Travels on the Green Highway

An Environmentalist's Journey
Author: Nathaniel Pryor Reed
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780692817995
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 324
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Memories of Nathaniel Reed while serving six governors and two presidents.

Ghost Rider

Travels on the Healing Road
Author: Neil Peart
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1550225464
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 460
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This bold narrative written by the drummer and lyricist for the band Rush shows how Peart tried to stay alive by staying on the move after the loss of his 19-year-old daughter and his wife. The book will be sold as part of the band's official merchandise during its 47-city American tour. 20 photos. 15 maps.

Pacific Coast Highway: Traveler's Guide


Author: Tom Snyder
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1466868341
Category: Travel
Page: 192
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Pacific Coast Highway Before gridlocked freeways and jumbo jets, the West Coast was a region of friendly towns and secluded coves, with 1,800 miles of winding and scenic roadway. It still is! Join Tom Snyder for another two-land adventure--from California's strands and the tumbled shoreline of Oregon, through Washington's lush rain forests. Detailed directions make traveling either up or down the coast easy. Explore more than 390 special places, like Port Townsend, where Snow Falling on Cedars and An Officer and a Gentleman were filmed. Discover over 100 restaurants and romantic hideaways, from pizza parlors to a cozy inn with a wine list of 2,000 vintages. Find near-secret beaches, where you can still park free right along the old highway and wade straight into the ocean.

Highway 50

Ain't that America
Author: Jim Lilliefors
Publisher: James Lilliefors
ISBN: 9781555910730
Category: Travel
Page: 219
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The author recounts his experiences traveling along Route 50 from Maryland west to California, and describes the people he met along the route

The Drive

Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway
Author: Teresa Bruce
Publisher: Seal Press
ISBN: 1580056520
Category: Travel
Page: 320
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The Drive follows Teresa Bruce on her 2003 road trip through Mexico and onto the Pan American Highway, in a rickety camper with her old dog and new husband in tow. Bruce first set off on the exact same route in 1973, her parents at the helm and their two young daughters in tow, as a reaction to the accidental death of their youngest child, Bruce's brother John John. Her attempt to follow the route, using her mother's travel journal as an anecdotal guide, is as much about her need for exploration as it is about trying to understand her parents and their pain, and to finally begin to heal her own wounds over the accident. Bruce is immensely talented in bringing scenery of Central and South America to life—countries from Mexico and Guatemala to Bolivia and Argentina are detailed with her innate attention to detail and sense of storytelling. The Drive details a really incredible journey through these beautiful, at times corrupt and war-torn countries, across roads that are as likely to be barricaded by guerrillas or washed out by floods as they are to be passable. The Drive is travel writing at its best, combining moments of deep heartbreak with unimaginable joy over a panoply of unforgettable settings.

Roads

Driving America's Great Highways
Author: Larry McMurtry
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439129012
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
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As he crisscrosses America -- driving in search of the present, the past, and himself -- Larry McMurtry shares his fascination with this nation's great trails and the culture that has developed around them. Ever since he was a boy growing up in Texas only a mile from Highway 281, Larry McMurtry has felt the pull of the road. His town was thoroughly landlocked, making the highway his "river, its hidden reaches a mystery and an enticement. I began my life beside it and I want to drift down the entire length of it before I end this book." In Roads, McMurtry embarks on a cross-country trip where his route is also his destination. As he drives, McMurtry reminisces about the places he's seen, the people he's met, and the books he's read, including more than 3,000 books about travel. He explains why watching episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show might be the best way to find joie de vivre in Minnesota; the scenic differences between Route 35 and I-801; which vigilantes lived in Montana and which hailed from Idaho; and the history of Lewis and Clark, Sitting Bull, and Custer that still haunts Route 2 today. As it makes its way from South Florida to North Dakota, from eastern Long Island to Oregon, Roads is travel writing at its best.

Road Trip USA

California and the Southwest
Author: Jamie Jensen
Publisher: Avalon Travel Pub
ISBN: 9781566911900
Category: Travel
Page: 500
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Offers detailed descriptions of drives through California and the Southwest, with a flexible format allowing one to switch routes during a journey, and including information on where to eat and sleep, the best local radio stations, hundreds of roadside attractions, and more.

The King's Best Highway

The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America
Author: Eric Jaffe
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439176108
Category: History
Page: 336
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A VIVID AND FASCINATING LOOK AT AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH THE PRISM OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST STORIED HIGHWAY, THE BOSTON POST ROAD During its evolution from Indian trails to modern interstates, the Boston Post Road, a system of over-land routes between New York City and Boston, has carried not just travelers and mail but the march of American history itself. Eric Jaffe captures the progress of people and culture along the road through four centuries, from its earliest days as the king of England’s “best highway” to the current era. Centuries before the telephone, radio, or Internet, the Boston Post Road was the primary conduit of America’s prosperity and growth. News, rumor, political intrigue, financial transactions, and personal missives traveled with increasing rapidity, as did people from every walk of life. From post riders bearing the alarms of revolution, to coaches carrying George Washington on his first presidential tour, to railroads transporting soldiers to the Civil War, the Boston Post Road has been essential to the political, economic, and social development of the United States. Continuously raised, improved, rerouted, and widened for faster and heavier traffic, the road played a key role in the advent of newspapers, stagecoach travel, textiles, mass-produced bicycles and guns, commuter railroads, automobiles—even Manhattan’s modern grid. Many famous Americans traveled the highway, and it drew the keen attention of such diverse personages as Benjamin Franklin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, P. T. Barnum, J. P. Morgan, and Robert Moses. Eric Jaffe weaves this entertaining narrative with a historian’s eye for detail and a journalist’s flair for storytelling. A cast of historical figures, celebrated and unknown alike, tells the lost tale of this road. Revolutionary printer William Goddard created a postal network that united the colonies against the throne. General Washington struggled to hold the highway during the battle for Manhattan. Levi Pease convinced Americans to travel by stagecoach until, half a century later, Nathan Hale convinced them to go by train. Abe Lincoln, still a dark-horse candidate in early 1860, embarked on a railroad speaking tour along the route that clinched the presidency. Bomb builder Lester Barlow, inspired by the Post Road’s notorious traffic, nearly sold Congress on a national system of expressways twenty-five years before the Interstate Highway Act of 1956. Based on extensive travels of the highway, interviews with people living up and down the road, and primary sources unearthed from the great libraries between New York City and Boston—including letters, maps, contemporaneous newspapers, and long-forgotten government documents—The King’s Best Highway is a delightful read for American history buffs and lovers of narrative everywhere.

The Negro


Author: W. E. B. Du Bois
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 1616403675
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 154
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This is the classic history of the African peoples in Africa and the New World, a repudiation of the absurd belief, widely held in the post-Civil War period, that Africans had no civilization but the one foisted upon them by their slave-trading captors.Writing for a popular audience in 1915, DuBois, one of America's greatest writers, lays out in easy-to-read, nonacademic prose the striking and illustrious story of the complex history and varied cultures of Africa. He explores everything from the art and industry of the peoples of the continent to the dramatic impact the slave trade had both in Africa and on her descendants in the Western Hemisphere.Boldly proud and beautifully written, this essential work will delight readers of American and African history as well as students of great American literature.American writer, civil rights activist, and scholar WILLIAM EDWARD BURGHARDT DU BOIS (1868-1963) was the first black man to receive a PhD from Harvard University. A co-founder of the NAACP, he wrote a number of important books, including Black Folk, Then and Now (1899) and The Negro (1915).

Ruth and the Green Book


Author: Calvin Alexander Ramsey,Gwen Strauss
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
ISBN: 1467738174
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
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Ruth was so excited to take a trip in her family's new car! In the early 1950s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. But she soon found out that black travelers weren't treated very well in some towns. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to black people. Daddy was upset about something called Jim Crow laws . . . Finally, a friendly attendant at a gas station showed Ruth's family The Green Book. It listed all of the places that would welcome black travelers. With this guidebook—and the kindness of strangers—Ruth could finally make a safe journey from Chicago to her grandma's house in Alabama. Ruth's story is fiction, but The Green Book and its role in helping a generation of African American travelers avoid some of the indignities of Jim Crow are historical fact.

The Routes of Man

How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today
Author: Ted Conover
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307593061
Category: Travel
Page: 352
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From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author of Newjack, an absorbing book about roads and their power to change the world. Roads bind our world—metaphorically and literally—transforming landscapes and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Roads have unparalleled power to impact communities, unite worlds and sunder them, and reveal the hopes and fears of those who travel them. With his marvelous eye for detail and his contagious enthusiasm, Ted Conover explores six of these key byways worldwide. In Peru, he traces the journey of a load of rare mahogany over the Andes to its origin, an untracked part of the Amazon basin soon to be traversed by a new east-west route across South America. In East Africa, he visits truckers whose travels have been linked to the worldwide spread of AIDS. In the West Bank, he monitors highway checkpoints with Israeli soldiers and then passes through them with Palestinians, witnessing the injustices and danger borne by both sides. He shuffles down a frozen riverbed with teenagers escaping their Himalayan valley to see how a new road will affect the now-isolated Indian region of Ladakh. From the passenger seat of a new Hyundai piling up the miles, he describes the exuberant upsurge in car culture as highways proliferate across China. And from inside an ambulance, he offers an apocalyptic but precise vision of Lagos, Nigeria, where congestion and chaos on freeways signal the rise of the global megacity. A spirited, urgent book that reveals the costs and benefits of being connected—how, from ancient Rome to the present, roads have played a crucial role in human life, advancing civilization even as they set it back. From the Trade Paperback edition.

North on the Wing

Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring
Author: Bruce M. Beehler
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588346145
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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The story of an ornithologist's journey to trace the spring migration of songbirds from the southern border of the United States through the heartland and into Canada. In late March 2015, ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler set off on a solo four-month trek to track songbird migration and the northward progress of spring through America. Traveling via car, canoe, and bike and on foot, Beehler followed woodland warblers and other Neotropical songbird species from the southern border of Texas, where the birds first arrive after their winter sojourns in South America and the Caribbean, northward through the Mississippi drainage to its headwaters in Minnesota and onward to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario. In North on the Wing, Beehler describes both the epic migration of songbirds across the country and the gradual dawning of springtime through the U.S. heartland--the blossoming of wildflowers, the chorusing of frogs, the leafing out of forest canopies--and also tells the stories of the people and institutions dedicated to studying and conserving the critical habitats and processes of spring songbird migration. Inspired in part by Edwin Way Teale's landmark 1951 book North with the Spring, this book--part travelogue, part field journal, and part environmental and cultural history--is a fascinating first-hand account of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. It engages readers in the wonders of spring migration and serves as a call for the need to conserve, restore, and expand bird habitats to preserve them for future generations of both birds and humans.

Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS

The Story of How a Book Happened
Author: William Least Heat-Moon
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 0826273254
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 176
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Winner, Distinguished Literary Achievement, Missouri Humanities Council, 2015 The story behind the writing of the best-selling Blue Highways is as fascinating as the epic trip itself. More than thirty years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, William Least Heat-Moon reflects on the four years he spent capturing the lessons of the road trip on paper—the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, the depressing string of rejections by publishers, the strains on his personal relationships, and many other aspects of the toil that went into writing his first book. Along the way, he traces the hard lessons learned and offers guidance to aspiring and experienced writers alike. Far from being a technical manual, Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happenedis an adventure story of its own, a journey of “exploration into the myriad routes of heart and mind that led to the making of a book from the first sorry and now vanished paragraph to the last words that came not from a graphite pencil but from a letterpress in Tennessee.” Readers will not find a collection of abstract formulations and rules for writing; rather, this book gracefully incorporates examples from Heat-Moon’s own experience. As he explains, “This story might be termed an inadvertent autobiography written not by the traveler who took Ghost Dancing in 1978 over the byroads of America but by a man only listening to him. That blue-roadman hasn’t been seen in more than a third of a century, and over the last many weeks as I sketched in these pages, I’ve regretted his inevitable departure.” Filtered as the struggles of the “blue-roadman” are through the awareness of someone more than thirty years older with a half dozen subsequent books to his credit, the story of how his first book “happened” is all the more resonant for readers who may not themselves be writers but who are interested in the tricky balance of intuitive creation and self-discipline required for any artistic endeavor.

Highway 1 California

The Dream Road Along the Pacific
Author: Andrea Lammert
Publisher: Firefly Books
ISBN: 9781770859555
Category: Travel
Page: 288
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Skirting the California coastline, the legendary Highway 1 starts at San Diego and ends at the Canadian border. Highway 1 California the book presents the California portion in stunning color, a testament to why it receives the most domestic visitors of all the states, and is consistently one of the top three states visited by international travelers. Highway 1 California divides the road into four sections from south to north and makes stops as it travels north. Each stop is shown in multiple photographs, all with extended captions. Here are some of the locations: Los Angeles Santa Monica Pier, The Getty, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, Financial District, Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Dodgers and Lakers, Hollywood Boulevard, Walk of Fame, Sunset Boulevard, Universal Studios, Palo Verdes, Long Beach, Anaheim, Santa Catalina Island, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, La Jolla, Balboa Park, San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter, and San Diego Bay Cabrillo Highway Mori Point, Pacifica, Grey Whale Cove, Montara, Half Moon Bay, Pigeon Point, A�o Nuevo Island, Big Basin Redwoods, Davenport Coastline, Monterey Aquarium, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Mission San Carlos, Point Lobos, Big Sur, Los Padres National Forest, Heart Castle, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Channel Islands, Ventura, Malibu, Matador Beach San Francisco Bay Area Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman's Wharf, Telegraph Hill, The Embarcadero, Transamerica Pyramid, Chinatown, Financial District, Nob Hill, Cable Cars, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Giants, Bay Bridge, Alamo Square, Victorian Houses, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, Alcatraz Shoreline Highway Leggett, redwood forests, Westport Coastline, MacKerricher State Park, Point Cabrillo, Mendocino, Mendocino Headland, Point Arena and Bowling Ball Beach, Salt Point State Park, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Jenner Coastline and Russian River, Sonoma Coast, Bodega Bay, Sonoma Valley, Tomales Bay, Point Reyes, Drakes Bay, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Muir Woods National Monument. Special features include archival images of the San Francisco Earthquake and double gatefolds of the Golden Gate Bridge at night, downtown San Francisco at dusk and at night, the Flower Generation, Monterey Bay, and Big Sur. Highway 1 California closes with four detailed road maps that mark the sections of the book so that readers can locate sights they would like to visit while traveling on Highway 1.

On the Beach


Author: Nevil Shute
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307476982
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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"The most shocking fiction I have read in years. What is shocking about it is both the idea and the sheer imaginative brilliance with which Mr. Shute brings it off." THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE They are the last generation, the innocent victims of an accidental war, living out their last days, making do with what they have, hoping for a miracle. As the deadly rain moves ever closer, the world as we know it winds toward an inevitable end....

The Traveling Feast

On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes
Author: Rick Bass
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316381195
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 288
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Acclaimed author Rick Bass decided to thank all of his writing heroes in person, one meal at a time, in this "rich smorgasbord of a memoir . . . a soul-nourishing, road-burning act of tribute" (New York Times Book Review). "Exuberant . . . A classic . . . This is a rich bounty of a book." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A master."--Boston Globe "One of the very best writers we have."--San Francisco Chronicle "Both mythic and intimate . . . A virtuoso."--O: The Oprah Magazine "The beauty of his sentences recalls the stylistic finesse of Cormac McCarthy and Willa Cather."--Chicago Tribune From his bid to become Eudora Welty's lawn boy to the time George Plimpton offered to punch him in the nose, lineage has always been important to Rick Bass. Now at a turning point--in his midfifties, with his long marriage dissolved and his grown daughters out of the house--Bass strikes out on a journey of thanksgiving. His aim: to make a memorable meal for each of his mentors, to express his gratitude for the way they have shaped not only his writing but his life. The result, an odyssey to some of America's most iconic writers, is also a record of self-transformation as Bass seeks to recapture the fire that drove him as a young man. Along the way we join in escapades involving smuggled contraband, an exploding grill, a trail of blood through Heathrow airport, an episode of dog-watching with Amy Hempel in Central Park, and a near run-in with plague-ridden prairie dogs on the way to see Lorrie Moore, as well as heartwarming and bittersweet final meals with the late Peter Matthiessen, John Berger, and Denis Johnson. Poignant, funny, and wistful, The Traveling Feast is a guide to living well and an unforgettable adventure that nourishes and renews the spirit.

The Ways of Black Folks

A Year in the Life of a People
Author: Lawrence C. Ross, Jr.
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 9780758206343
Category: Social Science
Page: 334
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Chronicles a day in the life of thirty-five African Americans, Afro-Brazilians, Afro-Caribbeans, and other blacks from around the world as they share their thoughts about racism, culture, and values.

China Road

A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power
Author: Rob Gifford
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 0812975243
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 322
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Traveling along the three-thousand-mile stretch of China's Route 312, the Beijing bureau chief for NPR offers a close-up look at the economic and social transformation that is turning China upside down, exploring the country's future, the changes that are taking place, and their implications for both China and the world. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Travels in Siberia


Author: Ian Frazier
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429964319
Category: Travel
Page: 544
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A Dazzling Russian travelogue from the bestselling author of Great Plains In his astonishing new work, Ian Frazier, one of our greatest and most entertaining storytellers, trains his perceptive, generous eye on Siberia, the storied expanse of Asiatic Russia whose grim renown is but one explanation among hundreds for the region's fascinating, enduring appeal. In Travels in Siberia, Frazier reveals Siberia's role in history—its science, economics, and politics—with great passion and enthusiasm, ensuring that we'll never think about it in the same way again. With great empathy and epic sweep, Frazier tells the stories of Siberia's most famous exiles, from the well-known—Dostoyevsky, Lenin (twice), Stalin (numerous times)—to the lesser known (like Natalie Lopukhin, banished by the empress for copying her dresses) to those who experienced unimaginable suffering in Siberian camps under the Soviet regime, forever immortalized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago. Travels in Siberia is also a unique chronicle of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union, a personal account of adventures among Russian friends and acquaintances, and, above all, a unique, captivating, totally Frazierian take on what he calls the "amazingness" of Russia—a country that, for all its tragic history, somehow still manages to be funny. Travels in Siberia will undoubtedly take its place as one of the twenty-first century's indispensable contributions to the travel-writing genre.

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307476073
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 315
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A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.