.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I hadn't expected to enjoy this as much as I did; not usually being a fan of travel books. It surprised me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. As I was halfway through I wished I had traced the journey on a map to see the exact route. I may have to read it again and do just that. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rhona
A rattling good read about one man's adventures as he hitchhiker across the states. A good snapshot of America in the nineties, warts and all.Published 4 months ago
Fantastic read, very frank and well written, couldn't put it down. A real thought provoking trip. Recommended.Published 6 months ago by sos
A bit of cynicism goes with this book, but a pleasant read,it was nice to know nothing really bad happened, and somehow restores faith in humanity. Yes I,d say an excellent read.Published 7 months ago by Andreased