The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America

The Kindness of Strangers Penniless Across America One man s journey from coast to coast with no than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket He finds varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life

  • Title: The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America
  • Author: MikeMcIntyre
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  • Page: 135
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  • One man s journey from coast to coast with no than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket He finds varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life.

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    1. A glaring example of America viewed through the lens of white male privilege. I wish I could have stuck with McIntyre through his journey but I was disappointed with the books premise, and the fact that this was a best seller. Upper middle class man who admits to never having struggled through social or economic challenges, decides to cross the country while courageously relying on those in far more precarious circumstances. Instead of actually tackling, or even waltzing, with myriad of themes a [...]

    2. In which the author, a Bay Area journalist, decides to try to travel across the United States without a penny in his pocket, relying purely on Blanche DuBois’ staple. This is both a compelling travel narrative and an interesting look at human psychology. Almost all the people who help Mike are damaged in some way. Most, if not all, are poor, and yet still give more than they can afford to. So it’s in many ways a very moving book. At times it’s also nerve-wracking: there are a lot of scary, [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this book. I would love to see an actual map of his travels. I was almost finished with the book and on my way to the beach (Jersey Shore) which is located only 15 miles from my home, when my husband and I passed a young man who was sitting on the curb amongst some shrubbery. I told my husband "turn around" there is a young man who looks like he could use our help. I was encouraged to turn around because of all the people who turned around for Mike. The young man, whose name was [...]

    4. i enjoyed this book a lot more than i thought i would. i was ready to scoff at it and think "no one would give you a ride/food/bed TODAY buddy!". but the same type of people who helped him in 1996 i think would help him todayey were mostly the poorer people of america, the ones who'd struggled themselves. the ones who didn't have a lot extra to give, but gave what they could. it brought up a lot of issues about race, class, and religion. at one point the author wondered if he would have gotten a [...]

    5. I did not finish reading this book, which is something I try not to do. Why? Because after being about a quarter in, I realised that I was not learning so much about this journey he was taking. Rather, I was reading a book which was telling me about the lives of people that he encounters on his trip. The book started with high hopes for me, and I really wanted to enjoy it. I was intrigued as to why he was making the choice to do this, how his family and girlfriend reacted, and then I was left re [...]

    6. What an intriguing book and an intriguing idea. Not to mention a little nuts and a lot brave. I'm not an Oprah fan, but apparently the author went on her show about this book and his journey several years ago. I must admit that I almost didn't read it because I figured it would be too much of that "finding yourself" stuff that just drives me insane. Instead well, it's kind of sad. I can tell you with almost 300% certainty that I would not pick up a hitchhiker. Ever. Maybe it was just the type of [...]

    7. I enjoyed this tremendously, as McIntyre hitchhiked across America with not a penny in his pocket. The less people had, the more they gave him, it seemed. And most people who picked him up said they never picked up hitchhikers. As someone who would not have picked him up no matter how "clean cut" he looked, I'm amazed at these people, especially the lone women, some of whom even let him sleep in their houses. I wonder if the fact that this took place nearly 20 years ago makes a difference. I'm n [...]

    8. The Kindness of Strangers was a fascinating true story of one man's intentionally penniless journey across the US, San Francisco to Cape Fear, NC. The journey took place in 1994, across small tributary roads and through small towns. The story of the six week journey and the people Mike McIntyre met and who helped him along the way is both eye opening and heartening.As an added bonus, because I chose to listen to it, at the book's conclusion the narrator interviews Mike McIntyre 20 years after th [...]

    9. This book totally blew me away. The author decides to quit his job as a journalist and spend a year hitchhiking from one end of the country to another, carrying no money and subsisting only off what he is given by strangers. He learns a lot about others and about himself through his reactions to others. I picked this up on a whim from a used bookstore for a dollar, and enjoyed it more than any other book I read in 2006. Extremely highly recommended.

    10. If you commit to hitchhiking from San Francisco to Cape Fear without any money, there's no way it can't be an entertaining read.I like Mike. He's a decent guy who just got fed up with his place in life and set out to find himself. In doing so, he met people in a string of small towns throughout the United States and captured their story, as much as his, in this book. And coming from a journalistic background (I can relate), Mike showed off some great writing.

    11. I thought this was a really good book. was a quick read for me mainly because I was so interested in the many different types of people he met in his journey. I am impressed in that he was able to be aside his fears so that he could make this soul journey and not only found himself but found out that there are so many people who are just kind and are willing to give of themselves.

    12. This was an ok read. Nothing spectular. Just some guy's first person account of a social experiment he did to supposedly test his ability to overcome his many "fears", which was to see if he could solely depend on the kindness of strangers and travel (hitchhike) to a certain location. He then met a gaggle of people who all seem to be kind, but also very odd - and with a myriad of personal issues. If you ask me, it was a moochers guide to hitchhiking and it actually irritated me. Some of his comm [...]

    13. This is not a book for young readers as the author is quite blunt in his encounters and descriptions of those he meets. However, from my own Christian perspective, I found it very intriguing how he (an agnostic at best) described his encounters with Christians. What particularly struck me was regardless of the person, whether living consistently with their Christian faith or not, the author responded the same to attempts to proselytize. He was able to dismiss their spiritual instruction as eithe [...]

    14. A clean-looking man in the nineteen-nineties hitchhikes safely across America without a penny. People are nice to him. They feed him and give him places to sleep. Even the police are helpful to him.Wow. As a not-so-clean-looking hippie in the nineteen-sixties I used to hitchhike across America without a penny, but the police were less than helpful. As for the people I encountered, although I always reached my destinations, I had some extreme adventures along the way. It's kind of a miracle I sur [...]

    15. A very interesting read and one that I really enjoyed. I have always had a bit of wanderlust and Mike's journey was fun to follow. It seems somewhat incredible to me that the majority of those that helped him along the way were the ones with the least to share. Yet share they did. I was hoping that maybe Mike would get more into the discussion about why people stopped to pick him up and help him yet most of the time they claimed that they wouldn't normally do that. He scratches the surface of th [...]

    16. Mike McIntyre writes well, with honesty and humor. I found this book to be very compelling and wish that I did not have to put it down. Some of the people he encounters are true gems, others are not. It was the hearing about the "others" that made me stop this book. Some of the lives encountered here are extremely tragic, sin-filled, and downright disgusting at times. There is a lot of sin in this world (I contribute to it as well) but I just feel that as a Christian I really don't need to know [...]

    17. I liked the book but I thought the dynamic with his girlfriend made him come off looking like an ass. He kept sending her postcards along the way so she would know he was OK, but there was no way for him to know whether she was ok that whole time. Then he decides life is short so he better write to both his grandmothers from the road. Hell, they could've already been dead by the time those letters arrived at their destinations. I wasn't surprised when he came home and his girlfriend broke up wit [...]

    18. Mike McIntyre gives up his jpb with a newdspaper, gives away the last cash in his pocket, leaves behind his credit cards and sets out to cross the US from west coast to east, dependent on those he meets for lifts, food and somewhere to sleep.The author has the good journalist's knack of meeting people and getting them to tell their storie. No doubt there has been a little careful shaping of his narrative but he is a beguiling guide. Interestingly, as a generalisation, it appears that the poorer [...]

    19. Two thirds through a major best seller that was dragging me down (The Gold Finch), I had to close the book and find something else. This book was the "something else".Just three weeks into fighting a major diagnosis, I found this book to be the most uplifting part of my day. Mike opened himself to life, and to other people, and learned a lot. He kept going when discouraged, he did not become bitter, he looked into himself and found his way.Me too, Mike. Thank you for the positive experience when [...]

    20. I loved this book about a man who journeys across America with no money. I've always believed that people are generally good (sometimes different, but generally good.) This book validated that.There are a lot of great stories in here about every day people living extraordinary lives. Every person can teach you somethingif you just take the time to listen.

    21. Pretty brave to take off with no money or credit cards. Interesting that most of the people that helped him were either those who struggle themselves financially or from a church. I don't think I would pick up a hitchhiker today no matter how clean cut he looked. Too bad I would be afraid to lend a helping hand's society. :(

    22. I loved this book. It's a great story of a man's journey across the US without a penny and only relying on the kindness of strangers. He makes some insightful observations that left me pondering them after I finished the book.

    23. (Spoilers)Let me start off with the backstory. Or LACK of backstory, I should say. You see, in the very beginning little is known about why Mike McIntyre wants to do this journey. Yes he eventually tells us why(he’s a travel journalist but doesn’t feel accomplished, has a beautiful girlfriend—appears to have grown bored with the relationship) but it feels like little more than half a sentence of reasoning and then bam. Mike up and decides to make his way across America without using money. [...]

    24. Mike McIntyre’s story was very interesting and I enjoyed the whole thing. His plan was to travel across America with no money, relying on strangers for transportation and food. A jounalist by profession Mike, 37, had years of travel and writing background and wrote this book about his experience. He felt he was a quitter his whole life so he had something to prove to himself. And he wanted to know if “the kindness of strangers” was a trait that existed in America. He met a lot of kind, int [...]

    25. Enjoyed this very much--would maybe even give it 4 1/2 stars. I wasn't sure if after reading it if I should be depressed or encouraged about the state of America. So many of the people he encountered had screwed up, messy lives. Most of them were from small towns, middle class or working class, the kind of people who work unglamourous jobs and are just trying to survive day to day, often under the burdens of poor health, abuse, broken homes and other problems. Their generosity and openness to he [...]

    26. I'd give this 10 stars if I couldI absolutely adored this book. And I needed to read it right now, at a time when America is so divided and the news is swarming with negatively (mainly toward other Americans who voted differently or who hold different values).This was a glimpse into the worlds of good, regular American folks showing decency and goodwill toward another American who made it his experiment to travel across the country with no money, relying only on the generosity of those he met fo [...]

    27. The Trip of a LifetimeIn this book, Mike McIntyre relates his adventure in traveling across America with no money whatsoever. He depends entirely on people who give him rides, buy or cook him food, and provide him with a place to sleep. The amazing thing about his trip is that he actually completes his journey from San Francisco to the Cape Fear region of North Carolina. Along the way, he meets many generous people who make up the "Real" America, not the major cities which are portrayed as the r [...]

    28. This is a quick, easy read and overall a feel good story. I admire the author for the courage to drop everything in his life and take on this journey. He had an amazing experience and based on his experience you can come away believing most people are inherently good and willing to help others. Was amazed that he found such generosity from people who themselves were struggling to make ends meet. In light of today's tensions in our country, I just kept wondering, if he wasn't a clean cut, caucasi [...]

    29. Engaging but lackingAn interesting premise, to travel cross-country depending on the kindness of others. However grateful the author is towards the many who assist him along the way doesn't fully show in the narrative. Descriptions of places, people - and their religious views - may be meant as matter of fact, but they often come off as disdainful. This also, sadly, includes some of the introspective moments the author has. Late in the book he mentions being distrustful of beggars despite having [...]

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