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   My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World, by Brian Yansky  
 
  Novel, first publication in August 2003
 
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      Itís 1979, and Simonís life is unraveling before his very eyes. He doesnít get along with his father, his girlfriend has just dumped him, heís in trouble with the school authorities, and heís been arrested for underage drinking and smoking pot ó not to mention selling the stuff. And to top it off, heís adopted, and his parents act like itís something shameful. He wrestles open his parentsí lockbox, finds the names and last known location of his birth parents, and decides to leave Mansfield, Iowa, and head to Texas in search of his origins. His encounters with an Elvis impersonator (who may just be the missing man himself) along with a young woman on the lam and two hapless drifters add up to a picaresque road-trip tale that is not only very funny but honest in the telling. My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World is a debut novel that perfectly captures the flavor of the post-hippie grit, post-slacker cool, and weird-techno wealth of Austin.

     
     
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