Dollarapalooza or The Day Peace Broke Out in Columbus by Gregg SappDollarapalooza or The Day Peace Broke Out in Columbus by Gregg Sapp

Dollarapalooza or The Day Peace Broke Out in Columbus

byGregg Sapp

Paperback | May 24, 2011

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This sprawling, footnoted, comedic epic centers around Vonn Carp, who travels to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, for a funeral. He is returning disgraced and destitute, when, after a long and productive career in higher education, he was discovered to have falsified his academic credentials 20 years prior. Recently divorced and suddenly unemployable, he reluctantly agrees to join
his father, Milt, in what he considers an iffy business venture—Dollarapalooza, a family-owned dollar store.

For Milt the shop is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for old fashioned mercantilism, a “general” store. The store falls on hard times when a massive, big box “Wow-Mart” opens across the street and after a nearly tragic armed robbery in his store, Milt disappears. To the surprise and chagrin of the Carp family, Vonn insists on re-opening Dollarapalooza. Along with the store’s eccentric staff, Vonn fashions an alternative business model aiming to make a difference in people’s lives “one dollar at a time.” For just one dollar, Vonn will answer anybody’s question on any topic, and the citizens of Columbus come to him seeking his opinions on subjects like love, celibacy, anthropology, metaphysics, the Internet, and the true meaning of value. Through his interactions with the store’s staff and customers, he conceives a new way of life with a changed outlook and a restored sense of purpose.

Gregg Sapp, a native Ohioan, is a writer, librarian, college teacher, and academic administrator. This is his first novel.
Title:Dollarapalooza or The Day Peace Broke Out in ColumbusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:508 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.6 inPublished:May 24, 2011Publisher:Northern Illinois University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0875806465

ISBN - 13:9780875806464

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Vonn knew that Columbus had always had an inferiority complex about being sandwiched between Cincinnati and Cleveland, two bonafide big league towns with major league franchises to prove it. (And, hell, even plain old Indianapolis had a stolen football team.) Somehow, though, a hockey team and a soccer squad didn’t seem “genuine” go him: a sentiment which Milt expressed when he grumbled, “Them’s just games for canucks and quiche eaters. We’re here for baseball, goddamnit.”

Editorial Reviews

“Dollarpalooza has a host of memorable and varied characters, a compelling narrative, and vivid descriptions of place. Some of the best moments for me were rooted in concrete data—like the catalog of items that were going into the dollar store and the cataloging of customer types who came to the store.  I also very much enjoyed the various observations about Columbus.”—Jim Heynen, author of The One-room Schoolhouse