Ë The Next Better Place: Memories of My Misspent Youth || À PDF Read by ☆ Michael C. Keith

By Michael C. Keith | Comments: ( 607 ) | Date: ( Dec 10, 2019 )

In 1959, at the age of eleven, Michael Keith left a relatively stable life with his mother and sisters in Albany, New York, and surreptitiously set off for California with his irresponsible alcoholic father For the rest of Michael s childhood, the two crisscrossed America, perpetually en route to someplace else His memoir, told in the fresh, funny, world wise voice of thIn 1959, at the age of eleven, Michael Keith left a relatively stable life with his mother and sisters in Albany, New York, and surreptitiously set off for California with his irresponsible alcoholic father For the rest of Michael s childhood, the two crisscrossed America, perpetually en route to someplace else His memoir, told in the fresh, funny, world wise voice of the young boy he once was, describes their bizarre encounters hitchhiking the nation s highways In the rundown rooming houses and homeless missions where they hole up as Michael s father works odd jobs to make enough money for them to move on, or in the AA meetings they attend in every city for a decent doughnut, we glimpse a different America Pushed onward by Michael s unceasing thirst for new adventures and his father s dreams of the next better place, the careworn twosome live far outside convention But despite their peculiar, often dysfunctional life, there is real love between this father and son, and they share the glorious freedom of the peripatetic life That such happiness exists in a lonely marginal universe doesn t overshadow the fact that a Greyhound bus is the closest Michael comes to experiencing the idea of home THE NEXT BETTER PLACE explores the fine line between wanderlust and compulsion, between running away and arriving, and leaves us with the understanding that the journey is often powerful than the destination.


  • Title: The Next Better Place: Memories of My Misspent Youth
  • Author: Michael C. Keith
  • ISBN: 9781565124363
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback

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Comments The Next Better Place: Memories of My Misspent Youth

  • Greg Western

    This book is a crazy memoir from the point of view of a kid on a cross county trip with his dad in 1959. It is honest and dark and creepy and man I am super curious how that kid turned out. The book jacket has a quote from Publishers Weekly that has the phrase, "Reads like Little League Kerouac." As I was reading I kept thinking that Dean Moriarty sounds like a choir boy compared to this father son duo. The fact that On The Road is some beat generation drug fantasy typed out all night on an old [...]


  • Constance

    meh. quit at p 136, 1/2 way through.


  • Jeffrey Miller

    Imagine a young boy and his estranged father on the road traveling across the United States on their way to California. Imagine also, the boy and his father having one adventure after another and along the way, the boy and his father both learn something about themselves and each other. Could anything be more romantic in a post World War II, Kerouac world? However, in Michael C. Keith’s brilliant and moving memoirs, The Next Better Place: Memories of my Misspent Youth, a coming-of-age story se [...]


  • Kittiya

    This was a fast past story. I felt It was a very moving memoir, of a father and his son traveling cross country. I wanted to slap around the dad most of the story. I just couldn't see why he just couldn't let his son go. An I could not believe what that boy Mike had to go through. A few times I almost cried (I'm not a big crier). Other times a was laughing out loud. I felt it was a roller coaster ride of entertainment.


  • Katrina

    Very enjoyable audio read; sad and funny memoir of Keith's adventure on the road with his irresponsible, alcoholic father. My only complaint is that there needs to be a follow up. I'm quite curious as to what happened to Keith after they made it back to Albany. Did he ever go on that road trip to Florida that he was dreaming of at the end of the story? Does he continue to have the wanderlust spirit as an adult?


  • Kittiya

    This was a fast past story. I felt It was a very moving memoir, of a father and his son traveling cross country. I wanted to slap around the dad most of the story. I just couldn't see why he just couldn't let his son go. An I could not believe what that boy Mike had to go through. A few times I almost cried (I'm not a big crier). Other times a was laughing out loud. I felt it was a roller coaster ride of entertainment.


  • Lbutlerco

    This book is a a touching, bittersweet memoir of an 11 year old boy in 1959 and his life on the road with his dysfunctional, alcoholic father. It was both funny and sad, but knowing that the author turned out to turned out to be a "normal," successful adult with a satisfying life kept it from being infuriating (the boy's father can be quite exasperating!). It's well written, interesting, and at times quite moving.


  • Clint

    Childhood memoir of traveling across the country and back with his divorced and down-on-his-luck dad in 1959. Reads almost like fiction more than 55 years later. Hitchhiking part of the way, staying in flophouses and working in small spurts across the country seem almost impossible for a 50-plus father and nearly 12-year-old son today. Nevertheless, a decent listen.


  • Julia

    It is crazy the difference between how kids were raised 50 years ago and nowloved reading this because of how it helped me recall my mispent youthbut a form of artjust okay.


  • James Hemingway

    Thoroughly enjoyed. I liked the elements of travel and the life experiences of a boy growing up.


  • Emily

    father and son on the road.


  • Claudia

    Not a bad story. Engaging and sad. It could have been better written. The author relies too heavily on short cuts - cliches and hackneyed phrases.


  • Melva

    Amazing how young people survive and thrive.


  • Claudia

    Interesting.


  • Rumi

    A fascinating, well told story about a boys homeless adventures around the country with his father. I would have liked more of a conclusion !


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