What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss (Hardcover)

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The blue plate special, meatloaf, a cheeseburger deluxe, a milkshake in a frosty mixing canister, a hot cup of joeall served by a friendly face in a well-lighted aluminum tube. Such are the special joys of the American diner. And it was just these pleasures that photographer Stephan Schacher set out to document when he left New York on a journey through North America that would test both his stomachand his resolve. Schachers mission: to feed his hunger only at diners, and to photograph both his meal and his server every time. The result is a unique and deeply human storyquirky and nostalgic and generousof one man's quest to discover North America's diner culture and his own place in it.

Traveling from a Jersey diner to the Canadian Rockies to a shoreside clambake shack on the Pacific Ocean, Schacher's culinary adventure is documented here with a wealth of visual materials. The author's arresting photographs of succulent steaks and greasy fries, of smiling waitresses in uniforms or jeans, and brightly colored plastic dishes and table mats are supplemented by maps showing thephotographer's route across the continent.

About the Author

Chris Colin is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, and McSweeney's Quarterly. He lives in San Francisco.

Rob Baedeker is a writer, performer, and co-founder of the Kasper Hauser comedy group. He lives in Oakland, California.

Tony Millionaire is best known for the Sock Monkey series of comics and the syndicated comic strip Maakies. He lives in Pasadena, California.

Praise for What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss…

"The content is very tongue-in-cheek and laced with humor. This isn't a full- on self-help book, but a fun way of rethinking our daily conversations. It will definitely give you some ideas on how to change up your small talk and would be fun to read aloud at a party."
- New Orleans Advocate

Product Details ISBN-10: 1452114501
ISBN-13: 9781452114507
Published: Chronicle Books, 04/15/2014
Pages: 160
Language: English