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Hitchhiking with Larry David: An Accidental Tourist's Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha's Vineyard
     

Hitchhiking with Larry David: An Accidental Tourist's Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha's Vineyard

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by Paul Samuel Dolman
 

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A memoir about a brokenhearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking around Martha’s Vineyard 
 
One summer day on Martha’s Vineyard Paul Samuel Dolman was hitchhiking, and none other than Larry David pulled over and asked, “You’re not a serial killer or something, are you?&

Overview

A memoir about a brokenhearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking around Martha’s Vineyard 
 
One summer day on Martha’s Vineyard Paul Samuel Dolman was hitchhiking, and none other than Larry David pulled over and asked, “You’re not a serial killer or something, are you?” The comedic writer and actor not only gave Dolman a ride but helped him find his way.
 
Dolman found himself on Martha’s Vineyard that summer in the wake of a painful breakup. Desperately seeking companionship, he began hitchhiking around the island and met a wide array of characters: the rich and the homeless, movie stars and common folk, and, of course, Mr. David.
 
Written with disarming honest humor, Hitchhiking with Larry David will leave readers simultaneously laughing and crying as they ponder the mystery and spirituality of life.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Light, summery memoir of a journey toward healing from a relationship gone slightly sour. Once a successful entrepreneur in the music industry in Nashville, Dolman (What Matters Most: Intimate Interviews with Notable Nashvillians, 1997) found himself wanting an indefinable something more than his big house and trophy wife. So he sold his business and traveled west to California, where strange coincidences led him to meet a woman he almost instantly considered his soul mate. To his great surprise and bitter disappointment, the relationship did not survive the couple's return to Nashville, where "the Miracle" (as he refers to the otherwise unnamed woman throughout the book) wanted more of a commitment than he did and began looking for it with someone else. Devastated by this apparent betrayal--not just by the woman but also by the universe--Dolman went to his octogenarian parents' summer home on Martha's Vineyard to lick his wounds for a couple of weeks. He wound up spending an entire season there, hitchhiking and biking the island with no larger agenda than eating donuts and ice cream, swimming and sunbathing, and meeting random Vineyard denizens, including, yes, Larry David of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm fame. The first conversation between Dolman (hitchhiker) and David (ride purveyor) is the highlight of the book, not because of anything the two strangers discuss but due to the fact that David's acerbic misanthropy adds a delightfully real contrast to the otherwise sugary-sweet goings-on. Dolman was once a motivational speaker, and it shows. He approaches most conversations like group therapy, where everyone shares Oprah-like wisdom about the pains and joys of life, but nothing goes much deeper than standard Hollywood "life lessons." Pleasant enough beach reading for romantics and believers in fate but probably not for fans of Larry David.
From the Publisher
"If I'd only known, I would've been wittier."
—Larry David, creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm

"If I'd only known, I would've been wittier."
—Larry David, creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm 

“Like Larry David’s TV shows, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, this curious memoir is witty, boasts an assortment of offbeat characters, and offers just a hint of surrealism. . . . A quirky and frequently thought-provoking memoir.”
Booklist

“Endearing and funny.”
Martha’s Vineyard Magazine
 
“Light, witty, brave and breezy, the perfect little book to stick in your beach bag this summer.”
LifeGoesStrong.com
 
“Light, summery memoir of a journey toward healing from a relationship gone slightly sour.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“Paul’s wit, intelligence, and beautiful view of the world are all contained in this terrific read, and I believe it will inspire many to think about the potential everyone’s thumb has to take them places beyond the complacent.”
The Huffington Post
 
“I should have picked him up…truly hysterical!” 

—David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer winner and Martha’s Vineyard resident

“Paul's wit, intelligence, and beautiful view of the world are all contained in this terrific read, and I believe it will inspire many to think about the potential everyone's thumb has to take them places beyond the complacent." —The Huffington Post

Hitchhiking with Larry David is an engaging, witty romp from the first page to the last.”
The Vineyard Gazette

“His journeys, up and down South Road, from Edgartown to Aquinnah, are a search for healing, for figuring out how to be happy. The answers come from a variety of sources. This book resonates...HITCHHIKING is a layered book and it's also a funny book. Mr. Dolman offers us what he's learned about making all the pesky stuff-of-life things work. How — dare we say it? — to be happy.”
The Martha's Vineyard Times

"I should have picked him up... truly hysterical!"
—David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner

"The book is hilariously funny and moving and something much more; it makes you think about your own interaction with the people around you, friends and strangers, and what wonderful opportunities you might be missing. I tried it one day, it works!"
—Carson Morton, Stealing Mona Lisa

"HITCHHIKING WITH LARRY DAVID often appears to fly off the shelves on its own accord. It's a fun, rollicking read that takes place here on Martha's Vineyard. Now, who wouldn't want to be on Martha's Vineyard, even by way of an excellent book?"
—Owner of Edgartown Books, Martha's Vineyard

“Like Larry David’s TV shows, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, this curious memoir is witty, boasts an assortment of offbeat characters, and offers just a hint of surrealism. . . . A quirky and frequently thought-provoking memoir.” —Booklist
 
“Endearing and funny.” —Martha’s Vineyard Magazine
   
“Light, summery memoir of a journey toward healing from a relationship gone slightly sour.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Light, witty, brave and breezy, the perfect little book to stick in your beach bag this summer.” LifeGoesStrong.com 

"Set on the beautiful backdrop of Martha's Vineyard, Mr. Dolman has woven a masterful tale of love, introspection, pizza, and brushes with celebrity that is not only a classic Vineyard experience but also a truly delightful read." Nancy Gardella, executive director of Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592408269
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/30/2013
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"If I'd only known, I would've been wittier."
—Larry David, creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm 

“Like Larry David’s TV shows, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, this curious memoir is witty, boasts an assortment of offbeat characters, and offers just a hint of surrealism. . . . A quirky and frequently thought-provoking memoir.”
Booklist

“Endearing and funny.”
Martha’s Vineyard Magazine
 
“Light, witty, brave and breezy, the perfect little book to stick in your beach bag this summer.”
LifeGoesStrong.com 
 
“Light, summery memoir of a journey toward healing from a relationship gone slightly sour.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“Paul’s wit, intelligence, and beautiful view of the world are all contained in this terrific read, and I believe it will inspire many to think about the potential everyone’s thumb has to take them places beyond the complacent.”
The Huffington Post
 
“I should have picked him up…truly hysterical!” 
—David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer winner and Martha’s Vineyard resident
 

Meet the Author

Paul Samuel Dolman has dabbled in the film business in Los Angeles with David Foster as his mentor and founded a successful music company in Nashville. He spends his summers on Martha’s Vineyard and the rest of the year in Maui, Hawaii.

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Hitchhiking with Larry David: An Accidental Tourist's Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha's Vineyard 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a great easy summertime read. It was thoughtful and witty, and the location of Marthas Vineyard set the perfect island, vacation tone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book!  Funny, poignant, moving, and highly entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like I had seen a bit of Martha's Vineyard which I enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard - I happen to love Martha's Vineyard and Larry David. A very well written, entertaining book. The author has a great talent for storytelling! I had the honor of meeting the author on the Vineyard and he is a great guy - makes you feel good that such a nice person has done well! Waiting for the next book!!!
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