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A memoir about a broken-hearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking his way around Martha’s Vineyard One summer day on Martha’s Vineyard Paul Samuel Dolman was hitchhiking, and none other than Larry David pulled over and asked, “You’re not a serial killer or something, are you?” The comedic writer and actor from Seinfeld anA memoir about a broken-hearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking his way around Martha’s Vineyard One summer day on Martha’s Vineyard Paul Samuel Dolman was hitchhiking, and none other than Larry David pulled over and asked, “You’re not a serial killer or something, are you?” The comedic writer and actor from Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm not only gave Dolman a ride, but helped him find his way during his summer of soul-searching and hitchhiking. Dolman found himself on Martha’s Vineyard that summer having made the catastrophic mistake of visiting “The Parental Asylum” in the wake of a painful breakup. His mother is welcoming, albeit senile and neurotically rigid. But his dad “only has the social energy to be nice to humans for about 10 minutes a day.” Desperately seeking companionship, Dolman begins hitchhiking around the island and meets a wide array of characters: the super-rich and the homeless, movie stars and common folk, and, of course, Mr. David. Astonishingly, it is Dolman’s growing friendship with the famous comedian that becomes the lodestar of his spiritual quest. (Yes, Larry David gets deep!) Written with disarming honest humor and perfectly capturing Larry David’s unique comic genius, Hitchhiking with Larry David will leave readers simultaneously laughing and crying as they ponder the mystery and spirituality of life....

Title : Hitchhiking with Larry David: An Accidental Tourist's Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha's Vineyard
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ISBN : 9781592408269
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Hitchhiking with Larry David: An Accidental Tourist's Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha's Vineyard Reviews

  • Megan Johnson
    2019-04-13 09:33

    needs more larry david, less spiritual boring shit. yeah i said it. come at me, bro.

  • Justin Carboneau
    2019-04-11 10:34

    I picked this book up at the library the night before going to the beach. It turned out to be a great beach book. Really funny, heartfelt, emotional and enjoyable.I've started writing down a few key takeaways from each book I read as a way to preserve the lessons I've learned. Here we go:- Give people the benefit of the doubt. You never know what people have been through and what they're dealing with.- Parents aren't perfect. We can't expect them to love us perfectly. We can only appreciate all the sacrifices they made for us.- Relationships take hard work, but they are well worth the work.- I want to develop the author's ability to talk to strangers. It's amazing who you can meet and the experiences you can have when you're willing to take a few social risks.

  • Tasha
    2019-04-18 12:34

    This memoir of a summer on Martha's Vineyard is an enjoyable tale of serendipity framed by a single car ride that the author shared with comedian Larry David. While coming to terms with his relationship with his parents and a recent break-up, Paul Samuel Dolman weaves humorous antidotes with scenes from his past and self-help quotes from his extensive reading.In one of his final moments enjoying the natural environment of the vineyard, Dolman reflects that "true freedom comes not in finding the answers, but from joyfully living with the questions." As a summer hitchhiker, Dolman shares these questions with everyone that he encounters and subtly underscores our interconnectedness. While his conclusions may be familiar, his wit is fresh.

  • Anna
    2019-04-21 11:45

    I just can't finish this book. I have too many to read to waste another minute on it. All of his "interactions" and conversations are so contrived. I don't buy it, I don't. I was going to power through but I'm about 3/4 done and I barely remember what I read. I'm throwing in the towel.

  • Alisa
    2019-03-29 12:34

    When you put Larry David's name in your book title, people are going to have high expectations. This was a surprisingly boring book, I probably wouldn't have finished it if I wasn't trapped in a car with my family for 2 days.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-22 11:58

    Fun to read while on MV but had trouble with the pondering over happiness while name dropping left and right.

  • Madeleine Black
    2019-04-13 10:44

    I recently 'met' the author Paul in the Twitter world and have had a phone conversation with him prior to an interview to be a guest on one of his podcast's on his website. I loved reading his book as I could hear him so clearly from his words on the pages! He is funny, sensitive and enquiring. Always looking to understand life and grow. A lot of wisdom throughout the book "Just stay open, because you never know when the magic will happen"

  • Joey Barron
    2019-03-30 09:38

    I encountered an autographed version of this book in a tiny free library outside of a park in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. I intend to add some books from my own personal collection as means to replace the shifts in energy. This book is a quick read and a lot of fun. There are some wonderful nuggets of happenstance, karma, and philosophy."Umm... You're not a serial killer or something, are you?" (3)"I miss being a part of something greater than myself. Of belonging to a larger conversation than the one about me." (77)"The imperial Prisoner of the United States has a lot less freedom than meaningless old me." (177)"All these small acts make the world go around." (183)The ending reminds me of High Fidelity a great deal, but I just wish there was more Larry David.Update: got an email response back from Paul after just a few days. Major bonus points.

  • Sammy
    2019-04-13 09:33

    Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Hitchhiking With Larry David is that rare book that will move you from laughter to tears and back again, sometimes on the same page. The ultimate accidental tourist on life’s most important journey, it’s an engaging and entertaining trip into a world filled with the rich, famous and powerful, and of course…Larry David!Written with disarming honesty, this beautifully crafted story uncovers the uniqueness of a family’s love and the universality of its struggles. Hitchhiking With Larry David is an emotional page-turner and a celebration of what matters most...

  • Tracy
    2019-04-13 06:52

    Hysterical ~ loved it!! I read it while I was vacationing on the Vineyard, so that made it even more enjoyable!!! For all you Vineyard lovers out there, this is a must read!

  • Renee
    2019-04-10 08:31

    I've tried two times to read this book. I guess I just don't care about the author. Other then the short encounter w Larry David the rest was too boring to finish.

  • Billie Weise
    2019-04-18 08:48

    If you want to laugh...

  • Tom Prewitt
    2019-04-15 13:38

    A great book to read to your girl friend on a sultry summer night...

  • Angela
    2019-03-22 10:43

    Easy, fun read. Interesting perspective. Jerry Seinfeld-like.

  • Amber
    2019-03-31 05:37

    Fantastic book about the Vineyard by my friend and author, Paul Dolman. A quick read, perfect for your Martha's Vineyard vacation:-)

  • David Meyer
    2019-04-21 07:50

    I bought this book hoping for more Larry David than I got. The book follows the author's experience spending the summer in Martha's Vineyard where the reader gets to watch him feel sorry for himself while dealing with the effects of a bad break up. During this time, he randomly bumps into numerous celebrities (who he seems to love namedropping) as well as making friends with billionaires (and millionaires who are upset to not yet be billionaires). The conversations seem insincere and made up (no one talks that way). As a reader, you know you are supposed to feel sorry for this guy, but he just doesn't make it possible.

  • Sidney
    2019-04-06 07:52

    A relaxing quick read that quickly caught my attention but sort of fizzled. My 2 take aways are that I want to go back to Martha's Vineyard to bike, and that talk is more interesting when someone asks a Proust-like question instead of typical "how are you/what's new" questions. Thanks Patte, for traveling to Avalon with an extra book.

  • Tim Dimo
    2019-04-02 10:57

    The title is a bit misleading but I suppose "Bumping Into Larry David" wouldn't have been as compelling.

  • Kathryn Smart
    2019-04-08 05:54


  • Chris Tango
    2019-03-31 05:56

    This book made me want to go to Nantucket.

  • Jared Blum
    2019-04-04 06:52

    I was expecting this book to be more funny. There is some humor, but it is mostly the the authors observations about life and relationships.

  • Cynthia
    2019-03-27 06:57

    Did anyone else think this constant parade of deep thinking, impromptu, life gurus seemed orchestrated?In real life it takes more time and familiarity to share with one whom you only just met.

  • Joanne
    2019-04-11 06:52

    This is not a book about hitchhiking and this is not a book about Larry David. This is the story of a very privileged white American male who is trying to deal with the heartache of not being able to commit to the woman he loves. He hangs out where the wealthy are vacationing, bumps into celebrities, chats, makes friends and tries to figure out what it all means. If you can get over the incredible amount of privilege you might be able to empathize with the struggles he faces with his parents.

  • Bradley
    2019-04-11 07:31

    In this memoir, Dolman shares his summer of self-discovery on Martha's Vineyard. In his early 40s, Dolman was living in Nashville and plagued with a sense of dread that something was missing in his life. He closed his successful entertainment business and set out to find himself. In his journey, he falls in love with a beautiful woman he refers to as the Miracle. Due to Solman's personal anxiety and commitment issues, the relationship fails. Feeling miserable and alone, Solman plans to visit his parents on beautiful Martha's Vineyard to heal his broken heart and figure out what is next in his life. What was supposed to be a two week stay became a three month adventure after an enlightening and heartfelt encounter with none other than comedian Larry David. On the first day of his visit to Martha's Vineyard, Dolman falls into his old pastime of hitchhiking. Moments after, Larry David picks him up (his first time picking up a hitchhiker) and the two hit it off. They talk about their careers, lost loves, and the bigger meaning of life. When David drops him off at his destination, Solman is rejuvenated as he sets out to find out what life really means. Solman spends his days riding his bike, swimming, hitchhiking, and eating pizza. Along the way, he meets locals and visitors who stop and share their lives by opening their worldview and experiences with each other. Befriending a Wall Street player, film executive, a doctor and even encountering celebrities such as Meg Ryan, Ted Danson, and Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Dolman learns that we are all people just doing what we can to get by. As the summer days pass, random encounters with Larry David on the island keeping reminding Solman about how good life can be and how huge changes can come from small moments. All the while Solman discovers himself in what was the best summer ever, he struggles to get over the pain of losing the Miracle. Solman's path to self-discovery kept bringing him back to his lost love. This struggle felt like walking around with broken glass in your pocket; every step forward still brought hurt. As summer is ending, Dolman rides around the island visiting places he spent as a kid and reminiscing over key moments in his childhood. With memories reflecting on moments of unconditional love from his parents to adventures with friends and lovers, Dolman keeps searching for the idea of what makes one truly happy; the act of forgiving. I'm approaching my late 20s and I often think about how I can be happier. A lot of people keep me grounded by reminding me that I'm young and there is still time. Sometimes, I don't feel young. I think about whether happiness is a milestone in one's life that comes at a certain age or if it's something much harder to achieve. One thing is for certain, I've realized I'm heading in the right direction. I feel like the journey towards happiness is just being yourself and not setting expectations for those around you. What made Dolman's interactions with the celebrities he encountered great was that he connected with them as people and had no ulterior motive. He wasn't engaging with them to rub elbows and invade their world and success. Imagine how close we can connect to someone if we just let ourselves be honest and enjoy the humanity we share. I feel we would all be happier if we didn't place conditions or demands on those around us.

  • Laura
    2019-04-02 05:32

    Hitchhiking with Larry David was a fast, easy read. I think it took me just about three or four hours to make my way through its entirety. I bought the book for just $1 at my local Dollar Tree store, mostly because my husband-to-be is a huge Seinfeld/Larry David fan and he spotted it quickly.At first glance over, I was convinced this would be an imaginary tale of Larry David being a hitchhiker in Martha's Vineyard. Of course, that would just be ridiculous and too much hilarity would ensue, causing the world to collapse upon itself. It turned out after reading the synopsis (and the full book) later that the author was the hitchhiker in question and Larry David just seemed to be among the recurring cast of his summer.If you are looking for endless laughs and fast-paced observational comedy ala LD, you will be disappointed. However, if you just want a nice, topical novel to pass the time with, this is a great choice.Paul Dolman's writing style, especially in the opening chapters, took me some time to adjust to. The brief flashback moments and time shifts were hard to differentiate at first for me because only the real "far back" flashbacks were in italics, but what were previous moments with his love, "The Miracle" seemed to be in normal text.Upon the first encounter with Larry David, Dolman uses an interview style of writing. It stuck with me as none of his other car ride induced conversations were written in this style, but by the end of the book I think it added to the importance of the moment, as well as his summer relationship with Mr. David, who mentioned he felt like he was being interviewed during that particular ride.I liked this book, it was just what I needed today.

  • James
    2019-03-24 07:57

    I was expecting a little more from a book with someone as entertaining as Larry David on the cover. It lacked the humor that you'll get from watching Curb your enthusiasm . A memoir about a broken hearted man who lost his job,broke up with his "Miracle" and moves to Martha's Vineyard to live with his dysfunctional parents for the summer. During Paul's summer of soul-searching he meets Larry David who helped him find his way during a painful time in his life. Things I learned from this book: - Researches say that the average person watches 9 years of television throughout a life time.- Racism is an illness: How did society devolve to a place where skin pigment determines the way someone is treated?- There's a garbage island in the Pacific Ocean the size of Texas.- The world may soon have a water shortage crisis soon, it's already happening in California. New World Water.- " Seldom are members of your real family born under the same roof"- People are unreasonable and self centered...forgive them anyway.If you are kind people may accuse you of ulterior motives, be kind anyway. The good you do may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the best you have knowing that it may never be good enough.

  • Mark Newton
    2019-03-31 06:37

    Well, if you go into this thing expected an interview with Larry David, the creator of Seinfeld, you're going to be disappointed. Fortunately, the memoir is written well enough that it's pretty easy to stick with Dolman through the whole book. Some criticisms: I know it's a memoir, but the author thinks he's the smartest, coolest dude on the planet, and he's not. He jokes fall flat when he thinks they're decent.... but it adds to his character, so it's not the biggest complaint. Another thing, at least in my edition: All of the words with "hn" in them -- doughnut, John, technology -- have instead a "Ú". So the opening paragraph of one chapter, for example, opens with about five uses of "dougÚut." It's almost endearing how often this occurs. (Also, he eats a lot of ice cream, pizza, and dougÚuts. I hope he's OK.)Bottom line, there's not too much to ruminate on here, but it's a breezy read. If you've been gifted this, it's not a painful experience to be subjected to, but it's not a book I would ever really recommend to anyone.

  • Bridgette
    2019-04-06 13:29

    I found this to be a pleasant, positive, and up-lifting book. I wish Larry David had played a larger role though because I love Larry David. I do not want to be a "Debbie-downer" but I felt like the author dropped too many names and was unbelievably nice to every single person from the person making his lunch, to the other random diners at restaurants. Why start so many conversations with strangers? I find it hard to believe so many people would be so open to speaking with him while being on vacation with other family members and taking some time away to find peace on the ocean. When I go on vacation, the part I look most forward to is the isolation, not being interviewed on my whole life story and why I made the decisions I made, and my theory on the meaning of life. That being said, the author sounds like a kind and interesting person who loves and enjoys the company of others. I could learn to be a little more open to strangers.

  • Julie
    2019-04-14 10:49

    Paul Dolman really hitchhiked with Larry David. Larry David of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld fame gives Dolman a ride on Martha's Vineyard one uncertain summer of Dolman's life. The author seems unsettled in all of the key departments: love, family, and career. The Island is a healing spot and a 2 week break turns into a whole season hobnobbing with the rich and famous and not so famous who hang out there. There is a self help tone that sometimes slides off into Hallmark card hyper sentimentality. Occasionally, the author also seems to struggle with celebrity and I won't analyze that one because it was awkward and I wasn't sure where that was going. But, I think his bumpy relationship with his dad is the best written part of the book and I also enjoyed his soul search about his botched relationship with Miracle. Very enjoyable read.

  • Joe
    2019-04-13 08:56

    I was pleasantly surprised by punch of this small book. What begins as a quirky anecdote turns out to be a full realization of inner change in what appears to be paradise. I instantly liked Dolman from the start,a likability that shines in the stories here. It's a great philosophical journey into aging and self-consciousness. It also helps that Dolman is very funny. The book gets a little too tied down into the sap in certain set pieces but the charm and humor more than saved it. Plus, Dolman's interactions with Larry David are priceless.