From Publishers Weekly
A good travelogue conveys a sense of place while pointing the reader towards interesting activities, destinations, places to eat and the like. A great travelogue does all this, but it also stands alone as an enjoyable read, regardless of the readers travel plans. This quirky tour of Austin, Tex., delivers the whole enchilada. Friedman (Armadillos & Old Lace, etc.), novelist and founder of the band Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys, is not what most people would think of as a typical Texan. When he suggests what car to buy to fit in (either a pickup or a Cadillac will do), he proclaims, "I myself drive a Yom Kippur Clipper. Thats a Jewish Cadillacstops on a dime and picks it up." But this attitude gives Friedman the perfect perspective from which to narrate a journey through his city. His suggestions of things to do all come from personal experience and are usually accompanied by a colorful anecdote or observation. In a chapter on places to eat, Friedman gives this tip on dining at the Magnolia Café: "Feel free to light up a cigarette if you smoke, because Magnolia is one of the few restaurants you can smoke in without some asshole trying to make a citizens arrest." Friedmans plain-speaking is part of the books charm. What other travel guide would proudly list a mass murdererCharles Whitman, who shot 45 people from the Texas Tower in 1966in a section on famous citizens? As Friedman points out, "We like to think that everythings bigger in Texas. This, of course, includes mass murder sprees." Whether or not a trip to Austin is in your future, this slim book paints a vivid picture of a city thats as appealingly offbeat as Friedman himself.
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" 'Dear Kinky: I have now read all your books, More please. I really need the laughs' - Bill Clinton. 'Kinky, Mozart, Shakespeare - with what could I equal them?' - Joseph Heller. 'Kinky's writing cannot and should not be compared to that of any other writer or of any other genre. He is his own genre...He is a wordsmith of the first order' - Fannie Flagg, New York Times Book Review. 'Kinky is the best whodunit writer to come along since Dashiell what's-his-name' - Willie Nelson"
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