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

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A rendezvous with a strip club owner who starts a church based on the writings of Thomas Paine. A savage journey into the heart of Hunter S. Thompson's Las Vegas, with the Good Doctor as guide. A Lord-of-the-Rings-like adventure into 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 are ...more
ebook, 227 pages
Published November 24th 2010 by Huntington Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Rae Gee
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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Sabrina Babič
There is something so alive and ever-present in the author's string of events at The Blue Angel that they appear to be taken out of the context of time, so—like in his other book, Beneath the Neon— I get to watch him again almost like in a movie; I see him talk to the cab driver (and I feel the motion of that cab to boot), I look under the bed in the motel room together with him, and I remove four shirts and two pairs of pants from his duffel bag, and so on. Simple things but they're stuck in th ...more
Jason Koehler
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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Justin Hudnall
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 resid ...more
Tiffany
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.
Mark Nowowiejski
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
tracy scott mosley
Great Vegas reading

surprisingly good book. the author keeps us updated at the end of the books about the subjects he follows and interviews
Jeff Pietrzyk
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.
Cindy Carlson
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.
Colleen
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).
Robert
One of the best collections of non-fiction pieces on Vegas.
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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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