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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bill Geist  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: Champaign, Illinois

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Geist was born and raised in Champaign. He also graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bill Geist began his career as a reporter and columnist for the Suburban Trib and later became a New York Times columnist. He has since gone on to become a New York Times bestselling author and a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, retiring in 2018 after 31 years.

Geist has won six Emmys and in 2011 was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the hundreds of "singular, informative, entertaining" pieces he has did while at CBS. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as a combat photographer in Vietnam in 1969 and was inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2020.

He currently lives in Greenwich and New York City.


Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America

New York Times Bestseller, 2019

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City Slickers
ISBN: 0517029006. OCLC Number: 15521131

Penguin (Non-Classics). .

Fore! Play
ISBN: 0446678473. OCLC Number: 46654088

Grand Central Publishing. .

Good talk, dad :
ISBN: 1455582026. OCLC Number: 858350947

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"From popular TV hosts and bestselling authors Bill and Willie Geist, a hilarious testament to the special nature of father-son relationships. In GOOD TALK, DAD, this talented father-son team shares stories of their funny and heartwarming relationship. Told in a unique back-and-forth banter style, this extended conversation riffs on everything from music and sports to summer camp, driving lessons, and family life. Imagine Big Russ & Me meets Sh*t My Dad Says. After Bill went public with his struggle with Parkinsons disease, the Geists decided to collaborate on this book so their children and grandchildren would have a record of their unique bond. Now that Willie is a father (and Bill a grandfather), Willie has continued Bill's child-rearing traditions in the hopes of carrying on the riotous Geistian parenting legacy. The result is delightfully entertaining, wildly funny, and poignant as well"--

Lake of the Ozarks :
ISBN: 1538729806. OCLC Number: 1048944619

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"Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American heartland of the Midwest and traces his evolution as a man and a writer, in the summers between high school and college, before he went off to Vietnam and the country went to Hell."--Provided by publisher.

Little League confidential :
ISBN: 0440508770. OCLC Number: 65286618

Dell Pub.,. .

ISBN: 0517167638. OCLC Number: 31689990

Random House Value Publishing. .

The big five-oh! :
ISBN: 0786212675. OCLC Number: 37705274

Thorndike Press,. .

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.

The zucchini plague and other tales of suburbia /
ISBN: 0671634348. OCLC Number: 15083264

Simon & Schuster,. .

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.

Toward a safe and sane Halloween and other tales of suburbia /
ISBN: 0812911504. OCLC Number: 11622400

Times Books,. .

Way off the road :
ISBN: 0767922735. OCLC Number: 222543120

Broadway Books,. .

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.