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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bill Geist  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Champaign, Illinois

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Biographical and Professional Information

Bill Geist has won two Emmys, and many awards for his work as a humorist, commentator and reporter in television, newspapers and magazines. His shining moment came, however, while taking third in the Illinois State Fair Bake Off in 1979.

Published Works

  • Toward a Safe and Sane Halloween, and Other Tales of Suburbia, Times Books, 1987
  • City Slickers, Times Books, 1987
  • About New York, Times Books, 1987
  • The Zucchini Plague and Other Tales of Suburbia, Fireside, 1987
  • Little League Confidential, One Coach`s Completely Unauthorized Tale of Survival, Macmillan, 1992
  • Monster Trucks Hair in a Can, Random House, 1996
  • The Big Five-Oh! Fearing, Facing, and Fighting Fifty, Thorndike Press, 1998
  • Fore! Play: The Last American Male Takes Up Golf, Grand Central Publishing, 2002
  • Way Off the Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small Town America, Broadway, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

Toward a safe and sane Halloween and other tales of suburbia /
ISBN: 0812911504. OCLC Number:

Times Books,. New York :. [©1985]

The zucchini plague and other tales of suburbia /
ISBN: 0671634348. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 1987.

The columnist for the New York Times provides a guide to the customs, holidays, crops, food, clothing and shelter, economy, and sports of the one-third of Americans who live in suburbs.

Little League confidential :
ISBN: 0440508770. OCLC Number:

Dell Pub.,. New York :. 1999, ©1997.

The big five-oh! :
ISBN: 0786212675. OCLC Number:

Thorndike Press,. Thorndike, Me. :. 1998.

From the trauma of receiving an application to join the AARP to the realization that he can't really see the menu, hear the waiter, or remember the specials, Bill Geist catalogs the discontents, large and small, of the multitudes (11,000 fiftieth birthdays per day for the next seventeen years) nearing, passing and trying to survive the crossing of the Great Age Divide. He lies about his age, shops for a Harley, buys "relaxed fit" jeans and finds himself the oldest guy at a rock concert. Geist asks the tough questions ("Has anyone seen my libido?") and offers some helpful advice, from "Twelve-Step 'Double-Pump' Program for Getting Out of a Cab" to "Warning Signs You May Be Turning Republican." These laugh-out-loud laments, observations, moans, and groans add up to the perfect antidote for the age-depressed. --Book jacket.

Way off the road :
ISBN: 0767922735. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. [2008], ©2007.

The author describes his 5,600-mile RV odyssey across America, along with the eccentric individuals, unusual places, and offbeat celebrations and events he encountered on his journey.



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