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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