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In the City of Bikes
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Pete Jordan is the author of the memoir Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States. Pete's work has been featured on public radio's This American Life and in the New York Times. He lives in Amsterdam.

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"A funny, engaging, and exhaustively researched tribute to Amsterdam's unique biking history...Jordan is an honest, self-effacing narrator, and there's much that's lovably comic about his inauguration into Amsterdam cyclo-culture." -- Los Angeles Times "A charming and quirky book...Jordan's portrait of bicycle culture in Amsterdam gives a fascinating account of a viable alternative to dependence on cars." -- Christian Science Monitor "This highly readable book illuminates the bicycle's integral role in shaping both the psyche and the actual city of Amsterdam." -- Houston Chronicle "For anyone contemplating visiting or living in The Netherlands, In the City of Bikes is a must read." -- New York Journal of Books "Full of personal anecdote, self-deprecating humor, local lore and a history of cycling that positively bursts with enthusiasm, In the City of Bikes is both a memoir and an ode to bicycles -- Shelf Awareness "[W]hat could have been a straightforward history [is] something more special: history that doesn't feel like history--just an enjoyable story from start to finish...An excellent choice for bikers and those who appreciate how a city's history can be changed by the simplest of passions." -- Kirkus Reviews "Jordan brings depth and color to a niche subject, delivering an engaging cultural history. By the end, readers will understand that the bike is to Amsterdam what the car is to America. Both are more than modes of transportation: they're a substantial part of their riders' identities." -- Publishers Weekly

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