No Such Thing as a Free Ride?: A Collection of Hitchhiking Tales, North American Edition

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In this entertaining volume, you'll find Governor General Award-winner Margaret Avison and American sci-fi novelist Piers Anthony rubbing shoulders with Blag Dahlia and Ben Bachelder. You'll read of Jello Biafra's encounter with shoe-eating cows, Alan Dean Foster's ride on a whale shark, and Kage Baker's hilarious account of actors broken down on Interstate 5. Filmmakers, politicians, stand-up comedians, poets, journalists, and carpenters all come together through the shared experience of hitching a ride.

Throughout the '60s and '70s — the heyday of hitchhiking — this form of travel was a key means of transportation. Today, people continue to hitchhike all over the world. Money never changes hands, but all manner of social transactions take place. Hilarious, sad, nostalgic, sometimes scary, and always entertaining, these travelers' tales will open your eyes and take you back — or forward. Just when you think you've heard it all, turn the page. You'll discover you haven't!

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The trip of a lifetime, this unusual collection of stories has something for everyone. Filmmakers, politicians, stand-up comedians, poets, journalists, and carpenters come together through the shared experience of hitching a ride. Governor General Award winner Margaret Avison and American sci-fi novelist Piers Anthony rub shoulders with Randy Bachman and Steven Pinker. Jello Biafra's farcical encounter with shoe-eating cows rivals Alan Dean Foster's whale shark ride and Kage Baker's hilarious account of actors broken down on Interstate 5.

Since the '60s and '70s -- the heyday of hitching -- people have thumbed rides worldwide. Money never changes hands, but all manner of social transactions take place. These tales will open your eyes and take you back -- or forward. Just when you think you've heard it all, turn the page. You'll discover you haven't!

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Simon Sykes is an author, translator, musician, and designer. Tom Sykes is a writer of fiction, editor, and columnist whose novella The Blank Space was published in 2008.

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