From the moment I read the first page of Memoirs of a Gas Station: A Delightfully Awkward Journey Across the Alaskan Tundra, I laughed non-stop. Sam Neumann does an excellent job of taking readers along on his three-month journey as a gas station employee on a tourist resort in Alaska.
While Neumann claims life in Alaska was mundane, readers have no sense of the mundaneness of his experience. The 313-zip code tale was perfect for me as I read between slow periods on my waitress job.
What I like the most about this memoir is not the colorful depictions of disliked co-workers, bizarre hitchhiker personalities, awkwardly successfully interactions with members of the opposite sex or pining for free food, Memoirs of a Gas Station doesn’t leave readers with a blantant, ‘in-your-face’ AHA moment.
The subtle AHA moment is there, but is wrapped up in a delightful bundle of jokes and musings of a young American from the mainland who steps out of his comfort box and survives.
I highly recommend this book even if you don’t like Alaska; it will be well worth the laughs.
You can find more information about Sam Neumann here.
And be sure to buy his book 🙂