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Follow the money : a month in the life of a ten-dollar bill
2013
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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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<p> â??Fantastic debutâ?? Time Out 5-Star Review <br> <br> 'Its randomness is its joy' The Independent <br> <br> 'A picaresque travelogue about chasing an idea through down-home modern America.' The Times  </p> <p>What do you do if you want to get underneath the skin of 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 Woodwardâ??s source, â??Deep Throatâ??, and â??follow the money.â??</p> <p>Starting out in Lebanon, Kansas â?? the geographical centre of America â?? 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 humour 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 quarterbackâ??s mansion in St Louis, Boggan enters the lives of ordinary people as they receive â?? and pass on â?? the bill. What emerges is a chaotic, affectionate and funny portrait of a modern-day America that tourists rarely see.</p>
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