Hitchhiking with Larry David
An Accidental Tourist's Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha's Vineyard
A memoir about a broken-hearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking his way around Martha’s Vineyard
One summer day on Martha’s Vineyard Paul Samuel Dolman was hitchhiking, and none other than Larry David pulled over and asked, “You’re not a serial killer or something, are you?” The comedic writer and actor from Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm not only gave Dolman a ride, but helped him find his way during his summer of soul-searching and hitchhiking.
Dolman found himself on Martha’s Vineyard that summer having made the catastrophic mistake of visiting “The Parental Asylum” in the wake of a painful breakup. His mother is welcoming, albeit senile and neurotically rigid. But his dad “only has the social energy to be nice to humans for about 10 minutes a day.” Desperately seeking companionship, Dolman begins hitchhiking around the island and meets a wide array of characters: the super-rich and the homeless, movie stars and common folk, and, of course, Mr. David. Astonishingly, it is Dolman’s growing friendship with the famous comedian that becomes the lodestar of his spiritual quest. (Yes, Larry David gets deep!)
Written with disarming honest humor and perfectly capturing Larry David’s unique comic genius, Hitchhiking with Larry David will leave readers simultaneously laughing and crying as they ponder the mystery and spirituality of life.
“If I’d only known, I would’ve been wittier.”
—Larry David, creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm
“Paul’s wit, intelligence, and beautiful view of the world are all contained in this terrific read.”
—The Huffington Post
“Paul's wit, intelligence, and beautiful view of the world are all contained in this terrific read, and I believe it will inspire many to think about the potential everyone's thumb has to take them places beyond the complacent." —The Huffington Post
“Hitchhiking with Larry David is an engaging, witty romp from the first page to the last.”
—The Vineyard Gazette
“His journeys, up and down South Road, from Edgartown to Aquinnah, are a search for healing, for figuring out how to be happy. The answers come from a variety of sources. This book resonates...HITCHHIKING is a layered book and it's also a funny book. Mr. Dolman offers us what he's learned about making all the pesky stuff-of-life things work. How — dare we say it? — to be happy.”
—The Martha's Vineyard Times
"I should have picked him up... truly hysterical!"
"The book is hilariously funny and moving and something much more; it makes you think about your own interaction with the people around you, friends and strangers, and what wonderful opportunities you might be missing. I tried it one day, it works!"
"HITCHHIKING WITH LARRY DAVID often appears to fly off the shelves on its own accord. It's a fun, rollicking read that takes place here on Martha's Vineyard. Now, who wouldn't want to be on Martha's Vineyard, even by way of an excellent book?"
“Like Larry David’s TV shows, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, this curious memoir is witty, boasts an assortment of offbeat characters, and offers just a hint of surrealism. . . . A quirky and frequently thought-provoking memoir.” —Booklist
“Endearing and funny.” —Martha’s Vineyard Magazine
“Light, summery memoir of a journey toward healing from a relationship gone slightly sour.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Light, witty, brave and breezy, the perfect little book to stick in your beach bag this summer.” —LifeGoesStrong.com
"Set on the beautiful backdrop of Martha's Vineyard, Mr. Dolman has woven a masterful tale of love, introspection, pizza, and brushes with celebrity that is not only a classic Vineyard experience but also a truly delightful read." —Nancy Gardella, executive director of Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
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