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My Week at the Blue Angel: Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A savage journey to the heart of Hunter S. Thompson’s Las Vegas, with the Good Doctor as tour guide. A Lord of the Rings-like adventure in the city’s underground flood channels. A seven-day stay at a seedy motel on East Fremont Street.

The stories in My Week at the Blue Angel aren’t about Steve Wynn, Cirque du Soleil, or how to play poker and they aren’t set in Caesars Pala
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Paperback, 218 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Huntington Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Justin Hudnall
Aug 24, 2012 Justin Hudnall rated it did not like it
When a prostitute asks the author if he's lost, and he alleges to reply, "no more than most," the problem of the book starts to sound is name: insecurity. Did the author really say such a snappy, written-sounding line to one of his interview subjects? Maybe, but it doesn't really matter. What matters is that the author feels the need periodically to remind us by waving both of his arms and stamping his feet that he is still there and wants some attention. In the context of interviewing the ...more
Jason Koehler
Mar 09, 2012 Jason Koehler rated it it was amazing
The average tourist vacationing at Bellagio or Mandalay Bay may not leave Las Vegas Boulevard for the entirety of his or her trip. Most downtown visitors are not likely to venture beyond the magical canopy of the Fremont Street Experience. Luckily for these folks, Vegas resident Matt O'Brien has written this excellent montage of gritty real-life stories to provide a glimpse into corners of the city they probably hadn't previously considered.

An eye-opening piece on the disruption faced by familie
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Rae Gee
Mar 01, 2014 Rae Gee rated it it was amazing
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As someone who's going to Vegas for the first time this year, I wanted to dig behind the glamour and bright lights that you see in the movies and on TV. I wanted to find out about the real Las Vegas, about what happens behind the scenes, and about the people who make it their home.

My Week at the Blue Angel doesn't disappoint. O'Brien goes in search of the the down and out, the lost, the homeless, and the outright weird. To many, this could read as poverty porn but, by the final chapter, you real
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Tiffany
Apr 25, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it
This book gave me a look into the Other side of Las Vegas where everything is not all GLITZ AND GLAMOUR. It shows that Las Vegas is a city like any others but there is a uniqueness to it. I would recommend this book to anyone who has every visited Vegas or currently lives in Vegas or ever wants to visit Vegas so you can see that there is more to the city than the Neon Lights of the Stip.
Cindy Carlson
Aug 02, 2013 Cindy Carlson rated it really liked it
I am looking forward to more books by Matthew O'Brien! I enjoyed his Beneath the Neon and absolutely delighted in this one!! It is a joy to read about places in Las Vegas that I knew about, or that my husband knew about (he was born here in 1950). Great stories whether you live here or not.
Jeff Pietrzyk
Feb 03, 2015 Jeff Pietrzyk rated it it was amazing
a beautiful collection of Americana. I love Vegas. This book is a stunning look at the soul of the city. Investigative journalism at its best! I highly recommend this read if you are the type of person that needs to look behind the curtain.
Paul
May 28, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Exposes the reader to a side of Las Vegas most people never see. The stories are all interesting, while at the same time some are sad and some are funny.
Colleen
Apr 29, 2011 Colleen rated it did not like it
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I had high hopes for this book, primarily because it's by a local author. Unfortunately the writing is what you might expect to find in a college newspaper (and sometimes, worse).
Mark Nowowiejski
Apr 21, 2015 Mark Nowowiejski rated it really liked it
Really interesting look at some really OFF-STRIP sections of Las Vegas and the interesting characters that make up the area. Looking forward to reading more of O'Brien's work
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surprisingly good book. the author keeps us updated at the end of the books about the subjects he follows and interviews
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Matthew O'Brien is an author and journalist who's lived in Las Vegas since 1997. His first book, Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas, chronicles his adventures in the city's underground flood channels. His second book, My Week at the Blue Angel: And Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas, is a creative-nonfiction collection set in ...more
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