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The Kindness of Strangers by Mike  McIntyre
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Jul 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir, non-fiction, travel

I do not read a lot of non-fiction, although amongst the not-a-lot that I read, I do have a soft spot for travel memoirs. I was drawn to this one by the fact that my husband and I had recently concluded a US roadtrip of our own - albeit one with a rental car and money. Mike sets out with a goal - to reach the east coast of the USA without a penny in his pocket, relying entirely on the kindness of strangers. And, amazingly, it actually works. Although it does intrigue me that most of the kind strangers were people with troubles of their own. Displaying his journalistic skills, Mike brings each of the characters to brief but vivid life. He does make you wonder what become of each of them later, and what stories they might have had to tell.

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