Blue Highways

Blue Highways

A Journey Into America

eBook - 1982
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After being laid off from his college teaching position, the author traversed the United States on lesser roads, shown in blue on old road maps.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, [1982]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1982
ISBN: 9780316401487
031640148X
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (421 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Journey into America

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ndp21f
Dec 22, 2010

For a state whose name is "mountain", Montana shows thousands of miles of level prairie. I've read that if all of the space within the atoms of the earth were pressed out, the planet would have a diameter of three hundred twenty-eight feet -- not even the distance of a good major league homerun. I don't know whether it's possible to believe that figure, but I do know if you're driving across Montana you'll never believe it.

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ndp21f
Dec 22, 2010

I had an aneurism removed, and I just ain't the man I was. I can abide that, but take you, you're a stranger, and all you see is a seventy-six-year-old man. I wasn't always like this. That's what hurts -- people forget what you been.

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ndp21f
Dec 22, 2010

She asked about the trip, especially about Selma and how things were as I saw them. "A white man griped about changes, and a black said there weren't enough changes to gripe about.

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ndp21f
Dec 22, 2010

Why smoke what's no taste to it? Same as them light beers and whiskies: no flavor. Americans have just got afraid to taste anything. You ask me, sir, it started with oleo. Or maybe the popalation got scared by them mouse spearmints wheres they give a mouse a needle-shot of a substance ever day until he dies a cancer. Nosir, my advice is to life your life.

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ndp21f
Dec 22, 2010

She came back with grape jelly. In a land of quince jelly, apple butter, apricot jam, blueberry preserves, pear conserves, and lemon marmalade, you always get grape jelly.

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Djaustiniv
Jul 20, 2019

This book, given to me by my mother the year it came out, ruined my life! I was all set to be a good little Freeway driving tax paying American and then...
I've traveled most of the roads Least Heat Moon wrote about, crossed the country by thumb, bus, car, train (planes, of course, but that doesn't count) more times than can be believed. I never met any of the people in this book but I've talked to so many just like them--in Kentucky "hollers" and Maine fishing towns, Wyoming rodeos and South Dakota reservations--and this book is the reason. Well, this book and Kerouac's On The Road.

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Zarrin14
May 27, 2017

My favorite travel book of all time, Blue Highways is a fascinating glimpse into the America that so many of us never see. The people he meets and the places he goes will stay with you long after you have finished the book. I am still on the lookout for a 5 calendar cafe!

diesellibrarian Nov 16, 2010

The author embarks on a journey, circumnavigating the USA in his van. Sticking to the secondary highways, he encounters an America that may no longer exist. A thoughtful and highly readable travelogue.

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