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Memoirs of a Gas Station: A Delightfully Awkward Journey Across the Alaskan Tundra [NOOK Book]

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Early one May, Sam Neumann arrived in the breathtaking wilderness of Denali, Alaska with a smile on his face and adventure in his heart. But less than 24 hours later, both had evaporated as he stood behind the counter of a filthy gas station—his new place of employment—and tried to piece together what exactly had gone wrong.

MEMOIRS OF A GAS STATION is a New York TImes bestselling personal account of a summer trapped in a convenience store on ...
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Memoirs of a Gas Station: A Delightfully Awkward Journey Across the Alaskan Tundra

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Overview

Early one May, Sam Neumann arrived in the breathtaking wilderness of Denali, Alaska with a smile on his face and adventure in his heart. But less than 24 hours later, both had evaporated as he stood behind the counter of a filthy gas station—his new place of employment—and tried to piece together what exactly had gone wrong.

MEMOIRS OF A GAS STATION is a New York TImes bestselling personal account of a summer trapped in a convenience store on the edge of Denali National Park. It is a journey across the Alaskan tundra and headlong into the ridiculous world of seasonal employment. The summer began with shock, horror, and denim shirts as Sam struggled to accept his new role as a gas station employee. To escape it, he took to the forests of Denali at every free moment, soon finding himself face-to-face with an angry adult moose, shivering numb trying to last the night on a frigid mountainside, and being seduced by a Mormon divorcee.

In a style that recalls the introspective humor of authors like Bill Bryson and Chuck Klosterman, MEMOIRS OF A GAS STATION takes you on a raucous ride through the best and worst summer of one man’s life. From booze-soaked employee parties to one very awkward romantic episode in a tree house, Sam learned more than he ever planned about the Last Frontier. But weekends spent stumbling through seedy Alaskan bars and hitch-hiking to remote destinations gave him a unique perspective on life, and led him to find friendship, adventure, and love in the most unexpected places.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014981811
  • Publisher: Sam Neumann
  • Publication date: 7/20/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 739,578
  • File size: 830 KB

Meet the Author

Sam Neumann is originally from Chisago City, Minnesota. He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he is surrounded by mountains, organic food, and people with smartphones. This is his first book. You can find more about him and his current projects and rants at samneumann.com.
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  • Posted February 24, 2014

    When I picked up this book, I thought -- based on the title and

    When I picked up this book, I thought -- based on the title and the words "journey across the Alaskan tundra" -- that it would be a very interesting read about traveling through Alaska and the encounters with the state's residents and wildlife, possibly some sled-dogging and some hunting or fishing. Wow. Was I ever surprised, and not pleasantly. Sam Neumann tells you quite often in the book that he is an @$$hole and he is absolutely right. He is the whiniest, laziest person to ever take a summer job. He has no work ethic and finds being rude to customers, hiding out on top of a cooler, or napping in a back room to be the best way to get through a work day. He is sophomoric and juvenile and he thinks he is absolutely hilarious beyond belief (he's not.) And he drinks. Ooooohhhh does he drink. Instead of a delightful travelogue about hiking though Alaska, he tells you how much he drank and the places he went specifically to drink. Oh, and he wastes almost a whole chapter on professional sports drafts, most intensively the NBA draft. He wastes another half-chapter on grammar lessons, and a few more worthless pages on defecation. When he DOES manage to get out into the Alaskan wilds, he is woefully unprepared (because he's too cheap to properly dress and pack for camping in the wild) and spends most of the time there drunk out of his mind. It's a wonder he remembered most of what he did during his summer tenure at Denali. Throughout the course of the book, he manages to insult nearly every single class of person on the planet. I found his rantings on the "old people" who traveled to Alaska to be mildly ironic. He's accusing them of being too old to enjoy the many things the state has to offer and of not experiencing the state's grandeur outside of riding a tour bus or hopping on a cruise ship. Sadly, the same could be said of Mr. Neumann himself. He spent so much time drunk or complaining about his job to enjoy his summer, and when he did travel around the state it was in a drunken fog, looking to become even more iniebriated. Lots of room to talk, there, Neumann.

    While this definitely wasn't the WORST book I ever read, it was close to it. I spent 745 pages wanting to smack Mr. Neumann upside the head with a brick. What really surprised me is that this book was a NY Times bestseller. Wow. A lot of people were desperate for a read, apparently.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    wonderful story

    good reading and also informative

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Witty? No. Boring? Yes.

    The writing is amateurish, could have been written by a sixth grader. It's great to read in bed if you suffer from insomnia--it puts me right to sleep.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Great read!

    Both witty and well written. I laughed a lot reading this story. Great for young adults and not so young adults who have a young sense of humor

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Quick and fun Alaska read with good descriptives of

    Denali and surrounding towns. The author has you in stiches describing his unexpected summer job at a gas station in Denali where employees are forced to wear denim shirts.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Spirit

    "Kax"

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Kax

    "Im here now"

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Even though I read it all the way through, I kept asking myself

    Even though I read it all the way through, I kept asking myself "WHY are you reading this?!?" This guy incessantly describes how much he drank, what he drank, where he drank, etc. etc. When he sticks to descriptions of Alaska, its a decent read. But who needs to read so many, many descriptions of alcoholic consumption? Yeeks!

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