The Next Better Place

The Next Better Place

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by Michael C. Keith, Oliver Wyman, Oliver Wyman
     
 

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In 1959, at the age of eleven, Michael Keith set off hitch-hiking with his eccentric, alcoholic dad, who was always looking for the next better place. Keith's funny, worldly-wise memoir, told without sentimentality describes his childhood spent in the rundown rooming houses and homeless missions of Pittsburgh and Fort Worth; in the carnivals of the Midwest and

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In 1959, at the age of eleven, Michael Keith set off hitch-hiking with his eccentric, alcoholic dad, who was always looking for the next better place. Keith's funny, worldly-wise memoir, told without sentimentality describes his childhood spent in the rundown rooming houses and homeless missions of Pittsburgh and Fort Worth; in the carnivals of the Midwest and the casinos of Las Vegas; and in every two-bit town along the way, where they attend AA meetings just for coffee and a doughnut. The Next Better Place explores the fine line between wanderlust and compulsion, between running away and arriving.

Editorial Reviews

Elle Magazine
"Both a father-son love story and a unique American road saga."
Elle magazine
USA Today
"A moving and thoroughly engrossing testament to the resilience of the human spirit."
USA Today
Denver Rocky Mountain News
"[Has] the gritty realism of a smoke-filled flophouse and the wide-eyed joy of youth—an unusual combination but one that makes for a terrific tale."
Rocky Mountain News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565117433
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
12/21/2002
Series:
Highbridge Distribution Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
4.42(w) x 5.66(h) x 2.12(d)

Meet the Author


Michael C. Keith is the author of a number of books on the subject of broadcast media-radio in particular. A senior lecturer of communication at Boston College, his books include Voices in the Purple Haze, Sounds in the Dark, Signals in the Air, and Talking Radio. He is a former broadcaster and the past chair of education for the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

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The Next Better Place 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. 'A road trip with an alcoholic father and a child? Must be a downer,' you'd think. Not so. Never sliding into self-pity, the author just lays out a personal cross-country saga in mesmerizing detail. At times heartbreaking, this book is ultimately an inspirational story of survival by a child who deserved better. I've read a lot of travel narratives, and this is as good as they come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been a sleeper, so it is great to hear it may get wider attention in paperback. It deserves it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh that feels sooo good. She wisper in his ear