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Author Geist, William.

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

Publication Info. New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  92 GEIST    Check Shelf
 Canton Public Library - Adult Department  BIO GEIST    Check Shelf
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  B GEIST WILLIAM G    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Biographies  B GEIST    Check Shelf
 Farmington, Main Library - Adult Department  B GEIST WILLIAM    Check Shelf
 Granby, Main Library - Adult  B GEIST, WILLIAM    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  B GEIST, WILLIAM    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  977.8 GEI    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  B GEIST, B.    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  B GEIST    Check Shelf

Edition First edition.
Description xii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary "Before there was 'tourism' and souvenir ashtrays became 'kitsch,' the Lake of the Ozarks was a Shangri-La for middle-class Midwestern families on vacation, complete with man-made beaches, Hillbilly Mini Golf, and feathered rubber tomahawks. It was there that author Bill Geist spent summers in the sixties during his school and college years, working at Arrowhead Lodge--a small resort owned by his bombastic uncle--in all areas of the operation, from cesspool attendant to bellhop. What may have seemed just a summer job became, upon reflection, a transformative era where a cast of eccentric, small-town characters and experiences shaped (some might suggest 'slightly twisted') Bill into the man he is today. He realized it was this time in his life that had a direct influence on his sensibilities, his humor, his writing, and ultimately a career searching the world for other such untamed creatures for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and CBS News. In [this book], Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American heartland and traces his evolution as a man and a writer. He shares laugh-out-loud anecdotes and tongue-in-cheek observations guaranteed to evoke a strong sense of nostalgia for 'the good ol' days.' Written with Geistian wit and warmth, Lake of the Ozarks takes readers back to a bygone era, and demonstrates how you can find inspiration in the most unexpected places."--Dust jacket.
Beloved TV host Bill Geist pens a reflective memoir of his incredible summers spent in the heart of America in this New York Times bestseller.
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.
Geist, William. (OCoLC)fst01464305
Ozarks, Lake of the, Region (Mo.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Summer resorts -- MIssouri -- Ozarks, Lake of the, Region -- Anecdotes.
Teenage boys -- Missouri -- Biography.
Teenagers -- Missouri -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Missouri -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Anecdotes.
Summer employment -- Missouri -- Anecdotes.
Youth -- Employment -- Missouri -- Anecdotes.
Coming of age.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / General.
HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)
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 Autobiographies. (OCoLC)fst01919894
Anecdotes. (OCoLC)fst01423876
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
ISBN 9781538729809 (hardcover)
1538729806 (hardcover)
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