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 broken-hearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking his way 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?”

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A memoir about a broken-hearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking his way 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 from Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm not only gave Dolman a ride, but helped him find his way during his summer of soul-searching and hitchhiking.

Dolman found himself on Martha’s Vineyard that summer having made the catastrophic mistake of visiting “The Parental Asylum” in the wake of a painful breakup. His mother is welcoming, albeit senile and neurotically rigid. But his dad “only has the social energy to be nice to humans for about 10 minutes a day.” Desperately seeking companionship, Dolman begins hitchhiking around the island and meets a wide array of characters: the super-rich and the homeless, movie stars and common folk, and, of course, Mr. David. Astonishingly, it is Dolman’s growing friendship with the famous comedian that becomes the lodestar of his spiritual quest. (Yes, Larry David gets deep!)

Written with disarming honest humor and perfectly capturing Larry David’s unique comic genius, Hitchhiking with Larry David will leave readers simultaneously laughing and crying as they ponder the mystery and spirituality of life.

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Editorial Reviews

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

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592408740
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
252,240
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(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
 

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