Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States (Paperback)

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

By Pete Jordan

Harper Perennial, 9780060896423, 353pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2007



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. ”
-San Francisco Bay Guardian

“…a humorous page-turner…”

““Dishwasher” may not raise your opinion of the average dish dog, but it will help you understand why not.”
-New York Times Book Review

“...a slacker’s idyll.”
-New York Times

“[Jordan has]...a knack for storytelling,”
-New York Post

“.[An] amusing memoir...”
-People, 3 1/2 out of 4 Stars

“...a fun graduation gift for your favorite smart aleck
-Charlotte Observer

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

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

“…highly entertaining…”
-The Oregonian (Portland)

“[A] good story, well told...ironic...worth reading.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“...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.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Warmly recommended...”
-Library Journal

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

“ of the most entertaining quite a while...The book’s exploration of the dishwashing subculture is fascinating…”
-Booklist (starred review)

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

“Pete is the Lone Ranger of dishwashers, the troubadour of soap and water.”
-Christian Science Monitor