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Bowling Across America by Mike Walsh
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Mar 09, 2010

it was ok
Read in March, 2010

Cool idea, disappointing execution. In terms of travel writing, I wasn't expecting epic literary musings a la Paul Theroux or Gretel Ehrlich, or even snort-milk-our-your-nose Bill Bryson-style hilarity. Just some laughs, some honesty, some quirky stories.

Sadly, the book reads like a boring school report, a mostly-colorless daily log of Walsh's experiences in bowling alley after bowling alley, dotted with the occasional awkward romantic encounter and regular reminders that he is oh-so-grateful to be sponsored by Miller High Life, did I mention I'm sponsored by Miller High Life, Miller High Life, Miller High Life.

If Walsh had a gift for funny or acute representations of place or "the human animal" I would've walked away satisfied. Ultimately, though, this book was underwhelming and bland.
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