Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words
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Newmann describes himself as “a writer, photographer, video producer, and all-around good guy.” This is his first book. For more, visit his website.
“Early one May, Sam Neumann arrived in the breathtaking wilderness of Denali, Alaska with a smile on his face and adventure in his heart. But less than 24 hours later, both had evaporated as he stood behind the counter of a filthy gas station —his new place of employment— and tried to piece together what exactly had gone wrong.
Memoirs of a Gas Station is a quirky personal account of a summer trapped in a convenience store on the edge of Denali National Park. It is a journey across the Alaskan tundra and headlong into the ridiculous world of seasonal employment.”
Memoirs of a Gas Station is part travel book, part personal memoir, and part exposé of the world of seasonal employment. I learned a lot about Alaska (especially the area around Denali National Park) and got an interesting glimpse into what it’s like to work as a seasonal employee, both the good and the bad. Traveling vicariously when I’m stuck at home and getting glimpses of what life is like for people in situations I haven’t experienced are both things I enjoy, and Memoirs of a Gas Station delivered. I deducted a single star for issues with editing and proofing.
Some adult language and mild sexual content.
A large number of mostly minor proofing issues, primarily missing or extra words.
Rating: *** Three stars