Hitchhiker - Stories from the Kentucky Homefront
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
In this unique memoir, the adventuresome author combines stories of rural Kentucky and restless travel with tall tales of other worlds and bygone eras. Bob Thompson discovered his passion for storytelling on the front porch of his Granny's country store in McCracken County, Kentucky. Absorbing the tales and traditions he learned there, he kept them close as he went out in search of stories and life experiences of his own. In Hitchhiker, Thompson offers readers homegrown tales that interweave ghosts of the past with real and imagined worlds far beyond his grandmother’s porch. The stories progress from Bob’s Tom Sawyer-esque childhood in Western Kentucky through his restless wanderings as a hitchhiking hippie to his adulthood as an unrepentant adventurer following the footsteps of Hemingway and the Lost Generation across Europe. This collection brings together coming-of-age tales, family stories of bygone eras, and even true accounts of unsolved murders and mysteries. Hitchhiker is Huckleberry Finn meets The Twilight Zone, with just a taste of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.