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WORD: Hunter S. Thompson fans get new book ‘The Kitchen Readings’
If you’re thirsting for some bushwhacking tales about the late, great Hunter S. Thompson you’ll want to pick up a recent release "The Kitchen Readings - Untold Stories of Hunter S. Thompson" by co-authors Michael Cleverly and Bob Braudis (HarperCollins). The two writers - an artist and a cop - were friends of Thompson’s who visited often at his notorious "fortified compound" in Colorado.

Readers interested in stories from inside Thompson’s residence will be pleased to know that Cleverly and Braudis cover everything from Thompson’s invention of "shotgun golf" to the cultivation of illegal, uh, crops, although we’ve not read enough to know if they touch upon the darker issues that surrounded his later years.

Thompson, who died in February 2005 of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, is best known for his Sin City epic "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," a novel that intoduced the world to gonzo journalism. The book enjoys a spot on virtually every wanna-be author’s bookshelf and has inspired countless Vegas road trips.

As Thompson’s antics became legendary, he was eventually as well known for his wild behavior as he was for penning excellent nonfiction titles like "Hells Angels" and "The Great Shark Hunt."

We're not sure if this is tongue in cheek or a liability claim, but HarperCollins’ press materials for The Kitchen Readings amusingly includes the following caution:


This book contains the following:
Unsafe use of powerful firearms in combination with explosives
Cultivation of illegal crops
Impressionable minors being exposed to illicit activities
Piloting of automobiles under impaired conditions
Transporting large sums of cash across national borders

*Stunts performed in this book were undertaken by professionals. Do not attempt them at home.

This book is now available in trade paperback and eBook through Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins, at bookstores across the USA. To buy it online click here.


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