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Blue Highways: A Journey Into America

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Published in 1983 to phenomenal reviews, Blue Highways: A Journey into America became a cult classic on par with Jack Kerouac's On the Road and John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley. In this highly acclaimed, bestselling memoir, a 38-year-old laid-off college professor of Sioux and white blood drives around the U.S. on the "blue highways, " the rural back made that are colored blue on old maps. The places he discovers during his 13,000-mile journey are unexpected, sometimes mysterious, and often full of simply the wonder of the ordinary.<BR>-- Blue Highways received extraordinary reviews when it was first published: <BR>-- The current trade paperback edition (Houghton Mifflin) sells 25,000 copies a year but will be out of print by August 1999.<BR>-- Heat Moon's long-awaited next book, River-Horse, will be out in September and will draw much attention to this important author. it will be supported by a 14-city author tour, national advertising, holiday catalogs, and NPR sponsorship.<BR>-- This edition of Blue Highways will include a new introduction by the author.

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Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi. His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

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New York Times Bestseller. "Better than Kerouac."--Chicago Sun-Times William Least Heat-Moon's journey into America began with little more than the need to put home behind him. At a turning point in his life, he packed up a van he called Ghost Dancing and escaped out of himself and into the country. The people and the places he discovered on his roundabout 13,000-mile trip down the back roads ("blue highways") and through small, forgotten towns are unexpected, sometimes mysterious, and full of the spark and wonder of ordinary life. Robert Penn Warren said, "He has a genius for finding people who have not even found themselves." The power of Heat-Moon's writing and his delight in the overlooked and the unexamined capture a sense of our national destiny, the true American experience. (A Mariner Reissue)

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Brian Lovel, August 8, 2006 (view all comments by Brian Lovel)
An excellent read. It epitomises the adage "Stop & smell the roses".
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This is by far the worst book I have read in years. Why a class would require its students to read such a drab, dragging story is beyond me, but one thing I know for sure is that there is a REASON there are no cliff notes online for this book. Nobody took the time to read the d*** thing!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316353298
Author:
Heat-Moon, William Least
Author:
Heat-Moon, William Least
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
Heat Moon, William Least - Travel -
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Back Bay pbk. ed.
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.24x5.52x1.19 in. .89 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316353298 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi. His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.
"Synopsis" by , New York Times Bestseller. "Better than Kerouac."--Chicago Sun-Times William Least Heat-Moon's journey into America began with little more than the need to put home behind him. At a turning point in his life, he packed up a van he called Ghost Dancing and escaped out of himself and into the country. The people and the places he discovered on his roundabout 13,000-mile trip down the back roads ("blue highways") and through small, forgotten towns are unexpected, sometimes mysterious, and full of the spark and wonder of ordinary life. Robert Penn Warren said, "He has a genius for finding people who have not even found themselves." The power of Heat-Moon's writing and his delight in the overlooked and the unexamined capture a sense of our national destiny, the true American experience. (A Mariner Reissue)
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