The Next Better Place: A Father and Son on the Road
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Date: April 2007
Duration: 8 hours 13 minutes
At the age of eleven, Michael Keith left a stable life with his mother and sisters and set off to cross the country with his irresponsible hobo of a father, a real bum. The memoir, narrated without sentimentality by this funny, world-wise little boy, describes their life on the road, the characters they meet hitching rides, their adventures with bed bugs in Salvation Army bunks, the joys of finally encountering a decent meal, and the periods when Michael's father works odd jobs to make enough money for them to move on. Despite their sad, dysfunctional life, real love exists between them.