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Pbk. ed.
Publisher, Date:
[United States] : Union Books, 2013.
Description:
xii, 292 p. : map ; 20 cm.
Summary:
Starting out in Lebanon, Kansas--the geographical centre of America--journalist Steve Boggan did just that by setting free a ten-dollar-bill and accompanying it on an epic journey for thirty days and thirty nights through six states across 3,000 miles armed only with a sense of humor and a small, and increasingly grubby, set of clothes. As he cuts crops with farmers in Kansas, pursues a repo-woman from Colorado, gets wasted with a blues band in Arkansas and hangs out at a quarterback's mansion in St Louis, Boggan enters the lives of ordinary people as they receive--and pass on--the bill. What emerges is a chaotic, affectionate and funny portrait of the real modern-day America.
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ISBN:
9781908526212
1908526211
Other Number:
812255427
System Availability:
6
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
6
Control Number:
1007756
Call Number:
973.932
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0
# Local items in:
6
# System items in:
6
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London-based journalist Boggan gives readers a delightful account of his 30-day journey through middle America following a ten-dollar bill for 30 days as it passed from hand to hand across the country. He begins in Lebanon, KS, once known as the geographic center of the United States, and winds his way through Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Michigan as the bill is exchanged. A few people he encounters are suspicious of his motives, but most are entertained by his quest and welcome him-often into their homes. Along the way he harvests soybeans, hangs out with a bar band, spends hours in a tree stand with a couple of deer hunters, and learns that you can't dry synthetic-fiber clothing in a microwave. By the end of his journey, Boggan realizes that his presence is affecting the bill's movements, and that he has learned much more about human nature than about economics. VERDICT An engaging, positive portrait of the American Midwest as seen through the eyes of an Englishman, this will particularly appeal to fans of Bill Bryson.-Rachel Owens, Daytona State Coll. Lib., FL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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What do you do if you want to really understand a country, to understand its people and feel its heartbeat? You can follow the rest of the tourists, or you can take the advice of Watergate reporter Bob Woodward's source, 'Deep Throat', and 'follow the money.' Starting out in Lebanon, Kansas - the geographical centre of America - journalist Steve Boggan did just that by setting free a ten-dollar-bill and accompanying it on an epic journey for thirty days and thirty nights through six states across 3,000 miles armed only with a sense of humor and a small, and increasingly grubby, set of clothes. As he cuts crops with farmers in Kansas, pursues a repo-woman from Colorado, gets wasted with a blues band in Arkansas and hangs out at a quarterback's mansion in St Louis, Boggan enters the lives of ordinary people as they receive - and pass on - the bill. What emerges is a chaotic, affectionate and funny portrait of the real modern-day America.
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