Item description for All Encompassing Trip by Nicole Del Sesto...
Meet Nikki Nasco: 40, single, obsessive, neurotic, unorthodox and unexpectedly fun. She is having a very normal day. She goes to the gym, she calls her mother, and she stresses out about not having her Top Five desert island CD s selected.
Meet Amber Lawson: 35, lesbian, driven, aerobics instructor. She too is having a very normal day. She attends law school, teaches Boot Camp and receives a phone call from Nikki, the purpose of which she never fully understands, but knows there is a deserted island involved.
And then the darkness comes...
In a world where coffee is no longer available, the only television shows are reality TV re-runs, and the animals are talking back, Nikki, Amber and a singing Coyote in a do-rag are out to restore the light (and hopefully prevent Nikki s eyes from being stolen by an Irish midget).
Normal is missing. Reward.
Del Sesto pays homage to Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore in this clever, insightful, and flat-out hilarious novel while maintaining an entirely original point of view, making All Encompassing Trip one of my favorite books of the year! Jen Lancaster, author of Bitter is the New Black
All Encompassing Trip is a trip! Imagine Kafka, Kerouac, and Douglas Adams on the road, and you ll get a feel for this completely original, witty, and wild book that s (thank goodness!) anything but normal. Del Sesto s prose sparkles. What a great debut. Lori Jakiela, author of Miss New York Has Everything
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Mar 6, 2007
Publisher Afterbirth Books
ISBN 193392912X ISBN13 9781933929125
Reviews - What do customers think about All Encompassing Trip?
A trip worth taking twice Oct 11, 2007
I enjoyed this book on the first read, but the second read made it even more fun. As another reviewer pointed out it is easy not to get exactly what is going on at some points in the book. (I'm sure that is by design. I think the "reveal" was handled deftly.) The thing that keeps the pages turning, though, is Del Sesto's whipcrack prose. This book is loaded with many "Damn! I wish I'd written that!" lines. A few of those will carry you through any "lost" points until you reach familiar territory once again.
A warning is in order, however. I did find myself craving coffee a lot during the reading of this book.
an entertaining trip Aug 1, 2007
What a trip...
The main character of this book, Nikki, wakes up one morning and the world is completely dark. Everything she touches disappears (well, except for the things that were on her bed while she slept) nobody can see her, she can't make coffee, and there is a (British) talking coyote on her front steps. This is how the book begins, and it only gets crazier from there.
Nikki is neurotic, intelligent and obsessive; yet she's completely adorable and has so much of each and every one of us within her. Her best friend Amber is a more down to earth and organized woman, who helps to balance Nikki's chaos and help them through their journey. Ultimately this book is about self discovery, but there are a lot of entertaining things that happen on the way to reaching that point. Nikki finds out at the start of the story that there are a series of tasks she needs to complete before her world can resume its normalcy. Part of the task is even figuring out what the tasks are, since Lefty, her talking coyote companion only sings segments of songs as hints. Nikki needs to decipher his messages and complete these tasks, all while staying one step ahead of Luke, the bad guy, who wants Nikki's eyeballs. Seriously.
I can't even begin to sum this book up accurately--you need to read it for yourself. I was giggling by the end of the first page, and I honestly didn't stop until the last page. It's creative, original and highly entertaining. I recommend it to any of you who enjoy something a little different...think Douglas Adams ("The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) meets Christopher Moore (highly satirical author) and you have Nicole Del Sesto
A fun and funky read from cover to cover. Jul 9, 2007
The debut novel of California author Nicole Del Sesto, All Encompassing Trip is a fantastically bizarre and whimsical story about the literal breakdown of reality. Caught amid a world of darkness in which nothing is on television but reality TV rerun, animals are talking back, and simple coffee is beyond mortal reach, stressed-out forty something woman Nikki Nasco and driven aerobics instructor and lesbian Amber Lawson must join forces with a singing Coyote in a do-rag to bring back the light. Irreverent to the point of being quixotic, All Encompassing Trip evokes the wild and crazy atmosphere of a world where normal is Missing in Action. A fun and funky read from cover to cover.
Okay but not great Jul 8, 2007
The book was okay. It wasn't as good as the description on the back made it sound like it would be. It took me at least halfway to even begin getting into it. It all finally made sense at the end, but I don't think a lot of people will be able to stick with it that long to find out what was going on.
Tremedously entertaining Jun 14, 2007
This is such a fun and addicting book. Nikki goes on quite a ride on her quest to bring light back to the world. The three main characters are wonderful. My personal favorite is good old Lefty, the do-rag wearing coyote that sings clues throughout the journey. Close on their heels is a seven and half foot Rastafarian with his evil leprechaun henchman and a wise cracking crow. Along with the leprechaun is a motley crew of some of the craziest characters ever put on paper, yet somehow a little too similar to someone you've run into at one time or another.
The book is so much fun it should come with a warning. You may not be able to stop reading it once you start it.