By Charles Phoenix
Hardcover | $29.95
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Charles at The Last Bookstore
Wednesday, January 31, 7:30 p.m.
Stories, laughs, and Americana fun!
The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., downtown Los Angeles
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A Celebration of Classic & Kitschy American Style
Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road-trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides. Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as he guides us through his action- packed, fun-filled, wondrous world of midcentury marvels. Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!
Here’s a swell video about the book and Charles:
Praise for Addicted to Americana
“Addicted to Americana…unfurls the most colorful, most creative, and most interesting facets of mid-twentieth century American culture in a joyful, exuberant way only [Charles Phoenix] can convey.”
— Bleep Mag (click through for an interview with Charles Phoenix!)
“One of the most colorful and well-designed books out there…Highly recommended.”
— Route 66 News
“The assortment of fun in this book will have you flipping through the pages for hours!! It won’t take long and you will be planning an assortment of family vacations surrounding all of the fun places in this great country of ours…This book brings the places to life in beautiful color.”
— Lynchburg Mama
“I looked at the cover and I knew I was in for a great read before I opened the book. It was love at first sight!”
— Linda Matlow
“A great way to soak in good ol’ fashion kitsch…any Disney fan who loves the classic nostalgia of the early days of Disneyland will slip quite easily into this awesome new book.”
— Mouse Info
About the Author
Charles Phoenix celebrates classic and kitschy American life and style. He is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author known for his crowd-rousing retro slide-show performances, fun field trip tours, madcap test-kitchen videos, and colorful coffee table books. On TV, Charles has appeared with Jay Leno, Martha Stewart, and Conan O’Brien, as a judge on Cake Wars, and is often heard on NPR. Growing up in Southern California, he was educated at theme parks, thrift stores, and his dad’s used-car lots. Fans enjoy his keen expertise and genuine reverence, and they trust his guide to time-honored attractions from coast to coast. The New York Times says, “Call him the King of Retro.”
To get a taste of Charles in action, watch him here on Conan O’Brien.