Reaching Climax: And Other Towns Along the American Highway

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After logging 38,000 miles in his trusty Trooper for his first photo odyssey, PASSING GAS, Gary Gladstone hit the road again, determined to visit the most oddly named towns in the United States and photograph the people who call them home. In REACHING CLIMAX, you'll meet quirky folks from Spasticville, Kansas; Burnt Corn, Alabama; Yeehaw, Florida; and more. Providing rare and unexpected glimpses of this vast country's far corners and tucked-away spots, this road-trip-in-a-book is a fascinating visual document of ...
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Overview

After logging 38,000 miles in his trusty Trooper for his first photo odyssey, PASSING GAS, Gary Gladstone hit the road again, determined to visit the most oddly named towns in the United States and photograph the people who call them home. In REACHING CLIMAX, you'll meet quirky folks from Spasticville, Kansas; Burnt Corn, Alabama; Yeehaw, Florida; and more. Providing rare and unexpected glimpses of this vast country's far corners and tucked-away spots, this road-trip-in-a-book is a fascinating visual document of what makes America so unique.Reviews

“This highly enjoyable photography book had us at ‘climax.'”—Penthouse Forum“The whole thing is fun and funny from start to finish.”—San Francisco Chronicle“[A] delightful read.”—USA Today“This beautifully photographed book isn't solely about our region, but its title comes from a town in Minnesota's Red River Valley, and its portraits of oddly named hamlets are irresistible.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press“[A] rib-tickler.”—Sun

 Find out how Big Ugly got its name in this video about the making of the books Reaching Climax and Passing Gas

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580087100
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

GARY GLADSTONE has worked as a professional photographer for publications such as the New York Daily News, Life, Look, and The Saturday Evening Post. He is a popular lecturer and panelist who uses humor to entertain and inform his audiences. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley.
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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Idiotville. Oregon? Really? Yup, and meet the guy who lives ther!

    Wonderful visits to towns with hysterically funny names. Portraits of the residents and a little history about the name make it a keeper and great conversation starter. This is a sequel to "Passing Gas And Other Towns Along The American Highway" in which Gladstone visited Boogertown and Good Grief and a bunch of funny named towns where he photographed a real resident (Super portraits!) and got a little history about the name. In "Reaching Climax And Other Towns Along The American Highway" Gladstone introduces us to the Mayor of Dickshooter, Idaho and a lot of other crazy named real towns in America. Don't worry, it's all good clean fun and TRUE!

    --WM

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    From Erect (NC) to Limp (SC) I'm Still Grinning

    Intriguing town names serve as stage for showing portraits of some very interesting average Americans. The cumulative effect of so many funny little stories creates a rich tapestry of pure Americana. What a nice surprise. As with many endeavors, best part of 'Reaching Climax ...' is the journey which is detailed in the brief stories about these little towns. This book was a gift that I especially enjoy because it makes me smile. ps: It's quite safe for the family! Only the names are sometimes naughty. -)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Reaching Climax: And Other Towns Along the American Highway

    Such, fun to see the faces and read the stories of people all over the USA in strange named towns. My favorite is the ex-bowler posing outside the Hooterbowl in Hustler, Wisconsin. What a hoot. My 14 year old is taking the book to school because she and her friends laughed so hard during the vacation. She wants to do a book report. The stories of how Two Egg Florida got it's name is fascinating. This is a gotta have book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    Reaching Climax: And Other Towns Along the American Highway

    A treat and a great idea. I have to admit I was already a fan of this idea having read Mr. Gladstone¿s 'Passing Gas And Other Towns Along The American Highway' which, like this sequel, shows American faces in towns with names that are hard to believe. ... Gladstone drove more miles than I did in the last four years, all in 16 months, to visit towns and photograph faces in places with names like Lower Peanut, PA, Devil Town, OH and Dickshooter, ID. (In Dickshooter, he photographed the resident cowboy Mayor of Dickshooter). The photography is simply first rate. Each resident is shown with both affection and startling candor. Some of the stories of how the towns were named are almost unbelievable. Our guests open the book and the rest of the evening is spent laughing and comparing our own stories of towns we have heard of. It¿s a gem. Don¿t be fooled by the title. It¿s solid family stuff and simply a great conversation starter. We¿re already planning a weekend getaway jaunt from the Bay area to Bummerville, CA just to have a look for ourselves.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Hysterically funny

    I picked up this book at my dentist's office. I have never laughed so hard at a dentist in my life!

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