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Lost in America: A Dead-End Journey by [Buzzell, Colby]
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"Defiant... this is an exploration of our nation at its most raw and browbeaten." -The Daily Beast

"Buzzell's voice--tough, jaded, sardonic... speaks for a generation unmoored by economic stagnation and diminishing opportunity." -Columbia Journalism Review

"A gift for seeing the seamier side of life as an adventure in a lower key... Buzzell is a useful mix of scholar and tramp, serving as an interesting travel guide...  a shrewd observer of some things the rest of us would otherwise miss." -Malibu Magazine

"In a voice that is blunt, sarcastic and viscerally honest... searching for what was once the American dream... Buzzell writes with a jolting, unique voice." -The Providence Journal
 
"Buzzell, previously known for his combat journal, My War: Killing Time in Iraq (2005), is a self-educated writer... Like Kerouac, he utilizes stream-of-conscious prose and frequent narrative shifts, which can be both fascinating and frustrating for readers... this is a journey that can be enjoyable and sometimes touching... A good addition to "road" literature." -Booklist Review
 
"Equipped with whiskey, nicotine and a '65 Mercury Comet, Buzzell prodded the under belly of our ailing nation. Scanning a panorama of forgotten towns filled with lost souls, juke joints and flop houses, he examined the mood and character of his fellow countrymen and wrote of his observations... It is the story of America, big prosperity, decline and now trauma." -The Rumpus

"A witty, fearless, sharp-eyed chronicler of America in decline. Buzzell exhibits a Henry Miller-like talent for the memorable character sketch." -Kirkus Reviews

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A stunning portrait of modern America by Colby Buzzell, the critically acclaimed author of My War: Killing Time in Iraq. Recounting his five-month journey through the country, from its thriving coastlines to its rust-belt wrecks, Buzzell reveals a paradoxical landscape of American dreams both achieved and broken, manifest destinies claimed and refuted, and community ties pulled apart and patched together. In the tradition of John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, Buzzell's Lost in America uncovers the stark realities of our national character even as it explores the deepest questions of identity, unity, and fatherhood.

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  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (August 23, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 23, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XVN1LC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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