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Beloved TV host Bill Geist pens a reflective
memoir of his incredible summers spent in the heart of America in
this New York Times

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

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
, the New York Times, and CBS

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

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