Hitchhiking With Larry David

Hitchhiking With Larry David

An Accidental Tourist's Summer of Self-discovery in Martha's Vineyard

Book - 2013
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A memoir about a broken-hearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking his way around Martha's Vineyard

One summer day on Martha's Vineyard Paul Samuel Dolman was hitchhiking, and none other than Larry David pulled over and asked, "You're not a serial killer or something, are you?" The comedic writer and actor from Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm not only gave Dolman a ride, but helped him find his way during his summer of soul-searching and hitchhiking.

Dolman found himself on Martha's Vineyard that summer having made the catastrophic mistake of visiting "The Parental Asylum" in the wake of a painful breakup. His mother is welcoming, albeit senile and neurotically rigid. But his dad "only has the social energy to be nice to humans for about 10 minutes a day." Desperately seeking companionship, Dolman begins hitchhiking around the island and meets a wide array of characters: the super-rich and the homeless, movie stars and common folk, and, of course, Mr. David. Astonishingly, it is Dolman's growing friendship with the famous comedian that becomes the lodestar of his spiritual quest. (Yes, Larry David gets deep!)

Written with disarming honest humor and perfectly capturing Larry David's unique comic genius, Hitchhiking with Larry David will leave readers simultaneously laughing and crying as they ponder the mystery and spirituality of life.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Gotham Books,, 2013
ISBN: 9781592408269
1592408265
Branch Call Number: B Dolman 2013
Characteristics: x, 243 pages ; 20 cm

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loudem
Nov 05, 2018

The title threw me off. I thought it would be a funny book. Well, was I wrong. On top of not being funny, it only tries to philosophy on what life is all about, and how to patch a relationship when it bombed. The answer? Get on with your life. The future is in front of your, NOT behind. This book is a dud, and not worth the read. One thing the book got right... Biking is good for you... donuts... not so good. Again, THIS IS NOT A FUNNY BOOK. Forget the title, it means nothing.

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velowallah
Aug 14, 2018

First, the not so good: the author's referring to his lost love interest as The Miracle did make me wince frequently, the conclusion was too saccharine, and the title isn't really justified since Larry David doesn't really have much of a role at all and we don't learn much about him.
This said, I still found this book overall to be a delightful and quite perfect summer read. The author has a talent for engaging strangers in meaningful conversations, and his introspective reflections are perfectly matched by the beautiful descriptions of the idyllic summer landscape of Martha's Vineyard which he explores on his bike rides or as a hitchhiker.

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