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  • One American's Epic Quest to Uncover His Incredible Canadian Roots
  • Written by: Dave Hill
  • Narrated by: Dave Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • 3.1 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Parking the Moose

Written by: Dave Hill
Narrated by: Dave Hill
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Publisher's Summary

A quarter-Canadian from Cleveland explores his roots - and melts your face with joy.

There's an idea most Americans tend to learn as children. The idea that their country is the "best". But this never stuck with Dave Hill, even though he was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His grandfather, you see, was from Canada (Clinton, Ontario, to be exact). And every Sunday at dinner he'd remind Dave and anyone else within earshot that it was in fact Canada, this magical and mysterious land just across the mighty Lake Erie, that was the "best".

It was an idea that took hold. While his peers kept busy with football, basketball, and baseball, hockey became the only sport for Dave. Whenever bacon was served at home, he'd be sure to mention his preference for the Canadian variety. Likewise, if a song by Triumph came on the radio, he'd be the first to ask for it to be cranked up as loud as it would go. And he was more vocal about the vast merits of the Canadian healthcare system than any nine-year-old you'd ever want to meet. (That last part is a lie, but hopefully it makes the point that he was so into Canada that it was actually kind of weird.)

In later years he even visited Canada a couple of times. But now, inspired by a publisher's payment of several hundred dollars (Canadian) in cash, he has traveled all over the country, reconnecting with his heritage in such places as Montreal, Moose Jaw, Regina, Winnipeg, Merrickville, and of course Clinton, Ontario, meeting a range of Canadians, touching things he probably shouldn't and having adventures too numerous and rich in detail to be done justice in this blurb.

The result, he promises, is "the greatest Canada-based literary thrill ride of your lifetime".

©2019 Dave Hill (P)2019 Doubleday Canada

What the critics say

"Who could have guessed that the wisest and funniest book about Canada ever would be written by a comedian and badass guitar hero from Cleveland, Ohio?" (Malcolm Gladwell)

"Dave Hill is one of the most hilarious non-Canadian, non-women that I know." (Samantha Bee)

"One of the genuinely cherished days of my year is the day a new book by Dave Hill comes out. Mercifully, for those of us who find the usual wait for a favourite author a trial, Hill has delivered his latest work of laugh-out-loud, expert humour in the nick of time.... If you're looking for an ideal book that makes you turn down soirées and tweetable events just so you can stay home and chortle, then Dave Hill's Parking the Moose is exactly what you need." (Dick Cavett)

"What Malcolm Gladwell, Samantha Bee and Dick Cavett said." (Janeane Garofalo)

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Meh…

As a Canadian I am very disappointed in the story, the adventures and not very impressed. In fact it wasn’t really a story at all, it was a journal, with very little substance or “finding of roots” at all.
Definitely won’t be looking for a “part two”

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Fun book

Listened to it on Libby and I really enjoyed it. But I'm only 3 parts Canadian and 1 part original land keeper so that affects the grade of the maple syrup content.

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parking mooses

It was good. As the story went on, the dialog was similar just in different city and province. I did learn some Canadian stuff, historically and names that I was not aware of. Love the sarcastic talk in the narration

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soso Dave

the narration was good, storyline pretty weak and ngl I struggled to finish it

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Expected it to be funnier

I thought there would be some kind of story here about finding his roots or but was sadly disappointed in the story over all. All the author seemed to do was travel to a few cities and describe what was there something anyone can do on line or from a travel brochure. Very sad a waste of my time glad I fell asleep a few times during the book.

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What was the point?

Not even remotely funny. I fail to see the point of this book. Just disorganized ramblings. Did not finish it. Lost interest a couple of chapters in.

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Bill Bryson he ain't

Only read half of it. Let's just say the author didn't get too far off the beaten track. Gift shops and restaurants - nothing the least bit adventurous. No interesting characters met along the way. At least in the 1st half. Maybe the 2nd half had something different.

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Funny and absolutely enjoyable

salty cheese....a k.a. "Tortillon" is the best cheese!
I listen to this audio book while walking my dog. I'd imagine how silly I looked to onlookers while they saw me laughing out loud for no apparent reason. I loved this book!

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