My Week at the Blue Angel and Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas

My Week at the Blue Angel and Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas

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by Matthew O'Brien
     
 

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A savage journey to the heart of Hunter S. Thompson’s Las Vegas, with the Good Doctor as tour guide. A Lord of the Rings-like adventure in the city’s underground flood channels. A seven-day stay at a seedy motel on East Fremont Street.

The stories in My Week at the Blue Angel aren’t about Steve Wynn, Cirque du Soleil, or how to

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A savage journey to the heart of Hunter S. Thompson’s Las Vegas, with the Good Doctor as tour guide. A Lord of the Rings-like adventure in the city’s underground flood channels. A seven-day stay at a seedy motel on East Fremont Street.

The stories in My Week at the Blue Angel aren’t about Steve Wynn, Cirque du Soleil, or how to play poker and they aren’t set in Caesars Palace, XS Nightclub, or a 2,000-seat showroom. They’re about prostitutes, ex-cons, and the homeless and they’re set under Caesars Palace and in trailer parks and weekly motels.

In this creative-nonfiction collection, Matthew O’Brien—author of Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas—and veteran photographer Bill Hughes show a side of the city rarely seen. A side beyond the neon lights, themed facades, and motel-room doors. A side beyond the barbwire fences, “No Trespassing” signs, and midnight shadows.

A side of Las Vegas many locals and visitors are curious about, but few ever explore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935396413
Publisher:
Huntington Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
218
Sales rank:
1,081,065
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 11.72(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Meet the Author


Matthew O’Brien is an author and journalist who’s lived in Las Vegas since 1997. His first book, Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas, chronicles his adventures in the city’s underground flood channels, which he explored for more than four years with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton for protection. My Week at the Blue Angel: And Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas is his second book.

Bill Hughes is an award-winning photojournalist who moved from Dallas to Las Vegas in 1992 and worked for the alternative weekly newspaper CityLife until 2009. His work has also appeared in publications including the L.A. Times and newspapers in the Village Voice media chain.

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My Week at the Blue Angel and Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Wandering More than 1 year ago
For anyone who enjoys reading, this book is a must. Matthew has a way with describing what is around him and what is real with words that will keep you reading and wanting more after The End. He gets to the heart of a matter and lets you know just how it is...no glitz or BS, just this is what I see and feel and know, and by gawd if you also are not feeling and seeing what he has put into words. I highly recommend this book, along with his first book Beneath the Neon. They are both outstanding works of writing/journalism.
milbucksfans More than 1 year ago
The average tourist vacationing at Bellagio or Mandalay Bay may not leave Las Vegas Boulevard for the entirety of his or her trip. Most downtown visitors are not likely to venture beyond the magical canopy of the Fremont Street Experience. Luckily for these folks, Vegas resident Matt O'Brien has written this excellent montage of gritty real-life stories to provide a glimpse into corners of the city they probably hadn't previously considered. An eye-opening piece on the disruption faced by families when their trailer park changes ownership. An unfiltered look into the life of a paroled murderer trying to start over on the outside. A terrifying and captivating adventure through the storm drains of Las Vegas and the dangers that lurk within. And the centerpiece - a writer's first-hand account of the desperate yet often hopeful tenants at a well-worn weekly motel in a forgotten area of East Fremont Street. All of these thought-provoking narratives and many more await the reader in this compelling and compassionate collection of stories unfit for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority promotional pamphlet.
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