Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America

Lake of the Ozarks My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America Beloved TV host Bill Geist pens a reflective memoir of his incredible summers spent in the heart of America in this New York Times bestseller Before there was tourism and souvenir ashtrays beca

  • Title: Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America
  • Author: Bill Geist
  • ISBN: 1538729806
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beloved TV host Bill Geist pens a reflective memoir of his incredible summers spent in the heart of America in this New York Times bestseller Before there was tourism and souvenir ashtrays became kitsch, the Lake of the Ozarks was a Shangri La for middle class Midwestern families on vacation, complete with man made beaches, Hillbilly Mini Golf, and feathered rubber to Beloved TV host Bill Geist pens a reflective memoir of his incredible summers spent in the heart of America in this New York Times bestseller Before there was tourism and souvenir ashtrays became kitsch, the Lake of the Ozarks was a Shangri La for middle class Midwestern families on vacation, complete with man made beaches, Hillbilly Mini Golf, and feathered rubber tomahawks It was there that author Bill Geist spent summers in the Sixties during his school and college years working at Arrowhead Lodge a small resort owned by his bombastic uncle in all areas of the operation, from cesspool attendant to bellhop What may have seemed just a summer job became, upon reflection, a transformative era where a cast of eccentric, small town characters and experiences shaped some might suggest slightly twisted Bill into the man he is today He realized it was this time in his life that had a direct influence on his sensibilities, his humor, his writing, and ultimately a career searching the world for other such untamed creatures for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and CBS News In LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Emmy Award winning CBS Sunday Morning Correspondent Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American Heartland and traces his evolution as a man and a writer He shares laugh out loud anecdotes and tongue in cheek observations guaranteed to evoke a strong sense of nostalgia for the good ol days Written with Geistian wit and warmth, LAKE OF THE OZARKS takes readers back to a bygone era, and demonstrates how you can find inspiration in the most unexpected places Get A Copy Kindle Store 13.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 208 pages Published May 7th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing first published 2019 More Details ISBN 1538729806 ISBN13 9781538729809 Edition Language English Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Lake of the Ozarks, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book The Four Seasons 944 books 66 voters Memoir Published in Year 2019 147 books 53 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.75 Rating details 827 ratings 135 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 134 More filters Sort order Jun 06, 2019 Cheryl rated it liked it Shelves biography memoir, humor, adult nonfiction Emmy Award winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent, Bill Geist, writes a humorous and often poignant coming of age memoir about the summers he spent working at his uncle s resort in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.Geist s experiences harken back to a time before cell phones, computers, microwaves, and political correctness existed It s a nostalgic look at a simpler time with likable, eccentric characters and youthful antics and it s a light, enjoyable read flag 7 likesLike see review Jun 07, 2019 Scott Hitchcock rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves 2019 published an read, nonfiction This couldn t be less interesting and boring I took a shot figuring I didn t know a lot about the area and that there might be some interesting route 66 type stories but at last a resounding no flag 8 likesLike see review May 05, 2019 J April rated it it was ok Shelves humor sattire, coming of age, nonfiction Actual rating 2.5 I received an advanced reader copy of this book through a Giveaway Lake of the Ozarks is a time hop The reader is transported to the 1960s, peering into the past as though through a portal into the author s summers spent in the Ozark mountains The sense of nostalgia is contagious, and I found myself smiling back upon memories that weren t at all my own, but were universal in their themes growing up the freedom of being away from home for the first time, and the Actual rating 2.5 I received an advanced reader copy of this book through a Giveaway Lake of the Ozarks is a time hop The reader is transported to the 1960s, peering into the past as though through a portal into the author s summers spent in the Ozark mountains The sense of nostalgia is contagious, and I found myself smiling back upon memories that weren t at all my own, but were universal in their themes growing up the freedom of being away from home for the first time, and the haphazard jolt of pseudo adulthood that comes with that family formed by proximity and shared experience the painful but hysterical experience of a terrible but somehow enlivening, all consuming job and the uncanny experience of moving between two very different worlds, and uncovering very different parts of yourself within them.I chuckled, I cringed, I narrowed my eyes in disapproval while snorting in amusement The dry humor and vivid scene painting work well together, and the book reads like a movie plays What details weren t provided were easy to fill in, and though I maybe couldn t describe individual characters too well after finishing, the place that is the Arrowhead Lodge came alive with vivid personality.My main complaint, though, is the lack of an overarchingwell, purpose The book does an excellent job of transporting the reader to a different time and place But outside of the introduction and postscript, it s unclear what the point of that transporting is Is Geist telling us the story of how he grew up Of the rise and fall of this pocket of tourist culture As entertaining as the thematically grouped exploits that make up most of the book were, I found myself wishing for some sort of story line or progression to follow What I felt was lacking though was a story a beginning, a middle, an end, with a problem or challenge that needed to be hacked away at and overcome, and transformation of the main character that we could watch and track as it unfolded.Reading this book was like a tiny little vacation I used the phrase time hop intentionally this really felt like I was dropped out of the sky into a completely different landscape The change was thorough and vibrant, and the personality of this place and time shines through Reading this book felt like jumping into a lake, and being submerged by a murky, other world as the water overtook me I just wish there had been something of a plot, like a current to carry me down the river once I broke back through the surface flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 17, 2019 Margery rated it really liked it This light, entertaining book is perfect for reading on a summer afternoon Turn on the electric fan, pour a glass of lemonade, let go of today s concerns, and let Bill Geist amuse you From reading other reviews, I am going to take a guess that if you enjoyed his pieces on Sunday Mornng, you ll enjoy the book, and if not, not It doesn t pretend to be great literature It s simply fun Probably I should give it 3 stars, but dang, I needed some mental refreshment today, and the book delivered flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 06, 2019 Erin rated it liked it Audiobook I think the humor better translates when read the narrator was kind of flat This reminded me of Caddyshack and other 80 s summer movies of debauchery and shenanigans flag 3 likesLike see review May 17, 2019 Terry Enright rated it really liked it You know how there are different types of great days It could be gorgeous weather and a family trip to the beach It could be hanging with friends at a sporting event that turns out better than planned Or it could just be hanging with a buddy, sitting on a porch watching the Sun set, while tossing back a few cold ones Well Lake of the Ozarks My surreal Summers in a Vanishing America is the latter It s like hanging with a friend, sharing easy banter, and enjoying it as much as anything el You know how there are different types of great days It could be gorgeous weather and a family trip to the beach It could be hanging with friends at a sporting event that turns out better than planned Or it could just be hanging with a buddy, sitting on a porch watching the Sun set, while tossing back a few cold ones Well Lake of the Ozarks My surreal Summers in a Vanishing America is the latter It s like hanging with a friend, sharing easy banter, and enjoying it as much as anything else you ve ever done flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 08, 2019 Larry rated it it was ok Flat, not so funny or clever reminiscing book that would have been better if Bill Bryson had written it In fact I m pretty sure he had a very similar memoir I had expected a better experience flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 09, 2019 Deidra rated it liked it Brought back memories of a place that no longer exists but holds a special place in my heart as we currently enjoy the next generation of Lake of the Ozarks It s one man s story and know there are many from the many old resorts that families enjoyed back in the day flag 2 likesLike see review May 15, 2019 Michael OLeary rated it it was amazing Sometimes it is simply great to read a book that s just plain fun, and makes you laugh almost on every page Lake of the Ozarks is the hilarious chronicle of Bill Geist unique coming of age in a different place, the Ozarks, and a different time This is a quick read, charming, witty, and thoughtfuljust plain memorable.A brief description from the publisher Before there was tourism and souvenir ashtrays became kitsch, the Lake of the Ozarks was a Shangri La for middle class Midwestern fami Sometimes it is simply great to read a book that s just plain fun, and makes you laugh almost on every page Lake of the Ozarks is the hilarious chronicle of Bill Geist unique coming of age in a different place, the Ozarks, and a different time This is a quick read, charming, witty, and thoughtfuljust plain memorable.A brief description from the publisher Before there was tourism and souvenir ashtrays became kitsch, the Lake of the Ozarks was a Shangri La for middle class Midwestern families on vacation, complete with man made beaches, Hillbilly Mini Golf, and feathered rubber tomahawks It was there that author Bill Geist spent summers in the Sixties during his school and college years working at Arrowhead Lodge a small resort owned by his bombastic uncle in all areas of the operation, from cesspool attendant to bellhop.What may have seemed just a summer job became, upon reflection, a transformative era where a cast of eccentric, small town characters and experiences shaped some might suggest slightly twisted Bill into the man he is today He realized it was this time in his life that had a direct influence on his sensibilities, his humor, his writing, and ultimately a career searching the world for other such untamed creatures for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and CBS News.In LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Emmy Award winning CBS Sunday Morning Correspondent Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American Heartland and traces his evolution as a man and a writer He shares laugh out loud anecdotes and tongue in cheek observations guaranteed to evoke a strong sense of nostalgia for the good ol days Written with Geistian wit and warmth, LAKE OF THE OZARKS takes readers back to a bygone era, and demonstrates how you can find inspiration in the most unexpected places flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 18, 2019 Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves coming of age, friendship, memoir, humor, missouri, relationships, nonfiction Bill Geist is a guy I would love to meet in real life and just sit down and listen to him talk for an afternoon The man entertains me with his nostalgic stories I believe we are close to the same age so when he talks about his childhood and teen years, I m right there.This book is a memoir of the summers he spent at his Aunt Janet and Uncle Ed s Arrowhead Motel on Lake of the Ozarks He may have been a relative but nepotism never reared it s ugly head Bill was a poorly paid bellhop dishwasher Bill Geist is a guy I would love to meet in real life and just sit down and listen to him talk for an afternoon The man entertains me with his nostalgic stories I believe we are close to the same age so when he talks about his childhood and teen years, I m right there.This book is a memoir of the summers he spent at his Aunt Janet and Uncle Ed s Arrowhead Motel on Lake of the Ozarks He may have been a relative but nepotism never reared it s ugly head Bill was a poorly paid bellhop dishwasher cook waiter janitor just like all of the other high school and college aged young people who worked the 41 room motel every summer When they weren t at work, they spent their time drinking beer and trying to hook up with the perky waitresses The Arrowhead was full of quirky characters and Bill introduces the reader to all of them The 60 s and 70 s were a simpler time and Geist made me feel right at home flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 14, 2019 Andie rated it really liked it This is the perfect book for Baby Boomers who remember going to a resort on a lake for summer vacations with their family These establishments were everywhere in this country Younger readers probably have never experienced such an establishment For reference they should stream the movie Dirty Dancing Then they ll get the picture Bill Geist may be in ill health now, but he can still churn out a laugh out loud memoir of his summers working at his uncle s Arrowhead Lodge on Lake of the Ozark This is the perfect book for Baby Boomers who remember going to a resort on a lake for summer vacations with their family These establishments were everywhere in this country Younger readers probably have never experienced such an establishment For reference they should stream the movie Dirty Dancing Then they ll get the picture Bill Geist may be in ill health now, but he can still churn out a laugh out loud memoir of his summers working at his uncle s Arrowhead Lodge on Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri And he tells his tale with hilarious affection From working basically for tips to his lust for a waitress working at the lodge, he had me laughing through the whole book.This is a quick read It shouldn t take anyone longer than a weekend to finish it So pack it in your beach bag this year and enjoy flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 09, 2019 Eliza McNitt rated it it was ok Hailing as I do from Missouri, I was almost giddy with excitement to crack open this nostalgic collection of anecdotes from one of the state s biggest attractions The author is a famous TV news journalist so I what could go wrong Plenty, let me tell you The book promised to be a fun recollection of the author s summers working at his uncle s motel on the shores of the Lake in the 1960 s Instead, it can best be described as a flaccid collection of pointlessly dull stories that lurches drunken Hailing as I do from Missouri, I was almost giddy with excitement to crack open this nostalgic collection of anecdotes from one of the state s biggest attractions The author is a famous TV news journalist so I what could go wrong Plenty, let me tell you The book promised to be a fun recollection of the author s summers working at his uncle s motel on the shores of the Lake in the 1960 s Instead, it can best be described as a flaccid collection of pointlessly dull stories that lurches drunkenly from one topic to another I could almost feel the author wishing he had some actual good stories to tell instead of this ragged assortment of boring non events Does he think his G rated romantic fumblings are lusty and naughty Well, they re not even though he tells them like they are I was continually put off by the bizarre way this book leapfrogs from one topic to another, then it might go back eventually to finish the story, or maybe not It s a breezy read, padded like a high school book report with generous margins, lots of line spacing and larger than normal fonts The book also includes a bunch of photos that look like they spilled out of an old shoebox in a storage locker neither curated or needed, just there to eat some pages flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 17, 2019 Melki rated it it was ok Shelves memoir, humorous essays, love the cover, summer afternoon, nostalgia I went into this one expecting a wacky tale of a family vacation gone awry something akin to Jean Shepherd s Ollie Hopnoodle s Haven of Bliss, but instead I got rambling, unfocused reminiscences of Geist s time spent trying to get laid whilst working at a seedy resort The essays lacked the warmth and humor that this type of book requires, and it seemed that Geist himself was not very interested in the people about whom he was writing But, my husband loved it, so maybe it was just me flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 16, 2019 Laura Hoffman Brauman rated it liked it Fun read The author grew up in Champaign and spent summers working at a family hotel in Lake of the Ozarks Full of quirky funny stories and lots of nostalgia you can see how Geist s upbringing influenced his later work as a journalist flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 23, 2019 Linda Quinn rated it really liked it A really fun memoir for anyone who grew up watching Dirty Dancing or Caddyshack Bill Geist puts you right back into those days when lake resorts ruled and 42 room motels were the place to be flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 04, 2019 Joann rated it liked it Shelves 2019 new releases This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Funny stories about Geist s youth as he spent his Summer s working at a family hotel I recommend if you want something funny and short flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 29, 2019 Carol Irvin rated it really liked it Really enjoyed reading about the good old days And I love Bill Geist flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 13, 2019 Deborah Martinez rated it really liked it I really enjoyed this, and laughed out loud multiple times flag 1 likeLike see review May 31, 2019 Anne Fischer rated it it was amazing I LOVED this book I m from Missouri and spent many summers as a child at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks As an adult,my husband and I built a vacation home at the Lake Lake of the Ozarks is our happy place.I hold fond memories of Arrowhead Lodgeand was so disappointed when it s doors were shuttered It then broke my heart when the building was demolished The Lake continues to be populated with quirky locals that s part of its charm We walked into a restaurant a few years ago a few miles I LOVED this book I m from Missouri and spent many summers as a child at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks As an adult,my husband and I built a vacation home at the Lake Lake of the Ozarks is our happy place.I hold fond memories of Arrowhead Lodgeand was so disappointed when it s doors were shuttered It then broke my heart when the building was demolished The Lake continues to be populated with quirky locals that s part of its charm We walked into a restaurant a few years ago a few miles west of the Lake It was a locals hangout As we stepped into the dining room, we met stares from the local diners.In other words, we weren t part of them That aside, Geist captured the beauty, the attraction, the lifestyle and the humor, and the people that make the Lake the unique and charming place that it is You will laugh,cry and hopefully then pack your bags for a place that will live long in you memory flag 1 likeLike see review May 12, 2019 Bridget rated it really liked it Bill Geist spent his summers at the Lake about 15 years before I was born, but it was great fun to read his stories about a place I know so well Arrowhead Lodge, the Larry Don, Max Allen s Reptile GardensJeff City makes a couple of cameos, too Altogether enjoyable way to pass a few hours flag 1 likeLike see review May 22, 2019 Dale Medley rated it did not like it review of another edition This is extremely lightweight stuff I like Bill Geist I watch his son most every morning, though I m liking him less all the time But growing up in this part of the world and even living at Lake of the Ozarks for several years I m all over apologizing for rednecks They are not quaint Stupidity is no prevalent here than it is elsewhere, which makes it worse The ignorance is willful Rednecks are proud of being ignorant Now they re taking over the world and everybody wants to know wh This is extremely lightweight stuff I like Bill Geist I watch his son most every morning, though I m liking him less all the time But growing up in this part of the world and even living at Lake of the Ozarks for several years I m all over apologizing for rednecks They are not quaint Stupidity is no prevalent here than it is elsewhere, which makes it worse The ignorance is willful Rednecks are proud of being ignorant Now they re taking over the world and everybody wants to know what makes them tick Don t imagine you ll find the answer here flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 02, 2019 Judith rated it really liked it This was an absolutely delightful book by the author of City Slickers , Bill Geist It s a memoir of a man who spent his high school and college summers working, doing everything and anything at a lodge in the Ozarks in the 60 s Bill came from Illinois, like I did, so I felt a connection with his experience at the lake and it brought back memories of a similar experience I had And so much of the book reminded me of a time gone by when the world was so less populated, less politically correct, This was an absolutely delightful book by the author of City Slickers , Bill Geist It s a memoir of a man who spent his high school and college summers working, doing everything and anything at a lodge in the Ozarks in the 60 s Bill came from Illinois, like I did, so I felt a connection with his experience at the lake and it brought back memories of a similar experience I had And so much of the book reminded me of a time gone by when the world was so less populated, less politically correct, and simpler The author s uncle and aunt owned the lodge and they were true characters, but the book is filled with colorful characters and the setting itself is like a character I had recently watched the television series Ozark and was surprised to read in the book what I had heard in the show that Lake Ozark has miles of coastline than the coast of California I wonder now if the book and or the series will spur a resurgence of popularity of the area, though it certainly sounds like it s plenty popular now as it is.As much as I enjoyed the book, I agree with the author s statement at the beginning of the book about how sad it is to look back at memories of loved ones who have preceded us I didn t like to think about all of them and all of that, vaporized by the passage of time It confused and angered me, time putting its jackboot on our necks as it stole our mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, our favorite people and places, our health, our breath What right does it have, death When I meet it, I ll give it the finger Best I can do flag Like see review Aug 06, 2019 Matt Fitz rated it liked it I like Bill Geist He s a funny man I grew up in the St Louis area in the 70s and 80s and Lake of the Ozarks always held a flyover kitschiness to me even as a kid due to all the family and personal friends who owned and gave the funny, hillbillyish, post cards and wooden chotschke gifts with folksy Ozark wisdom and euphemisms written in that quintessential hillbilly font meant to look like the words were carved or hatcheted into wood toothpick holders, weather forecasters, gone fishin sig I like Bill Geist He s a funny man I grew up in the St Louis area in the 70s and 80s and Lake of the Ozarks always held a flyover kitschiness to me even as a kid due to all the family and personal friends who owned and gave the funny, hillbillyish, post cards and wooden chotschke gifts with folksy Ozark wisdom and euphemisms written in that quintessential hillbilly font meant to look like the words were carved or hatcheted into wood toothpick holders, weather forecasters, gone fishin signs, etc.Bill Geist takes his humor back to the days working at a aunt and uncle s Arrowhead Lodge in the 60s Those Ozarks are differerent from and a lot like the Ozarks made popular recently in the Netflix series It s got some great anecdotes from a bygone era, but my criticism is that it lacked a good flow to all the anecdotes Like they were mostly stretched out to make a book of something that wasn t.Recently watching the series, The Wonderful MIss Maisel, which had a few episodes of the 50s 60s summers spent at a lodge in upstate New York think also Dirty Dancing , imagine transplanting some of that to the midwest with all its midwestern sensibilities and a very different kind of sensible people and this is a fun read I just wanted fun than BIll Geist s pesonal memories provided flag Like see review Aug 28, 2019 Sarah Ewald rated it really liked it They say you can t go home again But you can in your mind and memories We all have times and places during our vulnerable years that shaped us For Bill Geist, it was several summers spent working at his uncle s place in the Lake of the Ozarks region in Missouri, the Arrowhead Lodge For a kid from Champaign, Illinois from a common sense family, it was a place like one he had never known before.This book is a trip down memory lane to a time in the 60 s, before Vietnam and other ills came cra They say you can t go home again But you can in your mind and memories We all have times and places during our vulnerable years that shaped us For Bill Geist, it was several summers spent working at his uncle s place in the Lake of the Ozarks region in Missouri, the Arrowhead Lodge For a kid from Champaign, Illinois from a common sense family, it was a place like one he had never known before.This book is a trip down memory lane to a time in the 60 s, before Vietnam and other ills came crashing down our innocence Before political correctness, before OSHA protected employees in the workplace, before zoning codes made for safe buildings where employees were housed There were probably hundreds of places just like the Arrowhead Lodge around the country that invoke memories of us all, places that we can go back to only to find their physical semblance is long gone This funny read takes us back to a time when Bill s experiences gave him the confidence gained in summers living on his own, without parental guidance Long live our memories Great book flag Like see review Aug 14, 2019 James Hallmark rated it it was ok I try to read a summer vacation kind of book each summer This looked kind of interesting Bill Geist has a fun reputation He wrote a clever column for years for the New York Times Did cutesy pop culture stories for years for CBS morning shows I thought this would be a good one I like Geist But for me this book fell flat It is his reminisces of working at an old school lodge at Lake of the Ozarks when he was in high school in the 1960s Very stereotypical summer job summer lake stories I try to read a summer vacation kind of book each summer This looked kind of interesting Bill Geist has a fun reputation He wrote a clever column for years for the New York Times Did cutesy pop culture stories for years for CBS morning shows I thought this would be a good one I like Geist But for me this book fell flat It is his reminisces of working at an old school lodge at Lake of the Ozarks when he was in high school in the 1960s Very stereotypical summer job summer lake stories No character development Just flat, with constant references to how the stuff he did would never be allowed in modern America I ll give him half of a star as the last chapter is pretty good He calls it Autumn Leaves and it basically tells what happens after he leaves the Arrowhead Lodge and moves on with his life There s a poignant moment or two in that chapter Regardless, this was a disappointing book for me flag Like see review Aug 08, 2019 Victoria rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 This was a really fun listen about a bygone era in America It had become difficult for me to listen to memoirs like this without thinking how much we romanticize this time period that was less than ideal for so many people That being said, it is nice to think back to the days when drive in theaters were common, a college kid could earn enough over the summer to pay for their education without student loans, and kids could get into mischief without it resulting in criminal charges.Bill Gei This was a really fun listen about a bygone era in America It had become difficult for me to listen to memoirs like this without thinking how much we romanticize this time period that was less than ideal for so many people That being said, it is nice to think back to the days when drive in theaters were common, a college kid could earn enough over the summer to pay for their education without student loans, and kids could get into mischief without it resulting in criminal charges.Bill Geist retells stories from his youth spent on the Ozarks with hilarity in this memoir I love how he also sprinkles in history of the area and what led to the rise and fall of the lake resort there If you like audio books I highly suggest the audio version of this one so you can hear him tell the stories himself and with his son flag Like see review Jul 06, 2019 Craig Amason rated it liked it review of another edition I was drawn to this book primarily because we recently moved to Missouri and because I visited the Lake of the Ozarks just a few months after settling here I didn t know anything about Bill Geist as I never watch Sunday Morning on CBS I may have read his columns before but am not aware if I have I can relate to many of the references Geist makes to growing up in the 1960s and 70s, although he is a bit older than I am Some readers will no doubt be put off by the political incorrectness of the I was drawn to this book primarily because we recently moved to Missouri and because I visited the Lake of the Ozarks just a few months after settling here I didn t know anything about Bill Geist as I never watch Sunday Morning on CBS I may have read his columns before but am not aware if I have I can relate to many of the references Geist makes to growing up in the 1960s and 70s, although he is a bit older than I am Some readers will no doubt be put off by the political incorrectness of the author s perspectives, language, and the circumstances from his adolescence, but I suspect he is being perfectly honest and straightforward with his recollections and descriptions of his life and times working for his uncle and aunt at their lakeside lodge There are some really laugh out loud passages in this book, which made it an enjoyable read flag Like see review Jul 18, 2019 Mirandajo rated it liked it Enjoyed listening to this book about Lake of the Ozarks and Arrowhead Lodge He told of the escapades that young college age kids would encounter create in the 1960 s on a summer job away from mom and dad He spent a fair amount of time talking about chasing girls and hopefully losing his virginity, which he never did cover in the book So, this seems pretty normal for a college guy in the 60 s Since I vacationed there as a child in the 60 s, I really enjoyed hearing about his experiences He a Enjoyed listening to this book about Lake of the Ozarks and Arrowhead Lodge He told of the escapades that young college age kids would encounter create in the 1960 s on a summer job away from mom and dad He spent a fair amount of time talking about chasing girls and hopefully losing his virginity, which he never did cover in the book So, this seems pretty normal for a college guy in the 60 s Since I vacationed there as a child in the 60 s, I really enjoyed hearing about his experiences He also throws in a great deal of then versus now when it comes to modern conveniences and safety devises and how life was simpler and care free in those days I enjoyed that aspect of this book as well flag Like see review Jun 01, 2019 Susan rated it it was amazing This book was just a rollicking good time Those years of escaping from your parents but still being somewhat supervised, away from your safe hometown and into a dream world of sorts Travel in the Sixties was an entirely different ballgame, and Bill Geist bounces us around into the antics with his friend both behind the scenes and in the public areas at his freewheeling aunt and uncle s 41 room Arrowhead Lodge in Missouri Bill Geist can spin a yarn, as CBS later recognized, and his stories of This book was just a rollicking good time Those years of escaping from your parents but still being somewhat supervised, away from your safe hometown and into a dream world of sorts Travel in the Sixties was an entirely different ballgame, and Bill Geist bounces us around into the antics with his friend both behind the scenes and in the public areas at his freewheeling aunt and uncle s 41 room Arrowhead Lodge in Missouri Bill Geist can spin a yarn, as CBS later recognized, and his stories of drinking his first moonshine in a backwoods bar or skinny dipping with the girl employees in all his innocence are delightful This is a book to make your day a little brighter and to show you that maybe your parents weren t such old fogeys after all flag Like see review Jul 02, 2019 Shelly Crawford Stock rated it really liked it review of another edition Filled with good memories and humor As a person the grew up very close to Champaign Bill s hometown and vacationed at Lake of the Ozarks almost every year growing up I was excited about this book and the potential parallels Granted the author s experiences are about 15 years earlier than mine, however his descriptions of places and people took me back to the early years of my vacations I m grateful as Lake of the Ozarks looks little like it did back then With new roads and routes it s easy Filled with good memories and humor As a person the grew up very close to Champaign Bill s hometown and vacationed at Lake of the Ozarks almost every year growing up I was excited about this book and the potential parallels Granted the author s experiences are about 15 years earlier than mine, however his descriptions of places and people took me back to the early years of my vacations I m grateful as Lake of the Ozarks looks little like it did back then With new roads and routes it s easy to miss many of the fun places that stood out and provided some of the character unique to the Ozarks that Mr Geist has done such a good job of explaining Thank you for the ride down memory lane and for the laughs flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag Lake of the Ozarks My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America by Bill Geist 4 stars 7 13 Aug 19, 2019 08 38AM Mt Lebanon Publi Lake of the Ozarks by Bill Geist 1 3 Jun 11, 2019 04 44PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Nonfiction 22 users Autobiography Memoir 15 users Humor 9 users Biography Memoir 6 users Travel 5 users History 4 users Biography 3 users Audiobook 3 users Humor Comedy 2 users 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      Bill Geist

    763 thoughts on “Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America”

    1. Emmy Award winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent, Bill Geist, writes a humorous and often poignant coming of age memoir about the summers he spent working at his uncle s resort in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.Geist s experiences harken back to a time before cell phones, computers, microwaves, and political correctness existed It s a nostalgic look at a simpler time with likable, eccentric characters and youthful antics and it s a light, enjoyable read


    2. This couldn t be less interesting and boring I took a shot figuring I didn t know a lot about the area and that there might be some interesting route 66 type stories but at last a resounding no.


    3. Actual rating 2.5 I received an advanced reader copy of this book through a Giveaway Lake of the Ozarks is a time hop The reader is transported to the 1960s, peering into the past as though through a portal into the author s summers spent in the Ozark mountains The sense of nostalgia is contagious, and I found myself smiling back upon memories that weren t at all my own, but were universal in their themes growing up the freedom of being away from home for the first time, and the Actual r [...]


    4. This light, entertaining book is perfect for reading on a summer afternoon Turn on the electric fan, pour a glass of lemonade, let go of today s concerns, and let Bill Geist amuse you From reading other reviews, I am going to take a guess that if you enjoyed his pieces on Sunday Mornng, you ll enjoy the book, and if not, not It doesn t pretend to be great literature It s simply fun Probably I should give it 3 stars, but dang, I needed some mental refreshment today, and the book delivered


    5. Audiobook I think the humor better translates when read the narrator was kind of flat This reminded me of Caddyshack and other 80 s summer movies of debauchery and shenanigans.


    6. You know how there are different types of great days It could be gorgeous weather and a family trip to the beach It could be hanging with friends at a sporting event that turns out better than planned Or it could just be hanging with a buddy, sitting on a porch watching the Sun set, while tossing back a few cold ones Well Lake of the Ozarks My surreal Summers in a Vanishing America is the latter It s like hanging with a friend, sharing easy banter, and enjoying it as much as anything el You know [...]


    7. Flat, not so funny or clever reminiscing book that would have been better if Bill Bryson had written it In fact I m pretty sure he had a very similar memoir I had expected a better experience.


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