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The End of the Road

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Bodett captures the essence of life in America--especially Homer, Alaska, where the keys are left in the snowplow in case someone gets stuck after hours.
Published 1989 by William Morrow & Company
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I love reading about the interesting people in small towns. I'm getting the sequel so I can read more about the people I met in the first book.
Every one should read this book at least once. Charming, funny and endearing.
Richard Curry
small town Alaska. Very human. Spoiler alert: Most memorable at this writing were the explanations of facts of life to 13 year old boy who, over a game of cribbage, asks his dad how to ask a girl on a date, Chicago city planner guy comes to town to help them fix the sewers and what he does on his first 24 hours, and the time the 2 couples go skiing to the sauna and have to evacuate on skis in the nude in the freezing cold, and how their rescuer was primed to think at first they were diabolical...more
My kind of Alaska
Cheryl in CC NV
This one's a little different as it's about the individual people of Homer and their adventures. Bodett gets awfully intimate and omniscient - if this is non-fiction, how does he actually know what each person thought all through those private moments? Well, it is kinder than GK's Lake Woebegone fiction, so maybe they were willing to share. Or maybe it is fiction. I dunno.

Short and sweet, and a little more wise than one would expect from someone tagged with the word 'folksy.' This can be conside...more
Dick Peterson
This is the guy who promises to leave the light on for you at Motel 6. He's got that downhome way of talking, sort of like Sam Elliott but not as deep-voiced. I took that into account when I listened to the audio version of this book. I had done an audio version of one of Andy Rooney's books. The style and feel of Bodett's book reminded me of that. In both cases, the authors provided the narration, the writing was good, and because of the familiar voices, the experience was as comfortable as one...more
Wonderful book with endearing, hilarious characters, read it a couple decades ago and just finished listening to the audiobook read by Mr. Bodett himself (wish I could find the unabridged version....)
I've read this many times over the years, but finally found it in hardback at a local used bookstore (I snatched it up). I've been able to do much more reading since a recent heart attack and have been catching up with some old favorites. Tom Bodett used to do the Motel 6 commercials, but may be more famous for his radio show. This is the first book based on that show. It is a fun and funny read and is about as G rated as you can get.
Sep 25, 2010 Karalyndrake is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful folksy wisdom about life and the fun characters in a small Alaska town. Made me think about the characters I have know and loved in my life.
I was just remembering this book today - I read it several years ago. So funny! Definitely a great book to read if you're feeling crabby :)
This book is my all time favorite. Warm, human and funny. Just love it and everyone of the characters who live inbetween the pages
Apr 19, 2012 Lori marked it as to-read
This is a read again and again book for me. Great quirky stories about a few memorable characters you will come to know and love.
A quirky story about life in Alaska. You can't help but want to pack up your bags and move to the End of the Road.
This book made me laugh out loud and cry from the alternating hilariousness and tenderness. I highly recommend it.
Valerie J K
My brother recommended this book and now he lives in Alaska! Made me wish I lived there too.
Mike Johnston
You will laugh one minute and cry the next, Bodett is one of America's great storytellers.
You can't help but use Tom's voice in your head when you read this book
William Burruss
This is what you get if Garrison Keillor goes to Alaska. Brilliant and Funny.
This was the first book I read that made me laugh til I cried.
collection of humorous stories except nasty chapter 2
Funny! Like the TV show Northern Exposure in a way.
One of the funniest, laugh out loud books I've read!
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Tom Bodett is an American author, voice actor and radio host. He is also the current spokesman for the hotel chain Motel 6 and is famous for popularizing the phrase, "We'll leave the light on for you".
A native of Sturgis, Michigan, Bodett had previously provided commentary for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and was a regular columnist for the webzine Mr. Showbiz. He also did the...more
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