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The Zucchini Plague and other tales of Suburbia
The Zucchini Plague and other tales of Suburbia Author:William Geist When zucchini season rolls around and neighbors besiege you with their bountiful harvest, William (Bill)Geist seen on CBS Sunday Morning)recommends that you lie on the floor with the lights out. William Geist, columnist of "About New York" of The New York Times, knows suburbia. He's been living there for years-writing it all down for the Chicago... more » Tribune and the Times-out there among the Dinette Citys, Foam Rubber and Liquor Corrals, a "veritable Champs-Elysee of suburban blight."
In this funny collection, we meet suburban cult heroes like the man who had not mowed his lawn for thirteen years and beat the wrap in court, claiming he was a naturalist just letting the prairie come back. Geist visits the Acne Hot Line (where they treat the whole person) and stakes out Salvation Army drop-off bins, watching suburbanites lower their children by the heels into the bins to pick out goodies.
"Anyone who picks up Geist's book will discover that what goes on in the suburbs is just as goofy and at least as interesting as anything that happens in the city." - Jeff Siegel, Dallas Times Herald
"Geist's volume is weirdly representative of the age -
irreverent, basically moral but not making too biga deal of it." - Penelope Mesic, Chicago Magazine
"Be prepared to laugh heartily, and even out loud...He is a master of parody, also blessed with a strong sense of pathos." - Michael Ebner, Philadelphia Inquirer« less