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Title:
Hitchhiking with Larry David : an accidental tourist's summer of self-discovery in Martha's Vineyard
Author:
Dolman, Paul Samuel, author.
Edition:
First trade paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Gotham Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
x, 243 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
A memoir about a brokenhearted man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking his way around Martha's Vineyard.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781592408740
Format :
Book

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Summary

A memoir about a brokenhearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking 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 not only gave Dolman a ride but helped him find his way.

Dolman found himself on Martha's Vineyard that summer in the wake of a painful breakup. Desperately seeking companionship, he began hitchhiking around the island and met a wide array of characters: the rich and the homeless, movie stars and common folk, and, of course, Mr. David.

Written with disarming honest humor, Hitchhiking with Larry David will leave readers simultaneously laughing and crying as they ponder the mystery and spirituality of life.


Author Notes

Paul Samuel Dolman has dabbled in the film business in Los Angeles with David Foster as his mentor and founded a successful music company in Nashville. He spends his summers on Martha's Vineyard and the rest of the year in Maui, Hawaii.


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Booklist Review

Like Larry David's TV shows, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, this curious memoir is witty, boasts an assortment of offbeat characters, and offers just a hint of surrealism. While summering on Martha's Vineyard after a failed relationship, Dolman was hitchhiking when Larry David, of all people, stopped and picked him up. They had a lengthy, wandering, even occasionally profound conversation, and then David dropped Dolman at his destination. That appeared to be the end of Dolman's encounter with David, whose TV series, Dolman was embarrassed to admit, he had never seen, not one episode. But as the summer wore on, they kept running into each other, and a weird sort of friendship grew. It's difficult to categorize this book. On the one hand, it's a nifty memoir that allows us to see a side of a celebrity we don't normally see; on another, it's a story about Dolman's emotional and spiritual quest to find himself; on still another, it's a portrait of an unusual friendship, the kind that would fit right in, for example, on Seinfeld. A quirky and frequently thought-provoking memoir.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 Soul Matesp. 1
Chapter 2 The Parental Asylump. 12
Chapter 3 We Make Contactp. 17
Chapter 4 The Gospel of Seinfeldp. 44
Chapter 5 What Becomes of the Brokenheartedp. 47
Chapter 6 Billionaires and Movie Starsp. 50
Chapter 7 Jewish Sailingp. 56
Chapter 8 The Larry Phenomenonp. 71
Chapter 9 Island Lifep. 78
Chapter 10 CanÆt Buy Me Lovep. 87
Chapter 11 Bingo Tourette's Syndromep. 101
Chapter 12 Is That So?p. 110
Chapter 13 Fame and Misfortunep. 120
Chapter 14 I'm Robin Cookp. 133
Chapter 15 The Magical Girl and the Equine Godp. 141
Chapter 16 The Great Mongolian Doughnut Sagep. 144
Chapter 17 Nonnie-nesiap. 152
Chapter 18 A Tale of Two Summersp. 155
Chapter 19 Not My Day to Diep. 159
Chapter 20 The Ancient Gods of Lovep. 165
Chapter 21 The Ted Danson Principlep. 172
Chapter 22 Mother Nature's Sonp. 178
Chapter 23 The Lucky Onep. 132
Chapter 24 Black and Whitep. 191
Chapter 25 Surrealityp. 200
Chapter 26 Invitationsp. 204
Chapter 27 The Prisoner of the United Statesp. 207
Chapter 28 The Greatest Show on Earthp. 211
Chapter 29 Dancing with the Cosmosp. 219
Chapter 30 Resonance and Reunionp. 226
Chapter 31 The End of the Ridep. 234
Epiloguep. 238
Acknowledgmentsp. 241

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