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Author: Bill Geist Narrator: Bill Geist, Allan Robertson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9781549195259
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Before there was "tourism" and souvenir ashtrays became "kitsch," the Lake of the Ozarks was a Shangri-La for middle-class Midwestern families on vacation, complete with man-made beaches, Hillbilly Mini Golf, and feathered rubber tomahawks.

It was there that author Bill Geist spent summers in the Sixties during his school and college years working at Arrowhead Lodge-a small resort owned by his bombastic uncle-in all areas of the operation, from cesspool attendant to bellhop.

What may have seemed just a summer job became, upon reflection, a transformative era where a cast of eccentric, small-town characters and experiences shaped (some might suggest "slightly twisted") Bill into the man he is today. He realized it was this time in his life that had a direct influence on his sensibilities, his humor, his writing, and ultimately a career searching the world for other such untamed creatures for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and CBS News.

In LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning Correspondent Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American Heartland and traces his evolution as a man and a writer. He shares laugh-out-loud anecdotes and tongue-in-cheek observations guaranteed to evoke a strong sense of nostalgia for "the good ol' days." Written with Geistian wit and warmth, LAKE OF THE OZARKS takes readers back to a bygone era, and demonstrates how you can find inspiration in the most unexpected places.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Funny, poignant, and memorable…an entertaining and illuminating journey..It’s too bad we can’t all get a rubber tomahawk and a Lake of the Ozarks ashtray with each purchase of the book, but life’s taught us that you can’t have everything.”

    Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author

  • “[In] this laugh-out-loud audiobook…Geist introduces his memoir with his Midwestern twang; then narrator Allan Robertson transforms Geist’s words into one of the funniest performances ever. He effectively delivers the pregnant pauses in the description of cesspool cleaning in mud boots and will evoke helpless laughter from listeners with his descriptions of the waitstaff…Robertson’s timing and rhythm are superb. The production is so rich in detail and hidden gems that listeners may want to hear this again and again. It’s a showstopper. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “It is a sure sign that a book is worthwhile if you can sense the author is having fun writing it. [Geist] just sits down to chat a while. More books should celebrate unbridled nostalgia like this one does.”

    Florida Times Union

  • “Geist’s entertaining account of life in a resort town in the 1960s will certainly resonate with folks of his generation and will offer younger readers a glimpse into a bygone era.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • New York Times bestseller
  • #1 bestseller in Biographies of Journalists
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Bill Geist is the New York Times bestselling author of Little League Confidential, The Big Five-Oh, Fore! Play!, and Way Off the Road. He has been a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning since he joined CBS News in 1987. He chronicles some of the quirkiest people and places in America for the broadcast and has won two Emmys for his work on the show. To date, one of Bill’s greatest achievements is taking third place in the Illinois State Fair Bake Off in 1979.

About the Narrator

Allan Robertson is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.