Great American Attraction: Two Brits Discover the Rollicking World of American Festivals

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After recovering in his native England from a frivolous-crime spree through the United States in You Can Get Arrested for That, Rich Smith is back again to take another look at this great nation and its extraordinary inhabitants. In The Great American Attraction, our young Briton—along with his new sidekick, Antony—crashes the weirdest parties, participates in the quirkiest competitions, and attends the wackiest events to find the true heart of eccentric, wonderful America. Rich is fascinated by America; and ...
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Overview

After recovering in his native England from a frivolous-crime spree through the United States in You Can Get Arrested for That, Rich Smith is back again to take another look at this great nation and its extraordinary inhabitants. In The Great American Attraction, our young Briton—along with his new sidekick, Antony—crashes the weirdest parties, participates in the quirkiest competitions, and attends the wackiest events to find the true heart of eccentric, wonderful America. Rich is fascinated by America; and America, it seems, is fascinated with festivals, parades, and parties.
Follow Rich and Antony on their rollicking tour of the most ridiculous, outlandish, and irresistible American celebrations, including:

• The National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa
• The World Cardboard Boat Regatta in Heber Springs, Arkansas
• The Oklahoma State Penitentiary's Sixty-seventh Annual Rodeo in McAlester
• The World's Longest Yard Sale, stretching five hundred miles from Covington, Kentucky, to Gadsden, Alabama
• The World’s Largest Machine Gun Shoot in Louisville, Kentucky

Along the way, you’ll find out what Rich and Antony really think about American coins, PT Cruisers, baseball hats, dry counties, red plastic cups, “God Bless America,” and our refusal to use adverbs.

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Smith (You Can Get Arrested for That: 2 Guys, 25 Dumb Laws, 1 Absurd American Crime Spree) takes a look at some of the loopy celebrations held throughout this quirky, nutty, and unexplainable country. Through the perspective of this young Brit, we can chuckle at ourselves as we see the intense preparations needed to present such momentous events as the Redneck Games, the World's Longest Yard Sale, the Annual Mooning of Amtrak, and the National Basque Festival. Smith and his companion find a lot they don't like about the States (e.g., Los Angeles, Lee Hazlewood songs, the girls of Salt Lake City's Hooters, PT Cruisers), but Smith is generally kind to us befuddled Yanks and presents readers with a humorous coast-to-coast look at communities clinging to celebrations that represent their individuality. Of course, one could Google "weird festivals in England" and find reasons to wonder if it could really be the country that produced Shakespeare. All in all, Smith's insightful, occasionally snarky romp through the weird and wonderful world of small-town America is recommended for public libraries, large and small.
—Joseph L. Carlson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307395450
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

RICH SMITH lives in Portreath on Cornwall’s north coast, in England, with his girlfriend, Becky, and hamster, Montgomery. He is currently enjoying his time off too much to get a career. He is also the author of You Can Get Arrested for That.
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