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Things I Like About America: Personal Narratives [NOOK Book]

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POE BALLANTINE’S RISKY PERSONAL ESSAYS are populated with odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer. He takes us along on his Greyhound bus journey through small town America (including a detour to Mexico) exploring what it means to be human. Written with piercing intimacy and self-effacing humor, Ballantine’stories provide entertainment, social commentary, and completely compelling slices of life.
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Overview

POE BALLANTINE’S RISKY PERSONAL ESSAYS are populated with odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer. He takes us along on his Greyhound bus journey through small town America (including a detour to Mexico) exploring what it means to be human. Written with piercing intimacy and self-effacing humor, Ballantine’stories provide entertainment, social commentary, and completely compelling slices of life.
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Publishers Weekly
Over the years, the peripatetic Ballantine has logged countless miles roaming from California to the Midwest to Mexico. In a collection that may make some readers wish they could pack their portable typewriters and head for the nearest Greyhound station, he reflects on his wanderlust in 11 chronicles of odd jobs and odder adventures. But though Ballantine's tales of a life spent answering the call of the road initially seem extremely appealing, they ultimately tend to fall flat. "She's Got Barney Rubble Eyes," the story of his adolescent love affair with a nymphomaniac, kleptomaniac older woman, has its good parts, for example, but Ballantine doesn't let his adult wisdom shine through, and his recounting of his drugs-and-drink days feels like a reach for street cred. When Ballantine avoids indulging his penchant for the gritty, even prurient, his essays are more successful. His pursuit of smalltown America and reasonable employ, as well as his life between the thin walls of motels and boarding houses, are great topics. Ballantine's at his best when describing what it takes to survive, financially and otherwise, as a modern-day nomad. But he provides little sense of context, or of building his narratives to a rewarding conclusion and though the author obviously has the material for an excellent portrait of America, the anticipated insights and wealth of description born of such travel and adventure simply aren't quite here. (July) Forecast: Four of these "narratives" originally appeared in the Sun and the Kenyon Review, and Ballantine's work has also appeared in the Atlantic Monthly. It's hard to imagine his book debut making much of a splash, though sedentary would-be wanderers alerted to it should at least experience some vicarious thrills. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983304937
  • Publisher: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 1,188,010
  • File size: 324 KB

Table of Contents

1. She's Got Barney Rubble Eyes 15
2. Failure of a Man Named Love 51
3. Where the Rain Belongs 67
4. Never and Nowhere 87
5. A Piano Player Enters the Room 101
6. Bingo Clock 115
7. How I Lost My Mind and Other Adventures 129
8. La Calidad de la Vida 149
9. An Unfamiliar Form of Solitaire 161
10. Things I Like About America 181
11. Estrellita 213
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    A Writer Who Knows Whereof He Speaks

    These personal narratives by Poe Ballantine are sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious, but always genuine and well written. I highly recommend acquainting yourself with this exciting writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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