Dishwasher (Paperback)

One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States

By Pete Jordan

Harper Perennial, 9780060896423, 384pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2007

List Price: 13.99*
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Dishwasher is the true story of a man on a mission: to clean dirty dishes professionally in every state in America. Part adventure, part parody, and part miraculous journey of self-discovery, it is the unforgettable account of Pete Jordan's transformation from itinerant seeker into "Dishwasher Pete"—unlikely folk hero, writer, publisher of his own cult zine, and the ultimate professional dish dog—and how he gave it all up for love.

Praise For Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States

“Dishwasher is an instant American classic. ”

“…a humorous page-turner…”

““Dishwasher” may not raise your opinion of the average dish dog, but it will help you understand why not.”

“...a slacker’s idyll.”

“[Jordan has]...a knack for storytelling,”

“.[An] amusing memoir...”

“...a fun graduation gift for your favorite smart aleck

“...a (casual) rallying cry for those disinclined toward the nine-to-five.”

“This memoir has it all -- humor, insight, pathos, adventure, travel and piles of dirty dishes.”

“…highly entertaining…”

“[A] good story, well told...ironic...worth reading.”

“...everyone has a story; some people’s are just more interesting than others. Such is the case with Pete Jordan.”

“The writing is lucid and earnest...Jordan’s passion for dishwashing and...blowing-in-the-wind traveling is infectious.”

“Warmly recommended...”

“[An] enjoyable manifesto celebrating rootless irresponsibility, with rueful acknowledgment of the pitfalls therein.”

“ of the most entertaining quite a while...The book’s exploration of the dishwashing subculture is fascinating…”

PRAISE FOR DISHWASHER PETE: “[Dishwasher Pete’s] writing and storytelling skills command attention.”

“Pete is the Lone Ranger of dishwashers, the troubadour of soap and water.”