This book made me laugh out loud on almost every page. Waters chronicles his cross-country hitchhiking tour from Baltimore to San Francisco. The first part is a fictional fantasy of some of the best and worst things he could imagine happening. The second part is his account of the actual journey. The fiction is the raunchy, twisted stuff folks have come to expect from him, but the actual memoir of his trip shows a softer side of the "king of filth." You realize what an awesome human he actually is. I've made the cross-country trip myself several times. He successfully captures the magic of being on the open road and offers poignant profiles of the folks he met along his journey. The journey was one that takes the reader on a tour inside the heart of America but through the lens of the screenwriter and director of "Pink Flamingos." I loved every second of it.
The visual artist behind such cult films as Hairspray traces his haphazard cross-country hitchhiking journey at the sides of a motley group of unsuspecting drivers, including a gentle farmer, an indie band and the author's unexpected hero. 75,000 first printing.