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Author Geist, William, author.

Title Lake of the Ozarks : my surreal summers in a vanishing America / Bill Geist.

Publication Info. Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020.


Location Call No. Status
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  LARGE PRINT BIOGRAPHY GEIST    Check Shelf
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  LP 977.8 GEIST    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Large Print Materials  LP 977.8 GEI    DUE 04-17-23
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  LP BIO GEIST    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Large Print Materials  LARGE PRINT B GEIST    Check Shelf
Edition Large print edition.
Description 251 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Physical Medium large print rdafs
Series Thorndike Press large print nonfiction
Thorndike Press large print nonfiction series.
Summary "Before there was 'tourism' or 'leisure time;' before souvenir ashtrays became 'camp' and 'kitsch;' before Goofy Golf became an 'attraction' and today's colossal theme parks could even be imagined, there was 'Beautiful Lake of the Ozarks -- Family Vacationland,' where to this day the ashtrays remain devoid of irony. It was here, at Arrowhead Lodge at Lake of the Ozarks, where Bill Geist spent his summers between high school and college working at this tacky resort. What may have seemed 'just a summer job' became, upon reflection, a transformative era where a cast of eccentric, small-town characters and experiences would make Bill the man he is today. Bill realized it was this time in his life that would shape his sensibilities, his humor, his writing, and ultimately a career searching the world for other such untamed characters for The Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. In Lake of the Ozarks, two-time Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American heartland of the Midwest and traces his evolution as a man and a writer, in the summers between high school and college, before he went off to Vietnam and the country went to Hell. Written with Geistian warmth and quirky humor, Lake of the Ozarks takes readers back to a bygone era, and shows how you can find inspiration in the most unexpected places"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents The drive down/ now and then -- The strip -- The tourist trappers -- Uncle Ed -- The Chili Pond -- Extreme dishwashing -- Another day, another dollar -- Amateur night in the kitchen -- The great salad bar debate -- Ozark bellhops -- The Pow Wow Room -- La Noche de la Larry Don -- Sisterhood of servers -- I don't get it -- Night desk -- The Ozark outback -- Getting to the point -- Cross-cultural exchange -- The best laid plans -- Autumn leaves.
Subject Geist, William -- Childhood and youth.
Summer resorts -- Missouri -- Ozarks, Lake of the, Region -- Anecdotes.
Teenage boys -- Missouri -- Biography.
Teenagers -- Missouri -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Summer employment -- Missouri -- Anecdotes.
Youth -- Employment -- Missouri -- Anecdotes.
Coming of age.
Large type books.
Ozarks, Lake of the (Mo.), Region -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Missouri -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Anecdotes.
Geist, William. (OCoLC)fst01464305
Coming of age. (OCoLC)fst01763769
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
Summer employment. (OCoLC)fst01138513
Summer resorts. (OCoLC)fst01138523
Teenage boys. (OCoLC)fst01145373
Teenagers -- Social life and customs. (OCoLC)fst01145649
Youth -- Employment. (OCoLC)fst01183412
Missouri. (OCoLC)fst01204724
Missouri -- Lake of the Ozarks Region. (OCoLC)fst01347552
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Anecdotes. (OCoLC)fst01423876
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Large type books.
ISBN 9781432873080 (large print) (hardcover)
1432873083 (large print) (hardcover)
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