I just read the new book Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, a memoir by Leon Logothetis. This was the perfect book for me to read this week. I spent some of New Year’s Eve in the emergency room after a stomach virus left me dehydrated and in pain.
I haven’t been seriously sick in four years and now I hit the ER twice in a month.
The thought of the medical bills are enough to make me queasy all over again. At least I lost six pounds. I think if I get the flu I can fit back in my skinny jeans!
So, during my diseased holidays the escapism of Amazing Adventures hit the spot for me and really lifted my spirits.
In the book, Logothetis leaves his job and cushy life in London to emulate the freedom he sees in the movie “The Motorcycle Diaries”. His goal is to travel from Times Square in New York City to the Hollywood sign in California on five dollars a day and the kindness of strangers. Can he do it?
The rules he sets for himself are strict: the five dollars can’t roll over to the next day and he can only accept gifts of food, transportation and accommodations, not cash. Logothetis makes a bet with himself that strangers will help him out just because he asks. The English accent and good manners help.
A production crew with a video camera captured the experience and access to the resulting show is available on the author’s website. I thought several of the stories were far-fetched, but I can see the footage that backs up his claims. Truth is stranger than fiction!
I’ve been provided with a fresh, clean, un-coughed on copy of the book to give away. Just leave me a comment below to tell me if you think you could cross America on five dollars a day a favors gained by telling a good story.
I’ll draw a winner next Tuesday using random.org.
If you simply must have your own copy right away, check out the book on Amazon.
I liked the bright, conversational style of the writing. I loved the travel stories of Logothetis discovering America and Americans. Not everyone he meets is kind, but everyone was at least interesting. The author feels like a friend and you will enjoy taking this trip with him.
So, could you travel across the United States on five bucks and a smile?
I was provided with two complimentary copies of this book for the purpose of review and this giveaway. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to Allison, the winner of this giveaway!