By William Least Heat-Moon
Hailed as a masterpiece of yankee shuttle writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable trip alongside our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little greater than the necessity to positioned domestic at the back of him and a feeling of interest approximately "those little cities that get at the map-if they get on at all-only simply because a few cartographer has a clean house to fill: distant, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New desire, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his reminiscences of the extreme humans he encountered alongside the way in which quantity to a revelation of the real American experience.
"Reading Blue Highways made me return and think about Jack Kerouac's at the highway to work out if Mr. Least Heat-Moon does besides. He does much better . . . probably two times a 12 months I learn a ebook I want have been even longer. this can be one in all them. i'll want Mr. Least Heat-Moon had pushed each blue road in America."
(The long island instances )
"Blue Highways ia a splended e-book, amazing Americana, which I rank above the following neatest thing previous it within the style, John Steinbeck's commute with Charley."
(The Wall highway magazine )
"Better than Kerouac."
(The Chicago Sun-Times )
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